Executive Director (Kabul, Afghanistan) 212 views

Job Description:

  • The Executive Director (ED) has overall responsibility for building and sustaining MA as a feminist women-led organization serving Afghan women and girls.
  • All staff, projects and activities are ultimately supervised by the ED. She must implement and comply with the policies and regulations of the organization.
  • Management, assignment and implementation of vision and strategic plans of the organization and having the authority to take decisions on behalf of the organization.

Accountable to: the ED is accountable for overall targets, progress, and achievements to the Board of Trustees and donors.

 Manages: the ED has overall responsibility for staff recruitment, staff management, staff development and team building. She supervises managers, and undertakes the appraisal of staff – together with their supervisor and HR – she has overall responsibility for recruitment.


  • Management, responsibility of administration including HR, financial and others within the administration / finance department
  • She has total budget responsibility, for investments she has sole responsibility reliant on Board approval
  • Develop administrative strategies divisionally and across the organization and approval of various plans.
  • Development of the organizational annual work plan; strategic plan, financial sustainability plan; M&E plan and supervision of their implementation
  • Overall planning responsibility for programming including budget allocation.
  • Ensuring that MA has the appropriate level of financial and human resources to make these realities.
  • Authority for taking final decisions on an organizational level
  • Long-term strategic decisions and general leadership of the organization including policy development.
  • Security management
  • Overall responsibility for external communication and representation of MA and for advocacy and media related issues.
  • Seeking partnerships and opportunities for future funding and collaboration.
  • Coordination with other CSOs especially women’s organisations; international agencies, donors and government.
  • Strategic advocacy and lobbying on behalf of women’s rights and gender equality – for the organization and with both national and international bodies.
  • Organisation of board meetings. Submission of plans and reports to the Board.
About Medica Afghanistan:

Medica Afghanistan (MA) is a non-profit, non-governmental national women’s organization. We support female survivors of gender-based violence and women and girls in conflict with the law through legal aid, mediation, psychosocial counseling, and advocacy. Headquartered in Kabul, we operate in Kabul and in the north and west regions of Afghanistan through our offices in Balkh and Herat.

Headquartered in Kabul, we operate in Kabul and in the north and west regions of Afghanistan through our offices in Balkh and Herat. Since 2002, MA has supported and empowered more than 16 000 survivors of violence through legal aid, mediation, awareness raising, training and advocacy. We have provided psychosocial counselling to more than 7 000 women and girls and established peer-to-peer support networks within communities. Our clients are amongst the most vulnerable in their community. They have included detainees, the disabled, minority groups, juveniles, families of women who have been murdered and victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

MA is a feminist organization which works to advance gender equality and supports inclusion and empowerment of women and girls including through recovery and healing from injustices and violence by individuals and society. It is our aim that feminist principles are also reflected in our ways of working as an organization.

Job Requirements:


  • The candidate has to be an Afghan woman

General skills

  • Develop policy and strategy to manage conflicting priorities, and effective management of human, financial and others.
  • Ability to implement working leadership model in the organization maximising the contribution of the team.
  • Ability to professionally communicate about the organization and represent the organization at national and international levels

Minimum requirements:

  • Doctorate degree with 3 years relevant experience or MA with 5 years relevant experience or BA with 10 years relevant experience.

Specific skills/knowledge:

  • Experience in NGOs in Afghanistan
  • Proven record as a Women’s Rights Defender. Knowledge and commitment to women’s rights, gender equality and feminism
  • Team building
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally
  • Excellent Dari and English language skills. Pashtu a plus.
  • Proficiency in the use of computer office applications and email
  • No affiliation with any political parties
Submission Guideline:

Interested candidates are requested to send their letter of interest & CVs to the attention of the Board of Trustees at MABoard18@gmail.com in one single pdf file. Emails must not contain more than 5 MB.
Closing date is September 19, 2020.
Starting date is October 1st, 2020 or later, upon agreement.
Only short-listed candidates will be notified. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. 

Note: All applicants must write the position title in the subject line (Executive Director)

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