- Salary Offer This is a 12 month new role. National and Non-National terms and conditions will apply
- Address Taloqan, Takhar Province, Afghanistan
- Years of Experience Experience working with UN donors, BHA/USAID, ECHO/EU and/or Irish Aid
- Number of Vacancies: 1
- Contract Duration Fixed Term (12 months)
- Contract Type Fixed Term
- Required Languages Dari, Pashto, English
- Reference 769/2023
- Gender Male/Female
- Nationality Afghan
- Possibility of Contract Extension Yes
- Probation Period 3 Months
- Education Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in international development, international politics, or related discipline
- close Date June 5, 2023
About Concern Worldwide- Afghanistan:
Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organization dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.
Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community
Currently, Concern has been working in Afghanistan since 1998, when it responded to an earthquake disaster in Takhar province. Currently Concern has been working in Takhar, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Khost and Paktika provinces undertaking both emergency response and long term developmental work in the areas of livelihood security, primary education and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.
Main Duties & Responsibilities:
Reporting and Grants compliance (40%)
- Ensure quality external and donor reporting and internal monthly and annual reports, including coordinating, editing, formatting and writing as needed.
- Ensure timely submission of reports and that financial and narrative reports are accurate, coherent and meet donor guidelines and requirements
- Oversee Concern Afghanistan’s grants portfolio, keeping respective managers and colleagues informed and updated on donor policies and compliance requirements.
- Review reports and proposals to ensure high quality of content and formatting, liaise with the DO and Technical Advisors for inputs and ensure comments taken on board. Support with drafting of sections as required.
- Maintain the country grants matrix: update and share regularly with the Country Management Team (CMT), respective PM and Desk Officer (DO), and lead on ensuring timely, accurate and quality reporting to donors.
- Liaising with the PMs, Systems Director, Finance team, assist in ensuring strict compliance with donor and internal program and finance/logistics guidelines. Actively support managers on this, including coordination training/orientation sessions as necessary to the project team and partners.
- Keep up to date with relevant donor regulations and provide proposal development teams and PMs with correct proposal and reporting templates, and guidance on donor policies and compliance requirements.
- Liaising with the CD and PD contribute to the Country Programme Annual Report and/or compile internal/external updates/reports as requested.
- Participate in project review meetings to keep abreast of progress against contractual deliverables including outputs, outcomes and deliverables.
- Organize grant review meetings with the CMT, involving program and program support teams, to review progress against each grant and agree on follow up action
Program Development and Funding (30%)
- In collaboration with the CD and PD, research in country donor intelligence in order to understand their mission, policies, strategies, procedures and priorities, and actively identify and keep abreast of funding opportunities, key donor priorities, funding trends, and approaches to support programme growth in line with Concern Afghanistan’s Strategic Plan.
- Work with the programme and finance teams to develop cohesive, quality concept notes and proposals, ensuring internal and external deadlines are met and technical expertise/knowledge is incorporated.
- Support communication with the donors on any anticipated or unanticipated changes during the lifetime of a project.
- Support the update of donor and partner due diligence and agreements documents.
- Coordinate with PMs to complete documents for donors and clusters (4Ws, monitoring tables, etc.)
- Support the organization of kick off, close out meetings for all grants, and support the drafting of all related documents (minutes, best practices, etc).
- Update the current donor and stakeholder profile in country: their priorities for investment, potential calls.
Knowledge and information management (30%)
- Maintain folders, on GMS, Shared Drive and SharePoint, of key organizational information required for proposals, and of all prior proposals submitted, for staff induction, learning, and future reference purposes (in coordination with HQ Desk Officer)
- Support version control of documents and filing of final reports and proposals, learning documents, survey reports and data, using the shared data space in country
- Participate in cluster meetings and dissemination of key points, attending where appropriate, and coordinate responses to cluster requests, in partnership with the stakeholder liaison officer
- Help promote a culture of shared learning across all programme locations and with colleagues in the region including participating in organizing quarterly programme meetings.
- In coordination with the PD and PMs, ensure the collection and proactive use of project participant case studies, photos, field reports and other information to demonstrate effectively to different audiences the achievements (and challenges) of programmes implemented.
- In coordination with the CD and PD, ensure production of Programme Updates, Briefing Papers and information packs for distributions to donors, working groups and external stakeholders
- With support of relevant project teams, review materials to ensure quality and adherence to the Concern Code of Conduct and other guidelines, and liaise with CD, PD, Managers and DO for correct level sign off.
- In coordination with the CD and PD, represent Concern at donor, consortia and other meetings as required/requested. Document and share information arising with CD, PD, PMs and relevant colleagues.
- Adhere fully to the commitments and rules of Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy and Code of Conduct (P4 and CoC), and ensure that any abuses or suspected abuses are reported and or dealt with as appropriate.
- In liaison with the PD, respective PMs and the Partnership and Protection Technical Advisor provide report writing and grant management support and training to local partners.
- Any other tasks agreed with the Line Manager.
CHS & Emergency:
- Concern is committed to the Common Humanitarian Standards (CHS) to ensure accountability to all stakeholders. Concern activities guided by CHS in all stages both emergency and development projects /programs. In Afghanistan, we have an Accountability framework and therefore any Afghanistan employees are responsible to comply with CHS principles and benchmarks. To give your full support in relation to emergencies when occurring in any area that Concern
- Afghanistan will give your full support in relation to emergencies when occurring in any area that Concern Afghanistan will respond.
Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:
- Fluent in English, including strong written and oral communication skills
- Ability to interact productively with partners and stakeholders (donors, technical departments, etc)
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in international development, international politics, or related discipline
- At least four years of overseas experience with an NGO, UN agency or donor
- At least two years of experience working on grant proposals and report or grant compliance
- Experience working with UN donors, BHA/USAID, ECHO/EU and/or Irish Aid
- Demonstrated ability to write high quality reports and proposals
- Significant experience of proposal development and familiarity with proposal and reporting formats, including budget management and participatory planning, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning methods
- Strong understanding of budget development and financial reporting
- Good team player and able to adapt to different cultures
- Demonstrated ability to meet strict deadlines and manage a heavy work flow
- Experience working in a high pressured, results focused and dynamic environment
- Good self-awareness and stress management skills
- Good organizational, planning, and time management skills
- Strong computer skills, particularly Microsoft office and internet
- Attended training courses in quality standards such as SPHERE, HAP, Red Cross Code of Conduct, CHS etc.
- Experience working in an insecure and volatile environment.
- Knowledge and familiarity with food security, agriculture, WASH, and nutrition programming
- Previous experience working in Afghanistan
- Proven knowledge of gender and equality issues
Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:
- Confident with strong communication, networking and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work in an insecure environment
- Very high attention to detail and excellent writing skills
- Cultural and political sensitivity
- Must be flexible and willing to adapt to a fluid situation
- Willingness to learn
- Able to take initiative and work independently.
- Willing to travel frequently.
Applications should be written in English and demonstrate the applicants suitability for the job. A current Curriculum Vita and three referee’s reports should be included in the application. All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net and Afghanistan.firstname.lastname@example.org by closing date 5 June 2023. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.
All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net and Afghanistan.email@example.com by closing date 5 June 2023. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.