Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan Job Opportunities 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 uncertainty. 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. Job Summary: 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 recruitments etc 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 National Office; 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. Applications: 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.
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