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Afghanistan: Country Director

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Swedish Committee for Afghanistan
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 20 Aug 2017

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has been present in Afghanistan since the beginning of the 1980s. With over 5 000 Afghan employees it is one of the largest organizations in the country. SCA is presently managing development programmes linked to Strategic Objectives within Health, Education, Rural Livelihoods and Community Governance with a total annual budget of roughly USD 40 million.

In Afghanistan, close to 70 000 children go to schools run by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA). Over two million people access medical care each year at clinics and hospitals run by the organization. Nearly 3 000 children and adults with disabilities receive special education.

In recent years, SCA has moved from being a mainly humanitarian organization to more emphasize on capacity development for individuals and organizations related to our development programmes, and their capacity to advocate for their rights. SCA provides support to a number of civil society organizations.

SCA activities are based on a Rights Based Approach – to satisfy hunger and live with dignity is a right, not a gift. SCA emphasizes that women have equal rights and should have the same opportunities as men. Through our programmes we support the empowerment of women.

SCA operates in 14 provinces in Afghanistan, with programmes predominantly implemented in rural areas. In Sweden SCA has around 20 staff at the office in Stockholm, and about 4 000 members organized in local chapters across the country.

Scope of Work

The Country Director (CD) has the overall operational responsibility for implementation of SCA interventions in Afghanistan. This task is governed by SCA Policy and Strategic Plan, and actions outlined in Annual Work plans & Budgets. Over the next Strategic Plan period (2018-2021) the CD will be leading the organization towards a further strengthened rights-based approach with emphasis on capacity development of target groups, community-based organisations, civil society partners and counterpart institutions, while simultaneously ensuring internal capacities and systems are in place to that end. Another task will be to ensure strategic development of regulatory systems, procedures and support functions. This includes consolidating the new organizational structure and ensuring that the decentralized mandates of SCA’s regional offices are well understood, capacitated and in compliance with organizational policies on transparency and accountability. Of importance will also be to ensure that the Monitoring and Evaluation framework is firmly integrated, that organizational learning is developed, and that the organization continues navigating vigilantly and flexibly through times of insecurity and political uncertainty.

The CD is, together with the Secretary General, Deputy Country Director (Afghanistan), Finance Director and Country Director Sweden, part of the Secretary General Advisory Group. The CD chairs the CD Advisory Group at KMO, consisting of KMO Directors, Communications Manager and Security Manager.

Entry Requirements


  • University degree at master’s level, preferably in fields such as management or business administration, political science, development studies, economics, or equivalent documented experience in leadership roles.
  • At least ten years of relevant work experience in senior leadership positions in large organisations within international development and humanitarian work
  • Knowledge of budget management and performance reporting
  • Knowledge of results-based management / management by objectives
  • Excellent command of spoken and written Swedish (Scandinavian) and English
  • Experience of working abroad


  • Formal qualifications in the field of international development
  • Experience of crisis management
  • Experience from work with human rights and gender equality and/or knowledge of rights-based approaches including advocacy work
  • Experience from non-profit sector
  • Experience from work in conflict and/or posts conflict country
  • Experience from work in Muslim country
  • Knowledge of Afghanistan


  • Being a team-builder and being able to adapt to a cross-cultural context
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Endurance, integrity, determination, flexibility and results-oriented
  • Able to make decisions, work and handle situations in a stressed environment
  • Contribute to a good and professional working environment with all staff



  • Uphold and communicate, internally as well as externally, SCAs Vision, Mission and Values
  • Build consensus and effectively lead implementation in Afghanistan of SCAs Strategic Plan, including ensuring required internal capacities and systems are put in place
  • Plan, execute and monitor agreed annual Work Plan
  • Further promote and develop SCAs understanding of how to best put its Rights-Based Approach into practice, including promoting gender equality and non-discrimination with regards to ethnic, political and religious background in the organisation and its programmes
  • Inspire Directors and staff in general to attain goals and pursue excellence
  • Promote an attitude of team spirit, cooperation and focus on quality
  • Ensure cost efficiency and effectiveness in SCAs operations in Afghanistan, including anti-corruption measures

Supervisory responsibilities

· Guide, supervise, mentor and coach immediate subordinates

· Communicate and enforce SCA policies and strategies throughout the organisation

Technical responsibilities

  • Ensure programmes and systems are developed in line with SCAs Policy and Strategic Plan
  • Plan and budget the operations in Afghanistan in accordance with established directives
  • Ensure strategic development of systems, procedures, capacities and support functions, including consolidating and fine-tuning the organizational structure
  • Ensure the M&E system is firmly integrated and that organizational learning is developed

  • Ensure regular reporting to the Secretary General of activities related to Strategic Plans, Annual Work Plans & Budgets, and decisions taken by the Board*.*

  • Guide development of quality, cost efficiency and effectiveness in operations

  • Ensure that a sound and efficient security regime is upheld

Finance responsibilities

  • Act in accordance with SCA’s Financial Regulations
  • Participate in the promotion and strengthening of fundraising activities
  • Be responsible for sound financial management in Afghanistan

Personnel responsibilities

  • Maintain and develop relations with authorities, institutions, diplomatic missions, aid organisations and individuals deemed necessary for efficient implementation of programmes
  • Lead SCA’s advocacy and information efforts in Afghanistan

  • Be responsible for sound and efficient Human Resources Management in Afghanistan

  • Participate in the recruitment, promotion and dismissal of expatriate staff in consultation with the Secretary General

  • Ensure that duty of care commitments are fully met

Miscellaneous responsibilities

  • Travel to Regional Management Offices and participate in field visits within Afghanistan

  • When required, to participate in Annual Meetings, Board and Executive Committee meetings in Sweden as well as conferences and seminars.

  • Carry out any other task within his/her field of competence, as requested by the Secretary General

How to apply:

· Application information

  • Contract period: 2 years with an initial 6 months probationary period
  • Conditions: Non family posting. SCA offers a competitive salary, free housing, insurances and other benefits.
  • Duties to begin: December 2017
  • Last date for application: 20 August 2017
  • Apply from (Lediga jobb) or (Vacancies)
  • Download a 1-page letter explaining why you are interested in and suited for this position and your CV (no more than 2 pages) in English.