Programme Coordinator – Afghanistan

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

Terms of reference
Job Title: Programme Coordinator
Code: SR-28-2488
Duty station: Kabul with frequent travels to field locations
Starting date: 01/07/2022
Contract duration: 12 months
Reporting to: Country Director
Supervision of: Programme Managers expat
Dependents: Non-family duty station

General context of the project
Protracted humanitarian crises and conflict, displacement, governance failure and a deep socio-economic crisis have had a devastating impact on the Afghan population, namely on the most vulnerable groups, caught up in the active conflict-zones, displaced and returned to the country. The South Region, in particular Kandahar and Zabul Provinces, is amongst the critically affected areas. Political and security situation remains volatile, despite the peace talks: almost 50% of the territory is considered contested with frequent clashes and airstrikes.
INTERSOS has been present in Afghanistan since 2001 with a country office in Kabul, a field base in Kandahar City and a sub-base in Qalat. INTERSOS focuses on implementing emergency response and relief programs in different sectors: Health, Nutrition, Protection and WASH, serving the conflict-affected population (displaced and not displaced) and with communities living in hard-to-reach areas. A special focus is dedicated to Extreme Vulnerable Individuals (women, children, persons with disabilities, etc.).
The program’s general objective is to contribute to reducing the protection and health risks of hard to reach conflict-affected communities. The proposed program aims to improve access to integrated protection, primary health care (including sexual and reproductive health care) and nutrition services in the conflict affected areas of Kandahar and Zabul Provinces.

General purpose of the position
The Program Coordinator supports the Country Director with the overall country program development and management in accordance with INTERSOS’ country strategy, plans and policies.
The Program Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of all the projects and the smooth implementation of all the activities, in collaboration with all the support and technical Coordinators.

Main responsibilities and tasks
Quality implementation

  • Ensuring the quality of implementation of the projects in country, providing support to Programme Managers in project management and project cycle management
  • Support the Programme Managers in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the activities, deliverables and budgets

Strategy Development

  • Play a key role in the definition, expansion of geographical and sectorial sectors in an integrated manner and implementation of the Strategy of the mission, ensuring the smooth running of INTERSOS humanitarian operations in the country
  • Carry out a detailed donors and stakeholders mapping in country, in collaboration with the Country Director
  • Upon delegation of the Country Director, developing strategic partnerships with other international or local organizations, wherever possible​

Project monitoring/review and evaluation

  • Conduct regular meetings with the team to review the planning, and discuss the main concerns and the achievements, address any gaps in programming and look at further integration of key sectors
  • Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the activities, in collaboration with Country Director, Head of Base, Programme Managers and MEAL Team
  • Support the Country Director for the promotion of accountability and commitment to INTERSOS charter and prevention on power of abuse​

Human Resources

  • Play the role of the line manager and contribute to the capacity building of the Programme Managers and MEAL Team.
  • Manage and evaluate the performance of the staff directly supervised and ensure that evaluation procedures are implemented for the rest of the team
  • Collaborate in the recruitment process, according to guidelines and SOPs​

Representation, coordination and advocacy

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders (donors, partners, government, etc.)
  • Represent INTERSOS in coordination fora as requested/needed
  • Actively participate in Senior Management Team and any other meetings as directed by the Country Director

New funding opportunities

  • Actively participate to the writing of new funding opportunities, contributing to develop/design new concepts and proposals under the supervision of the Country Director and in cooperation with the Technical Coordinators, Head of Base, Project Managers and Regional Coordinator
  • Lead the development and implementation of assessments, in coordination with the Country Director, Head of Base, MEAL team and Technical Coordinators​


  • Lead the process for donor/authorities reporting, under the supervision of the Country Director and in collaboration with Technical Coordinators, Programme Managers and Regional Coordinator
  • Regular update the Country Director, the Senior Management Team and the Regional Coordinator on program achievements and challenges

Expériences / Formation

Advanced university degree in humanitarian field or similar academic areas (experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree)​

Professional Experience and Requirements

  • At least three years of professional experience in similar position in the humanitarian field in countries outside of his/ her residence, with at least two years as senior management level
  • At least three years of working in potentially insecure environment as expatriate staffs, with proven experience of security management
  • Excellent writing, reporting and communication skills.​
  • Proven experience of:
  • ​design of strategies and proposals
  • coordination of projects
  • management of staff with cultural diversity
  • recruitment of international and national staff
  • remote management
  • good relationship with donors and national/local authorities


  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Pashto and/or Dari language is an added value

Personal Requirements

  • Responsive, motivated, good communicator flexibility to respond to changing nature of humanitarian context and operational difficulties
  • Ability to communicate openly and maintain good relationship within the team, government and other local authorities, donor, and other stakeholders
  • Willingness to take responsibility
  • Ability to cope with stress, and live in environment with very basic living condition
  • Strong team spirit and ability to work in an intercultural environment
  • Attention to detail and structured way of approaching tasks (well organized), and to plan ahead and result oriented (pro-active)
  • Able to ensure quick quality delivery in stressful environment (stress-resilient)
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines and respect line management
  • Practical and problem-solver

Comment postuler

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