Program Director

Relief International, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd September, 2020

Job Description

About RI: Relief International (RI) is a home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.

Position Summary: The Program Director provide overall development and oversight of program work plans (interim and annual) and budgets based on expected program outputs and results with team members. He/she will manage partnerships with international organizations, local ministries and municipalities, and civil society organizations.


Portfolio Oversight & Leadership

  • Provide strategic direction and overall supervision and successful implementation of RI’s Afghanistan portfolio, which includes a blend of development and humanitarian programs.
  • Manage a team of international and national Program Managers.
  • Provide overall development and oversight of program work plans (interim and annual) and budgets based on expected program outputs and results with team members.
  • Ensure timely mobilization of projects, provide monthly project/grant review and oversight, and provide strategic oversight throughout the entire project lifecycle.
  • Liaise and consult with all donors, acting as the main representative and principal interlocutor for program-related issues.
  • Manage partnerships with international organizations, local ministries and municipalities, and civil society organizations.
  • Ensure sound administrative practices with regards to record keeping, compliance with donor regulations, communications, etc.
  • Oversee Grants Unit, ensuring compliance with donor reporting requirements.
  • Ensure regular, timely communication and provide updates to RI’s Regional Support Office on portfolio health and grant progress
  • Manage recruitment of national and international staff and ensure that all internal administrative and HR policies and procedures are followed in accordance with established RI standard practices.
  • Supervise and provide support to local and international consultants and staff hired to assist and work on grants within the Afghanistan portfolio.
  • Monitor project implementation to determine the extent to which goals are being met; determine action to improve achievements.
  • Lead high-quality project design incorporating project management standards and M&E methods, appropriate to scope, context and technical requirements of projects. Coordinate planning of activities across various projects from different sectors to ensure integration of program interventions and efficiency in implementation;
  • Support the development of high quality proposals and budgets that are relevant and include input from key stakeholders (finance, operations, programs, partners, etc.). This may include leading needs assessments, compiling/editing of the technical narrative, incorporating feedback from a variety of stakeholders, writing budget narratives, drafting of required annexes, etc.
  • Ensure overall audit compliance, financial transparency through supervision and direction of financial and administrative staff.
  • Maintain a suitable image for RI in Afghanistan.
  • Travel within Afghanistan to ensure the well performance and implementation of the program.
  • Coordinate activities internally with other RI programs in Afghanistan.
  • Represent RI at high level meetings.
  • Work closely with grant counterparts in DC and Manila to ensure coordination and adherence to proposal timelines and requirements.
  • Conduct field brainstorming meetings (e.g. co-facilitate program design and lessons learned meetings) and synthesize informational for technical proposals, competitive positioning, and strategic decision-making
  • Conduct regular donor mapping as needed, collating cross-sector information management and drafting funding requests in coordination with the Program Director.


This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.

  • University or Masters degree, with 5-7 years of experience working with an international NGO.
  • Strong budget oversight / management experience. The candidate should be comfortable supporting with budget realignment and identifying the proper coding/classification of costs
  • Ability to prioritize and deal with competing demands.
  • Experience in project grants management, including project design, budget preparation, expenditure tracking, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, etc., preferably for projects funded by multiple public donors, including USAID.
  • Experience with successful business development activities capturing public and/or private donor funding.
  • Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions
  • Able and willing to network with external stakeholders and represent RI with partners and donors
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Team leadership abilities
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results-oriented


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