Afghanistan – A Deputy Head of Mission Programs

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Job title

Afghanistan – A Deputy Head of Mission Programs



Place (town/region)


Employee status


Type of contract

Fixed Term Contract

Expected start date


Duration of mission

6 months

Position summary


Afghan mission is the oldest PUI mission, with first medical intervention launched in 1979 just after the Soviet Invasion.

Since then, the country has mostly been in conflict, with national armed groups and international forces, causing mass casualties and massive movements of population, within or out of the countries. In 2017, 438 000 people have been internally displaced (bringing the total number of displaced people to 1.7 million) and there has been an influx of more than 550 000 afghan returnees from Iran and Pakistan. This high number of returns is putting pressure on host communities that are already strained by the conflict.

The achievements realized by the international community following the post-2001 intervention are now jeopardized by the intensification of conflict and violence and fragile governance. Indeed, due to the increase of the attacks, casualties, displacements and consequently, of the acute needs, the United Nations reclassified Afghanistan conflict from a protracted one to an active one. Many armed groups (mainly Taliban, Islamic State…) are threatening the Government of Afghanistan, struggling to impose its vision of development, despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, nationally and internationally.

Insecurity, economic concerns, governance issues and increased pressure on the delivery of services are pushing many Afghans to risk their lives fleeing to Europe, as they see no future in Afghanistan. Afghan refugees represent the third largest refugee group worldwide and the second largest contingent of asylum seekers to the EU.

In this scenario, with elevated pressure on aid actors, the capacity to deliver aid to the most in need in remote areas is jeopardized. Access on field remains one of the biggest challenges in Afghanistan, especially in some provinces, including Nangarhar and Kunar. The humanitarian crisis is looming as actors are overstretched and resources oriented to other crises. A high capacity to deliver aid is then required in such a complex environment where humanitarian needs are huge


Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the Deputy HoM for Programs will lead the Program Department (Technical Coordinators, Monitoring and Evaluation Teams, Grants Officer) in order to coordinate the tactical and strategic programming aspects of the mission for ensuring the implementation of high quality Programs and helping in strengthening the PUI Mission development.

S/He will operate these duties in line with the global PUI’ Strategic framework and the agreed Country Strategy for Afghanistan.

Main activities

Program oversight and development

Program quality and monitoring

Internal/external compliance, reporting and documentation

Coordination with partners and external communication

Field implementation team performance analysis

Ensuring the representation of PUI

Priority Activities:

  • Comprehension of the context (Security and displacement of persons)
  • Develop projects according to PUI strategy in country
  • Develop PUI notoriety in the country

Required profile


Project management

Education in Agriculture/Watsan /Public Health/Psychosocial

Financial Management

Human Resource Management

Logistics and Security


3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.

Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.

Experience in security management

Previous experience as Deputy Head of Mission in an NGO or OSI

Experience with PUI

Experience in project progression.

and skills

Excellent writing skills

Team management

Project management

Detailed knowledge of the donors (ECHO, OFDA, UN agencies, EuropeAid, AAP…)


French & English MENDATORY


Required Personal Characteristics:

  • Leadership skills and the ability to make decisions
  • Trustworthiness and a sense of responsibility
  • Charisma and the ability to awake enthusiasm for the work the project involves
  • Ability to use authority, when necessary
  • Analysis and synthesis abilities (discenrment, pragmatism)
  • Ability to adapt
  • Organisational skills, ability to be thorough and respect due dates
  • Strong listening and negotiation skills
  • Good people and communication skills
  • Ability to remain calm and level-headed
  • General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances

Proposed terms


Fixed-Term Contract of 6 months

Starting date: As Soon As Possible

Monthly Gross Income: from 2 420 up to 2 750 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI


Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

Housing in collective accommodation

Daily Living Expenses (« Per diem »)


Break Policy: Break every 2 months + break allowance

Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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Person in charge of this offer

In charge

Romain Gautier, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates

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