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A Deputy Country Director - Program - Kaboul, Afghanistan

Duration : 12 months
Start date : ASAP

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

General description of the position

You ensure the overall management of the Technical Heads of Departments and provide support to the Country Director 

Main responsabilities

In particular, you'll have to :

  • - Coordinate technical country strategy and ensure operational management of all technical areas
  • - Represent and liaise for operational strategy and program related issues to donors, authorities, UN, NGOs
  • - Analyze the Humanitarian needs
  • - Follow-up on management of program budgets

Do you fit the requested profile ?

You have an advanced University Degree in development, international affairs, public health, Economics or similar fields and you're fluent in English (verbal and written)  and you've a former ACF experience

You're experimented on  emergency as well as medium to large scale development projects, especially those dealing with Health & Nutrition, MHCP, food security & livelihoods sectors and you  have good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation.

You've experience in managing multi-year development projects, at an international level and are able to funtion well in high stress (+ preivous experience working in harsh contexts OR solid understanding of the security issues )

To conclude, you have also recognised interpersonal skills and capacity to represent your organisation in external meetings 

Specific conditions / Salary

Contract12 months fixed term contract under French legislation

Remuneration and benefits :

  • Monthly gross salary: €2986 to €3436 upon experience
  • Per diem and living allowance:  €383 (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.
  • + Child allowance, limited to 5 children.

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 every 10 weeks for the 2 first breaks, then every 8 weeks.
  • Coverage of the transportation expenses to the RnR area of reference (Thailand)

 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

In Afghanistan, based in Kabul

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.

The security context overall is volatile. Expats who do not have previous experience working in harsh contexts should have a solid understanding of the security issues they will face in Afghanistan and/or previous travel experience in volatile contexts before consideration. Stress management skills/awareness would be essential for any recruit coming to Afghanistan mission.

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