Country Programme Manager (Afghanistan)

  • Added Date: Monday, 20 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 01 March 2020

Free to Run seeks a Country Programme Manager to support Free to Run’s Executive Director in consolidating the day-to-day running of its Afghanistan activities for a period of six months (with the possibility of renewal).

Free to Run is an international organization that uses adventure sports to support women and girls living in areas of conflict to build their physical, emotional, and social well-being; developing them into community leaders so they can bring people together across cultural, ethnic and religious lines. We provide them with the tools to succeed and support them to transfer those successes to their everyday lives because they can and will be a force for positive change.

The Country Programme Manager will be responsible for implementing, managing and monitoring Free to Run’s programmes in Afghanistan and for supporting the capacity-building of local staff in these areas. In addition, he/she will represent Free to Run in relevant in-country platforms and donor discussions. The Programme Manager will report directly to the Free to Run Executive Director and liaise closely with Free to Run’s partners in Afghanistan.

Main Areas of Responsibility

· Programme development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;

· Networking and representation on behalf of Free to Run;

· Identification of funding opportunities;

· Capacity development of local partner organisations and other relevant stakeholders.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities Will Include (but not be limited to):

· Monitoring the day to day activities across three provinces, including through:

· Implementing projects according to activities set out in the annual work plan

· Working closely with the Executive Director to improve current data collection tools in place to provide more accurate and timely information on project indicators and objectives being met

· Implement a system that captures both qualitative and quantitative data

· Coordinating the work of national staff across the country

· Supporting Free to Run curriculum implementation in Afghanistan

· Managing programme funds

· Regularly communicating with Free to Run’s ambassadors and coordinating their participation in events

· Compiling human interest stories and providing input to Free to Run’s social media strategy

· Providing training for, and technical advice to, national staff and volunteers

· Supporting national staff and partners to prepare and submit timely and quality financial and narrative reports

· Contributing to programme development, strategic positioning, programme cycle management (identification, formulation, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, reporting)

· Providing logistical support for board member visits in-country

· Interacting with the donor community in Afghanistan


Due to the small size of the organization, this is a volunteer position that is remunerated with a stipend ($1000 per month), with the possibility of extension and paid position pending on upcoming grants. Free to Run is committed to supporting volunteer staff grow into other opportunities in the future. Free to Run will cover emergency and medical evacuation insurance, visa fees, and costs of round-trip airfare to Kabul. Housing will be provided.


The successful candidate must:

· Be passionate about women's empowerment, international development, and appreciate sports and adventure.

· Have travelled to or lived in a conflict-affected or developing country and be comfortable with living in a high-risk environment.

· Be comfortable in a multi-cultural environment.

· Be familiar with the challenges facing women in conflict areas.

· Have the ability to work independently and against multiple deadlines.

· Be organized, able to multi-task, and a creative problem solver.

· Have demonstrated ability to coordinate logistics and implement action plans.

· Be willing and ready to learn quickly.

· Have prior work experience.

· Have excellent written communication skills and able to use Microsoft Office programmes.

The ideal candidate will have:

· Experience with developing, managing and monitoring development programmes in conflict areas, including knowledge of logframes and use of indicators and baselines.

· Experience with statistical analysis software (SPSS, Stata, or R).

· Experience assessing needs.

· Experience in fundraising and grant writing.

· Strong (financial) project management, analytical and problem-solving skills.

· Experience working with internationally-funded programmes, including coordination, reporting and monitoring according to different donor templates.

· Experience in working with local NGOs, preferably with communities in conflict-affected states.

· Basic knowledge of Dari or Pashto.

Specifics of Duty Station:

The Country Programme Manager will be mainly based in Kabul, with travel to provinces for project monitoring and coordination meetings. The safety and security situation in Afghanistan remains volatile, but is constantly being monitored by Free to Run and its partner organizations.

How to Apply:

Please send your CV and cover letter, together with two professional references (letters of reference not required at this stage, but are welcome), to Taylor at by 1 March 2020. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

For more information about our programs, please visit our website ( or find us on social media.

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