Afghanistan - A Deputy Field Coordinator for Programs in Jalalabad
Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 200 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.
Humanitarian Situation and needs:
Afghan mission is the oldest PUI mission, with first medical intervention launched in 1979 just after the Soviet Invasion. Since then, the country has mostly been in conflict, with national armed groups and international forces, causing mass casualties and massive movements of population, within or out of the countries. The achievements realized by the international community following the post-2001 intervention are now jeopardized by the intensification of conflict and violence and fragile governance. Indeed, due to the increase of the attacks, casualties, displacements and consequently, of the acute needs, the United Nations reclassified Afghanistan conflict from a protracted one to an active one. Many armed groups (mainly Taliban, Islamic State…) are threatening the Government of Afghanistan, struggling to impose its vision of development, despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, nationally and internationally.
Insecurity, economic concerns, governance issues and increased pressure on the delivery of services are pushing many Afghans to risk their lives fleeing mainly to Europe, as they see no future in Afghanistan. Afghan refugees represent the third largest refugee group worldwide and the second largest contingent of asylum seekers to the EU.
In this scenario, with elevated pressure on aid actors, the capacity to deliver aid to the most in need in remote areas is jeopardized. Access on field remains one of the biggest challenges in Afghanistan, especially in some provinces, including Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan. The humanitarian crisis is looming as actors are overstretched and resources oriented to other crises remain limited.
Our actions in the field:
PUI is planning to address the needs of conflict-affected IDPs and population in general, drought-affected IDPs, to improve access and quality of health and nutrition services as well as to tackle the PSS needs of the humanitarian workers who are exposed to traumatic events in their daily work. A specific focus is given on women’s health and their access to quality health services.
As part of our actions, we are looking for a Deputy Field Coordinator for Programs in Jalalabad
The Deputy Field Coordinator for Programs ensures the smooth and qualitative implementation of PUI’s programs in Eastern Provinces of Afghanistan (Nangarhar, Laghman, Nuristan and Kunar Provinces). S/he is responsible for programming strategy and contributes to development of new proposals. S/he also performs representative functions, maintain working relations with a variety of stakeholders, and attends meetings with regard to technical topics.
Tasks and responsibilities:
Under the supervision and line management of the Field Coordinator, the Deputy Field Coordinator (DFC) for Programs is responsible at base level for the direct supervision of projects and project teams in charge of implementing the different activities within the targeted areas.
- Programs: S/he coordinates the project teams and ensures the operational and qualitative aspects of the programs are put into practice properly (monitoring of objectives, respecting due dates and budgetary provisions, quality control, synergy of the teams) according to the contractual documents and in line with PUI policies and procedures.
- Representation: S/he participates in the technical forums (i.e sub-clusters) at provincial level.
- Human Resources: S/he is the direct line manager of the project managers deployed in Eastern Provinces and will ensure that appropriate support and capacity building is brought to all senior managers of the programs.
- Logistics and Administration: S/he oversees the logistic and administrative duties of the projects with the support of the Logistic and Admin Departments.
- Strategy: S/he ensures the programs developed are in line with PUI mandate and strategy, and will propose new interventions according to the evolution of the humanitarian situation in the region and based on accurate needs assessments at field level.
- As direct responsible for all HR matters, the overall objective of the HR Coordinator is to ensure the good management of local human resources for the mission including by reviewing the existing procedures, tools and documents to ensure transparency and fairness, based on an internal diagnosis, in particular:
- HR Policy definition and application: According to the mission strategy, S/he leads the development of PUI’s HR policy in the mission in accordance with the country of operation’s relevant legal framework (including fiscal aspects) and the organization’s policies and guidelines (including antifraud, protection, abuse prevention, etc.)
- Administrative management and processes: S/he oversees and acts as ultimate reference in the administrative management of national teams as a whole (recruitment, pay, monitoring, appraisal, training, end of contract, filing, etc.), with a specific and strong support in regards with the payroll system and tools.
- Remuneration package: After the implementation of a new salary grid in 2017, a follow-up and update need to be done in order to set salaries that make PUI more competitive to attract and retain staff. At the same time, the remuneration package needs to include the statutory constraints in terms of payment of the pension.
- Recruitment process and tools: Given the age of the mission and the security context, the recruitment procedures and tools need to be reshaped in order to ensure a transparent, fair and competence-based recruitment system.
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Training and Experiences
- Bachelor’s or Master degree in a field related to Project Management, international development and/or social sciences.
- Minimum of 3 years in the areas of program development, project management, donor reporting and grant compliance.
- Successful experience in team
- At least 1 year experience as a
- Humanitarian Project Manager
- Strong knowledge of M&E methodology and project cycle.
- Good training skills.
- Excellent planning skills
- Strong computer skills essential, including ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel, database management software, statistical packages, GIS.
- A strong commitment to humanitarian principles and the will to make sure beneficiaries’ needs are covered as best as the resources available allow.
- Capacity to delegate and to supervise the work of a multidisciplinary team.
- Ability to respect security rules.
- Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of national staff and developing second layer of leadership.
- Problem solving and leadership skills and ability to organize and manage priorities.
- Proven management ability and inter-personal skills – team player.
- Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of a diverse team and manage a varied workload.
- Proven capacity for analyzing and synthesizing comprehensive information and technical data.
- Ability to write and edit reports under deadline pressure.
- Ability to guarantee effective and timely outputs.
Required Personal Characteristics:
- Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organization.
- General ability to resist stress.
- Important organization and rigor skills.
- Ability to work in stressful situations.
Langues:Excellent command in writing and editing documents in both English and French (desirable).
Required Personal Characteristics:
- Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions
- Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility
- Charisma and the ability to awake enthusiasm for the work the project involves
- Ability to use authority, when necessary
- Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism)
- Ability to adapt
- Organisational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates
- Strong listening and negotiation skills
- Good people and communication skills
- Ability to remain calm and level-headed
- General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances
- Starting date: As soon as possible
- Monthly Gross Income: from 1 980 up to 2 310 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
- Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
- Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
- Housing in collective accommodation
- Daily living Expenses « Per diem »
- Break Policy: Break every 2 months + break allowance
- Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
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