Operations Director,

FHI 360, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd January, 2020

Job Description

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Operations Director for an anticipated multiyear USAID National Health Technical Assistance Program in Afghanistan. The activity aims to improve health outcomes through improved utilization of high-impact, sustainable, accessible, and quality health and nutrition services across Afghanistan. The program will enhance the Afghan Ministry of Public Health’s capacity to support the health systems and policies required to provide high-quality services across Afghanistan and ultimately improve health outcomes among Afghans nationally.

This position is subject to project award and funding.

Position Description:

The Operation Director will directly oversee the operation and support functions including procurement, administration, HR, security etc. S/he will essentially act as the second deputy to the COP after the DCOP. S/he will ensure project compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and AIDAR, USAID Policies and USAID/Afghanistan mission orders and Implementing Partner’s notices. S/he will establish standards and procedures to ensure the compliance program’s effectiveness and efficiency, maintaining compliance to organizational policies procedures and internal controls. The Operation Director will coordinate with internal and external auditors and coordinate with field director of finance and home office senior accountant. S/he will be responsible for conducting due diligence to ensure that that USG funds are not diverted from their development purpose outlined in the contract and are not vulnerable to corruption, extortion or otherwise benefitting malign groups. The position will be based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Set up and adjust as needed all field-based administrative, procurement, HR and other operational systems and processes, and organize appropriate training and orientation on policies and systems for all field staff at the time of hire and refresher training through life of project.
  • Oversee all administrative and logistical staff in the main, regional, and embedded staff in partner offices.
  • Work closely with regional office administrative (including financial, contracts, HR, etc.), program, and operational teams to ensure timely and quality reporting, and lead project teams in office/program set-up and close-out processes.
  • Assure that the project is in compliance with USAID and FHI 360 regulations and procedures.
  • Provide direction and guidance to local, consortium partner, and sub-contractor staff on compliance issues, procurement standards/requirements, and other administrative, HR and logistical questions.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the project operational procedures, adapting global and regional resources and tools as needed for the Afghan context.
  • Oversee a team of administrative, logistics, contracts and security staff for the project and ensure clear roles and responsibilities and lines of communication are maintained among the team members.
  • Work with the Chief of Party to provide management, leadership, oversight, and direction to ensure project financial and contracts transparency and compliance; ability to implement field activities; and an enabling environment for new hires and staff to work effectively and efficiently with government counterparts.
  • Ensure that program functions are aligned with the Afghan government’s technical priorities and U.S. government regulations.
  • Work closely with the other Director-level positions, Chief of Party, and regional/HQ support staff; serve as acting Chief of Party in the Chief of Party’s absence.
  • In collaboration with the Technical Director and M&E Director; collaboratively develop and implement key management systems that will support project planning, reporting, and performance management.
  • Ensure that the project meets stated goals and reporting requirements; identify challenges, obstacles, and difficulties affecting project implementation; develop strategies to solve these problems; and work with the chief of party and USAID as needed to implement these strategies.

Minimum Requirements:

  • An advanced degree from a college or university in Business Administration (accounting concentration) with MBA and/or CPA
  • 10+ year total experience with US Federal Government overseas projects, in particular in Afghanistan, thorough knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation, experience with US Federal Government assistance instruments and audits.
  • Experience working with project counterparts and key stakeholders, particularly senior officials in government, the private sector, and civil society
  • Experience in operations management, particularly for projects of similar size and scope.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in diverse teams and manage high-volume work flow.
  • Knowledge of the Afghan health sector.
  • The Operations Director also must have strong leadership and business judgment skills and strong analytical skills and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Proven experience with USAID regulations and guidelines and in ensuring that projects maintain the highest administrative, financial, and operational standards for compliance and audits.
  • Fluent in Dari and Pashto. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.


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