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A Field Manager - Ghor, Afghanistan

Duration : 12 months
Start date : 20/10/2018

Our work in Afghanistan  Salary & Benefits

General description of the position

You will ensure the high quality implementation of Ghor base projects and effectively manage the programme team.

Main responsabilities
  • Contribute to the strategic planning and the positioning of ACF in Ghor
  • Identify needs and contribute to new project design, development and implementation
  • Manage and monitor a portfolio of integrated, multi-sector projects
  • Assume responsibility for management of the programme team directly line manage the project managers
  • Maintain appropriate coordination and partnership relationships
  • Ensure reporting is delivered on time and at sufficient quality
  • Contribute to advocacy objectives??
  • Contribute to the follow up and design of program budget?

Do you fit the requested profile ?

Education / Background

  • You hold a Master’s degree, relevant technical qualifications or equivalent
  • You have at least 2 years experience with humanitarian NGO and at least 2 years in a managerial role in the field
  • A previous ACF experience is an advantage 

Technical Knowledge

  • You have substantial knowledge of programme management and monitoring tools
  • You have a firm understanding of the technical aspects of a project cycle and the specific tools required to design and deliver humanitarian projects
  • You are able to assess needs, identify gaps in provision and construct an appropriate LogFrame to meet the required objectives
  • You have a proven knowledge of integrated programming and a willingness to engage with integrated project design and management; you are familiar with key project sectors and methodologies: Wash / Nutrition / Protection / FSL
  • You are familiar with internal and external reporting tools
  • You are able to prepare and monitor budgets
  • You are able to apply and explain key concepts of project management (transparency, accountability, etc.), as well as key humanitarian principles (neutrality, impartiality, etc.) to external stakeholders

Soft Skills

  • You are able to lead a team while managing multiple priorities
  • You have good communication skills and willingness to build the capacity of the local team
  • You are able to manage and resolve conflicts affecting both internal and external relationships
  • You have a flexible working approach recognising the time pressure and workload of the position
  • You are able to manage stress while living and working in a constrained environment with security challenges

A recognition that respect for local customs and attitudes is a fundamental part of ACF’s acceptance in the area

Work context

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. 

In 2017, ACF implemented several integrated project in Nutrition and Health, WASH, FSL and MHCP responding to the needs of the most vulnerable in Helmand, Ghor and Kabul. Moreover, ACF extended its ERM approach into more provinces such as Helmand, Ghor, Daykundi, Nimroz and Bamyan. 1,973 IDPs increased their access to sanitation and hygiene through latrines and hygiene kits, and 21,724 IDPs benefitted from multi-purpose cash distribution. Moreover, through this project, ACF Afghanistan organized a well-received photography exhibition in Kabul and Brussels, to raise awareness about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.

Through its Nutrition Surveillance department, ACF implemented with its partners 12 assessments (SMART, SQUEAC and RNA) across Afghanistan addressing current humanitarian data gaps and ensuring informed strategic programming decisions.

In Kabul, ACF focused its activities in Kabul Informal Settlements through a WASH and Nutrition project and in 26 Health Facilities via a Nutrition project, both aiming to reduce Acute Malnutrition. Through the projects, 27,126 individuals benefited from ACF nutrition activities (61% being U5 children) and 7,000 people received BSF and sanitation kits for water treatment to reduce the waterborne diseases and 2,000 menstrual kits.

In Helmand, ACF implemented three integrated projects in WASH and Nutrition, one also including MHCP. In total the projects reached 23,027 WASH beneficiaries, 19,087 Nutrition beneficiaries and 331 persons benefited from mental health activities. In November 2017, a new integrated project with Nutrition, FSL, WASH and MHCP activities targeting 47,881 beneficiaries (without double counting) started to be implemented.

The Ghor base has 130 staff and 4 main projects, with a budget of around 5 million USD. The primary donors are ECHO, UN-OCHA, GAC, SIDA and CERF/FAO. Programs are implemted in two sub bases.

Current projects focus on integrated Health, Nutrition, Protection, WASH and FSL activities, as well as Emergency Response Mechanism support via cash and NFI distribution. The Field Manager has overall responsibility for the programme team and directly supervises Project Managers for Health, WASH, FSL, ERM and Protection, as well as the MEAL supervisor.

The context is considered insecure due to the tribal conflict and infiltratoin of Armed Opposition Groups (AOG), with over half of the province not under government control. However, part of Chaghcharan, Dulaina, Dawlatyer and majority of Lal districts are relatively stable, with NGOs able to work without being targeted. ACF has good acceptance and is pursuing activities outside of the main district centres.

Expatriate staff movements are limited to a small number of relatively secure locations, with much of the role focused on supporting the national management team and coordianton at the provincail level. The national team, in particular the Project Managers, have a commitement to learn and grow the misson throught capacity building and coaching.

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