• Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 July 2020
  • Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Closing on 19 August 2020
  • Current
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Job Description

CARE is seeking a dynamic and experienced Country Director to lead CARE’s work in Afghanistan. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work with a devoted team, to drive impact that benefits women and girls, addresses injustice and discrimination, and enhance the lives of poor and vulnerable communities. The Country Director is the senior leader and representative for CARE in Afghanistan. They lead the team to ensure the strategic visioning, development, funding, and implementation of CARE’s program portfolio.

The position is based in Kabul, Afghanistan with 30% travel to the field. This is an unaccompanied position, and the operating context in Afghanistan is extremely challenging and dynamic, which requires a person savvy in analysis and swift in action to ensure that staff and resources are safe, and CARE’s identity and reputation are upheld always.

Role purpose:

As the Country Director for Afghanistan, you will have shared accountability for CARE’s mission and programming in the country and oversight of a budget of approximately $15 - 16 million each year (and growing) through a team of nearly 487 people.

The CD is also accountable for competent operational and risk management activities within the Country Office, including the proper management, well-being and safety of CARE staff and the proper stewardship of CARE’s resources. The CD models and ensures systematic practice of CARE core values – Transformation, Integrity, Diversity Excellence and Equality. S/he also promotes Gender Equality and Diversity among CO staff and in programming.

The CD models new ways of working and drives the teams toward the CARE 2030 strategy, fostering innovation, holistic planning and programming and helping to build effective teams, coalitions and networks. S/he encourages on-going staff development to motivate and strengthen the teams’ resilience in the face of change.

Key areas of accountability:

As a member of the Regional Senior Leadership Team, contribute to strategic development and delivery of international programming, in humanitarian, early recovery and development contexts, in line with the CARE’s mandate, strategy and theory of change. Take the lead on delivering transformational change in-country; be accountable, and develop the capacity of, mentor and hold staff accountable; and ensure the continued financial and programmatic sustainability of CARE in Afghanistan.


  • Build and maintain a strong, innovative and gender-balanced senior leadership team
  • Lead the design, implementation, and evolution of the Country Office (CO) strategic plan
  • Oversee CO programming to advance CARE’s vision and mission, in line with CARE’s Program Strategy and standards for program quality
  • Direct the mobilization, management, and accounting of all resources in the CO
  • Oversee program operations and reporting, ensuring compliance with agency policies and procedures, Donor regulations and local laws
  • Primarily responsible for expanding country portfolio and pursuing new funding and maintaining adequate funding levels to sustain program and support activities
  • Oversee the management and development of CO human resources to ensure a diverse, skilled, and productive workforce
  • Scale up the COVID-19 response, and design, implement and resource programs to address the medium to longer term impacts of COVID-19, along with the growing food insecurity
  • Develop and enhance relationships, partnerships and networks between the COs, other parts of CARE and external organizations to maximize CARE’s impact on poverty and social justice
  • Represent CARE to donors, government, policy makers and other stakeholders, ensure that right staff participating in the right meetings to maximize our influence and establish CARE ‘go to’ agency
  • Ultimately responsible for the security management of staff, operations, assets and directs country-specific response to security threats and incidents
  • Actively promote PSEA/PSHEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation/Harassment and Abuse) standards within CARE and amongst beneficiaries served by CARE

Successful Applicants Will Possess the Following Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in related field
  • 6-8 years of leadership and senior management experience in the development or humanitarian field, with a demonstrated ability to work in complex contexts
  • Demonstrated use of positive coping strategies in stressful environments and a good appreciation of security protocol relevant to such contexts
  • Must possess the ability to manage and motivate self and others to respond to major crisis situations, requiring swift action and rapid changes in priorities
  • Strategic and Operational Management
  • Demonstrated experience in leading strategic and operational planning and analysis
  • Demonstrated self-awareness, leadership, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience supervising and developing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting
  • Excellent resource mobilization skills
  • Experience and skills in leading organizational change processes
  • Experience with financial management, donor compliance and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to establish a learning culture within the CO and to facilitate knowledge sharing across CARE
  • Proven experience developing and managing various forms of external partnerships
  • Strong representation, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Attuned political acumen and sensitivity
  • Strong cultural awareness
  • Good sense of humor

About the Organization

CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.

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