Regional Director - 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 Regional Director at its Regional Program Office – Afghanistan

Job Summary: Responsible for the coordination of all AKDN activities in their respective program areas as well as the direct implementation responsibility for AKF’s education, health, and rural development programs. Close coordination with the AKDN Representative and close coordination and support to other AKDN agencies and will be a necessary and integral part of the role.

Main Duties and Responsibilities: • Responsible and accountable for the implementation of the AKF AFG programs in the region; • Contribute to strategic programmatic direction through the identification of needs, opportunities and potential partners; • Manage a team of sector specialists with a view to optimise motivation, ownership and synergy through participatory planning and an integrated approach towards implementation; • Responsible for monitoring all programs in the region with regard to progress, attitude and approaches and with a view to identify major concerns and rectify them quickly, • Support timely and quality grant reporting and proposal development, • Manage knowledge and information related to the region’s socio-political, and economic characteristics, and the range of developmental activities being carried out in the region, including AKDN; • Responsible for the security of all AKDN employees and appropriate use and maintenance of all AKF assets; • Undertake any other activity requested by CEO of AKF Afg. • Cultivate and maintain good relations in the region with political/government authorities, communities and donors/partners representing AKDN in the region. • Supervise programs’ and operations’ personnel; • Have fully authority in managing Finance, HR, operations, and programs in the region.

Required Qualifications and Experience: • A Masters degree in a relevant field, particularly in rural development with at least 10 years of related experience in program/project management • Demonstrated capacity to build and nurture the capacity of a cohesive team of international and national professionals; • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel); • A proven ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with government • Excellent communication skills, particularly in oral and written English. The ability to communicate in Dari and/or Pashto will be an asset; • Strong managerial and leadership skills; excellent ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines; Self-motivated, pro-active, efficient, reliable and creative.

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.