Partnerships Manager - Aga Khan Foundation | Afghanistan


Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private international, nonprofit, and non-denominational development agency. It seeks sustainable solutions to long term problems of poverty, with special emphasis on the needs of rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other resource poor areas across the world. Concentrating its efforts in health, education, rural development and strengthening civil society sectors, AKF’s approach is based on long-term commitment that is maintained through political and social uncertainty. Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan is part of a dynamic network of development agencies currently operating in over 30 countries across Central and South Asia and East and West Africa.

AKF,A currently manages and implements the largest, multi-sectoral development programme within the network and has built a strong reputation with the Government of Afghanistan, donors and local partners in a number of technical fields. At present, it is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the position of Partnerships Manager at its National Program Office Kabul – Afghanistan

Job Summary: Lead donor relations and grant management, assist the Director of Policy and Partnerships to maintain productive, positive relationships, both internal and external.

Main Duties and Responsibilities: • Grants Management: Lead comprehensive grant management, including oversight of AKF Afghanistan Grants. Ensure timely submission of all contractual requirements, including reporting, with coordination of all internal stakeholders.

Lead on grant amendments, donor requests. Make sure the donor is leading on off-budget approval process. Ensure program and sector understanding of donor commitments and contractual compliance. Assess grant issues and prepare regular analysis for Senior Management, particularly flagging problematic cases for attention. • Resource mobilization and proposal development: Identify future resource needs in relevant sectors and highlight future funding gaps, in dialogue with the Programme Directors and Deputy Directors. Lead the process of consultation and proposal writing, including coordination with sector experts and regional teams to prepare new concept notes and full proposals to donors, with systematic and timely inclusion of Human Resources, Finance and ERLU (Evaluation, Research and Learning Unit) teams. Support the internal grant cycle process, ensuring its development, circulation, explanation to Coordinators and PMSOs (Programme Management Support Officers), and ongoing use. • External relations: Lead on donor relations and correspondence. Develop constructive working relationships with donors, other AKDN agencies and key stakeholders. Represent AKF in external meetings with relevant donors and in national policy fora and Government working groups with other key stakeholders. • Financial monitoring: Work with the Finance Department to monitor grant expenditure, variance and coordinating issues with programme/regional teams. Work with HR & Finance on accurate tracking of staffing contracts, as they relate to grants, to help ensure adequate human resource planning within grants, and prior notice regarding the end of staff contracts. • Programme Support: Support Directors and Managers to identify programming gaps within yearly implementation plans and provide additional programme support as necessary. In particular, provide reminders to sectors regarding programming components included in proposals to ensure delivery on donor expectations. • Integration between sectors: Support the Director of Partnerships and Policy with regular communication with and support of Program Management Support Officers and sector staff in the field on regional/national developments, and work with other National Managers and Coordinators to develop innovative linkages and knowledge sharing between sectors and programs. Knowledge Management: Develop and maintain systematic branding for proposals and reports, working to standardize stylistic elements of proposals and reports where possible. Oversight of Grants Management Information System and all donor electronic records including ensuring organisation-wide use and training of database. Update with all current and pipeline grants. Ensure that Finance Department has hard copies of all donor documents. • Support senior management in the development of strategic documents. • Support the Communications Team with the development of messages and products. • Supervision of Partnerships Coordinator • Indirect support to Regional Programme Support Officers.
Required Qualifications and Experience: • Master’s degree in relevant field and at least three years of field experience in a similar or relevant field; • Three to Five years of experience in the relevant field with also experience in supervising and support small teams; • Experience working in a multicultural environment, preferably in a post-conflict one; • Excellent English written and verbal skills; knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto will be an advantage; • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines; • Ability to critically analyze and provide constructive recommendations;
• Good team player with ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with colleagues;
• Willingness to live and work in a post-conflict zones
Application: Applicants meeting the above requirements are requested to submit a cover letter along with their CV and the names of three references electronically to No later than October 15th 2011 or submit hard copy to AKF, National Programme Office House No 43 Main Road Wazir Akbar Khan Kabul Afghanistan.