Programme Director

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years

*This is a full-time Programme Director position based in Herat, Afghanistan.


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.



  • 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.

Work Environment:

  • 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.