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A Country Director - 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

As the key representative of ACF in country, you provide overall operational and programmatic leadership to the mission through planning, oversight, and implementation of the country strategy.

Main responsabilities
  • The CD is responsible for overseeing the development, funding and implementation of the country strategy and the growth of program portfolio that effectively addresses the underlying causes and effects of malnutrition in line with ACF's values (Charter), Programming Principles, and Strategy.
  • S/he must also ensure that systems / procedures are in place and being properly implemented, and that they ensure the proper management, well being and safety of ACF staff, and the proper use of ACF resources
  • The CD must build on best practices previously developed on the mission
  • The CD must create a shared vision among all staff. S/he is responsible for promoting ACF Charter and ensuring an organizational culture where ACF core values are embedded, team work is encouraged and all staff feels valued.
  • S/he is responsible for establishing and maintaining good working relationships with host government officials, donors and other partners.

Do you fit the requested profile ?
  • You have strong field experience with humanitarian NGOs in similar role; or around 5 years of experience of International NGOs in progressively more responsible positions leading to a strong desure to take on the role of Country Director
  • You present solid experience in representation, liaison with ACF stakeholders 
  • You have excellent communication skills clear and structure, interpersonal and good negotiation skills. 
  • You are experienced in identifying, analysing humanitarian needs & designing potential responses, and follow up with technical referents proposal writing, concept notes, etc…
  • You have high capacity of work, able to overcome stress and work under pressure
  • Leadership and management skills in a complex international setting
  • You have extensive knowledge and understanding of Humanitarian coordination mechanisms and Nexus between Recovery and Development
  • You have strong analytical and conceptual thinking;you are able to understand complex issues and translate them into simple, workable actions and plans
  • You are fluent in written and spoken English   
  • Knowledge about ACF programs (WASH, MH., NUT, Health) and organization is an advantage
  • Knowledge of the region and of Afghanistan specifically would be an advantage 

Specific conditions / Salary

Contract12 months fixed term contract under french legislation

Remuneration and benefits :

  • Monthly gross salary from 2 280€ to 2 905€ 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.
  • + 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 (averagely every 10 weeks for the 2 initial 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.
  • Opportunity of coaching (DP) or mentorship.
  • 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 ACF 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.

Manager word:

Afghanistan is a complex and challenging country; but equally full of remarkable and resilient people who have lived through some of the significant conflcits of the last 50 years Working with and for these people is both challenging and a privilege. Doing so with ACF is an opportunity for any leader to both test themselves and be at the front edge of providing high standards of humanitarian and development assistance. It is a challenge to be relished, but equally not one to be taken on lightly. 

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