Curriculum and Training Manager - Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan
Apply by 10 June 2018
Posted on 15 May 2018

Job Description


Curriculum and Training Manager - Afghanistan


Affiliate - Professional

Duty Station:

Kabul, Afghanistan


The International Development Law Organization (IDLO) enables governments and empowers people to reform laws and strengthen institutions to promote peace, justice, sustainable development and economic opportunity. We contribute to creating stable and inclusive societies where every person can live free from fear and want, in dignity and under the rule of law.

To learn more about IDLO, please visit our website or follow us on Twitter @IDLO.


For more than a decade, IDLO has been working with the Afghan Government, civil society organizations and the international community to strengthen access to justice, uphold human rights, expand legal capacity, and promote local ownership. Afghanistan has been an IDLO Member Party since November 2012, further strengthening the cooperative relationship between Afghan justice institutions, IDLO, and the international community.

IDLO Afghanistan programming currently supports activities targeting legal aid, prosecution of crimes of violence against women, institution strengthening, capacity building through continuing professional development, and increasing awareness on legal rights through public awareness. It operates through a main office in Kabul and provincial offices in Badakhshan, Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, and Nangarhar.

For more than a decade, IDLO has been working with the Afghan Government, civil society organizations and the international community to strengthen access to justice, uphold human rights, expand legal capacity, and promote local ownership. Afghanistan has been an IDLO Member Party since November 2012, further strengthening the cooperative relationship between Afghan justice institutions, IDLO, and the international community.


The Continuing Professional Development Support (CPDS) program is IDLO’s newest initiative in Afghanistan and is designed to support the justice institutions in their efforts to train their professional staff on the revised Penal Code that came into force February 2018. The revision of the Penal Code is the most significant change in the law in Afghanistan in at least a decade. In addition to supporting this vital training need, this program builds on ongoing efforts to create effective and sustainable professional training departments (PTD) at formal justice institutions. This work involves assisting these departments create continuing legal education courses, develop training for trainers programs, and increase training quality through coaching and monitoring. CPDS also focuses on assisting these departments develop the administrative capacity to be able to seek and properly use state resources. Thus, CPDS is divided into three main components headed by separate managers: Curriculum and Training Development, Institutional Development, and Monitoring and Reporting.


IDLO seeks a Curriculum and Training Manager to lead a team of Afghan legal experts to author curricula, train and coach legal trainers, and generally build the professional capacity of the training staff within three partner institutions (the Supreme Court, Ministry of Justice, and Attorney General’s Office), with the goal of delivering urgently needed training on the revised Penal Code.

Under the supervision of the Field Program Manager, the Curriculum and Training Manager will be expected to:

  • Lead, mentor, and advise a team of legal experts engaged in curriculum development and training activities.
  • Build and maintain relationships with partner justice institutions and other stakeholders;
  • Provide expert advice on revision and refining of curriculum development tools and guidelines on curriculum development standards;
  • Provide expert advice on increasing the quality of continuing legal training programs and associated trainers.
  • In coordination with M&E experts, develop, monitor and revise program management tools, ensure effective and timely coordination of deliverables, monitor implementation and achievement of results, flag deviations, and make recommendations for corrections;
  • Monitor expenses in relation to the relevant program component, review expenses allocation and support accurate financial forecasting exercises;
  • Completeandsubmitregularprogressreportsandprovideinputtodonorreportsasrequested;
  • Perform other relevant activities and tasks as assigned by the Field Program Manager.
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE Education and Experience
  • DegreeinLaw,preferablyatpost-graduatelevelorJurisDoctor(JD);
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience ideally within an international organization in the areas of capacity building, training, research and/or curriculum development, including but not limited to conducting needs assessments, drafting training materials, training evaluations and reporting, preferably in post-conflict countries;
  • Prior experience in managing large teams, program management, and program administration;
  • Prior experience in working and dealing with Government Departments, Ministries and high-
  • level officials;
  • Prior experience working in Afghanistan is an advantage as is experience in US-funded projects.
  • Experience working in Islamic legal contexts would be an asset; and
  • Experience in successfully handing over development projects to local counterparts in a sustainable manner is a plus;


  • Fluent oral and professional writing skills in English are essential.
  • Knowledge of Dari or Pashto would be an advantage.

Specific Knowledge / Skills / Competencies

  • Good understanding of legal principles and frameworks;
  • Sensitivity to political and cultural issues;
  • Familiarity with standard program and data management tools, as well as results-based management and monitoring and evaluation principles;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Proficient use of other ICT software and internet software;
  • Ability to work under pressure with tight deadlines, flexibility, and an entrepreneurial spirit;
  • Self-motivated and dynamic with a willingness and ability to use initiative to assist the organization to achieve its objectives; and
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to IDLO’smandate.


The successful candidate will be contracted for an initial period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension, depending on satisfactory performance and continued funding availability.

For this position, IDLO shall offer a monthly basic salary in the range of USD 9,000 and an additional benefits package including a lump sum relocation allowance, a monthly hardship allowance (USD 2,249), provident fund at 14%, medical and mission insurance, 30 days’ annual leave, sick leave, home leave once a year and rest and recuperation (R&R) every 6 weeks.

This is a non-family duty station. The Program runs a five-day working week from Sunday to Thursday. Accommodation, cleaning, laundry and meals are provided in a pleasant, secure and fully-serviced compound. Rigorous security is in place at all times.


IDLO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in all areas of its operations. We welcome and encourage diverse applications.

All interested applicants are encouraged to apply via our website: and submit the completed IDLO Personal History Form (PHF), resume and cover letter.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the employee assigned to this work. This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

The Director - General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.

Application deadline is June 10, 2018 (23:59hrs Rome time).

About the Organization

Intergovernmental organization established in 1983. Has 18 Member States and focuses on the promotion of the Rule of Law and Good Governance by addressing the institutional, structural and legal preconditions for peace and poverty reduction. Addresses the areas of judicial reform; post-conflict justice and the establishment of rule of law in post-conflict societies; good governance; legal systems that enhance and protect essential rights; public international trade and intellectual property law; business, commercial and financial law. Disseminates knowledge through its Distance Learning and Research Center (DLRC); online library; international training and technical assistance; post-conflict preparedness and assistance; global network for development through law; strategic partnerships; and its International Advisory Committee (IAC). Has regional offices in Sydney (Australia) and Cairo (Egypt). Has Project Offices in Kabul (Afghanistan), Aceh (Indonesia) and Bishkek (Kyrygz Republic). IDLO has established legally-constituted Alumni Associations in 41 countries around the world. These Associations promote individual security and development through their own training and technical assistance programs, complementing at the national level what IDLO does internationally.

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