As a member of the Senior Management Team, the Deputy Country Director of Program Operations takes a significant share in the overall responsibility for the direction and coordination of the Country Office.  The Deputy Country Director of Program Operations in his/her capacity is responsible for the development and quality implementation of all programs in country  and related engagement with members and donors, including the management of all sub offices, humanitarian preparedness and response (including DRR). Given the RnR schedules and frequent work related travel the post will be sharing the overall management of the CO with the CD as Deputy and back up.

 In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.


  • Masters Degree in development or other social sciences or relevant degree
  • Recommended a minimum of 5 years of senior management and 10 experience in non-profit environment, including significant field operations experience running both emergency and development programs.
  • Robust experience with an INGO in a complex emergency and development program cycle management, and with experience of working within a complex and matrix organisation structure
  • A very good understanding of at least 3 of the sectoral programs (Education, Livelihoods, Child Protection and Nutrition) and a working knowledge of the program priorities of the Country Office
  • Significant knowledge of international humanitarian systems, institutions and donors, and of procedures, accountability frameworks and best practices in emergency management
  • Substantial experience and knowledge of effective financial and budgetary control and securing and managing grants from major institutional donors
  • Solid project management skills related to organisational development projects and international, cross-functional teams with a proven history of delivering results
  • Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
  • Previous experience of managing and developing a team and the ability  to  lead, motivate and develop others and excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Ability and willingness to change work practices and hours, and work with incoming teams in the event of major emergencies and work in a setting with limited movement and security restrictions


 Contract length: 2 years


We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued. 

Application Information:

Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations. A copy of the full role profile can be found at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.


Job description:

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Date advertised: 4 Dec 2018

Closing date: 31 Dec 2018

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

Department: Programme Operations

Type: Fixed-term contract

Schedule: Full-time

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