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A Finance Head of Department (M/F) - Kaboul, Afghanistan

Duration : 12 months
Start date : 01/11/2017

Our work in Afghanistan  Salary & Benefits Living & Security conditions in this base

General description of the position

Under the supervision of the Country Director, you will be responsible to ensure sound and transparent administration of funds by providing accounting and financial management consistent with the ACF financial management framework and local legislation. You will be in charge of:

Main responsabilities
  • Contribute to the definition of mission strategy: creating the budgetary framework of the mission, making financial and budgetary information available to other departments to facilitate the establishment of the country strategy, producing high quality and timely financial and budgetary contributions to "proposals" and reports for funding bodies.

  • Ensure high quality accounting for the      mission: disseminating information about accounting      procedures throughout the mission and ensuring they are observed, the      correctness of accounting and analytical entries, timely forwarding of the      monthly accounting bundle, verifications of cash stocks and bank accounts      according to ACF regulations

  • Ensure high quality cash management for the mission: designing, promulgating and ensuring compliance with cash management procedures across the mission, the availability and safe keeping of the necessary cash, adapting methods for cash transfer in the light of local conditions and security considerations, monitoring the correspondence between cash forecast and the BFU, anticipating treasury risks and resolving difficulties

  • Provide financial and budgetary management: promulgation of and compliance with the financial rules of funding bodies, establishing the annual budget, leadership in budgetary matters at mission level and steering the process of budget forecasting, cost analysis and issuing budgetary, monitoring financial risks and issuing alerts when necessary, providing the necessary materials for negotiations with funding bodies and producing documents to funding bodies

  • Promote and     ensure financial collaboration and coordination with mission      partners: participating in the process of selecting      partners and validating the financial risk analysis provided by the bases,      defining with partners the modes of financial and budgetary management in      the framework of joint projects, validating the financial and budgetary      aspects of partnership conventions and agreements, taking full advantage      at mission level of all innovative practices in the field of financial and      budgetary management in partnerships

  • Prevent and manage fraud and corruption  

  • Manage the Finance team in capital and be Technical/Support Manager of Finance Managers in the bases

Do you fit the requested profile ?

You hold a Master Degree in Finance or Business Administration or a related experience in the sector. You have at least 3 years of professional experience in a humanitarian sector, with 12 months minimum in similar position (ACF is a plus). You have strong communication skills, ability to lead and enjoy working in team. You have a strong capacity to work in a complicated security environment.

You are also recognized for your excellent diplomatic and organizational skills. You also demonstrate priority management and planning abilities. You are a challenges-seeker with high degree of flexibility and autonomy.

Fluent in English (speaking and writing) is mandatory. A good level in French is an added value

Specific conditions / Salary

Gross monthly salary ranging from €1805 to €2305 depending on relevant experience

Food and hygiene expenses, per diem, transportation costs, collective or individual accommodation, medical insurance 

25 days of annual paid leaves and 20 days of rest and recuperation (R&R) per year 

Work context

The Mission is over 360 national staff and around 12 international staff. Projects (Nutrition, MHCP, FSL, WASH, ERM)

The Finance Team in Kabul Office is composed of 4 National staff. 


As a politically fragmented, natural disaster-prone nation, Afghanistan has long faced levels of chronic insecurity, internal displacement, and widespread poverty that has subjected its populations to ongoing hardships and recurring humanitarian crises. Communities remain food insecure for a range of reasons, from the cumulative impacts of multiple droughts, erratic climate shocks and seasonal flooding, a lack of infrastructure and limited access to markets, problems that are especially acute among vulnerable populations in remote regions. As a result, Afghanistan ranks poorly on basic human development indicators, with millions dependent on external humanitarian assistance for their daily survival and an estimated four million refugees living abroad in Pakistan and Iran. Although education and health have improved in urban areas, rural populations remain largely vulnerable to maternal and perinatal mortality and infant mortality and diseases, malnutrition being a major concern.  

Presentation of the mission: 

ACF has been operating in Afghanistan since his creation in 1979 and is operating now in 4 provinces in Afghanistan through integrated Nutrition, Food Security & Livelihoods, Mental Health & Care Practises and WASH interventions to support the most vulnerable groups, with a strong focus on emergency response to human-made and natural disasters, targeting primarily refugees, Internally Displaced Persons, and flood/drought affected populations. Over the years, ACF has expanded the focus of its’ intervention from short-term, more emergency to longer term projects aimed at addressing chronic vulnerabilities of the communities and strengthening their capacity to prepare to, and cope with disasters. Sector-wise, ACF has established itself over the past 25 years as a prominent Nutrition and WASH actor, with recognized expertise in these two sectors and active membership to sectorial Clusters where ACF is active in the Nutrition Cluster as well as the co-lead of the Nutrition Assessment and Information Management Working Group and co-lead of the IMAM Technical Working Group also as a member of the IYCF Technical Working Group.  

Security, working and living conditions: 

ACF is operationally working in 2 bases: Kaboul and Lashkar Gah (Helmand Province) with its coordination team located in Kaboul. 

Kaboul has a very cold winter (a cold allowance will be given if you work during this period), spring and autumn are very nice and summer is pretty hot. The expatriates share a guest house with internet, electricity, TV room, indoor sports room and garden including a badminton and volleyball field. A variety of restaurants, supermarkets and grocery shops where you can have access depending on security rules and situation. The context is highly volatile in Kaboul and security conditions can change very quickly. Thus, the movements are limited, walking outside is often  forbidden and a curfew is strictly imposed. 

To know more about Afghanistan:

The ACF’s blog where you can find further information: (in French)


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