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Country Representative, Afghanistan

The Asia Foundation
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Last Date: October 22, 2010

Country Representative, Afghanistan
The Asia Foundation is seeking a Country Representative to oversee and run its office in Afghanistan. The Country Representative (CR) is the senior-most Foundation employee in Afghanistan--the organizationís largest office--and leads all programs, operations and external relations there, while contributing to the development and implementation of the Foundationís strategic vision in Afghanistan. The CR oversees management of the Afghanistan officeís programs, financial, security, and administrative operations, directs staff, and develops and implements effective fundraising strategies. The CR maintains productive relationships with the Afghanistan government, diplomatic missions, donors, national and international organizations, partners, and the media, in addition to overseeing monitoring, evaluation, and reporting on program results to donors and to Foundation headquarters. The CR reports to the Vice President of Field Operations and is supported by three Deputy Country Representatives.

The Asia Foundationís Afghanistan program has an annual budget of $30+ million and a team of 230 Afghans and international staff from 12 countries. Program areas include strengthening government institutions at the central and sub-national levels, broadening and deepening political participation, contributing to the advancement of Afghan women, and improving quality and access to higher education. See  for more specific program information.


Minimum ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in international development or foreign affairs in Asia with private, public, bi-lateral or multi-lateral development institutions and non-profit organizations. Proven track record in strategic planning, program development, and fundraising. Strong team-building, representational and diplomatic skills. Demonstrated management skills and experience in supervising multi-national, multi-disciplinary teams; strong analytical and problem- solving skills; excellent verbal and written communication, proven interpersonal and intercultural skills, including flexibility and sensitivity. Knowledge of and professional experience in Afghanistan. Knowledge of Pashto and/or Dari language skills desirable. Doctorate or Master's degree, in a field related to Foundation interests.

The Asia Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. Please put your cover letter/expression of interest and resume in one document and submit it as an attachment when submitting your application on our website. Interested applicants should apply directly on The Asia Foundationís website: . We will only consider applicants who provide a cover letter including salary requirements along with their resume. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.


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