Project Director - Afghanistan

Search for Common Ground
  • Location
    Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 01

Position description

The Project Director will be responsible for leading a program team to ensure highest program quality across all projects/programs being implemented by Search in Afghanistan. The PD will be responsible for providing strategic oversight in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting of results. S/he is also accountable for ensuring high-quality donor reports as per donor requirements. S/he must ensure the establishment and implementation of policies and systems in the organisation for effective running of projects. S/he is also responsible for creating and maintaining strong relationships with donors, partners and relevant government authorities to enhance Search’s brand and profile.

Search Afghanistan

Search is commencing a new program in Afghanistan. The program aims to assess the ripeness for locally-driven peacebuilding activities, enabling new local champions in key strategic areas of the country. Through participatory conflict assessment, stakeholder mapping, and locally-derived recommendations, this project will also pilot specific initiatives. The project aims to share learning with local and international stakeholders at key points throughout the project, sharing insights on what can be learned from piloting locally-driven peacebuilding actions. 

Key Responsibilities

Roles and responsibilities include:

Project Management:

  • Lead in maintaining and ensuring the application of peacebuilding lens in the entire project cycle of the existing and upcoming projects in Search Afghanistan
  • Provide oversight and leadership in the effective implementation of all planned activities in each of the projects being implemented by Search to ensure the highest quality in all the aspects of programs, including communications, visibility, design, monitoring and evaluation. 
  • Ensure synergy and cohesion between various components of the project to meet organisational mission and objectives.
  • Collaborate with local partners on the implementation of the project activities and coordinate regular project meetings.
  • Ensure that the Common Ground Approach is reflected in all our program intervention. 
  • Ensure that the Start-Up and Close-Out protocol for all projects, together with other statutory processes are being implemented in a timely manner and as per the guidelines.
  • Carry out field visits to working areas with the purpose of monitoring of the programs as well as to maintain and strengthen relations with local level stakeholders including partner organisations.
  • Ensure uniform implementation and orientation of partnership.
  • Ensure compliance with Government, Donor and Search’s policies and procedures.
  • Promote innovative ideas in project implementation to ensure most cost-efficient and effective program results
  • Coordinate with the Design,Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator to ensure that all statutory M&E processes are carried out in a timely manner for the project.

Staff Management:

  • Supervise project staffs to ensure that the overall implementation of projects is in line with donors expectations and achieve the expected results and objectives.
  • Carry out people processes of all staff being line managed including identifying capacity gaps and plans to mitigate such gaps in coordination with regional HR.
  • Carry out full-fledged induction of the project objectives and vision to project staff.

Grants Management:

  • Ensure that the project/program budget is planned as per the project proposal.
  • Be responsible for finalizing donors’ narrative reports and support the Finance Director on financial reports from a programmatic perspective.
  • Ensures all narrative reports including annual plan, work plan, monitoring reports, etc submitted to donors and major communication with donors are well documented and archived.
  • Work closely with Finance Manager to ensure that projects’ spending is in line with donors regulations and plan actions if there is over/low spending.

Donor liaison, Partnerships and Representation:

  • Establish, maintain and strengthen relations with donors (USG/CSO, USAID, FCO, DFID, EU, etc.). 
  • Establish and maintain relationships with government, and provide regular update about Search´s activities in Afghanistan.
  • Represent Search in Donor meetings as well as in interactions with government officials both at national and local level (e.g. INGO Forum, peacebuilding working groups).
  • Contribute to the selection of local partner organisations as well as service providers to implement project activities.
  • Provide strategic guidance to staff for effective partnership management.
  • Be updated about all donor requirements, compliances, policies and procedures and ensure its uniform understanding across the organisation. 
  • Ensure capacity building of partners, transfer of skills and handovers.


You meet the following qualifications:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in international relations, conflict transformation or relevant field.


  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in program and office management, as well as knowledge of peacebuilding, particularly at the community level.

Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders in Afghanistan - from local leaders to national level government; and significant project, personnel and consortium management experience.
  • Familiar with peacebuilding, conflict transformation and Do No Harm approaches.
  • Proven experience in effectively liaising and coordinating with governments, donors and local partners.
  • Experience in providing capacity building trainings to partners and demonstrated experience in partnership management.
  • Fluency in English and Dari and/or Pashto, both written and spoken

Application instructions

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