Deputy Director of Program

Deputy Director of Program

Activation Date: 05 Jul, 2017   Announced Date: 05 Jul, 2017   Expire Date: 19 Jul, 2017



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Employment Type:

Full Time


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Years of Experience:

Master 5 Years and Bachelor degree with 7 years re

Contract Duration:

End of March, 2018




Master 5 Years and Bachelor degree with 7 years relevant professional experience

Close date:

19 Jul, 2017



The Mission of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) is to ensure the social, economic, and political welfare of rural society, especially poor and vulnerable people, through the provision of basic services, strengthening local governance, and promoting sustainable livelihoods. MRRD accomplishes this mission through donor funded national programs in the areas of governance, infrastructure and economic growth.

The Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Programme (AREDP) is aimed at harnessing the potential of the private sector for inclusive economic growth and sustainable job creation in rural Afghanistan over a 10-year time period. The program aims at building on the social capital gained under the National Solidarity Program (NSP) and transforming it into economic capital.



The Deputy Director Program (DDP) is a member of the Senior Management Team and is based at the PMO is Kabul with at least 50% of time spent travelling to, and working with, Provincial Offices throughout Afghanistan.

The DDP shall also work with Provincial Managers to prepare and implement work plans in accordance with program goals and objectives. The DDP shall facilitate and manage the communications and working relationship between POs and the PMO in Kabul which will require regular travel to all Provincial Offices to monitor progress and work with provincial teams to help identify bottlenecks and find solutions when required. 

Job Description:


Manage the implementation of the Project in the Provinces by working with the Provincial Office Managers and Technical Support Office to develop work-plans for the project activities, orientate and train PO staff, implement activities and identify lessons learnt that can inform and improve project design. Includes planning and follow-up the provision of the support inputs required from all Offices and Units of the PMO in Kabul to provide technical advice and mentoring, and regular hands-on field work with the AREDP teams in the provinces;
In coordination with the Senior Management Team and Provincial Managers, plan and prepare quarterly, six-monthly and annual work plans for the implementation of the program throughout Afghanistan via program implementation teams based in Provincial Offices;
Spend 50% of time travelling to Provincial Offices to review the progress of implementation against work plans;
Pro-actively maintain regular contact with Provincial Managers and act as the focal point for POs to address program implementation issues/problems to Senior Management;
Provide support and mentoring to the Provincial Managers to develop their program implementation skills and performance;
Provide continues support to provincial managers on timely budget execution.
Conduct periodic provincial reviews on the work progress.

(ii)   Coordinate and work with the Technical Support Office to plan and ensure (i) the    delivery of up-to-date technical services for latest best practices to field operations; and regular and accurate monitoring and evaluation of the program;

Liaise with program units at PMO and provide technical support on program implementation.
Technically review and provide inputs on budget plans and ensure activities are in accordance with work plan
Work to ensure that the Program incorporates M&E results and lessons learnt from field operations to improve and develop program implementation strategies, methodologies, and results;
Plan and facilitate regular field visits by PMO staff to Provincial Offices and examples to ensure familiarity with the day-to-day program implementation of field operations;

Performs other tasks and assignments as required.

Job Requirements:


Having at least Master degree or its equivalent degree with 5 years working experience or having Bachelor ;degree with 7 years relevant professional experience years relevant professional experience managing operations for development projects Afghanistan for NGOs; GoA; development agencies or consultancies; or the UN;
Proven experience preparing the detailed work plans for the implementation of development operations in Afghanistan;

Well-developed knowledge of the geography and the diverse cultural/religious characteristics of communities across Afghanistan;
Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with program/project budgets;
Knowledge and experience in rural enterprise development programs and implementation;



A University graduate
Professionalism – an understanding of project cycle planning and implementation of development activities in Afghanistan; analytical skills, including the ability to analyze reporting and develop action plans to data and develop recommendations on procurement contracts awards and related issues; ability to obtain information, clarification and agreement on terms of contracts and/or specification requirements; demonstrated ability to apply good judgment in the context of assignments given;
Planning & Organizing - Ability to plan action plans for medium to large organisations and manage demanding and conflicting priorities;
Management – Ability build constructive working relationships with multiple sub-managers, plan, direct and manage sub-managers; and contribute to the performance evaluation and skills/capacity building development ;
Communications – Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including ability to explain and present procurement-related information/requirements and prepare written documents/communications in a clear, concise style;
Technology Awareness - Highly developed computer skills using Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and the Internet, and excellent database management skills;
Teamwork – Superior interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
Fluency in written and spoken Dari/Pashto, and fluency in English (listening, reading, writing, and speaking) required;



Ability to build and sustain effective work relationship with clients, partners, peers and subordinates and peers to achieve common goals;
Ability to multi-task, be flexible, and effectively lead a team in a high pressure working environment;
Professionalism in appearance and demeanour;
Willingness to enhance knowledge through training and personal initiative;
Willingness and ability to travel in rural areas of Afghanistan.



Reports to the Executive director of the Program and the senior management of the AREDP


Submission Guideline:

Interested Afghans with the required qualifications and experience should submit their applications electronically through
While submitting your applications please mention the Title of the position plus Vacancy Number in the subject of the e-mail; please do NOT submit any other supporting documentation or educational certificates with your application. If you are short listed you will be asked to submit electronic copies of your educational certificates and if you are invited to written test you will be required to present the original certificates. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date of the position. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for written test Note: In the interests of open and fair competition and a merit based selection process applicants are advised that lobbying for a position , whether by the applicant or by any person acting on his or her behalf, shall result in the immediate disqualification of the candidate from further consideration. Applicants are strongly advised to inform potential supporters of this restriction which shall be strictly enforced.

Please don’t forget to type the Vacancy Announcement Number (525/017/HRCSD/AREDP/MRRD) in Subject while applying online. Application without vacancy number will not be accepted.


The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is highly committed to increase women’s participation in government sector therefore women are highly encouraged to apply.


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