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Education Program Director

The Asia Foundation
Location: Afghanistan
Last Date: October 26, 2010


The goal of the USAID-sponsored Strengthening Education in Afghanistan program is to improve the institutional capacity, operations, management, and programming of educational and civil society organizations in Afghanistan. Through this comprehensive program, the Foundation proposes to address both Higher Education and Basic Education needs in keeping with the strategic plans of the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Basic Education (MoE).

Position Description:
The Program Director is responsible for the day-to-day, strategic, programmatic, and budget management of the USAID-supported Strengthening Education in Afghanistan program. He/she will be responsible for compliance with all USAID financial, administrative, and program management requirements and regulations, as well as close liaison with USAID/Kabul. The Program Director supervises all project staff, including program officers, M&E/DOC Advisor, Finance Advisor, and project assistant. The Program Director reports to the Deputy Country Representative.

Responsibilities and Duties:
• Manage USAID-supported Strengthening Education in Afghanistan initiatives, identification and placement of technical assistance, and program development/design;
• Manage the project budget in accordance with USAID regulations and terms and conditions in the Cooperative Agreement;
• Oversee activities according to approved project work plans and in consultation with USAID and other stakeholders;
• Provide technical input for key program activities;
• Review and revise approved work plans, timelines, and objectives for all project activities and ensure compliance with USAID regulations;
• Ensure effective collaboration across all project activities;
• Develop and obtain approval of the scopes of work for technical consultants required by the project;
• Obtain approval for all sub-contracts under the Cooperative Agreement;
• Monitor the performance of key program activities;
• Oversee all monitoring and evaluation efforts;
• Track project deliverables and recommend steps to ensure targets are met;
• Ensure compliance with reporting requirements, including all quarterly and annual performance reports and other reports stipulated in the Cooperative Agreement;
• Ensure provision of necessary periodic updates and success stories to USAID;
• Supervise all staff (international and national) members under this project; and
• Other support as mutually agreed.

• Advanced university degree(s) in a subject relevant to education and/or international development;
• Minimum 7-10 years of experience in managing, implementing, and designing education projects required;
• Experience managing multi-year donor-funded programs required (USAID experience preferred);
• Demonstrated experience with fiscal and budget management of development projects;
• Experience in international organization and in conflict or post-conflict environments desired, prior work in Afghanistan preferred;
• Technical expertise in more than one of the project’s core technical areas required (higher education, basic education, accelerated and remedial education, curriculum development, educational administration, etc.);
• Excellent interpersonal relations and communications skills required;
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural, complex, and fast-paced environment required; and
• Excellent oral and written English required; Dari/Pashto competence desired.

The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region. The Foundation supports programs in Asia that help improve governance, law, and civil society; women's empowerment; economic reform and development; and international relations. Drawing on more than 55 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with private and public partners to support leadership and institutional development, exchanges, and policy research. With a network of 19 offices throughout Asia, an office in Washington, D.C., and its headquarters in San Francisco, the Foundation addresses these issues on both a country and regional level.

To Apply:
The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Please submit your application directly by visiting our website at  and selecting "Permanent Employment." When submitting your application please put your cover letter and resume in one document and submit it as an attachment. We will only consider applicants who provide a cover letter including salary requirements along with their resume, limit their resumes to a maximum of three pages, and submit their application prior to the deadline. The application deadline is October 26, 2010. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.


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