Thursday, May 1, 2014

National Program Coordinator - Aga Khan Foundation (Apply by: 17 May 2014)

Position Title: National Program Coordinator – Education

Location: Afghanistan

Agency: Aga Khan Foundation

Sector: Social Development

About Agency

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of private, international, non-denominational agencies founded by His Highness the Aga Khan. The Network's organisations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to culture, rural development and the promotion of private-sector enterprise. AKDN is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to faith, origin or gender. More information....

The Postion

Job Summary: 

The Education Programme Coordinator is a key member
of the Education Team and will dual report to the Deputy Education Director and
Policy and Partnerships Director. S/he is working as part of the Program
Coordination Team.

Working in close cooperation with regional offices
and the Monitoring and Evaluation Team, his/her scope of work includes:
  • Producing high quality reports, proposals, and concept notes as per required deadlines;
  • Establishing and maintaining good day to day relationships with potential and current donors;
  • Facilitating better integration with other sectors and programmes;
  • Representing AKF in sector specific fora meetings and working groups.
S/he will be based in Kabul. AKF Education
currently works in 4 regions of central and north-eastern Afghanistan (Bamyan,
Parwan, Baghlan and Badakhshan). S/he will be required to undertake some travel
on occasion to each AKF programme province.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reporting: Ensure high quality donor reports are submitted on time, in collaboration with the Policy and Partnerships Unit; obtain all relevant information from program staff in a timely manner; monitor reporting deadlines and ensure timely preparation and consultation with field and sector staff.
  • Impact Monitoring: Coordinate with Monitoring and Evaluation team to ensure shared knowledge of all donor indicators, and any changes, in a timely manner; check monitoring tools to ensure that data for all donor indicators is captured; ensure regular qualitative data-gathering instruments are in place and meet needs; develop case studies that analyze and document key lessons.
  • Monthly Grants Tracking:   Each month, in coordination with Education Management Team, check programme activity and progress against monthly YPO tracking sheets and monthly regional reports.
  • Financial monitoring: Work with the Deputy Director Education to monitor expenditure against grants, explore reasons for variance, address any problems in good time and communicate to donor, as necessary.
  • Resource mobilization and proposal development: Identify future resource needs in the relevant sector, highlight future funding gaps and ensure these are communicated to the Policy and Partnerships Unit. Coordinate with sector experts, regional teams and the Policy and Partnerships Unit to prepare new concept notes and full proposals to donors, leading the process of consultation and proposal writing.
  • Strategic Communications: In line with overall Education Communications Strategy, develop case studies and communications materials/strategies for external audiences, articulating achievements, impacts and lessons learned, in collaboration with Communications colleagues in the Policy and Partnerships Team.
  • External relations: Develop constructive working relationships with relevant donors; represent AKF in external meetings with relevant donors, national policy fora and working groups with other key stakeholders.
  • Integration between sectors: Ensure regular communication with staff in the field on regional/national developments, and work with other National Managers and Coordinators to develop innovative linkages between sectors and programs.
  • Knowledge Management: Keep thorough electronic records on all relevant grants; produce and disseminate meeting records with external stakeholders; and regularly update the grants management database.
  • Coordination: Organize biannual coordination team meetings and quarterly exposure visits to the different regional offices in liaison with the Senior Education Management Team.
  • Coordinating development of pre-screening and budget papers, in coordination with Policy and Partnerships Team.
  • Supporting senior management in the development of strategic documents
  • Identifying and suggesting focused research and program reviews

  • Minimum Masters Degree (preferably in a Social Science)
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines, plan and organize time, and manage high pressure situations
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage internal reporting systems
  • Proven strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Ability to be an effective team member
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively and openly at different levels within an international team
  • Ability to use initiative and work with limited supervision


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Apply by: 17 May 2014

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