FSL-DRR HoD (Re-announced) (Kabul, Afghanistan) 185 views

Job Description:

Mission 1: Contribute to deliberations on strategy and the positioning of the FSL-DRR Department  

The FSL-DRR HoD is responsible for:

Ongoing, systematic and thorough analysis of the humanitarian situation in respect of FSL, Emergency and of the context of intervention in his field of activity (Rapid assessment, Market survey, Community level and Household assessment etc.);
internal dissemination of information gathered and its analysis to the DCD and field team
taking part in the determination of strategy in his area of activity and sectorial strategy at national level
ensuring that teams have a clear understanding of these documents
promoting transversal integration of the FSL sector with other sectors, in collaboration with the Field Coordinator and other programs HoD ;
Taking cognizance of transversal problems associated with FSL initiatives (HIV, Gender issues, Disaster Management, Environment, Handicap, humanitarian access, etc.)


Examples of tasks:

Monitor and analyze general indicators
Monitor and analyze FSL indicators (FCS, market monitoring etc.)
Integrate this analysis and the follow up in the monthly report
Become thoroughly familiar with the ACF strategy plan and that of the mission
Define the operational direction to be promoted in relation to the strategy, the capacities of the mission and the identification of need in the sector
Take notice of the sectorial orientations of national strategy and understand the implications for his field of activity
Identify the presence and the strategic orientations of other partners in the field with a view to improving coordination and effective working (particularly with ANDMA and DORR)
Take part in the annual strategic review of the mission
Gather, analyze and share relevant information in the context of technical and operational strategy meetings organized by the DCD


Mission 2: Identify needs and contribute to project elaboration

The FSL-DRR HoD is responsible for:

Identifying humanitarian needs in the field of FSL-DRR and in his area of activity, this to include the submission of reports pertaining to such matters
Including, where appropriate, target populations and local actors (ANDMA and DORR), partners (IP WFP and UNHCR) in the identification of needs and ways of responding to them
Participation in defining and development of FSL-DRR programs
Providing relevant inputs and ideas to the design of new projects


Examples of tasks:

Carry out need assessment missions (Rapid assessments, Household survey, Market assessment etc.) (methodology, team training in the field, carrying out investigations on the ground)
Collect secondary data and information supplied by the target populations
Analyze the results of need assessments
Write up analysis reports
Put forward recommendations for the definition of programs (Location, methods of implementation, context, and beneficiaries’ targeting…)
Work on the definition of programs, taking into account logistics, administration, other areas of intervention, partners etc
Contribute to proposals for intervention (Context analysis, logical framework, covering literature, text, budget, time scales and logistics…..) in collaboration with the departments concerned


Mission 3: Support field teams technically on FSL-DRR projects

The FSL-DRR HoD is responsible for:

The quality of the programs established in conformity with the technical and project management standards of ACF,
Familiarizing him/herself thoroughly with his projects, the issues involved, the logical framework and indicators ;
Identifying the technical constraints associated with the implementation of the projects
Proposing innovative technical solutions in response to such constraints
The implementation of technical recommendations concerning his/her project (Head of Department, Deputy Head of department, Field coordinator, Experts, Evaluators …)

Supervising his programs, by means of internal APR monitoring tools review on monthly basis (Narrative and Quantitative), regular presence in the field to monitor the team and supervise the activity implementation
Preparing in time to meet FSL-DRR components deadlines of external and internal reports relating to his/her projects
Ensuring that his team is respecting beneficiaries and local authorities during the intervention.


Examples of tasks:

Take notice of funding agencies’ contractual document
Train his teams in the logical framework of the project, activities and indicators monitoring, transversal issues, etc
Define the various stages of the projects by reference to existing technical guidelines
Develop for submission and approval by the Head of the FSL Department technical methodologies for the implementation of his projects
Take part in the monthly budgetary monitoring exercise, and request it if it has not been undertaken 
Engage in the planning of needs and resources with the Logistic and Finance Departments
Support for reports submission to funding agencies (intermediate and final) and reports for the information of regulatory authorities 
Submit in good time reports to his hierarchical and line manager for approval and dissemination
Identify risks in consultation with the support departments concerned


Mission 4: Contribute to the quality, accountability and impact measurement process of his/her projects

The FSL-DRR HoD is responsible for:

Promoting and taking part in the monitoring and evaluation of the impact of his projects (constant internal monitoring, external assessment)
Promoting and contributing to learning and improvement of program quality (internal evaluation and joint visits)
Promoting complaints mechanism procedures for ethical and transparency reasons, particularly in respect of the beneficiary populations


Examples of tasks:

Ensure and supervise the adequate monitoring of the program done by his team (training, follow up of the team)
Play a part in writing the TOR of the external assessment
Accompany external assessors
Follow-up on the recommendations made as a result of internal and external assessments in the context of a specific work plan (quality control)
Promote a complaint mechanism procedure base on ACF standard
Initiate if necessary KAP enquiry at both beginning and end of each FSL-DRR project


Mission 5: Participate in coordination, representation and partnerships of ACF in his/her area of intervention 

The FSL-DRR HoD is responsible for:

Coordination of activities with other sectors and departments of ACF in order to ensure rational use of resources and optimum integration and particularly with DAIL, ANDMA and DoRR and PDMC, UNHCR and WFP implementing partners)
Participation in visits by funding bodies whenever requested by the Deputy Country Director
Representing ACF and ensuring coordination with partners, the authorities (ANDMA, DoRR, DAIL, Provincial departments of Public Health (DoPH), district governor, Provincial Disaster Management committee PDMC), agencies of the United Nations and NGOs in his sector, in collaboration with the Field Coordinators (sharing information on program progress, communicate assessment documents after approval of Deputy Country Director)
Contributing to the process of selecting partners, formalizing partnerships and enhancing their capabilities (Local NGOs, international NGOs, national authorities, private agencies etc…)
Reinforcing the FSL and DRR response mechanism of the partners capabilities of partners


Examples of tasks:

Participate in and contribute to internal and external coordination meetings
Represent ACF in forums/clusters or working parties in FSL and related areas
Identify potential partners necessary
Take part in their selection according to the documented partnership policy of ACF
Prepare with partners a plan to strengthen their competences
Propose activities to enhance the abilities of partners
Draft and propose to the Deputy Country Director articles for the technical Newsletter or related external support (Field exchange…)


Mission 6: Supervise and manage the team

The FSL-DRR HoD is responsible for:

Determining size and recruitment of his/her team
Team management (leadership, monitoring, motivation, training)
Evaluation of team members
Staff development of team members
Ensuring that his/her team is respecting ACF Chart.


Examples of tasks:

Define the human resource needs for his/her area of activity and the organization chart of the team
Participate in the recruitment of his/her teams (producing job descriptions, conducting interviews, administering tests…)
Organizing and conducting team and one-to-one meetings on both a weekly and exceptional basis
Working out and following through individual action plans for team members
Managing planning, work-sharing and coordination of work
Providing for assessment interviews with team members
Providing technical support for the teams  
Identifying the training needs of team members at the beginning and continuously along the project life when needed.
Setting up, organizing and leading training sessions at the beginning and continuously along the project life when needed.
Requesting outside support for complementary training exercises (HR, HoD, partners…).)
Dealing with problems within the team


Mission 7: Contributing to capitalization and technical development in his/her sector

The FSL-DR RHoD is responsible for:

Capitalization of program-related data and documentation of the innovations achieved (archiving both soft and hard copies)
Dissemination of the technical and operational expertise acquired in the course of the program
Contributing to the upward transmission of data from the ground the better to inform ACF communications
Ensuring a respectful using and a good follow up of the entire material link with the program through stock reports in collaboration with the logistic department.
 Build relationships and play a leadership role in ACF’s country Disaster Risk Management (DRM) networks, and promote the sharing of ACF Afghanistan’s good practice “across the global organization”


Examples of tasks:

To produce capitalization reports on the basis of existing formats
Compile and archive bot soft and hard copies of all documents dealing with the essential techniques and methodologies involved in the projects (including the list of beneficiaries and distribution etc..) for capitalization and audit purposes
Ensure that his/her superior is supplied with all essential documents for archiving in digital form
Contribute to the sharing of experience (end of mission account, interview, internet site…..)

Job Requirements:

Qualification/skills and experience


• At least two years of working experience in emergency context and response

• Strong previous experience in needs assessment

• Strong previous experience in Agriculture and food security-livelihood projects

• Strong previous experience in Emergency projects (NFI and Cash and Vouchers Assistance)

• Previous experience in rapid response projects will be a key asset

• Previous experience in emergency supply schemes (purchase, distribution…)

• Strong experience in humanitarian environment

• Experience in linking relief, recovery and development projects will be a key asset

Strong background in community-based disaster risk reduction (CBDRR) and overall disaster preparedness.


Technical skills:

• Very good organizational and planning skills

• Strong communication skills, patient and diplomatic

• Very good negotiation skills

• Strong ability in coordination (external coordination) and in response management

• Very good team management and supervision skills, leadership

• Knowledge of international minimum standards (SPHERE…)

• Very good knowledge in food security and livelihood programming

• Knowledge and previous experience in project cycle management

• Knowledge of humanitarian actors including institutional donors

• Knowledge of humanitarian environment challenges (Policies, UN humanitarian reform, stakeholders…)

• Extend and relevance of experience in identifying and preparing programmes strategies and policy on humanitarian and transition contexts at country level


Languages: Fluent in English (written, spoken, read).

Computer skills: Good computer skills (Microsoft office package, internet, GIS)



• Good redaction skills

• Very good analytical skills – context and needs analyses

• Good pedagogical skills

• Adaptability to work in harsh environments

• Rigor, patience, autonomy and capacity of adaptation are necessary skills.

Submission Guideline:

Qualified and interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV (with three Referees) indicating the vacancy announcement reference to the address: Human Resources Department office or can also be emailed to:

vacancies@af-actionagainsthunger.org no later 6 of March-2021.

Interested and qualified candidates should submit a full CV (maximum four pages) with a cover letter explaining their motivation in applying for the job and highlighting their relevant skills and experience.

In the e-mail subject line, please put job title & vacancy number of the position you are applying for, otherwise your applications will not be screened.

Do not submit academic certificates with the application. These can be requested if the candidate is selected.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the written test/interview.

Note: this position has been re-advertised, therefor the previous application will not considered.

Action Against Hunger is an equal opportunity employer.

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