Career with BRAC International
BRAC is a development success story, spreading anti-poverty solutions born in Bangladesh to 10 other developing countries in Asia and Africa, making it a global leader in providing opportunities for the world’s poor.
BRAC was founded in Bangladesh in 1972 by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, and today one of the top leaders in developing cost-effective, evidence-based poverty innovations in extremely poor, conflict-prone and post-disaster settings. BRAC started its first programme outside of Bangladesh in Afghanistan in 2002, under the Stichting BRAC International based in the Netherlands and currently reaching over 19 million people beyond Bangladesh and creating opportunities to break the cycle of poverty.
With a holistic approach that uses a wide array of interventions including microfinance, education, healthcare, legal services and more, BRAC invests in communities’ own human and material resources, catalyzing lasting change and creating an ecosystem in which the poor have the chance to seize control of their own lives. Of the world’s top development and humanitarian relief organisations, BRAC is one of the few based in the global south. In January 2017, BRAC was ranked as the number one NGO in the world for the second consecutive year by the Geneva-based NGO Advisor, an independent media organization committed to highlighting innovation, impact and governance in the non-profit sector.
BRAC International is seeking application from competent, dynamic and self-motivated individuals to fill up the following position:
Country Representative, BRAC Afghanistan
In 2002, BRAC started its first international operation by venturing into Afghanistan. We provide essential services and support in 95 districts under 15 provinces and hard to reach communities through it’s 78 offices across the country. We currently have about 1700 staff, 1700 community associates and operate programmes in education (primary, secondary , technical and vocational), health and nutrition, capacity development program, democratic process facilitation and community empowerment with an annual country portfolio of over 20 Million USD.
Summary of duties: Overall leadership and management of the Afghanistan Country Programme of BRAC International (BI). Provide strategic direction, design and roll out in-country strategies (as required) in line with BRAC International strategies , enable others to act and hold them accountable, facilitate change management, ensure quality implementation of programs and Value For Money, explore and identify long term funding opportunities and lead fund raising efforts and process, analyse effectiveness of programme and facilitate learning and sharing culture within and outside organization; management of resources, audit, problems and risks; policy advocacy and representation. Facilitate contract negotiation, signing (where applicable) and ensure due diligence and quality reporting.
Provide strategic directions and guidance to the team with the objectives of envisioning the future and ensuring the Value for Money for existing programmes.
Uphold, promote, follow and apply the core values and mission of BRAC International in Afghanistan.
Design, facilitate, develop and roll out of appropriate strategy and ensure that those are in line with BI strategies and Country Strategy Paper.
Lead, coordinate and manage the country portfolio for effective and efficient delivery of results.
Deliver quality assurance of programme interventions by providing strategic directions and guidance to the team, modelling the way, enabling them to act and holding them accountable.
Explore and identify long term funding opportunities, lead and coordinate the development of new programmes and fund raising efforts.
Facilitates partnerships with government, UN agencies, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society etc.
Represent the organisation in different forums and networks and to the government, donors, UN agencies, affiliate offices and head quarters.
Lead and facilitate resource mobilisation and knowledge management, and communications of results for portfolio rising.
Ensure effective, transparent and compliance management of both financial and non financial resources that comply with the organisational, host country governments and donors’ policies.
Follow up with Programme Managers on the findings of Audit and Monitoring reports and take steps to improve quality of programme activities.
Ensure legal and ethical compliance of the host country departments/ministries and the contractual compliance and obligation to donors.
Analyse continuous impact and effectiveness of existing programmes on a national level.
Strengthen result measurement systems for BRAC and ensure Result-Based Management (RBM) and Central Knowledge Management Learning (KML) system for feeding the gathered information for multiple uses i.e. fundraising, strategic framework development and policy advocacy.
Contract negotiation, signing (where applicable) and ensure due diligence and quality reporting.
As the Member Secretary, coordinate the efforts of BRAC Afghanistan Advisory Council.
Masters in Social Science or relevant discipline.
Demonstrable leadership, organisational, managerial and team leadership skills
Ability to think strategically, conceptualise new ideas, digest and analyse complex information and present coherent work plan or implementation plan
Strong communication, representational, analytical, networking, administrative, relationship building and Knowledge Management skills
Proven skills in fund raising and fund management
Strong People Management and Change Management Skills
Thorough understanding on VFM(Value for Money) and organizational Due Diligence
Strong Problem Solving and Risk Management skills
Excellent writing and facilitation skills
Experience of working in a challenging context would be an added advantage.
15+ years experience in diverse programme management in a developing country setting, out of which at least five years in senior management position.
Working experience as Country Director would be an added advantage.
Professional knowledge in diverse development approaches
Employment type: Contractual
Job Location: Country Office, Kabul, Afghanistan
If you feel you are the right match for the above mentioned position, please follow the application instructions accordingly: External candidates need to email their CV with a letter of interest mentioning educational grades, years of experience, current and expected salary at email@example.com
Internal candidates need to apply with their latest CV including all job assignments in detail with BRAC PIN and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please mention the name of the position and AD# BI 09/18 in the subject bar.
Only complete applications will be accepted and short listed candidates will be contacted.
Application deadline: April 12, 2018
BRAC is an equal opportunities employer