*This is a full-time Programme Director position based in Herat, Afghanistan.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The purpose of the position is to:
Provide expertise to and oversight of all programme/project related activities and responsibilities within World Vision Afghanistan, and ensure these are carried out effectively.
Provide leadership to the programme to ensure it aligns with and moves forward the World Vision Afghanistan Country Strategy.
Coordinate and provide expertise for grants acquisition related activities.
Ensure the adoption, implementation and strategic reporting of Child Well-Being Outcomes and Targets.
Manage and support Programme Team staff and Sector Leads; assist and support Zonal
Managers and Project Managers in order for them to understand, implement & report on partnership and donor mandated requirements, while ensuring that financial and non-financial components of the program are adhered to.
Provide support to and coordinate with MEAL & Strategy team.
Programme/ Project & Staff Management:
Manage programme officers and sector leads, national and international, provide programming support to zonal and project managers; design and implement capacity building programs for program/project staff related to grant management.
Provide performance agreements, feedback, coaching and annual reviews to the staff in accordance with WVA performance management system.
Ensure zonal and project managers meet donor requirements and project targets are met during program implementation.
Ensure monthly grant expenditure tracking is being conducted, financial projections & reports are being reviewed, and any concerns are highlighted and acted upon as soon as they arise.
In consultation with programme officers and zonal / project managers, develop implementation approaches that enable all projects to achieve outputs and outcomes within prescribed timeframes and budgets.
Provide recommendations to the National Director for improved, streamlined and updated grant management systems at the department level.
Oversee field staff capacity building programs/trainings to ensure positive community involvement and participation is carried out in program implementation.
Ensure that proper community development practices and “Do No Harm” practices are incorporated and upheld throughout the planning and implementation of programming.
Program Development/ Project Design:
In coordination with the National Director and Response and Operations Director develop strategic concepts and plans for program innovation and growth in alignment with the NO Strategy.
Ensure project proposals address community needs / include community participation, and are in alignment with WV Afghanistan strategic objectives and the Child Well-being Outcomes and Targets.
Ensure grants opportunities are communicated to other departments as required; planning conferences are conducted and high-quality concept papers and proposals are developed which meet World Vision and donor requirements.
Monitoring, Reporting and Evaluation:
Ensure that all program/project information needed for the Child Well-Being Report and other evidence based reporting is being collected throughout the year in a manner that provides for excellent demonstration of results and impact.
In coordination with the MEAL & Strategy Manager and Protection & Advocacy sector lead, ensure each project design and budget includes a baseline study that will enable the formulation of evidence for reporting purposes.
Manage the overall reporting of donor funded projects, ensuring that reporting requirements are met and reports are submitted to Support Offices and donors on time and in high quality English.
Present monthly and as needed progress reports to the National Director.
Coordinate with and support the MEAL & Strategy unit and Technical sector Leads in the planning and conduct of field assessments and technical evaluations of projects.
Ensure program documentation is retained/saved/filed on hard copy and on share drive (Petal) for future reference as required.
Partnership and Collaboration:
Ensure effective and efficient collaboration between the Programmes Team and the support functions/departments within the NO.
Take responsibility for identifying potential implementation partners and ways to develop their capacity to become/remain partners of choice.
Ensure high quality relationships are developed and maintained with donors and WV Support Offices in all collaborative and partnership endeavours.
Ensure NO participation and contribution is being made to relevant inter-agency clusters and sector/technical working groups.
Representation and Networking:
Under the guidance of the National Director and in coordination with the Operations and Response, represent WV Afghanistan at appropriate UN, Donor and NGO meetings and forums.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Master’s degree in a relevant field.
Advanced English language skills. (Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively, both in spoken and written English).
Strong understanding of the grants cycle.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Familiarity with major donor funding requirements - USAID, EU, ECHO, DFID, GAC, DFAT, UN agencies, CERF, CBPF etc.
Knowledge of project design, proposal development, M&E systems design and management.
Understanding of Emergency response and integrated rural community development programming and processes.
Thorough knowledge of MS Office and Lotus Notes.
Strong capacity building and facilitation skills.
Cross-cultural sensitivity, flexible world view, emotional maturity and physical stamina.
Self-starter who can work independently under pressure and who has ability to manage work tasks without direct supervision.
Strong ability to work with and relate to diverse personality types, to practice relational and ideological tolerance, and to contribute to a positive organizational culture.
Strong team management skills so has to both develop, guide enlist cooperation from, and ensure optimum performance of supervisees.
Ability to maintain performance expectations and healthy social interactions in psychologically stressful environments and physical hardship conditions with limited resources.
Willing to travel as required.
Commitment to World Vision Core Values and Vision/Mission Statement.
Experience in grant acquisition/management; project design and proposal writing for international donor agencies.
Experience in integrated project design and monitoring and evaluation systems development.
Post-graduate university degree (Master’s/Ph.D.) in international development or relevant field.
Experience in program management; grants acquisition; project design and evidence development for international donor agencies.
Supervision within cross cultural contexts.
Minimum five (5) years of development and/or relief field experience –– or the equivalent in the headquarters/support office of a major NGO.
Experience in Emergency response and integrated program delivery and monitoring and evaluation.
Experience in a fragile context.
Experience in an Islamic context.
Position is based in Herat, Afghanistan, with travel when required (local and international).
The position requires ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.