Saturday, 18 February 2012

MADERA Country Director Job Vacancy in Kabul

MADERA is a French non-profit organization, working in Afghanistan for 23 years, for rehabilitation and development of rural economies destroyed by war. Our programme builds the capacities of rural community development and support local initiatives.

MADERA is active in many fields of rural economy of Afghanistan:
- Community development: support to local development projects;
- National Solidarity Programme (NSP);
- Agricultural production: research and
extension, support to producers' groups, arboriculture, vegetable growing;
- Livestock: support to veterinary services, vaccinations, animal technical extension work, support to the Animal Vaccines Production Laboratory;
- Handicraft and income generation;
 - Forestry: awareness raising, erosion control and reforestation;
 - Civil engineering: access to water, irrigation, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, roads rehabilitation, schools building.

MADERA implements these activities in 6 provinces: 4 provinces in Eastern Afghanistan (Laghman, Kunar, Nuristan, and Nangarhar), 1 province in Central Afghanistan (Hazarajat region, Wardak province) and 1 in Western Afghanistan (Ghor).
The team is composed of approximately 500 Afghan employees and 15 expatriates. The annual budget is around 5 million Euros.

MADERA, under the leadership of its Board of Directors, wishes to focus its work according to the following priorities: support communities towards autonomy, prioritize participatory approaches and foster the capacity building of Afghan staff.

For more detailed information:

• To manage MADERA according to orientations and missions defined by the statutory bodies (general assembly and board of directors). Within the framework of approved strategies, orientations and budgets, the Director will take all initiatives to ensure that MADERA achieves its objectives.
• Overall management and coordination of teams and their activities.
• To directly supervise support departments: finance, accounting, HR, logistics, M&E, Grant Management.
• Appraisal and analysis of security and political situation and overall responsibility of the security of teams.
• Accountability to the Board of Directors, donors, to the beneficiaries and other stakeholders
• Represent MADERA with various partners: local partners, Afghan authorities, donors, NGOs, etc.
• Liaison between field teams and MADERA's Board of Directors.
• Advise the Board of Directors for the design of orientations and strategies for MADERA

Under the supervision of the Board of Directors, and in close collaboration with the General Delegate (Paris office), and other Directors in Afghanistan, the Director:
• Manages MADERA in Afghanistan in line with strategies, orientations, budgets approved by the Board, i.e.: Supervises project implementation, fund raising and grant management, signs protocols and contracts with donors and partners, supervises project evaluation, etc… Supervises the financial management of MADERA: budget, accountancy, design and enforcement of procedures and rules; Manages human resources of MADERA in Afghanistan, in liaison with Paris office and the Board of Administrator for expatriate staff;  Job descriptions, hiring, training, salary policy, etc... Work objectives, annual appraisal, etc…
• Proposes strategies for the Board of Directors, explains and enforce the decisions of the Board to the staff, present to the Board the propositions from the field staff.
• Design, update and enforce security rules and regulations.

The Director manages and closely works with the administrative and finance director, the 2 operational directors (East and West), the responsible of evaluation, the heads of HR and logistics, and the grant manager.

At least 8 years of experience in managerial level posts in the development field.
University level education: 3rd cycle (MA) diploma or equivalent professional experience in the field of political sciences, social sciences, development, management...
Proficient in operational strategy design and project management including proposals writing, donors reporting, programming and budget designing. Good team management capacity. Excellent relational and communication skills including great sense of diplomacy and discernment. Personal commitment towards population and beneficiaries. Ability to work in a multi cultural environment. Ability to work in a tense environment.
Excellent written and spoken English. Good command of at least spoken French. Notions of Dari are an advantage.

Based in Kabul, with regular travels to regional and field offices.
Frequent travel to France for Board meetings (4 times a year).
Fixed term salaried contract – 1 year renewable. Moral commitment for at least 2 years is an advantage.
• Collective accommodation or accommodation allowance, transportation, social security (medical insurance), repatriation insurance costs covered by MADERA. Other conditions according to French law (annual leaves...).
• R&R allowance 3 times a year.

Remuneration: 38 400 € to 42 000 € annual gross salary, according to experience + expatriation bonus of 170 €.

NOTA: The position is currently fulfilled by an interim Director. Madera will study all candidacies including those from applicants whose availability is not immediate.

How to apply:
Please send your application (cover letter, CV and picture) to MADERA Christian Blanchard Délégué général 3 rue Roubo - 75 011 Paris Tél. 01 43 70 50 07 Fax. 01 43 70 60 07

Closing Date: Saturday, 31 March 2012

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