London, Greater London
£35,002 - £40,125 per year
Contract, Full-time
Job description

Starting Salary: £35,002 - £36,479 p.a.

Contract: 12 Months (Maternity Cover)


Position Description

Job Profile

You will contribute to CAFOD’s involvement in Afghanistan, by taking the lead on the day-to-day management of CAFOD-supported programmes and partnerships. You will develop effective, mutual relationships with partners. You will represent the Afghanistan programme both internally within CAFOD and externally, manage and monitor a range of partner grant budgets including institutional donor funding, ensure compliance to CAFOD’s systems and task manage the CAFOD Associate based in Afghanistan.


Key Responsibilities

Programme management and development in line with the direction set by the CSP

  • In co-operation with partners, develop and manage CAFOD-supported programmes (this includes long-term development and advocacy), contributing to the development and review of CAFOD’s Afghanistan Country Strategy and programme frameworks;
  • Jointly responsible with partners for the effective implementation, monitoring, evaluation (including facilitating external evaluations) and reporting on all funded programmes, in line with jointly agreed standards (programme cycle management) and donor requirements;
  • In agreement with partners, jointly develop programme and project proposals and assess the existing capacities to manage and implement the work. This includes leading on preparation of funding applications and reports for external funders, in liaison with the Programme Funding Team, and the development of partner capacity development plans to address capacity issues;
  • Promote, capture and disseminate learning from partners and programmes, and ensure that this informs future programme development;
  • Realise CAFOD’s principles by acting in line with CAFOD’s partnership standards, and by promoting and supporting partners’ adherence to jointly agreed accountability, gender, safeguarding children, supply chain management/procurement good practice, and other standards, as these emerge;
  • Contribute, where appropriate and in agreement with partners, to advocacy and information work in support of partners efforts, with relevant stakeholders in the region and/or globally;
  • Respond to emergencies as they occur, as requested by the Country Representative, and in co-ordination with CAFOD’s Humanitarian Department;
  • Keep up to date with development issues and trends, both within the relevant country or sector, and more generally;
  • Monitor the political and security context to contribute to CAFOD’s organisational risk assessments and security plans.

Managing effective relationships with partners (in close coordination with CAFOD’s Afghanistan-based Associate)

  • Develop, nurture and manage relationships with CAFOD’s partner organisations in line with the principles and standards set in our Partnership Policy, guidance and tools, and in agreement with the Country Representative;
  • Work with partners to regularly assess the quality of the relationship, ensuring that effective communication channels are in place, and that any shortcomings are addressed;
  • Invest in partners’ capacities, by jointly identifying needs, developing plans to strengthen capacities, identifying sources of support, and allocating resources.
  • Support Associate to access the tools and support required to successfully implement capacity development plans;
  • Organise (and where relevant accompany) partners’ visits.


Internal and external representation

  • In co-ordination with the Country Representative develop, nurture and sustain relationships and effective communications with relevant stakeholders, including local government, national networks and other agencies working in/on Afghanistan. This will include other Caritas/CIDSE agencies where appropriate;
  • In agreement with the Country Representative, sustain relationships with relevant bi-lateral agencies, including DfID and the EC, seeking opportunities for programme funding, where applicable;
  • Communicate with other teams within CAFOD to ensure that the programme is well understood, and that information is available for fundraising and other communication, including publications, media briefings, education, etc. This may involve participation in sessions/events with Supporters, communities of practice, working groups, etc., as agreed with the relevant manager.

 Financial management and monitoring of programmes and projects

  • In close co-operation with the relevant roles in the finance and funding teams, prepare, manage and monitor budgets relating to both CAFOD and partner-led expenditure, as agreed with the Country Representative;
  • Deliver the programme within agreed budgets or instigate budget revisions according to evolving needs, in line with CAFOD’s finance guidelines and procedures;
  • Develop relevant risk registers and monitor them in conjunction with the Country Representative;
  • Where appropriate, commission and manage (with partners) audits for programmes and projects;
  • Support CAFOD’s Associate to carry out partner financial profiles and reviews, in co-operation with the finance team.

 Systems and compliance

  • Effectively use CAFOD’s programme management information systems to ensure programme and project information is up-to-date. This will include producing management information to support decision making;
  • Ensure compliance with agreements, regulations and requirements attached to our work.

 CAFOD Associate Task Management

  • Lead, task manage and support the CAFOD Associate (shared (line) management with Hand in Hand Afghanistan), including setting objectives, reviewing work planning, conducting annual performance development reviews and providing coaching etc., in line with Hand In Hand Afghanistan’s Human Resource guidelines.

This list of duties and responsibilities is by no means exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other relevant and appropriate duties as required. This job description is subject to regular review and appropriate modification.


Safeguarding for Children and Vulnerable Adults

CAFOD recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and vulnerable adults, towards whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care and respect.  CAFOD, and all its staff and volunteers, undertake to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse.  CAFOD is committed to acting at all times in the best interests of children and vulnerable adults, seeing these interests as paramount.  Any candidate offered a job with CAFOD will be expected to adhere to CAFOD’s Safeguarding policy and sign CAFOD’s Code of Behaviour as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents. This post involves contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults, or has responsibility for people who will do, and applicants will be subject to specific checks related to safeguarding issues.  If based in the UK the post holder is required to present or obtain a Disclosure from the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service).  If the post is based outside the UK the post holder will be subject to a different checking process.


Person Specification


Essential Criteria

Understanding our context

  • Understanding Catholic identity
  • Understanding CAFOD
  • Understanding international development
  • Understanding and experience of international development and programme management and quality standards within this context


Working together

  • Managing ourselves
  • Strategic thinker, able to identify creative solutions to unforeseen challenges encountered or sudden situation changes
  • Working with others
  • Communicating
  • Fluent written and spoken English; able to communicate with colleagues and partners at a distance
  • Looking outwards  
  • Understanding of effective and values-based partnership work between northern and southern organisations and communities.


Making change happen

  • Managing resources
  • Computer literacy i.e. familiar with Microsoft word, excel and knowledge of information and database management; Budget monitoring skills
  • Achieving results
  • Able to manage competing work demands; delivers work within the context of an agreed programme framework, able to manage competing work demands
  • Managing our performance
  • Taking the lead      


Job-specific competencies

  • First-hand work experience with a values-based partnership approach (between northern and southern organisations and communities).
  • Experience using programme cycle management tools effectively to deliver work within an agreed programme framework;
  • Able and committed to working with and developing the capacity of local partners organisations/ National NGOs;
  • Understanding and first-hand experience of institutional funding work/projects, priorities, trends and donor conditions;
  • Financial management understanding and experience;
  • Ability to implement projects / programmes in an insecure environment remotely
  • Ability and willingness to travel to Afghanistan through 1 or 2 pre-planned visits of up to 2 weeks each, individually risk assessed on each occasion. Travel for up to 12 weeks per year, sometimes at short notice. Please note that International travel is currently suspended at the time of this advertisement - Travel will only apply once this suspension has been lifted 


Desirable Criteria

  • Demonstrated staff management experience, preferably remotely and in a hostile environment.
  • Demonstrates sectoral knowledge of livelihoods or peacebuilding programming.
  • Previous work experience in Afghanistan or similar environment


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Come and join us and help make a real difference in the lives of the world’s poorest communities.

CAFOD is an equal opportunities employer. Recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

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Posted on: 01 June 2020
Closed date: 16 June 2020
Tags: Intl Development