Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Area Programme Manager (Central & East Afghanistan)

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


NRC is looking for an Area Programme Manager to join the Afghanistan mission. The role holder will be responsible for implementing integrated programmes and representing NRC at Coordination forums. The Area Programme Manager will improve management capacities and programmatic quality in the Central & East Area Office. This position will line manage Senior Programme, effectively overseeing field implementation and leading on other programme development initiatives Member of the Area Management Group. He/she will ensure that NRC achieves its programmatic objectives.

If you are an action-oriented, execution-driven, and hands-on executive; who is experienced in defining, planning, and shaping strategies and initiatives; with a track record in integrated programming; and the ability to meet new challenges and navigate through insecure environments, then this is the role for you! **This position is open to Afghan Nationals only**

What You Will Do

Area strategic plans programme components, and preparation. Area-specific input on thematic strategies, Country Strategy, and Annexes. Project Implementation (master support budget and coordinating input for donor proposals and reports). Project cycle management (proposal development, budget management, reporting, etc.). Monitoring and Evaluation commitments in the Area Office (facilitating evidence-based learning and decision-making). Line management of senior project staff and Area Office Monitoring & Evaluation staff. Staff Capacity Building, training, and support in accordance with capacity gaps and training needs.

What You Will Bring

Management experience in a humanitarian/recovery context. Cash-based interventions and market-based programmes knowledge. Complex, and volatile context exposure. Afghanistan context exposure and knowledge. English fluency, both written and verbal. Knowledge of the local language (Dari and Pashto).

What Makes This Position Attractive?

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan is complex, protracted, and worsening. The country is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with a risk of systemic collapse and human catastrophe.  The Central & East Area Office comprises of a diverse and committed team of 400 staff, a portfolio of NOK. 70 million, six thematic areas, Emergency responses teams, and two camps in earthquake-response areas.  This is an opportunity to contribute to the protection and assistance of vulnerable and crisis-affected women, girls, boys, and men. NRC Afghanistan is one of the leading Humanitarian Response agencies (particularly for Afghans forced to flee), maintaining a presence of 12 offices and over 1,000 staff in 14 provinces across the country. Meaningful work that responds to the diverse needs, priorities, and concerns raised by beneficiary communities. NRC Afghanistan meets immediate humanitarian needs, prevents further displacement, and contributes to durable solutions. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility.

What We Offer

Kabul, Afghanistan duty station. 12-month contract duration. 40% travel, approximately.  Grade 9 in NRC’s Salary Scale. NRC offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability. We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative.

Key Information - Please Take Note When Applying

We highly encourage you to learn more about the role: please review the full Job Description here. Learn more about NRC’s operation in Afghanistan here. Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your experience, employment history, and education in your application. Ensure to attach your latest CV. Submit your application and CV in English. When creating your profile, include your full name as per your passport. To apply as an internal candidate, log in with your official NRC email address. This position is open to Afghan Nationals only. Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of colour are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. NRC is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, so if you’re excited about this role and you meet most, but not all the requirements, we encourage you to apply anyway. Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered. Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to give detailed feedback to applicants who have not been shortlisted. For any queries, please email us at with “Area Programme Manager Central & East Afghanistan” as the subject line. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country. Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and Security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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