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Education Programme Manager

UNDP/UNESP, Kabul, AFGHANISTAN (Afghanistan)


Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) invites all qualified candidates to apply for the following position. SCA actively promotes and encourages Women and People with Disabilities to apply

Title of Position:

Education Programme Manager

Job Number:

HRM/KMO 38-17

Duty Station:

Kabul Management Office

Number of Positions:

One (Female and Male)


The position is fixed term (two years) Extendable based on performance


Salary and benefits are according to internal SCA salary policy                                        

Non-monetary Benefits for Females:

Transportation close to residence and work, child nursery at workplace, safe travel facilities and companion to field trips, female association membership, trainings and capacity building

Announcement Date:


Closing Date:

16th-June- 2017

SCA Background

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has been working in Afghanistan since 1982, presently managing development programmes concerning Health, Education, Rural Livelihoods and Community Governance, with a total annual budget of roughly USD 40 million. The total number of staff is around 5,500. During the last 10 years SCA has undertaken a change process moving from a primarily humanitarian service delivery approach towards more of a developmental role, putting increasing emphasis on capacity development, rights-based programming and outcome orientation. The mission of SCA is to empower individuals, communities and local organizations, primarily in rural areas and with particular focus on women, girls, boys and vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, so that they may participate fully in society and influence their own development. SCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment based on their skills, abilities and experience without regard to age (18-65 years), ethnicity, religion, marital status, gender, or physical disability.

Scope of work:

The position of Education Programme Manager (EPM) is a senior, and full time position within the Education Programme Unit (EPU) based in Kabul Management Office (KMO) with frequent visits to the RMOs. The EPM leads the EPU, which exists to ensure that all SCA interventions in education are streamlined as per the conceptual frame of the Programme and towards the SCA strategic objectives and strategically oversee and backstop the development and implementation of the Education Programme being implemented by the education project teams  in five RMOs.

The EPM closely works with the Programmes Director and ensures strong synergy and working relationship with other programmes, support and crosscutting units within SCA, at KMO level. S/he also maintains close coordination with the line ministry (Ministry of Education) as well as other major actors in the education sector. Donor relation is another major area where the EPM plays significant role through developing and submission of project applications, project discussions, on time reporting and other project implementation related issues. The EPM advocates for children rights to education on national level and makes sure that gender equality is adhered to in all aspects of the programme planning and implementation.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Master Degree, or equivalent, in relevant professional field preferably education development or social sciences.
  • Six to eight years of relevant work experience within international development, NGOs, UN agencies or similar organisation.
  • Experience in the Rights-Based Approach to development
  • Experience of monitoring, evaluation and assessment. Experience in research and studies will be an added value.
  • Experiences of coordination, representation and advocacy on the ministries and donor agencies level.
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English and Dari/Pashto
  • Computer skill at operator level, especially with MS Office packages.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to the project sites within Afghanistan and adjust to SCA environment.

 Main Responsibilities:

  • Ensure strategic programme development that stresses improvements in the education sector of Afghanistan and leads overall development strategies for SCA Education Programme.
  • Oversee the processes of internal assessment and evaluations of the programme including surveys and feasibility studies of the projects.
  • Ensure focus on relevance and quality, and mainstreaming of rights and gender, in programme design and implementation;
  • Enhance Education Programme’s internal capacity for effectiveness through identification of training needs, team-building and coordination at all levels of the programme that aim at strengthening technical competencies, local initiatives, sustainability and participation;
  • Oversee the implementation compliance of the Education Programme activities to the Strategic Plan, annual work plan, budget and other guidelines
  • Contribute to annual performance appraisal of Education Project Managers by providing necessary technical inputs to Heads of RMOs concerning the Education Project Managers annual performance and development needs.
  • Manage the development of Education Programme directives, manuals and guidelines in such a way that the SCA educational interventions are adapted to the educational needs and rights of all children living in SCA’s target areas.
  • Oversee the processes of internal and external assessment and evaluations of the Programme and provide support to the Education Teams in RMOs in conducting surveys and feasibility studies in their project areas as well as ensures that relevant findings and recommendations are incorporated and considered in the programme planning and implementation.
  • Provide adequate technical oversight and instructions to various field projects through coordinated and recurrent technical monitoring missions and evaluations, planning, proposal writing, overall budgeting and report writing;
  • Ensure focus on relevance and quality, and mainstreaming of rights and gender, in programme design and implementation;
  • Oversee programme budget utilization on RMOs level and provide justifications for deviations in consultation with education project teams.
  • Maintain close contact regarding the Education Programme issues, with donor agencies, authorities, UN agencies, international and national NGOs in order to promote coordination and continuous upgrading of the education activities at different levels.

Application Procedures:

  • Interested qualified candidates should submit a full CV with a cover letter explaining their motivation in applying for the job and highlighting their relevant skills and experience;
  • To apply online please send your application / CV to
  • Subject Line Must be: Education Programme Manager, HRM/KMO 38-17, Otherwise your application May not be Considered.
  • Candidates may also submit applications by letter (hard copy) directly to the SCA HRM Unit in either Kabul, Ghazni, Kunduz, Wardak, Taloqan, Mazar-e-Sharif, Laghman or Jalalabad;
  • Academic certificates or references need not to be submitted at this time. These will be requested if called for interview.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be invited for written test and interview.

    Females are highly encouraged to apply


Job number:

HRM/KMO 38-17

Duty station:

Kabul Management Office

Application deadline:

14 June 2017
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: SCA - Swedish Committee for Afghanistan
  • Location: UNDP/UNESP, Kabul, AFGHANISTAN (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Social Affairs
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2017-06-14

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