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Program Director

Location: Afghanistan
Last Date: August 30, 2011
Email: (Reference:

Call for Applications
BDN is seeking a Program Director for a program in Afghanistan focused on strengthening
developmental and health services in rural provinces. BDN provides health and development
services as well as midwifery training in 7 out of 33 provinces in Afghanistan. The program also
seeks to increase participation and involvement of community health councils in provision of
services to their communities. BDN in partnership with MOPH implements the contracts
awarded to us through a competitive bidding process. This position will represent the NGO to the
donor community, local and national Government authorities, and partners. As BDN’s
Representative, the Program Director will attend meetings and events and be responsible for
providing technical leadership and administrative oversight of the program in Afghanistan. The
Program Director will ensure the overall Program is progressing appropriately and achieving its
goals. Other key responsibilities for the MD position include the following:
• Provide vision, leadership, management and oversight of the Program.
• Responsible for staff recruitment, training and management for the key positions and
overseeing same activities for other positions.
• Manage and oversee annual budgeting and expenditure cycles.
• Oversee preparation and submission of proposals for obtaining new funding and projects
• Oversee technical departments in terms of program strengthening, organizational
development, advocacy and policy engagement.
• Serve as the principal liaison with MOPH, be responsible for reporting program results to
Donors on an as-needed basis, and cultivate and maintain a positive and efficient
relationship with the donors, MOPH and partner NGOs
• Maintain regular communication with HQ and liaison offices located out of the country,
providing updates on the program in Afghanistan.
• Oversee organizational training, grant-making, technical assistance and communication
project components.
• Ensure the highest quality of project monitoring, evaluation, reporting and
communications on all project deliverables.
• Minimum of 10 years professional experience in international development, with at least
5 years of management experience as a Chief of Party or Director of social development
or health projects in Central Asia, preferably in Afghanistan.
• A Master’s Degree in Development Management, International Development, Political
Science, an MBA, or other relevant field of study.
• Minimum of 5 years of experience with USAID, World Bank or EU projects.
• Minimum of 7 years of experience working on health and development field, capacity
building or organizational development projects.
• Experience working with senior Government officials, host country governments and
international agencies.
• Additional technical expertise required in one of the following areas: governance, gender,
advocacy, conflict management, media outreach, and contracting in a context similar to
• Ability to provide high-level strategic vision and leadership.
• Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including written and oral English, in
order to meet the technical and managerial requirements of the program.
• Exceptional leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring, and
evaluation of similar sized international donor supported programs, with skill in strategic
planning, supervision and budgeting.
• Ability to travel across the country as needed.
• Proven experience in developing health and social development sector programs with
tools and techniques on strategic planning, financial management, governance and
• Strong experience in managing or supervising social development and health projects,
and advocacy programs in Central Asian country is a plus.
• Ability to develop and communicate a common vision among diverse partners and to lead
multi-disciplinary teams.
• Candidates from Afghanistan and/or Central Asia are strongly encouraged to apply.


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