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A Nutrition & Health Head of Department - Kaboul, Afghanistan

Duration : 6 to 12 Months
Start date : 20/11/2018

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

General description of the position

Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Director Program, you will be responsible to define the strategies and coordinate activities of Action Against Hunger in the field of Nutrition & Health. 

Main responsabilities

Design, develop and evaluate actions in the field of nutrition & health

  • Drawing up new proposals for intervention in medical and nutritional programme areas (nutrition in emergency and capacity building link with development) for submission to funding bodies
  • Assess and analyse the prevailing context of nutrition in the country
  • Engage and develop in teamwork with other technical areas an integrated multi-sectoral approach
  • Encourage his/her teams to identify new programmes
  • Develop an ACF health & nutrition strategy specific to the mission and advocacy actions.

Monitor and coordinate programmes in the fields of nutrition & health

  • Supervise or conduct nutrition rapid assessments and/or nutritional surveys
  • Develop integrated (inter-disciplinary) approach programmes
  • Collect and analyse data, including the decisions making on this basis
  • Provide timely and high quality activity reports
  • Monitoring all the consolidated programme budgets relating to nutrition & health allocated to the country


Manage the Nutrition & Health team in capital and bring technical support to the Nutrition & Health Program Managers 

  • Evaluate of the technical performance and skills of Programs Managers
  • Develop the technical skills of Nutrition & Health teams

Develop and launch programmes in collaboration with governmental, UN, international and local agencies

  • Disseminate ACF’s nutrition & health strategy at country level to partners and funding bodies
  • Develop and maintain a network of harmonious and productive relationships with national representatives and programme partners
  • Coordinate at national level with BPHS IP partners in the provinces where ACF has activities
  • Influence the definition of national protocols through participation at working groups and negotiation with representatives of partners structures

Represent ACF and its positioning in the field of nutrition & health

  • Represent ACF in dealings with national and international authorities on matters of nutrition & health
  • Make national and international authorities fully aware of the ACF positions and protocols

Do you fit the requested profile ?

You hold a Master degree in Medical area (nurse, doctor, midwife, etc), Nutrition, Public Health or equivalent and have a minimum of 4 years field experience and 1 year in coordination positions with an NGO, on managing integrated health and nutrition programs.

You hold an extensive experience in Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition (IMAM) and a proven experience in nutrition & health programs designing. Experiences of working in partnerships and advocate for improvements in the Nutrition & Health Sector at the National level, as well as writing proposals, leading on sourcing of new funding and developing coherent and contextualized Nutrition & Health Strategies. An experience in SMART, SQUEAC surveys is strongly welcomed.

Recognized for your excellent diplomacy, organisational, communication and representation skills, you have also developed good team management skills.

A proven capacity to work in a complicated security environment is required.

Fluency in English (oral and written) is compulsory.

Specific conditions / Salary

Contract12 months fixed term contract under French legislation

Remuneration and benefits :

Monthly gross salary from 1805€ to 2305€ upon experience.

Per diem and living allowance: 392 € (cf eurocost) net, field paid.

+ 12 % of monthly gross salary as country allowance. 

+ 16% of monthly gross salary as reimbursement of retirement insurance for non-French citizen.

Transportation and accommodation:

Coverage of transportation costs to and in the mission.

Individual room in guesthouse covered


Medical coverage100% coverage of medical expenses + repatriation insurance.


Leaves and RnR

25 days of paid leaves per year.

+ 20 RnR per year.   

+ 215 € at each RnR period (averagely every 9 weeks).

Coverage of the transportation expenses to the RnR area of reference.


Training :

Free and unlimited access to the certifying e-learning platform Crossknowledge ©.

Technical trainings at HQ or regional level (averagely 1 per year). 

Intermission Workshop once a year.

Participation to external trainings costs upon eligibility of the request.

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. 

Presentation of the mission: 

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 Ghor, ACF secured an integrated long-term project from 2017 to 2020 to implement Nutrition, WASH and MHCP activities to prevent mother and child mortality and morbidity. ACF also implemented two multi-sectoral approaches, comprising of complementary WASH, FSL and Nutrition programs, which allowed ACF to work comprehensively to reduce and prevent malnutrition/ under nutrition in Ghor. In total, 10,892 persons received WASH assistance, 12,962 received Nutrition assistance and 4,279 individuals benefitted from agricultural and livestock activities. ACFalso had two FSL projects providing cash and agricultural inputs to 15,947 individuals.

Another FSL project provided cash to 11,936 most vulnerable IDPs in Ghor and Helmand.

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.

Security, working and living conditions: 

ACF is operationally working in 3 bases: Kaboul, Helmand and Ghor with its coordination team located in Kaboul. In total, the Afghanistan mission counts 400 national staff and 12 international staff.

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.

Helmand, has a yearly average temperature of 20°C with very low precipitation. In the guest house, you will find all the comfort you need (internet, electricity, living room with large TV and stationary bicycle), and garden. The office is located on the other side of the same compound, and really closed to others NGOs. The context remains highly volatile and security conditions can change very quickly. Movements are limited and going out of the compound is highly restricted.

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