Afghanistan – A Head of Mission

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Titre du poste

Afghanistan – A Head of Mission



Lieu (ville/région)


Type de collaboration


Type de contrat


Date de prise de poste

Dès que possible

Durée du poste

6 months renewable

Résumé du poste


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.


The Head of Mission is responsible for the implementation of PUI’s strategy in the Country, smooth functioning and the development of the mission.

Principales activités

Safety: He/She is responsible for the safety of the mission.

Programs: He/She coordinates the technical and geographical teams ensuring that programmes are properly carried out, according to PUI’s principles and strategy and donor requirements. He/She also monitors the humanitarian situation / needs and suggests new operations and development tracks for the mission.

Medical and technical monitoring: He/She ensures that medical and technical practices respect the PUI’s procedures and formats and are in compliance with PUI’s operation policy.

Human Resources: He/She ensures that the mission is adequately staffed and supervises the teams (defining objectives, monitoring).

Logistical, administrative and financial monitoring: He/She ensures that logistical and administrative practices on site respect the procedures and formats of PUI and are in compliance with the rules of the Donors. He/She ensures that the mission has adequate logistical and financial means to a proper implementation of the programmes.

Representation: He/She represents the association in its relations with partners, donors, the media and different authorities.

Relations with Headquarters: He/She ensures that information is properly circulated between Headquarters and the field and ensures that due dates are respected.

Profil recherché


Min. 3 years of humanitarian experience in project co-ordination.
Previous experience as Head of Mission in an NGO or OSI.
Experience in security management
Successful experience in expatriate team management and multi-sector programmes.


Excellent writing skills
Team management
Project management
Detailed knowledge of the donors (ECHO, World Bank, EuropeAid, CHF, UN Agencies)
Ability to work in unstable circumstances.


English Mandatory


Capacity to take the lead in public debates about humanitarian access
General ability to resist stress and particularly in unstable circumstances



Fixed-Term Contract of 6 months

Starting date: As soos as possible

Monthly Gross Income: from 2640 up to 3520 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

Prises en charge

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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Personne chargée de l'offre


Camille Attias, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates

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