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Job Title: Women’s Program Manager

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Date Created: 27-Feb-2014

Closing Date: 18-Mar-2014

Based in Kabul, Afghanistan and New York, Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA) works with rural Afghans to create farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods, and renew the environment. Since 2004, GPFA’s community-based programs have provided thousands of Afghan men and women with the planting supplies, tools and training they need to revitalize and rebuild the vast network of farmer-owned nursery, orchard, vineyard and woodlot enterprises that have long formed the backbone of Afghanistan’s economy.

GPFA Women’s Team is responsible for understanding and supporting the needs and priorities of rural women in Afghanistan; developing and managing GPFA programs for women, as well as assuring inclusion and active participation by women across all GPFA programs; and cooperating with women’s NGOs and support groups, local, national and international, to advance the status of Afghan women in rural areas. The Women’s Program (WP) Manager works with management to develop new projects, oversee project implementation, manage the Women’s Team, monitor program outputs and impacts, assure accurate and timely reporting, and cultivate donor relations for expanding women’s programs and participation throughout GPFA.

Current GPFA women’s projects include farm-to-market projects that work with farmers and agribusiness women to improve their efficiency and make sales; as well as a functional literacy project overseeing teachers.

The WP Manager reports to the Field Operations Manager in Kabul, Afghanistan, but coordinates women’s activities with the Chief of Party, Field Operations Manager, and project managers in Kabul; and the Executive Director and Operations and Administration Manager in New York; as well as with related support services, including finance and administrative personnel.

Responsibilities:

MANAGEMENT

  • Oversees Women’s Team of 10+ team members (varies as projects change), including conducting annual performance evaluations and recommending professional development needs
  • Works with Training Coordinator to determine training needs, and designs and conducts workshops and training programs on job-related topics for staff, faculty and students, and professionals

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  • Implements projects as project manager, including administrative and field functions
  • Works directly with GPFA’s women beneficiaries in training and coordination
  • Coordinates with relevant GIROA departments
  • Works with members of the M&E Team  to implement project monitoring, including direct survey of beneficiaries
  • Prepares narrative and financial reporting in consultation with Chief of Party and Information and Reporting Officer
  • Assures up-to-date and proper documentation and filing of all women’s project related documents, reports and correspondence/emails according to GPFA’s project management system
  • Maintains a calendar of women’s project reporting events and works with project support staff and project/financial managers to assure quality reporting on time.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

  • Identifies women’s project opportunities and funding sources
  • Coordinates project development – design and proposal writing for women’s projects
  • Develops budgets for women’s projects and activities in coordination with Operations and Administration Manager

DONOR RELATIONS

  • Networks with donors and potential donors to identify and secure new projects for GPFA
  • Works with Chief of Party and Executive Director, as well as other staff, to assure responsiveness to donor requests and requirements

Qualifications and Personal Characteristics:

  • At least 10 years of work experience showing progressive growth in responsibility
  • At least 5 years of experience with project and/or program management
  • University degree in relevant field, which can include agronomy, management, or business
  • Willingness to travel to rural areas for direct interaction with beneficiaries
  • Prior experience working on international grants/contracts, including communication with donor representatives
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity
  • Passion for GPFA’s mission
  • Demonstrated experience with computer software including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel) and Skype
  • Fluent in Dari, Pashto, and English
  • Experience working with women in business development a plus
  • Women candidates strongly encouraged to apply

How to Apply:

To apply please send resume and compelling cover letter to HR Department at jobs_kabul@gpfa.org with the phrase “Women’s Program Manager” in the subject line. Application deadline is 18-March-2014.

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