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Field Manager (programs) - Helmand, Afghanistan

Duration : 6 months
Start date : 18/11/2018

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

General description of the position

Under the management of the Field Coordinator, you'll ensure   the high quality implementation of Helmand base projects and effectively manage the programme team.  

Main responsabilities

In particular, you'll have to  : 

  • Contribute to the strategic planning and the positioning of ACF in Helmand
  • 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

Do you fit the requested profile ?
  • You have a Master’s degree or equivalent and at least 2 years’ experience with humanitarian NGO, with at least 2 year in a managerial role , previous ACF experience would be an advantage
  • You get also a substantial knowlege regarding program management & monitoring tools (with  knowledge of key sectors – Cash / Wash / Nutrition / Protection) and should have 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 and to prepare and monitor budgets as well as explain  key humanitarian principles (neutrality, impartiality, etc.) to external stakeholders
  • You are able to lead a team while managing multiple priorities, with good communication skills and willingness to build the capacity of the local team.
  • You have a flexible working approach recognising the time pressure and workload of the position and 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

Work context

The Helmand base has 140 staff and 6 projects. The primary donors are ECHO, UN-OCHA and GAC.

Current projects focus on integrated Health, Nutrition, Protection and WASH 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, ERM and Protection, as well as the MEAL supervisor. 

The context is considered highly insecure due to the proximity of armed opposition groups, with most of the province not under government control. However, the city of Lashkargah is relatively stable, with NGOs able to work without being targeted. ACF has good acceptance and is pursuing activities outside of the main district centre. 

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. The national team, in particular the Project Managers, have a lot of experience and are willing and capable to grow the mission. 

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