Area Manager

Norwegian Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd December, 2019

Job Description

Are you our new Area Manager?

Do you have the ability to lead the overall planning, implementation and management of operational and project activities within a delegated area of operation?

To support our mission in Afghanistan, we are now looking for an experienced Manager to head our Central Afghanistan Area Office in Kabul, Afghanistan. A motivated humanitarian professional with middle management experience. We are particularly looking for a strategic thinker who has proven experience managing and implementation of high quality and cost-effective programme/project within the designated geographical area.

Afghan nationals are highly encouraged to apply for this exciting role

  • Read below for more information about this exciting role and send us your application today.PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
  • The Area Manager will be responsible for ensuring high quality and cost-effective programme/project implementation within the designated geographical area, in this case, Kabul Area Office, duty station Kabul.
  • The Area Manager reports to the Head of Operation and directly line manages the Security & Access Coordinator, Project Managers/Coordinators, Support Coordinator, Field Office Coordinators.


  • Line management for senior project staff and support functions (and Field Office Coordinators) in the area.
  • Member of the Country Management Group (CMG).
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures.
  • Provide area specific input on CC strategies, Country Strategy and Plan of Action.
  • Organize grants opening and closure meetings at area level.
  • Implementation of projects (including master support budget and coordinating input for donor proposals and reports) in the area, in compliance with contractual commitments (i.e. quality, synergies, timeliness, use of resources).
  • Assess needs, develop emergency response and implement response plans.
  • Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and CC strategies.
  • Represent NRC and networking on an area level and manage relationships with local authorities, communities and other humanitarian players in Kabul and Khost provinces.
  • Ensure that capacity building is provided to all staff in the area.
  • Ensure the overall security and safety of staff in the area.
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy.
  • Ensure optimal use of resources within the allocated project budgets and CC strategies.
  • Ensure the inclusion of cash-based interventions and marked based programmes in-country and area-based strategies and their implementation across and within NRC’s core competencies.
  • Provide an enabling environment for the implementation of cash-based interventions, including multi-purpose cash assistance, emergency cash responses.
  • Lead humanitarian access negotiations resulting in the opening of new geographical areas.
  • Advocate for increased humanitarian attention to the evolving situation in Kabul and Khost provinces.
  • Download the Job description here AREA MANAGER JD and the NRC GLOBAL JOB GRADE STRUCTURE


  • A university degree with at least 3 years’ experience as an Area Manager/senior manager in a humanitarian/ recovery context.
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Someone with solid experience leading teams.
  • Proven history of successful representation; building and maintaining relationships with local authorities, partners and other humanitarian actors.
  • A knack for successful principled humanitarian negotiations.
  • Knowledge of the context in Afghanistan, Pashtu and Dari language proficiency.
  • All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusive and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships.


  • An opportunity to make a difference and become part of a dedicated team of humanitarians
  • A genuine place of passion responding to global refugee crises
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC A terms and conditions.
  • Contract: Until December 2020 (Extendable)
  • Duty station: Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Grade: 10 (See the NRC Grade above)


  • This position is open to both national and international candidates. Afghan nationals will be considered first, only in case a suitable candidate is not identified, the recruitment will be extended to international candidates
  • The contract terms will either be the NRC Afghanistan Terms of Employment or the NRC International Staff Terms of Employment.
  • An approved health certificate will be requested before contract start. Selected candidate need to provide certified University diplomas.
  • NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities.NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.
  • Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for both company and location


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