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General Manager

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
Location: Pakistan
Last Date: January 18, 2011

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme 


General Manager, Rural Support Programme




Social Development - Rural Development


Aga Khan Rural Support Programme


January 18, 2011





General Manager of an AKRSP 

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, international, non-denominational agencies founded by His Highness the Aga Khan. The Network's organisations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to culture, rural development and the promotion of private-sector enterprise. AKDN is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to faith, origin or gender.

The Position: 

General Manager: Reporting directly to Chairman and the Board of Directors of AKRSP 

 The General Manager (GM) will report directly to the Chairman and to the Board of Directors of the AKRSP and will be responsible for the delivery of the overall objectives and targets set by the Board. 

The role:

         To provide strategic leadership to programme development, strengthen partnerships with NGOs, influence practices and polices of the Government at provincial and national levels, and explore innovative engagements with the private sector.

         To mobilize and manage resources including funding, finance and people.

         To bring well-grounded analytical understanding of rural development issues in Pakistan; innovative and solution-focused thinking; high levels of productivity and quality output; and strong processes of team building and management.  

Qualification and Experience:  

Postgraduate degree in management, natural sciences or social sciences with relevant experience in the development sector with at least 7 years experience in a strategic leadership role. Candidate should have a track record of applying various development approaches including policy influencing, community development & facilitation and innovative programming. Experience and skills in dealing with senior Government officials/donors at the provincial and national levels is essential. 

An Ideal Candidate  would have: 

         Exceptional leadership, communication and relationship management skills.

         A willingness and ability to work collaboratively within the various network organisations of the AKDN.

         An ability to ensure effective achievement through the leadership of the organization, by setting clear objectives in order to maximize individual and departmental performance.

         A demonstrable track record of achieving positive changes on the ground while at same time having an ability to engage in constructive and productive policy dialogue.

         The candidate must have strong belief in the values governing civil society and understanding of the unique role of independent civil society, including cross cutting values of AKRSP, Pakistan such as gender and inclusiveness. The candidate can be keen to explore the new roles and approaches of civil society in a rapidly changing context in Pakistan.  

Main Areas of Responsibility

Strategy formulation & implementation 

  • Contribute to the development and refinement of the organizationís vision and strategy.
  • Provide leadership to the programmes and to implement the vision, mission, and strategic plans in order to maximize the impact of grants received by partners.
  • Liaise with other executive heads in government and other NGOs on the implementation of the organizationís strategic and operational plans.
  • Responsible for the overall performance of the organization.
  • Develop, review, and report on the organizational and different programmatic strategies, ensuring the strategic objectives are well understood and executed by the heads of department.
  •  Be responsible for developing and nurturing network and relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Lead an executive team and ensure effective achievement through the leadership of the organization, by setting clear objectives.

Operations and People Management 

  • Build and lead an effective and cohesive management team.
  • Ensure effective resource allocations are in place or available to support the regional offices needs.
  • Balancing the governance and compliance as per organization policy, donorís perspectives and communityís expectations.
  • Maintain & develop organizational culture, values and reputation in its sector and with all staff, all other stakeholders and regulatory/official bodies.

Statutory Obligation Compliances:

  • Ensure activities meet with and integrate with organizational requirement for quality management, health and safety, legal and statutory requirement and environmental policies.
  • Audit and authenticate all documents related to organization and formulate organizational policies.


Other Attributes: 

         Strategic leadership for effective programme design, delivery and impact.

         Networking and representation skills with a variety of stakeholders including Government, NGOs and private sector.

         Management skills including programmes, people, budget and Management Information Systems (MIS), Monitoring and Evaluation.

         Good interpersonal communication skills and ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.

         Fluent in written and spoken English and Urdu. Familiarity with at least one of the local languages spoken in Gilgit-Balitistan & Chitral.  

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