About Mission East:
Mission East is a Danish international non-governmental relief and development organization founded in Denmark in 1991, and working in Asia and the Middle East.
Mission East (ME) has been engaged in relief and recovery activities in Afghanistan since 2001, in the north-eastern provinces of Takhar, Baghlan and Badakhshan.
The integrated, multi-sectorial programme is targeted towards implementing a variety of resilience-building measures including infrastructure rehabilitation, WASH, food security and livelihood development, civil society capacity-building and natural resource management.
More information on Mission East can be found at: www.missioneast.org
The position of Country Director provides an opportunity to work with a dynamic and diverse team in a multi-sectoral (WASH, livelihoods, food security, emergency response etc.) multi-donor programme, addressing humanitarian, early recovery and developmental needs in rural Afghanistan.
The successful candidate will be an experienced leader and qualified specialist capable of supporting a growing and evolving programme in an increasingly sensitive and challenging operational environment.
Responsible to: HQ Programme Manager for Afghanistan and Operations Director in Brussels, Belgium.
Line Management of: Chief of Programmes, Chief of Finance and Administration, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Programme Development Manager and Security Manager.
To oversee all aspects of Mission East’s work in Afghanistan, with key roles of government, donor and NGO liaison; staff management; country finance control; new donor and project identification and development; strategy design and implementation; and security management.
Key tasks and responsibilities:
*Update and maintain Mission East Afghanistan country strategy, identifying trends and developments, new areas of project involvement and new donors to support the organization’s strategic direction.
*Oversee needs assessments and project evaluations.
*Seek in-country funding for the ME Afghanistan programme or for its particular thematic components.
*Ensure organization-wide compliance with the Common Humanitarian Standard, NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct, Sphere Minimum Standards, and Mission East policies.
Liaison & Coordination:
*Appropriate and extensive liaison with other NGOs, donors, and governmental agencies and Ministries, for excellent coordination and representation through established in-country coordination mechanisms and networks.
*Raise Mission East’s visibility and profile in all relevant and key in-country networks (Clusters, UN CHAP/CHF, etc.)
*Ensure that Mission East’s programming conforms to governmental strategies and Afghan law and collaborates/coordinates with government programmes as possible.
*To be responsible for the safety and security of all national and international staff & visitors
*Oversee security and Health/Safety management systems in Afghanistan.
*Lead security planning and field security management
*Oversee awareness and implementation of Mission East security policy and procedures through field staff, including regular risk assessments.
*Represent Mission East at appropriate security coordination meetings.
Project/Programme Management and Development:
*Assume overall responsibility for the successful completion of Mission East projects and programs, and achievement of planned targets and objectives.
*Oversee needs assessments for new projects, and assessment / identification of local project partners.
*Oversee monitoring and evaluation of projects (through the use of Project Work-books and trackers), recommending modifications and new activities, and dissemination of lessons learnt and good practices.
*Visit project sites on a regular basis and support good practices in community liaison and participatory development methodologies appropriate to the Afghan context
*Ensure that complaints mechanisms, information sharing mechanisms and participatory mechanisms are included in programme activities and respected by programme staff, as per Core Humanitarian Standards.
*Promote gender sensitivity, protection principles, and inclusive approaches in all Afghanistan programming.
*Line management of and support to senior staff (expatriate and national), including staff development
*Conducting staff appraisals and setting of Performance Objectives.
*Participate in determination of ongoing/future staff requirements and recruitment processes.
* In coordination with senior management, ensure that staff training and capacity-building needs are being identified and addressed.
*Ensure that there are proper and adequate complaints and grievance mechanisms in place and accessible to all staff members, and that all grievances are being addressed in a sensitive and timely manner
*Facilitate and promote good working relationships and identify areas for improvement between departments within Mission East in Afghanistan and between HQ and the field.
*Hold responsibility for internal reporting and communications as per Mission East requirements and procedures.
*Ensure timely delivery of quality reporting to donors and external partners as appropriate, including narratives, budgets, work plans.
* Other possible duties, as agreed with the HQ Programme Manager
Education should be of degree level or higher, preferably in development studies, engineering, community development or another relevant discipline.
• Substantial previous overseas experience in an international relief or development setting, preferably with a nongovernmental organisation and in a range of sectors relevant to Mission East’s Afghanistan programme. This must include significant field experience including management of national and international staff, project planning and implementation, and budget management.
• Demonstrated experience in donor liaison, preparation and successful funding of large relief and development projects, including budgets, log frames, and work plans.
• Demonstrated experience with security management in an insecure environment.
• Demonstrated experience in assessing the needs of poor rural communities and appropriate and sustainable ways of addressing them.
• Demonstrated leadership experience in a humanitarian/development NGO setting, including strategy development and detailed coordination
• Demonstrated experience with cross-cultural communication and complex interpersonal relations; negotiating and working with foreign experts, managers, government officials, national staff, other non-governmental staff, community elders etc.
• Experience of living and working in Afghanistan or South Asia would be a distinct advantage.
• Leadership and decision-making ability
• Personnel management and team-building skills with an ability to delegate, follow-up and supervise as well as support.
• Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication and mediation skills
• Understanding of NGO accounting and financial management
• Strong writing skills
• Strong external representational skills
• Fluency in spoken and written English. Some knowledge of Dari /Persian would be an asset.
• Excellent computer skills in Word and Excel. Experience with Outlook, Power Point etc.
• Agreement with Mission East’s Organisational Values.