• Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 26 February 2020
  • Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Closing on 27 March 2020
  • Current

Job Description

Reporting Assistant Country Director - Programs and in collaboration with Program Coordinators, the Program Advisor is responsible for enhancing the quality of program design, management, and implementation within the CARE Afghanistan Country Office. The Program Advisor will oversee the development and implementation of high quality, innovative programs, in all settings and contexts across Afghanistan, that deliver immediate and lasting change for women and girls. The jobholder will ensure the quality of programs implemented by CARE Afghanistan and ensure that the knowledge gained from implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs is incorporated into the development of future programs. The program includes: Girls Education, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Sexual Reproductive Health, and Humanitarian. The position will line manage Program Quality Coordinator and Field Operations Coordinator.

This is a challenging role, in a complex environment, requiring a dedicated, experienced and highly motivated individual who can operate in a high profile, rapidly transitioning environment. S/he will generally serve in the Acting position during the absence of Assistant Country Director - Programs. S/he is expected to be an active member of the Country Office’s Senior Management Team. The jobholder leads two dynamic units who focus on program design and program implementation and deliver on the key areas of accountability through their leadership, collaboration, coordination and support to all Country Office teams, particularly staff in the Programs team.


  • Program design and resource mobilization
  • Program quality
  • Program implementation
  • Staff management
  • This position will work closely with Assistant Country Director - Programs (ACD-P) and will assist ACD-P within the scope of Programs team. This position should actively participate in CARE global and regional forums and/or task forces, as well as provide support to other Country Offices as needed.


  • Bachelor Degree in development, Social Sciences or any related field
  • The incumbent is an experienced country or operations manager (7+ years) with program development and field operations experience running both emergency and development programs, ideally within a complex / conflict context.
  • Robust experience of emergency and development program cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organization structure
  • A very good understanding of sectoral programs and a working knowledge of the program priorities of CARE Afghanistan
  • A good knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in program development and program implementation particularly in emergency management
  • Experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and securing and managing grants (e.g., USAID and DFID grants)
  • Solid project management skills related to organizational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • Previous experience of managing and developing a team and the ability to lead, motivate and develop others.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English

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.

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