Education Project Manager (Herat, Afghanistan) - National Position

Country: Afghanistan
Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Closing date: 27 May 2021

Please note this is a national position, only nationals of Aghanistan can be considered for the role.

Please note we are looking for a female candidate as per gender mainstreaming objectives.

The purpose of the Education Project Manager position is technical development, strategic direction, and quality assurance as well as monitoring of NRC Afghanistan’s Education activities and programme in western region, as well as relevant staff mentoring and capacity development. S/he is also responsible for the overall planning and coordination of all Education interventions, either directly within the Education CC or as an integrated approach across other CCs, across the Area Office, including in Badghis sub-office.

Generic responsibilities

  1. Ensure adherence to NRC policies, handbooks, procedures and SOPs/guidelines;
  2. Line management of Education project staff in Herat, and technical oversight and shared operational management of senior programme staff in sub-offices (i.e. Core Competency Coordinators/ Officers who are line managed by the Field Manager/ Coordinator);
  3. Contribute to the development of Area and CC-specific strategies, initiate and participate in the development of Education projects and interventions;
  4. Coordinate and manage Education CC project implementation (activities, budget, and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies, and donor requirements;
  5. Implement technical direction and ensure high technical quality of projects across operational provinces;
  6. Provide regular progress reports to the Area Programme Manager, Area Manager, and the Education CC Specialist;
  7. Ensure that projects target beneficiaries most in need of protection, explore and asses new and better ways to assist;
  8. Contribute towards actively implementing and supporting ‘integrated’ (multi-sector) programmes, cross-sectorial exchange of lessons learned, and adherence to relevant quality standards;
  9. Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills;
  10. Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders;
  11. Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.

Specific responsibilities

  1. Programme Development:

  2. Ensure availability of up-to-date needs assessment to inform programme design and advocacy efforts;

  3. Ensure all relevant stakeholders are included in the planning and implementation of projects as appropriate;

  4. Under the line management of the Area Programme Manager, contribute towards drawing up plans, proposals, and budgets for new projects/extensions of projects in conjunction with the relevant team, both programme and support staff;

  5. Support multi-sectoral emergency preparedness and response as required by the context and management;

  6. Closely coordinate with all CCs in the Area Office to maximise on integrated programming and promote durable solutions.

  7. Programme Management:

  8. Overall responsibility for effective and efficient management of the Education projects across Herat, Badghis, and Nimroz consistent with the project management cycle (including reporting to the desired quality and standard);

  9. Overall budget management for all the Education projects/portfolio implemented in the Area, including the projects implemented in Badghis, and ensure appropriate burn-rates are maintained and that solutions to over/under expenditure are applied;

  10. Responsible for providing technical and implementation support and guidance to field-based Education staff in implementing NRC project(s), including but not limited to providing instructions on work plans, approving expenses/procurement, recruitments, reporting, etc., in close coordination and collaboration with the sub-office management team based in Badghis;

  11. Logistics, Finance, and Human Resource Management:

  12. Ensure appropriate Financial and Logistical NRC systems/ procedures are adhered to within the Education team (including supply chain management);

  13. Ensure timely and accurate development of procurement plans, recruitment plans, and spending plans per project and ensure the same is shared with relevant support colleagues;

  14. Responsible for ensuring timely submission of monthly CC-specific cash forecast to Finance and relevant Procurement Requests to Logistics;

  15. In line with project needs and funding availability, continuously and proactively plan CC-specific staff requirements and liaise with HR and Admin to ensure the same;

  16. Performance management of all direct reports, including regular 1:1 meetings and completion of work and development plans;

  17. Coordination and Representation:

  18. Responsible for attending relevant CC-specific meetings and coordination fora, representing NRC strictly within the limit set out by the Country Office;

  19. Conduct senior representation at provincial and district levels and promote strong working relationships with government counterparts;

  20. In line with NRC’s standards, ensure communication plans are implemented, stakeholders are informed on NRC’s activities, and the organisation is well accepted by communities;

  21. In charge of producing weekly and monthly CC-specific situation reports, flash reports and any other reports as requested by the Area Programme Manager and Area Manager.

Generic Professional Competencies:

  • At least five years in a development and/or humanitarian Education programming environment, including three years’ experience in a senior level project management position;
  • Bachelor degree in education, business administration, economics or related field. Masters degree is an added advantage.
  • Previous experience working in complex and volatile contexts;
  • Documented results related to the position’s technical responsibilities;
  • Knowledge in protection mainstreaming, community outreach/engagement, community capacity building, and/or community-development oriented programming;
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of Project Cycle Management and team leadership;
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office, including strong skills in Word, Excel and Outlook.

Context/ Specific Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Knowledge of the context in western and north-western Afghanistan, Herat, Badghis, and Nimroz Provinces in particular;
  • Experience in needs assessment, project monitoring and evaluation, and programme development;
  • Experience of geographical access negotiation and representation, including with local authorities, I/NGOs, and communities.
  • Good communication skills, with capacity to directly influence and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Fluency in English and Dari is essential, both written and verbal as well as understanding of Pashtu though not mandatory;
  • Strong leadership skills and a supportive management style;
  • Experience of a flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high and diverse workload.

For the full job description click on the following link

What we offer:

  • Type of contract:** Employment contract until end of December 2021.
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC salary scale, terms and conditions.
  • Duty station:** Herat, Afghanistan.
  • Travel: 60% Herat, 40% Badghis Provinces.

NRC might review applications before advert deadline, therefore interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Please note this is a national position, only nationals of Aghanistan can be considered for the role.

Please note we are looking for a female candidate as per gender mainstreaming objectives.

How to apply:

Apply via our website here before 27th May



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