Deputy Director for Programs Quality

  • Contract
  • Kabul


The IRC opened the country program in Afghanistan in 1988. Our programs span the range from humanitarian relief to early recovery and development activities, focusing on emergency response, protection, education, economic wellbeing, and health. The IRC works in 11 provinces throughout Afghanistan, among which some of the most security volatile, and employs nearly 3,000 staff. IRC Afghanistan operates an annual portfolio of over $60 million.


The Deputy Director for Program Quality ensures technical capacity building for program staff, program quality oversight, ensures accountability to affected populations, and plays a leadership role for IRC’s projects in Afghanistan. With a focus on the most vulnerable populations, IRC currently works in the following sectors: Economic Well-Being, Environmental Health (WASH), Education, Protection and Rule of Law (PRoL), Child Protection and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE), Health, Nutrition and Emergency Response.

As a part of the country Senior Management Team (SMT), the DDPQ leads on ensuring program quality in the eleven geographic areas/provinces: Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Paktya, Helmand, Badghis, Herat, Logar, Bamiyan, Kunduz and Khost.

The DDPQ line manages the MEAL Coordinator and Program Quality and Capacity Building coordinators, as well as cluster coordinators and reports to the Country Director.


Leadership & Strategic Planning

• Provide leadership and supervisory management to the program quality department, as a key member of the SMT, including stewardship of resources, program quality, and performance management.

• Feed into the Country Strategic Action Plan (SAP) and achievement of the plan objectives, universal expectations, regular progress review of plans.

Program Quality Assurance

• Drive program quality by helping to develop technical training programs for each department and ensuring that those plans are resourced and carried out.

• Working with the DD for Gender, train staff on rapid gender assessments and ensure that gender is properly mainstreamed into all programs.

• Work with the MEAL Coordinator to ensure that all aspects of MEAL are properly resourced, staffed and fit for purpose. Along with program quality coordinators, review MEAL reports and help develop plans to improve program quality as necessary.

• Review latest research and other reports on Afghanistan and ensure that relevant information is shared with appropriate departments. When relevant, conduct learning sessions on appropriate data and information products.

• Support the M&E Coordinator in developing, rolling out and monitoring a country-wide M&E strategy and tools for the collection and analysis of program information (qualitative and quantitative) to inform all stages of the project cycle to increased shared learning internally and externally.

• Liaise with global and regional technical advisors to ensure continued quality programming and the integration of new and improved programs. Schedule TA visits as appropriate and support with those visits.

• Work closely with IRC local partners to build capacity and ensure program quality.

Business/Program Development

• Effectively collaborate with the Senior Grants Accountability Coordinator and the DDP to support the Grants Unit to make sure that high quality and needs-based project proposals are developed, according to the Proposal Flowchart and in compliance with IRC and donor regulations as well as within the parameters of the Strategic Action Plan.

• Provide mentorship and leadership in the rollout and use of the SAP and Outcome and Evidence Framework when developing new projects in coordination with the Senior Grants Accountability Coordinator and the DDP.

• Support in developing Communication and Advocacy strategies, growing IRC visibility in country and positioning IRC in line with advocacy strategy.

Human Resources and Staff Development

• Provide supportive mentorship and supervision to direct reports. Provide appropriate and timely feedback to staff regarding their performance, including timely implementation of the annual staff performance management system.

• Set clear objectives for program quality and MEAL coordinators.

• Support the identification of staff development opportunities for senior staff.

• Assist in developing job descriptions and in the recruitment of senior program quality staff (national and international). Ensure that regular and quality staff evaluations are conducted for all staff.

Liaison/Representation and Coordination

• Maintain a sound understanding programs to be able to represent the IRC and the IRC’s interests with partners, government, donors and clients.

• Help develop a positive relationship with donors / Government counterparts and local partners to ensure sustainable programs in the portfolio sectors. Encourage and support improved program cohesion through coordination initiatives and information sharing with and between all key country program staff.

• Promote the IRC Afghanistan vision and mission amongst all staff.

• Serve as an active member of the Senior Management Team and deputize for the Country Director as necessary.

• When needed, represent IRC in appropriate cluster coordination and working groups.


• Degree in International Development, International Relations, business; management and administrative science.

• Excellent professional track record with 6-8 years of experience in a conflict/post-conflict environment with program leadership responsibilities. Successful experience working within a complex security environment is preferred.

• Proven ability to think strategically, prioritize and meet deadlines in a complex and challenging environment; must be culturally sensitive

• Excellent leadership, people management, interpersonal and negotiation skills and a demonstrated ability to develop harmonious teams in a multi-ethnic context.

• Strong diplomacy skills; ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with partners, donors, government and clients in a sensitive environment.

• Experience working in Afghanistan.

• Have fluent spoken and written English; Dari or Pashto is a plus.

• Strong computer skills: including competency in the use of Windows MS office programs (Word, Excel), email programs, etc.

• Willingness to travel outside Kabul depending on security clearance.

• Willingness to live in strict security protocol environment

The IRC is an equal opportunity employer.**Professional Standards:** The IRC and IRC workers adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

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