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Location: Based in Kabul, Afghanistan

Reporting Manager: Asia Regional Manager

Employee Type: Long Term Contractor

Duration: 6 month contract (renewable)

Salary: US$2,000 - $2,500 per month

Start date: July 2021

MAGENTA is a leading Social and Behavioural Change (SBC) Research and Communications agency that specializes in understanding human decision-making processes in order to design communications solutions for positive change in fragile and development settings. We implement programmes across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, using the latest in behavioural science principles and a rigorous approach to research, strategy, campaign design and implementation.

Our client base includes UN agencies, INGOs, governments and the private sector. We aim to amplify the voices of local actors while bringing international expertise and methodological rigour. To do so, we partner with civil society, creative agencies, media and academics to design innovative, relevant and impactful solutions to some of the most challenging problems of our time. Whether we are aiming to shift parenting practices to improve children’s outcomes or to understand how social norms underpin corruption, we always go the extra mile to ensure we can create positive impact for some of the most underserved populations in the world.

We are looking for exceptional individuals, driven by a keen desire to deliver social impact and who thrive in a fast-paced environment. Qualified candidates will be bold, curious and rigorous. The position will be based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Primary responsibilities of the Senior Program Advisor in Afghanistan are the following: (1) support the management and delivery of social and behavioural change research and communications projects in close consultation with project managers; (2) business development, partner development and client liaison; and (3) organisational knowledge management. We are looking for an experienced project manager who is highly organised, driven by a keen desire to deliver social impact, and has an entrepreneurial spirit. In return, we offer a strong mentoring and training program, as well as exceptional growth possibilities within an expanding team.


The Programme Manager will provide management and implementation support to a diverse range of programmes in the SBC research and communications field. Typical tasks include:

Campaign Management:

  • Providing oversight, management and coordination for new and ongoing SBC communications and research programmes across Afghanistan;

  • Meeting regularly with leaders and representatives from Afghan government ministries, civil society organisations (CSOs) and local communities to gain their support and approval to drive forward the implementation of projects;

  • Devising strategies for the effective implementation of activities, integrating SBC principles throughout;

  • Drafting technical reports, project presentations and programme updates;

  • Overseeing the coordination of project partners (e.g. consultants, media, CSOs);

  • Conducting on ground monitoring of MAGENTA’s activities in Afghanistan;

  • Conducting internal and external training/workshops on a needs basis;

  • Monitoring of project KPIs;

  • Project budget management, including cost tracking;

  • Organising relevant project documentation;

  • Managing project logistics when necessary, including travel.

Business Development and Client Liaison:

  • Representation of MAGENTA in Afghanistan, building relationships and liaising with clients;

  • Developing business opportunities for MAGENTA;

  • Developing and managing ongoing relationships with project partners; and identifying new partnership opportunities;

  • Contributing to the development of new project proposals.

Knowledge Management:

  • Contributing to the MAGENTA database, including past performance records, contact lists, partner testimonials, meeting notes;

  • Conducting regular Afghanistan country analysis and stakeholder mapping;

  • Developing project case studies for marketing and program development purposes.


  • 6-9 years of professional experience;

  • At least 3 years of project management experience;

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate consensus;

  • Experience in communications and/or research; experience in training an advantage;

  • Strategic thinker, with a keen desire to learn and consume new information;

  • Robust logic chain analytics and strong general analytical skills;

  • Solid understanding of project management cycle;

  • Highly numerate, with strong commercial acumen;

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities;

  • Demonstrated desire for excellence and an ability to inspire others to attain professional excellence;

  • Innovation driven;

  • Technological fluency;

  • English and Dari speaking, Pashto desirable;

  • Good sense of humour, personable and demonstrated ability to build networks;

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to get hands dirty;

  • Software fluency: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Office 365.


  • Some long hours including evening and weekends to complete tasks or attend events.

How to apply

Apply before 17 Jun 2021

Applicants should submit a two-page CV and letter of motivation titling the email “Kabul Programme Manager – Your Name” to The letter of motivation should describe why the applicant wants to join the MAGENTA team, with a specific example of how their experience and skills can enhance MAGENTA’s work.