Position Title: Head of Programming
Work Location: Bamiyan, Afghanistan
Reports to: Country Representative
The Head of Programming (HoP) will primarily be responsible for leading the Country Program (CP) in the effective roll-out and implementation of the CP's Strategic Program Plan, with an emphasis on livelihoods and education programming. A senior management position, the HoP will promote high quality programming and support the Country Representative in donor relations and representation. The HoP will directly supervise two MEAL Deputy Program Managers; a Deputy Program Manager for Partnerships; Technical Advisors for Agriculture, Nutrition and Natural Resource Management; and an International Program Manager for Livelihoods. The HoP will also provide regular technical support and PQ oversight to all Program Managers and other senior pr ogram staff across the country program, with a particular emphasis on strengthening the capacity of local and international staff, NGO partners, and government counterparts. Additional responsibilities will include PQ-MQ collaboration and oversight to ensure proper budget management, planning, and donor compliance; promotion of the CP's monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) agenda; and coordination of program growth for the country program. This position will require significant in-country (60%) and regional (15%) travel.
CRS began supporting development efforts in Afghanistan in 1998 as a member of the Caritas Network, and began direct operations in Afghanistan in early 2002. From 2002-2004, CRS programs focused on emergency assistance to returning refugees and vulnerable populations. Since then CRS has expanded its focus to sustainable development through community mobilization for infrastructure developmen t, increasing education access in rural areas, developing an innovative market-oriented agricultural program, promoting integrated NRM through soil and water conservation (SWC) techniques, and promoting women's social development through self-help-groups. Since 2012, the Livelihoods Program has increasingly emphasized low-cost, high-impact interventions focused on food security, improved agricultural production for household consumption and income generation/marketing, and efficient management of resources at both the household and community levels. In addition to the continued support for long-time CRS partner ANSD in Kabul, Community-Based Education (CBE) continues to be the cornerstone of the Education program, with several ongoing projects in remote, underserved communities across four provinces (Herat, Ghor, Bamiyan, and Daykundi) that are increasingly focused on both the provision of high quality education and successful handover to the Ministry of Education as part of a longe r-term sustainability plan. CRS Afghanistan programming is supported by a diverse range of donors, including several public donors (EU, Canadian Global Affairs Canada (GAC), NZAID, DFID, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs), multiple Caritas Internationalis partners, private foundations, and CRS private resources.
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