Head of Mission - Afghanistan (international - national)

  • Added Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
  • Deadline Date: Sunday, 02 February 2020

We are looking for a professional and dedicated national or international Head of Mission to run our country program.


The HoM will provide overall leadership, technical oversight, management and strategic vision of the program of Geneva Call in Afghanistan while managing staff and resources to ensure that the program meets its objectives and deliverables timely, qualitatively and within budget.


To provide vision and strategic direction to country program in Afghanistan. This includes the qualitative implementation of Geneva Call's humanitarian response (humanitarian dialogue, research, community-based approach), advocacy, fundraising and representation.

Strategy and program implementation:

  • Leads on development of country strategy

  • Analysis the humanitarian and security situation in country and identify areas of interests of work for Geneva Call;

  • Ensure conflict sensitivity in country programs' design and planning;

  • Provide leadership, quality delivery, management, monitoring, evaluation and learning of the country program, against Geneva Call tri annual strategy;

  • Ensures that programs are monitored and evaluated. Promotes sharing of learning with others and drawing on learning from across Geneva Call and externally, utilizes the results to inform program decisions and enhance institutional knowledge;

Safety management

  • Overall responsible for security, fundraising and advocacy

  • Responsible for anticipating and managing risks that could threaten the safety of the staff, operational viability and the organization’s reputation. Responsible for managing security in line with Geneva Call’s Policy.

Mission Management & Coordination

  • Overall responsible for all resources and implementation of programs and activities within Country

  • Builds partnerships and represents GC.

  • Manages staff, budget, assets and funding as per procedures and national requirements;

  • Ensures transparent and timely financial management respecting deadline and procedures;

  • Ensures the mobilization of necessary resources (financial, logistics, HR) to implement the country programs and contribute to the growth of the missions;

  • Identify human resources needs, recruit, and ensure induction;

  • Overall development and supervision of country teams (including coaching and evaluating) in accordance with internal policies and procedures and national labour laws;

  • Promotes and creates a culture to ensure knowledge sharing, innovation and capacity building and further professional development opportunities for all staff in appropriate fields;

  • Communicate regularly with staff and promote positive conflict resolution;


  • Ensures that Geneva Call’s work in Afghanistan is adequately funded. Build relationships with external donors and proactively identify new donors in the two countries;

  • Develop and implement a country fundraising strategy that contributes to achieving the overall aim of Geneva Call in the field of humanitarian engagement for enhanced civilian protection;

  • Approves all technical and financial proposals before submission to donors and ensures they are contextual and address specific needs;

Communications and advocacy

  • Represents Geneva Call in Afghanistan. Working with internal and external audiences at the most senior level to influence and inform decision-makers and opinion leaders in country and within the international community in Afghanistan; Build alliances and networks within the humanitarian sector.

Main qualifications

  • A relevant master is required;

  • Knowledge of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) or International Human Right Law is an asset;

  • Minimum 5 years equivalent work experience in a humanitarian organization, including in managing teams of at least 20 people;

  • Experience of capacity building and mentoring, team leadership and management;

  • Demonstrated skills and experience in security management;

  • Strong organizational and analytical skills;

  • Solid diplomatic skills with ability to communicate with high level interlocutors;

  • Established network in country of operation;

  • Passionate about political and security affairs in the region;

  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts

  • Understanding and respect for organizational principles, vision, mission and confidentiality

  • Ability to take responsibility, proactive and efficient functioning, strong communication skills

  • Ability to work in a team and multicultural environment;


  • Excellent English skills (written and oral) and any other local language is an asset (Dari, Pashto);

Conflict of interest

Any candidate affiliated to, or openly supporting, one or more interest groups opposed to the Foundation’s principles and values, or whose previous position could engender safety issues for co-workers at Geneva Call, will be excluded from this selection process.


· Position: 100%

· CDI contract, based in Kabul, Afghanistan, with frequent travel within the country

· Preferred start date: 15.02.2020

This vacancy is archived.

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