- Location: Afghanistan
- Organization: Search For Common Ground
- Category: Program
- Job Type: Full Time
- Salary: 700-1000 USD
- Vacancy No: SFCG-KBL-2023-8
- No of Jobs: 3
- Experience: 6 Years
- Education: Degree in Business Administration, Social Science, NGO management, or related field;
- Gender: Male/Female
- Deadline: 30 November 2023
About Search for Common Ground:
Search is an international non-profit organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflicts. With headquarters in Washington, DC, and Brussels, Belgium, Search’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict away from destructive approaches toward cooperative solutions. With more than 900 staff worldwide, Search implements projects in more than 37 countries across the world. Search designs and implements multifaceted, culturally appropriate, and conflict-sensitive programs using a diverse range of tools, including media and training, to promote dialogue, increase knowledge, and determine a positive shift in behaviors. In mid-2019, Search opened its office in Afghanistan and was registered as an International NGO with the Afghan government.
Purpose of the Position:
Under the overall direction of the Program Manager, the Senior Officer-Provincial assists Search’s program team in planning, implementing, monitoring, and reporting of Search’s programs in the target regions (Central Highlands, Eastern, and Western regions). The position will be based in Bamyan, Nangarhar, and Herat provinces with expected travels to neighboring provinces and Kabul for monitoring of program management including projects/grants delivered by partner organizations, and facilitating and supporting different events (meetings, workshops, trainings) in target areas.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist Search’s team in establishing a regional office in the target area including leading local procurement and recruitment processes
- Lead and manage regional office (administrative, program, and finance affairs)
- Act as a liaison between Search and its local partner organizations on activity management and reporting in the target areas as well as coordination with local government entities
- Draft program updates including monthly narrative reports;
- Provide regular context update
- Maintain up-to-date records of project activities and documents using Search’s online grant management systems
- Prepare action plans and coordinate resources for flawless execution of activities;
- Ensure timely deliveries of activities in line with the Scope of Work;
- Attend regular meetings with the project’s stakeholders to receive updates and clarify questions related to the project;
- Organize and facilitate regional and provincial level events such as conferences, workshops, and training sessions; prepare detailed implementation plans, cost estimation, and ToRs for different events;
- Conduct field visits to project sites including all provinces in the target region
- Assist program team in developing contingency plans and program adaptation to respond to emerging contexts and operational challenges;
- When required, translate documents and provide interpretation during meetings;
- Coordinate with partner staff in project implementation and activities, ensure effective communication with project stakeholders, and draft materials for stakeholders (donor and partner meetings – e.g., agenda, presentations, etc.)
- Provides capacity building and support to staff and partners in delivering project activities effectively
- Supervise Interns, Assistants, and provincial project support staff as assigned, and support in building staff capacity as needed;
- Any other task related to project management and/or assigned by the line supervisor.
Safeguarding: Remain alert and responsive to any child safeguarding risks, acquire relevant knowledge and skills that will enable you to promote strong safeguarding practices, understand the child safeguarding policy and procedures, and conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the Child Safeguarding Policy.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
Skills & Competencies:
- Degree in Business Administration, Social Science, NGO management, or related field;
- Minimum 6 years of relevant experience with an undergraduate degree or 3 years with a graduate degree with national or international organizations.
- Proficiency in English and a national language (Dari/Pashto) is required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Interest in the peacebuilding, humanitarian, and development fields;
- Able to work under pressure and keen to learn from others.
- Demonstrated interpersonal and cross-cultural skills including the ability to build collaborative relationships internally and externally with sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, social, and political issues
- Strong decision-making ability using good judgment and professionalism
- Demonstrated attention to detail and procedures, and able to meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members
- Excellent computer skills including Ms. Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Windows.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Working with People: The ability to respect the views and contributions of other team members; show empathy, listen, and support; consult others and share information and expertise, build team spirit, and adapt to the team.
- Flexibility: The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, tolerate ambiguity, and adapt personal style to different people and situations.
- Drive for Results and Efficiency: The ability to set quality standards, monitor, and maintain quality of work, and set goals to achieve continuous improvement.
- Relationship Management: The ability to manage interactions, provide service, and support the organization while building an effective internal and external network.
- Consultation (for managers and up): The ability to provide guidance to organizational stakeholders while applying creative problem-solving to address business needs.
- Leadership and Navigation: The ability to manage and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization while making progress toward change and continuous improvement.
- Communication: The ability to effectively exchange information with others, effectively deliver critical information, to gather information, and communicate with others.
- Global and Cultural Effectiveness: The ability to value and consider the perspectives and backgrounds of all parties and be able to work cross-culturally.
- Ethical Practice: The ability to integrate Search vision, mission and core values, integrity, and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices.
- Critical Evaluation (for managers and up): The ability to interpret information to make business decisions and recommendations based on keen analysis, best practices, and an understanding of preferred outcomes.
- Business Acumen: The ability to understand and apply information to contribute to the organization’s strategic plan.
- Developing others (for people managers): The ability to provide support to enhance performance and professional growth.
Commitment to Search Values and Safeguarding Policy:
All Search Employees must adhere to the values: Collaboration- Audacity – Tenacity – Empathy – Results. In accordance with these values, Search enforces compliance with the Code of Conduct and related policies on Anti Workplace Harassment, Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Conflict of Interest, and Anti-fraud. Search is committed to safeguarding the interests, rights, and well-being of children, youth, and vulnerable adults with whom it is in contact and to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
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