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Director of Advocacy and Partnership Development Department (International)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan
Last Date: July 19, 2010
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Director of Advocacy and Partnership Development Department (International)
Kabul, Afghanistan

Vacancy Number: VA- 2010- 0050
Duty Station: Kabul with visits of Afghanaid work areas within Afghanistan
Duration: Three years (extendable)
Salary: According to Afghanaid pay scale
Announcement Date: June 23rd 2010
Closing Date: July 19th 2010

Afghanaid, an international NGO registered in the UK and operating in Afghanistan for last 30 years, has a mandate to facilitate and support Afghan women, men and children in their fight against poverty, inequality and vulnerability. We work with integrated rural development approach, with priority sectors of food security, sustainable natural resource-based rural livelihoods, rural savings and market-driven enterprise development, local governance, and physical community infra-structure with cross-cutting themes of children and youth rights, gender equality, community development and disaster risk reduction. We are a knowledge-based learning organization that works with both right bearers and duty holders through grassroots programming as well as advocacy and policy initiatives.

We’re looking for a Director of Advocacy and Partnership Development in Kabul (Head Office) with the following role and person specifications.

The Role
Under the direct line management of Managing Director, and working closely with Directorate, the incumbent will be responsible for resource mobilization, lead advocacy initiatives aimed at introducing changes to both humanitarian and development policy and practices in Afghanistan, as well as provision of strategic communications for internal and external audiences. The incumbent will lead a team comprising of national and international staff in Afghanaid’s Head Office in Kabul as well as in its UK office in London.

Competencies & Skills
A Masters degree in international relations, governance, international development or other relevant fields from an internally reputable university is essential. You will bring at least 5 years of professional senior level experience in areas of resource mobilization and strategic partnership development, advocacy and international communications. You will have excellent English skills (verbal and written), and a proven ability to train and mentor staff and peers. For this position excellent interpersonal skills, with proven teamwork leadership and participation is of utmost importance. You will have solid hands-on experience in the development sector and in production of a wide array of highly analytical works, which include, but not limited to grant applications, research and briefing papers and communication materials. You will have an ability to utilize public relations to forge stronger constituency consensus.

The post requires ability to deal with challenging work situations and willingness to live and work in Kabul, with some traveling to Afghanaid work areas outside Kabul. You must have highly developed skills in effective communication (in English and preferably in Dari); computer literacy in Microsoft office; a solid understanding of both funding and policy environment in Afghanistan; be able to independently represent Afghanaid at various platforms and provide them leadership; lead the development of grant applications, with limited support provided from the programme operations team as well as promotional and communications material; mentoring and coaching national counterparts; and training senior management. You will be required to work with significant level of autonomy, take initiative, be able to meet tight deadlines and deliver high quality results against agreed priorities within the given timeframe. You must have respect for local culture and religion, be self motivated, be aware of your personal strengths and weaknesses and their impact on your work, and be able to manage stress.

Afghanaid offers you a challenging job, a rewarding career in an international organization, a dynamic work environment, a competitive salary and excellent benefits.

We are actively seeking to increase the diversity of our team and particularly encourage competent women to apply. Send us your covering letter defending your interest in the job together with your detailed CV at . You can download full job profile of the position from . Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. No telephone calls will be entertained. Interviews will be held over telephone and in Kabul within two weeks of the closing date.



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