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Shelter for Life International

Country Director Afghanistan

Shelter for Life International
Kabul, Not applicable, Afghanistan

Date Posted: 04/29/2009
Categories: Management
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:
This opportunity is based in Kabul, Afghanistan:

The position of Country Director will serve as the primary contact to HQ, interacting with other implementing partners, implementing units, and international donors. The Country Director is responsible for maintaining the safety and integrity of the overall mission, as well as maintaining SFL’s mission and goals. He/She will be required to provide financial management oversight, analyze budgets, and provide updates to HQ on budget expenditures. Travel to site offices and target regions as needed to provide technical assistance and troubleshoot alongside senior management staff. Represent SFL to donors and deliver presentations on behalf of SFL in country and in related conferences. Establish a respected presence within the international donor community and strategically position the organization in the forefront of community development infrastructure activities within Afghanistan. Identify upcoming funding opportunities and assist in program development and proposal preparation as needed. Hire and manage local staff in addition to expatriate staff, as program requires. Develop, uphold and enforce SFL policies and procedures as required. Work together with headquarters to ensure that a esprit de corps, marked by professionalism, is maintained within the organization.

The duties listed above are not inclusive of all duties for the Country Director (see SOW on the following page). SFL reserves the right to change and update position descriptions at any time.
Required Skills:
• Strong interpersonal skills to negotiate and work with foreign experts, managers, government and non-government officials, local staff, and target populations.
• Knowledge and understanding of humanitarian aid programming, project development, grant administration and management procedures. This work also requires a mastery of the principles, methodologies and practices for successful organizational management of an INGO country program.
• Able to read and interpret documents, and communicate with others as necessary to perform job duties effectively. English language fluency required. Local language comprehension desired.
• Prior experience in Afghanistan and the field of the program is highly desired.
• High level of project management expertise required with a knowledge of principles of community development.
• Must be innovative and resourceful in identifying and creating an awareness of new initiatives, which respond to the needs and practices of project beneficiaries. Decisions and recommendations must often be made on the basis of incomplete and inadequate information.
• Candidate must be articulate and demonstrate clarity in written and oral communications and, be capable of responding appropriately to challenging and uncertain situations, requirements and inquiries. The incumbent will be available to travel from the main SFL office to regional offices for related program activities and staff oversight.


The Afghan Country Director shall be responsible for the following tasks:

1. Represents the work of SFL to current or potential donors, partners and beneficiaries.
a. Promotes the work of SFL and provides SFL program briefings to donors (State Department, USAID, etc.) and other stakeholders as needed, both written and oral.
b. Look for new partnership opportunities with other international and local non-profits.
c. Contributes to the development of organizational relationships.
d. Be aware of the potential partnerships.

2. Develops, composes, and submits concept papers and proposals in compliance with donor requirements in consultation with other field staff and the program development department at SFL HQ.
a. Actively seek new program opportunities with a wide variety of donors.
b. Engages in background research and monitoring of country and regional developments.
c. Monitors changes in the external operating environment, especially in regard to government policy changes and donor policy changes in Afghanistan.
d. Researches funding opportunities relevant to the achievement of SFL program objectives.
e. Provides planning documents and recommendations to HQ as requested.
f. Conducts field visits/site assessments as required.

3. Provides administrative leadership to the Country Field Office in Afghanistan.
a. Provides Administrative Leadership overall project managers and consultants working on current and future projects.
b. You will also have full authority over all current local and international staff members throughout Afghanistan based on the guidelines in the HQ Employee Handbook.
c. Understands and completes financial reports in accordance with SFL and donor requirements.
d. Draw and pay expenses up to $50,000
e. Insures that accounting documentation and reporting meets SFL and donor standards.
f. Hire or fire local staff as per budget and as needed
g. Insures that no legally-binding program commitments or obligations are made without the knowledge and consent of SFL HQ.
h. Functions as team member of the SFL Afghan team.

4. Insures that weekly narrative and monthly narrative and financial reports are submitted to HQ in a timely manner.
a. Administrative Monthly Reports to the Director of International Operations, Mark Bradby:
b. Financial Reports to Janet Robin:
c. Development Reports sent to Mustafa Omar, Director of International Development.
d. Please copy all reports to Rand Olson, President & CEO

5. Prepares country offices administratively for anticipated funded projects.
• Works with the Headquarters to develop administrative and financial systems of management.
• Look at the staffing and administrative needs for all current and future projects: BPRM State Department (Kabul, Taloqan); OFDA (Kabul Shelter), USDA, (Taloqan).

6. Provides Spiritual Leadership to the International Christian Staff Members
• Leads weekly prayer and bible studies for expat staff.
• Leads by godly servant leadership to Afghan and international staff
• Oversees international staff in regional offices

7. Other duties as requested.