Director of Certification

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society
Kabul, Afghanistan | Kabul, Afghanistan
Apply by 8 June 2018
Posted on 1 June 2018

Job Description


Civil society has long been a key factor in addressing a full range of issues in the social, cultural, religious, humanitarian and political life of Afghanistan. With the focus upon transition to Afghan leadership, civil society, particularly local and national non-governmental organizations (CSOs), have the potential to play an important and complementary role in Afghanistan in the delivery of the government’s priority programs, in supporting improved governance, in connecting the wider Afghan population to the state, and in advocating for the vulnerable and excluded.

NGOs in Afghanistan face challenges, including financial and capacity gaps and a public trust deficit, in their endeavors to play such a role effectively. The government, the international community, and civil society have been considering methods by which to support CSOs to address these challenges and realize their potential, dating back to discussions at the Conference on Enabling Environment for Effective Private Sector Contribution to Development in Afghanistan in June 2007. One of the outcomes of these considerations was the formation of a working group, with representation from international and national NGOs, key national CSO networks, and civil society professionals, to establish an organization that will enable CSOs to address these challenges.

Role overview

The Director (Certification) or DC will support the Executive Director (ED) in enabling AICS to function as a lead player in designing and implementing programs and projects aimed at strengthening the civil society sector in Afghanistan. S/he will be responsible for all aspects of AICS’s certification program, and will lead a team of at least four people specialized in certification and capacity building of NGOs. S/he will be reporting to the Executive Director, AICS.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Based on the market situation, prepare and devise strategies for certification department.
  • Prepare operational plans based on the strategic planning document.
  • Planning, coordinating and monitoring of the certification process.
  • Assuring quality of the certification process, highlighting any deficiencies therein and suggesting ways and means to rectify them.
  • On-job training of desk reviewers and field assessors.
  • Identifying and rectifying any deficiencies on part of Certification Officers regarding desk review and preparations for field review in any given case.
  • Ensuring that the evaluation report furnished by the Certification Officers is complete in all respects, and that all aspects of the case have been properly dealt with by highlighting both merits and demerits thereof.
  • Carrying out field inspections and monitoring of field assessors.
  • Submitting a periodic report to the Executive Director regarding the general quality of assessments conducted and suggesting measures to address the lacunas, if any.
  • Briefing the Executive Director about all cases that are to be presented to the Special committee of the Board of Directors and finally to Board of Directors.
  • Presenting the cases before the Board of Directors and Special Committee and addressing the members’ inquiries, concerns and observations about each case.
  • Engage with the Government, Donors (International and National) and other stakeholders for promoting AICS certification for their partner organizations.
  • Ensuring that all certification orientation sessions for Government, Donors (International and National) and CSOs are conducted effectively.
  • Giving advice and policy input to the Executive Director on program development particularly certification portfolio.
  • Preparing analytical write ups; developing policy papers, periodic progress reports for internal and external consumption, preparing promotional material & brochures, annual reports, and making presentations on various prestigious fora.
  • Writing concept notes and meeting donors for the purpose of resource mobilization for certification unit.
  • Maintaining effective liaison with concerned agencies and government departments on behalf of the Certification Department.
  • Assessing the performance of the certification unit members on an annual basis

Human resources:

  • Leading a team consisting of –
    • Certification Officers/Assistant
    • Program Manager, Certification


  1. Minimum master degree in NGO Management, Business Administration, Finance, social sciences from internationally recognized university.
  2. At least 8 years of experience in managing teams of an international level NGO particularly working on the capacity building of the civil society organizations.
  3. Prior knowledge of CSOs certification is preferred.
  4. Working knowledge of the CSOs in Afghanistan is desired.
  5. Knowledge of the challenges and issues faced by the CSOs in Afghanistan.
  6. Have commitment to travel extensively to provinces and working in fragile security situation.

Submission Guidelines:

Interested qualified candidates can submit their application/cover letter and updated CVs through no later than June 08, 2018.

About the Organization

The Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS) is established with the following aims

  1. To raise the credibility of the civil society sector by certifying local CSOs using locally defined and internationally recognized standards.
  2. To systemize capacity building efforts by coordinating initiatives using measurable performance indicators.
  3. To strengthen the role of civil society in Afghanistan’s development through policy dialogue and active engagement with the government, donors and the broader development sector.
  4. To provide a channel for resources for civil society by strengthening philanthropic and corporate social responsibility efforts.

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