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Country Director


Posted on: 20/04/17
Desired start date: 15/08/17
Duration of the mission:  12 months (extendable)

Location:  Based in Kabul, frequent field visits



SI has been working in Afghanistan for 36 years. SI is currently implementing in Khost, Bamyan, Wardak and Paktika Provinces the following projects: 2 WaSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), 1 NRM (Natural Resources Management and 3 Emergency (1 Food Distribution and Livelihood, 1 Shelter, 1 Emergency Response Mechanisms) programs.

The opening of new areas is forecasted in the 2017 mission strategy, especially for emergency projects: Nangarhar, Kunar, Logar and Paktya where population displacements linked to conflicts are reported and where there are gaps in terms of humanitarian presence.

SI intervention areas are currently in four provinces Bamyan, Wardak, Khost and Paktika with four operational bases and one coordination base in Kabul. At the time of writing, the mission has 11 international staff and 124 national staff.

The coordination team in Kabul is currently composed of 6 expatriates (CD, Finance Co, HR Co, WASH Co, Emergency Co and Reporting and Communication Officer) and 24 national staff.

In Bamyan Province, there are two operational bases (Saighan and Bamyan). The team is composed of 3 expatriates (Field Coordinator, WaSH Program Manager and Log/Admin Manager) and 35 national staff.

In Khost Province, there is one base in the capital of the Province. The team is composed of 2 expatriates (Field Coordinator and WaSH Program Manager) and 40 national colleagues plus the Pakistani camp staff. Humanitarian interventions in Paktika Province are managed from Khost base. In Wardak Province, there is one base in Maydan Shar city without expatriates and 25 national staff. The staff of this operational base should double in May 2017.

For more information about the humanitarian work in Afghanistan please visit this page: http://www.solidarites.org/fr/nos-missions/afghanistan/regards-d-humanitaires




The situation in Afghanistan remains characterized by a high insecurity induced by conflict between Armed Opposition Groups and Afghan National Security Forces backed by international forces. This affects the Afghan population, but also humanitarian workers. In addition, the regular occurrence of natural disasters still heavily impacts over 200,000 people every year.

In 2016, SI has continued its effort to provide adequate relief to internally displaced people, returnees, Pakistani refugees and rural populations in four provinces (Wardak, Khost, Paktika and Bamyan). Our strategic objectives for 2017 will focus on further strengthening our response to acute humanitarian crises in the country, while extending our emergency intervention for displaced persons in Nangarhar, Paktya and Logar provinces. Long term development projects especially on Natural Resources Management will be designed for the more secure province of Bamyan.

SI is considered as a key partner for several donors such as ECHO, OCHA (Common Humanitarian Fund), AFD and the French Embassy. For the first time, the mission got in 2017 funds from the GAC (Global Affairs Canada) which releases yearly a call for proposals. DFID, SDC and USAID have been approached, a close follow up may lead to potential funding opportunities.

Another objective will be for SI to be recognized by its peers as a major WaSH actor in Afghanistan. SI will also strive to advocate to respond to the humanitarian needs, especially for the most vulnerable, and about the importance of securing humanitarian access to the most remote areas.

The CD will have to ensure, with the Program Coordinators, the follow up of ongoing programs and the opening of new programs / area of intervention, mostly emergency oriented. This will include strong participation of SI to external coordination forums, participation to needs’ assessments, proposal design and launching of new programs.


The Country Director is the SOLIDARITES INTERNATIONAL (SI) official representative in Afghanistan. She/ He is in charge of:

  • The smooth running of the mission;
  • Proposing the mission strategy, according to the geopolitical and humanitarian contexts, and ensures its implementation once it has been validated;
  • Monitoring of projects, ensuring that they are progressing in accordance with SI charter and complying with internal and contractual procedures;
  • Mobilizing the material and financial resources necessary for the programs to run effectively and supervising the administration of these resources;
  • Coordinating the teams in place and ensuring their security on the mission;
  • She/He is the direct liaison between the mission and SI HQ.




  • Third level qualification in humanitarian/development studies, social sciences, management or other related discipline.


  • Minimum 4 years overseas experience working with an international humanitarian/development NGO, with strong programs management, team management and financial management experience;
  • Minimum 1 year in a similar position
  • Experience of working in insecure environments
  • Experience in managing security in insecure environment
  • Proven management ability, including ability to motivate and develop skills of team’s members. Must be able to make sound management decisions in difficult situations and also be able to work in a participatory manner with colleagues.
  • Proven ability to deal with donors and operational partners.
  • Proven ability to develop adapted humanitarian vision and strategy.

Technical skills and knowledge:

  • Strong knowledge of donors’ policies and guidelines;
  • Excellent redaction, organizational and planning skills;
  • Strong knowledge of the project cycle management;
  • Strong knowledge of the humanitarian principles;


  • Fluent in English (spoken and written), French would be an asset
  • Knowledge of Dari or Pashto is an advantage

Other desirable qualities:

  • Good networking skills;
  • Strong communication, problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Able to prioritize and handle a diverse and heavy workload;
  • Knowledge of principled-based approaches and advocacy skills;
  • Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity;
  • Consideration for institutional requirements;
  • Patience & sense of humour.



Does this description fit you? Please send us your CV and Cover letter in English. CV only applications will not be considered. 





NB:  The vacancy may close before the deadline. Thank you for your comprehension 


The Country Director is based in Kabul, with frequent visits of all operational bases.

In Kabul, access to a number of amenities is possible (supermarket, restaurants, NGO guest houses, etc.). Movement restrictions are in place to avoid locations considered high-risk places at the wrong time. Security procedures are updated monthly including restricted schedule of movements, list of validated places and logistical arrangements. Expatriates are not permitted to walk in the streets.

In Bamyan, security rules are less restrictive, walking is authorized in most places with specific restrictions for certain areas. In Bamyan city, few eating places and basic living facilities are available.

In Khost, the context is tenser and security regulations are stricter. Expatriates’ movements, including in the area of intervention, are subject to restrictions.

In Wardak, expatriates are not allowed to spend the night in the base. However, the Kabul coordination team regularly visits the base at only 40 minutes driving from Kabul base.

In Paktika for the moment, expatriates are accommodated in the Governor guesthouse.

In Kabul:

  • Means of communication: Internet (24h/24) and mobile phones
  • Climate: Mountainous climate / very warm in summer and very cold in winter
  • Guesthouse / office in one building
  • Water supply from well in the yard, mineral water for drinking
  • Electricity network functioning, generator in back-up
  • Availability of basic supplies (hygiene, food, etc.)
  • In-country movements: According to security department and to work necessity (plane only). Limited accommodation conditions on most of the operational bases
  • Neither short trousers nor T-shirt, long sleeves, long shirt, veil are compulsory for woman in all public places




A salaried post: according to your experience from 2500 euros gross per month, plus 10% annual leave allowance paid monthly and a monthly Per Diem of 500 USD.
Social and medical cover: Expatriates benefit from an insurance package which reimburses all healthcare expenses (including medical and surgical expenses, dental care and ophthalmological expenses, repatriation) and a welfare system including war risks. Essential vaccination and antimalarial treatment costs are refunded.
Vacation: During the assignment, a system of alternation between work and time off is implemented at the rate of one break every three months. For a one-year assignment, the expatriate will have a 7-day break during the 3rd and the 9th month (with 500 euros allocated by Solidarités). He or she will also be entitled to go back to his or her home country for a 14-day period after six months spent on the mission (Solidarités will cover travel costs)

For further information about Solidarités International, please consult our website:  http://www.solidarites.org/en/



Sebastiano SIRINGO, Recruitment & Follow Up Officer



Banca Popolare Etica
VIS - Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo
IBAN IT70F0501803200000000520000

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VIS - Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo
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