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Programme Officer-Grants -Afghanistan

Taloqan (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: Concern Worldwide
  • Location: Taloqan (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Grant writing
  • Closing Date: 2020-01-22

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About the role: This is a one-year, unaccompanied new role based in Taloqan, Afghanistan with an annual salary of Grade 1 (€29,913 – €33,237).

You will report to the Programme Director, and coordinate closely with the Country Director to support proposal development and grant reporting efforts for the country portfolio. You will furthermore work closely with the Programme Coordination Unit, the M&E team and the Programme Managers for the different programmes.

We would like you to start on the 1st April 2020.

Your purpose: Your role will be to support the grants compliance and reporting processes, as well as proposal development efforts, working in collaboration with Program Managers, National Programme Coordinator, the M&E Unit, Finance Unit and the Programme Director to produce high quality donor reporting and proposals. You will support the development of funding proposals, verifying that they are in line with donor and call guidelines. You will represent Concern in proposal development meetings with partners under the Country Director and Programme Director’s instruction. There will also be opportunities to represent Concern at coordination meetings during certain periods spent in Kabul.

You will be responsible for:

Reporting and Grants compliance (70%)

  • Support in ensuring quality in external and donor reporting. This will include editing reports and ensuring they are submitted in the correct formats.

  • Support in editing and compiling internal monthly and annual programme reports.

  • Help ensure grant compliance for all of Afghanistan programmes by preparing donor/grant specific compliance rules.

  • Help ensure reporting is timely and that financial and narrative reports are accurate and coherent

  • Support the Programmes Team in the development of concept notes and proposals.

  • Support communication with the donors on any anticipated or unanticipated changes during the lifetime of a project.

  • Support the update of donor and partner due diligence and agreements documents.

  • Support completing documents for donors and clusters (4Ws, monitoring tables, etc.)

  • Support the organization of kick off, close out meetings for all grants, and support the drafting of all related documents (minutes, best practices, etc).

  • Support in the updating the current donor and stakeholder profile in country: their priorities for investment, potential calls.

  • Support the drafting of documentation and success stories of current programmes that would be of interest to donors.

  • Support the roll-out of the grant management systems from head office in Afghanistan (data input) etc

Knowledge and information management (30%)

  • Support version control of documents and filing of final reports and proposals, learning documents, survey reports and data, using the shared data space in country

  • Participate in cluster meetings and dissemination of key points, attending where appropriate, and coordinate responses to cluster requests, in partnership with the National Programme Coordinator.

  • Help promote a culture of shared learning across all programme locations and with colleagues in the region including participating in organising quarterly programme meetings.


  • Adhere fully to the commitments and rules of Concern’s Programme Participant Protection Policy and Code of Conduct (P4 and CofC), and ensure that any abuses or suspected abuses are reported and or dealt with as appropriate.
  • Any other tasks agreed with the Line Manager.

Your skills and experience will include:


Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Fluent in English

  • Educated to Degree level in Development or a related discipline.

  • At least one year of overseas experience with an NGO, UN agency or donor;

  • At least one year of experience in a role working on grant proposals and report or grant compliance

  • Good team player and able to adapt to different cultures

  • Experience of working in a high pressured, results focused and dynamic environment.

  • Good self-awareness and stress management skills

  • Good understanding of budget development and financial reporting

  • Good organisational and planning skills/experience.

  • Strong computer skills particularly Microsoft office.


Education, Qualifications & Experience Required:

  • Specific experience with UN donors, US Government funding (OFDA, USAID, FFP), ECHO/EU and/or Irish Aid is a big advantage

  • Attendance of training courses in quality standards such as SPHERE, HAP, Red Cross Code of Conduct, CHS etc.

  • Experience working in an insecure and volatile environment.

  • Proven knowledge of gender issues

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

  • Confident strong communicator and networker

  • Ability to work in an insecure environment

  • Very high attention to detail is essential

  • Cultural and political sensitivity

  • Must be flexible and willing to adapt to a fluid situation

  • Willingness to learn

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Able to take initiative and work independently.

  • Excellent writing skills.

  • Willing to travel frequently.

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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