Programme Manager Afghanistan

ZOA, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject ManagementProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th September, 2019

Job Description

ZOA is looking for a Programme Manager in Afghanistan

ZOA’s Programme in Afghanistan

ZOA has been working in Afghanistan since 2000. The situation in Afghanistan is constantly changing. Ongoing insecurity limits access to some of the project locations and makes it difficult to anticipate the needs. In 2018, thousands of people became displaced due to fighting and natural disasters. With the more than 600,000 people that returned from neighboring countries during the last two years these numbers put pressure on the hospitality of the host population and the capacity of basic services. ZOA is currently implements humanitarian and recovery activities in Kabul, Nangarhar, Zabul, Uruzgan, Sar-e-Pul and Jawzjan provinces.

ZOA supports communities with construction and rehabilitation of water systems. We built new classrooms for schools, combined with latrines and water wells. In two urban areas, we have been supporting some 150 Self Help Groups for women. In 2018, Afghanistan suffered from a severe drought. ZOA assisted affected families with cash-for-food distribution. At the same time, we are training farmers in techniques to increase the wheat production.

Your challenge:

The Programme Manager (PGM) is responsible for the development and realisation of project and programmatic goals for the programme in Afghanistan within the organisational setting determined by internal and external preconditions in Afghanistan.

Your main tasks and responsibilities:

Leadership and management

  • Responsible for all ZOA activities within programme areas;
  • Member of country management team;
  • Gender and conflict sensitive approach to team management and project activities under her/his responsibility;
  • Capacity building and supervision of implementing partners.

Programme Management

  • Development of the Programme plan for the respective programme areas, with annual review of needs for changes, based on ongoing context analysis and results of annual programme review;
  • Development of donor proposals;
  • Project Cycle management, including needs assessments, formulation of concept notes and proposals and budget;
  • Reporting – monthly and quarterly activity and financial reporting, including realization of activities versus budget utilisation; (Providing input to) narrative and financial donor reporting.


  • Budget owner for projects implemented in programme areas;
  • Human Resource Management (at individual- and team level) for programme staff;
  • Implementation and monitoring of financial, personnel and security policies and procedures.

Security: Ensures the design and maintenance of an effective security management system at programme level, in compliance with ZOA’s over-all security policy and procedures.

Your profile:

Identity: The candidate is expected to fully support the vision and mission of ZOA.


  • Bachelor or Master degree in a humanitarian, development or other relevant field;
  • Three to five years field experience in a development country;
  • Experience in a conflict context;
  • Familiar with Project Cycle Management;
  • Management experience;


  • Command of operations;
  • Analytical & writing skills.
  • Good spoken and written command of English.


  • Flexibility and adaptability;
  • Interpersonal and cross cultural sensitivity;
  • Able to work under pressures and meet deadlines.

Special conditions

  • Duty station will be Kabul with frequent travel to the project locations;
  • This is not a family or accompanied post;
  • Rest and recuperation conditions apply for this post.

Interested and you want to apply?

ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in this position, please apply directly through our website: CV’s of no more than 4 pages in length are appreciated.

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