Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan
Position Title: Regional Education Manager
Report to: Education Director & Regional Director
Duty Station: Badakhshan
Announcing Date: December 26th 2011
Closing Date: January 15th 2012
Vacancy No: KBL/2011/0 105
Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a private international, nonprofit, and non-denominational development
agency. It seeks sustainable solutions to long term problems of poverty, with special emphasis on the needs
of rural communities in mountainous, coastal and other resource poor areas across the world.
Concentrating its efforts in health, education, rural development and strengthening civil society sectors,
AKF’s approach is based on long-term commitment that is maintained through political and social
Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan is part of a dynamic network of development agencies currently
operating in over 30 countries across Central and South Asia and East and West Africa. AKF,A currently
manages and implements the largest, multi-sectoral development programme within the network and has
built a strong reputation with the Government of Afghanistan, donors and local partners in a number of
technical fields. At present, it is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the position of Regional Education
Manager at its Regional Office Badakhshan – Afghanistan.
The REM is responsible for managing the portfolio of Education Programmes in a specific region and reports
to the Director of Education. S/he has the responsibility for the financial management of programmes,
yearly plan of operation (YPO) planning, and reporting on programme implementation in the region to the
National Office. S/he will work closely with the Regional Education Quality Impact Manager (REQIM) in
ensuring the quality of programmes implemented and building the capacity of education staff. The REM will
also maintain close links to Ministry of Education staff at a Provincial and District Level to ensure the
relevance of AKF Education initiatives to the region.
As part of the regional team the REM will liaise closely with the Regional Director at the AKF Regional Office
to ensure appropriate integration of the Education Programme into the overall AKF programme framework
and will report to RD on administrative and programme aspects. S/he will directly report to the Education
Director based in Kabul on overall education programme.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Leadership: Provide leadership to the regional education team in the implementation of education
programme, provide strategic direction, address the management issues, and staffing and
Management: Prepare regional education annual plan of operation (YPO) ensuring effective utilization
of staff time, and monitor the progress in the field. Provide suggestion to develop systems to ensure
the effective and efficient practices in line with the changing needs in the programme.
Recruitment / Staffing Levels: In coordination with regional HR, senior management and national office
has responsibility for monitoring and addressing staffing requirements at regional level.
Staff Management and Development: In coordination with Education Director, TAS Manager, REMS and
HR, has responsibility for enhancing staff capacity, including identifying key staff, identifying staff
development requirements, locating appropriate training/development opportunities and organizing
these accordingly within budget.
Programme Delivery – Planning, Tracking and Reporting: Facilitate the team in devising quarterly
implementation plans and regularly monitor the quality of programme implementation in coordination
with senior staff member, DREM, REQIM, M&E and ensure the accuracy of information and reporting;
write programme reports, provide relevant information and provide updates on regularly basis to the
Financial Management: Prepare annual regional education programme budget and manage effective
utilization of the annual budget and disbursement within the region; and report on expenditure in
association with regional finance.
Line Management: Has the line management responsibility for Deputy Regional Education Manager,
Regional Education Quality Impact Managers, Regional Monitoring & Evaluation officer etc.
Representation: responsible to represent AKF Education team in the meetings within AKF/AKDN,
NGO/INGOs and at government departments, particularly provincial Education Department/institutions
and relevant education forums.
Facilitate the donor missions and other missions in the field and make arrangements for their travel
and meetings as and when required.
Provide strategic guidance to AKF teams in organizing events, campaign, conferences on educations.
Assist in teaching/training material development in conjunction with the Technical Advise & Support
team at national office.
Makes decisions about programme in agreement with the education and regional directors.
Responsible for timetabling and planning for YPOs and tracking budget utilization and activity.
Decide the short-listing, interviewing and hiring regional staff in agreement with national office.
Decide on the capacity building matters of education staff members in the region.
Required Qualifications and Experience:
Master Degree in Education(Preferably in Education management and leadership)
Minimum 3 years of experience in the areas of international education development with experience in
post-conflict and complex security environment.
Proven leadership qualities including excellent interpersonal, advocacy and team building skills,
particularly in cross-cultural contexts;
Analytical strength, strong organizational skills and sound management experience in administration,
financial and HR matters;
Excellent time management skills–ability to deal with multiple tasks and diverse team.
Excellent ability to communicate, both in writing and in speaking English and Dari would be valued;
Strong financial understanding and ability to explain financial matters clearly to others.
Ability to make decisions based on strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Applicants meeting the above requirements are requested to submit a cover letter along with their CV no
later than January 15th 2012:
By e‐mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Through our Career Centre: http://www.akdn.org/careers
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment.