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About Afghanaid:

Afghanaid is a British humanitarian and development organisation operating in Afghanistan. For close to forty years, we have worked with millions of deprived, excluded and vulnerable families in some of the poorest and most remote communities in Afghanistan. We build basic services, improve livelihoods, strengthen the rights of women and children, help communities protect against natural disasters and adapt to climate change, and respond to humanitarian emergencies.

Our community-led approach gives ordinary Afghans a voice in their own development, making them active participants in shaping the future of their country. With our years of experience, our majority Afghan team, and our deep understanding of local, cultural and ethnic issues, we have earned great trust and respect among the communities we work alongside. This has allowed us to gain access to some of the most underserved areas of the country.

Job Description:

Under the direct supervision of the Director of PDRM, the Programme Development Assistant will support the team in developing proposals and concept notes for humanitarian and development projects, identifying new funding opportunities, and managing donor relationships.

Job Requirements:

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The position will cover the following key areas of responsibility:

  • Support PDRM members in the development of concept notes, expressions of interest and proposals, including gathering technical input from across the organisation; contributing to writing high quality proposal narratives and developing ToCs and LFAs; assisting with budget development; and consistently meeting internal and external deadlines in the process.
  • Support the team in getting proposals and other key documents signed off by relevant department team leaders and/or focal points, as well as the Managing Director.
  • Identify funding opportunities through desk research and networking, and share summaries of calls for proposals with the team.
  • Contribute effectively to funding opportunity brainstorms and Go/No-Go decisions, departmental meetings and other internal meetings, as required.
  • Provide support to the M&E department in conducting needs assessments for new proposals, including developing the survey tools and writing the assessment report.
  • Assist in undertaking donor mapping to ensure the team is well informed of donor funding priorities.
  • Attend donor information sessions related to calls for proposals and regular coordination meetings, including humanitarian cluster and working group meetings.
  • Contribute to effective donor relationship management by supporting communication with assigned donors, participating in donor meetings, and contributing to donor reports.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the line manager or overview manager.

Note: This job description is not exhaustive; it is subject to change in accordance with changing needs of the organisation.


Education & Professional Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, Social Sciences, International Relations, or another relevant programme of study – or equivalent professional experience.

Work Experience

At least one year of working experience in a development or humanitarian organisation in project development, project support, grant management, M&E or a similar role.

Specifically, the holder of this position should also demonstrate the following:

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Strong English proficiency and demonstrated ability to write high quality, polished documents and reports for diverse audiences that are consistent with a set brand and style
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to persuasively present ideas
  • Ability to plan effectively, set priorities, and meet tight deadlines under pressure
  • High standard of computer literacy (Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook)
  • Proven ability to form good working relations, both internally and externally with people at all levels and at a distance
  • Personal integrity, initiative and drive to get the things done and achieve results
  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work in diverse multi-cultural environment
  • Ability and willingness to travel for work


  • Experience of contributing to proposal development and writing narrative reports
  • Experience of drawing on evidence from evaluations, surveys, studies, etc. to guide project design and/or implementation
  • Understanding of and experience with logical frameworks and/or theories of change
  • Knowledge of key institutional donors for development and humanitarian funding in Afghanistan
  • Working knowledge of research methods

Submission Guideline:

Please email a covering letter and your CV, by no later than Saturday 1 October 2022 to, including your name and the job title in the subject line. Your covering letter should be no more than 1 standard A4 page in length and explain how you meet the essential and desirable position requirements and why you feel you would be a suitable candidate for this role. Your CV should be no more than 3 pages and include 3 professional references including your current employer. The precision and style with which you present yourself in your covering letter and CV will be given significant weight in short listing candidates. Application with no proper subject (requested above), or submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to every application. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the deadline, then you have not been successful for shortlisting.

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