Afghanistan: Partnerships Coordinator

By Aga Khan Foundation Organization: Aga Khan Foundation
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 23 Oct 2018

The Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan (AKF (Afg)) is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of international, private, non-denominational development agencies working to improve living conditions and opportunities for people in some of the poorest parts of the developing world. The Network’s organizations have individual mandates that range from the fields of health and education to architecture, rural development and promotion of private-sector enterprise and institutions that seek to empower communities and individuals, usually in disadvantaged circumstances, to improve living conditions and opportunities.

The Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) is a non-denominational international development agency established in 1967 by His Highness the Aga Khan. Its mission is to develop and promote creative solutions to problems that impede social development, primarily in Asia and East Africa. Created as a private, non-profit foundation under Swiss law, it has branches and independent affiliates in 19 countries.

AKF seeks to provide sustainable solutions to long-term problems of poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and ill health. In Afghanistan, AKF works with rural communities in mountainous, remote or resource poor areas to improve quality of life in the areas of natural resource management, market development, governance, education and health.

At present, it is seeking exceptional individuals to fill the position of Partnerships Coordinator at its National Program Office (NPO).

Objective of the Position:

The objective of the position is to manage and develop a portfolio of relationships with donors, to create an enabling environment in which AKF is able to implement its integrated and cross-sector projects. The Coordinator understands the donor landscape and AKF’s capacity and funding needs. With this understanding, the Coordinator helps AKF make management decisions that lead to a sound funding framework for AKF Afghanistan. Further, the Coordinator improves organizational resilience and builds capacity through integrated responses to partnerships, funding opportunities, and project and proposal development. Externally, the Coordinator represents AKF as a reliable, credible, high-quality, and preferred partner and advocates for AKF’s perspective in development environments. The Coordinator contributes to, builds, and strengthens the systems and processes of the Policy and partnerships unit.

Core Responsibilities and Duties:

1. New Business Development, Opportunity Management, Proposal Development. The Coordinator identifies and cultivates opportunities with new and current donors, working with donor units in Canada, the UK, and the US to develop donor profiles and long-term relationship strategies that reflect the realities of development in Afghanistan. Tracking these opportunities, the Coordinator analyzes future AKF resource needs in relevant thematic areas and highlights funding gaps, in dialogue with the finance team, MERL team, program heads, and regional teams where relevant. The Coordinator co-leads proposal writing, with systematic and timely inclusion of sector leads, Human Resources, Finance, and MERL teams. This supports the internal grant cycle process, ensuring the proposal’s development, circulation, and integration with the work of program Coordinators, and its ongoing use.

2. External Relations. The Coordinator maintains a portfolio of donor relationships and correspondence. They develop constructive working relationships with donors, engaging the Senior Management Team and the Program Implementation Team when appropriate to support these relationships. They represent AKF in external meetings with relevant donors and in national policy meetings and Government working groups with other key stakeholders. As an organization with internal financing, AKF leverages its own resources to ensure that development priorities are met. This gives a unique experience of relationship management, bringing AKF to the table as a collaborator/donor as well as an implementer. To ensure that they can advocate strongly for AKF’s development perspective and to help reflect our experience in international development circles, the Coordinator understands the policies and programs of AKF; likewise, the Coordinator ensures that the changing donor landscape and funding priorities and are conveyed internally.

3. Capacity Development. Because the Coordinator builds relationships and develops opportunities in parallel to implementation and senior management staff, the Coordinator works to ensure consistent, high-quality messaging and representation of AKF to donors. The Coordinator advises implementation teams on grants and contracts management and contractual compliance at the beginning of the project to help program and sector understand donor commitments. The Coordinator assesses grant issues and prepares regular analysis for Senior Management, particularly flagging problematic cases for attention. The Coordinator works with the rest of the Partnerships team and relevant units to decide on specific capacity gaps and to develop and deliver trainings in those areas.

4. Communications and Knowledge Management. The Coordinator develops and maintains branding for proposals and reports, working to standardize stylistic elements of proposals, reports, etc. where possible. The Coordinator contributes to systematic updating of knowledge about donors, opportunities, and proposals. The Coordinator works to ensure that AKF has the replicable tools that it needs for finance, monitoring and evaluation, and programs teams to engage constructively with donors.

5. Integration between sectors and regions. The Coordinator regularly communicates with staff in the field on regional/national developments, and works with other staff in Kabul to develop innovative linkages, builds the capacity of this staff, and shares knowledge to support Partnerships objectives.

6. Safeguarding including Child Safeguarding. The Coordinator carries out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects AKF (Afg)’s commitment to safeguarding, which includes protecting children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.

Occasional Significant Duties and responsibilities:

· Any other duties relevant to this positions’ core responsibilities and duties, as assigned by the Partnerships Manager

Decision – Making & Authority:

· Authority over specific partnerships and opportunities; decision-making in terms of how to handle those.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

· Master’s degree in relevant field and at least three years of field experience in a similar or relevant field

· Experience working in a multicultural environment, preferably in a post-conflict one

· Experience with client-facing or external-oriented positions (PR, advocacy, sales, consulting, etc.)

· Superior written English, communication etiquette, and verbal skills

· Demonstrated ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines

Required Core Competencies:

· Ability to critically analyse and provide constructive recommendations

· Team player with ability to build and maintain collaborative relationships with colleagues in a co-habitation environment (work and life together)

· Willingness to live and work in a post-conflict zone with restrictive movements

· Strong ability to be self-motivated, self-directed, practice self-care

How to apply:

Application:** Please apply through our Career Centre: http://www.akdn.org/careers

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for further assessment.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Aga Khan Foundation Afghanistan recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to equal opportunity, safe guarding of children from abuse and zero tolerance to sexual-harassment.

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