Programme Director (PD) Afghanistan

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About the role: This is an unaccompanied 24 month replacement role based in Taloqan, North Eastern Afghanistan with a salary of €47,694 to €52,993.

You will report to the Country Director and will line manage the Programme Managers, monitoring evaluation accountability and learning (MEAL) Coordinator, and the Programme & Grants Officer (PGO). You will liaise with the Systems Director, Country Financial Manager and other key support staff.

We would like you to start as soon as possible.

Your purpose: As a member of Concern Afghanistan’s Senior Management Team (SMT), the Programme Director (PD) will manage and guide the development of Concern’s programme activities in Afghanistan in line with the Country Strategic Plan and Concern Worldwide policies and strategies, ensuring quality, strategic purpose, participation and accountability.

You will be responsible for:

Leading Programme Design, Implementation and Development

• Lead programme design and development including preparation of concept notes and high quality proposals and secure donor funding involving partners.

• Develop effective linkages with donors, strategic networks and partners to ensure Concern’s programmes are highly relevant to the wider development and humanitarian context.

• Ensure organisational approaches such as equality, risk and vulnerability are addressed.

• Lead the regular review and update of Afghanistan humanitarian and development programming and partnership strategy.

Lead and guide Programme Managers and partners for effective delivery and management of ongoing Development & Humanitarian Emergency programmes including ensuring financial management

• Ensure all programmes deliver results as per donors contracts and organisational quality standard

• Coordinate the programme activities across programmes, sectors and approaches; supporting staff and partners and ensuring complementary approaches.

• Ensure all programmes reflect International best practice and adherence to agreed standards in all key competency areas.

• Directly oversees the portfolio of grants, working in collaboration with the country teams responsible for implementing these grants.

• Provides technical assistance and advice program teams on program quality and donor compliance requirements and strengthens systems, policies, and procedures to assure compliance.

• Coordinate with the system and other operation teams to monitor and adjust strategies to maximize programme quality and impact.

• Ensure organisational and programme MEAL system is effective and the annual outcome monitoring system effectively functions to measure the changes in programme indicators

• Ensure effective financial management of all a programmes including management of donor grants.

• Ensure the visibility and external communications of programme launch, successes and learning.

Ensure development of a funding strategy and meet organisational funding targets to effectively support delivery of emergency and development programmes.

• Researching and analysing donor funding priorities as well as keeping up to date with currently available funding opportunities and develop the funding strategies analysing funding requirements to meet the organisational target for annual budget set in strategic plan.

• Analyse the potential risks related to Concern’s current program implementation practices and articulates recommendations for mitigation of risks.

• Establish relationship with donors and UN and share Concern‘s work and explore opportunities of establishing partnerships for new programmes.

• Formulation of short, medium and long term funding strategy in consultation with the Senior Management Team and Concern Worldwide headquarter team in Dublin.

• Establish and maintain formal and informal communication mechanism with donors, government and other key agencies.

Staff Development & Organisational Learning

• Guide technical experts, MEAL, communication and advocacy teams to ensure programme quality, high technical standards, and compliance with the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS)

• Ensure that the Afghanistan programme achieves high standards in terms of design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation through Concern Worldwide’s Project Cycle Management System, Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS), Programme Quality Guidelines and the PM&E Framework.

• Document learning and share widely internally and externally at national and international level.

• Ensure regular and systematic staff capacity assessment and capacity development planning process in both quality development and emergency program design and implementation aspects.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, provide effective leadership to the organisation.

• Active participation in Senior Management meetings, contributing significantly to decisions on policy and strategic direction.

• Ensure leadership in safeguarding and the implementation of safeguarding policies throughout all programme implementation.

• Enabling effective learning and sharing in the organisation, supporting regular dialogue between the programme and the learning and sharing teams.

• Lead the organisation as acting Country Director as required.

Your skills and experience will include:


  • Third level qualification in Development Studies, Agriculture, Business Administration, Education, Engineering or other related discipline.
  • At least five years’ experience years in the development and/or management of development and humanitarian programmes.
  • At least three years’ overseas experience in similar or related senior management positions
  • Experience of programme development, the project management cycle, budget management and participatory planning methodologies.
  • Strong understanding of and commitment to the promotion of equality.
  • Knowledge and experience of Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies and emergency preparedness.
  • Fluent English (written and spoken).
  • Previous experience of managing a diverse team of senior staff including international staff.
  • Proven strong management ability, including the ability to lead and motivate others.
  • Excellent public relations, and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.

We would also like:

· Experience in an emergency context

· Experience participating in and working under a Cluster coordination system.

· Previous experiencing managing humanitarian and development programmes in the WASH, food security, livelihoods, education, nutrition, shelter and/or protection sectors.

· Affinity with organisational values, mission and vision, commitment to humanitarian principles.

· Experience of managing multiple simultaneous grants.

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