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Afghanistan Junior Project Assistant (deadline: 09 May 2019)

Seefar is looking for a part-time Project Assistant to support a research project in Kabul and Nangarhar. This role will involve administrative, financial and logistical support of project activities.

This is a junior position and will be based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Job Description

We are a social enterprise with a mission to work with vulnerable people to build a better future. We specialise in justice, migration and social inclusion. Our expertise is in strategic communications, counselling, consulting, monitoring and evaluation, and research. We work in East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, North Africa, the Sahel and Europe. For more information about us, please visit http://seefar.org/about-us


To get a sense of the research we specialise in at Seefar, please visit http://seefar.org/research/ but note the bulk of our research is unpublished.


For examples of projects in Afghanistan, please visit https://seefar.org/ and search for ‘Afghanistan’.


One of your colleagues will be Jessica. As Seefar’s Security and Justice Program Coordinator, Jessica will work closely with you and show you the ropes at Seefar.

We are looking for someone:

  • Based in Kabul but available for travel around Afghanistan as needed, particularly Nangarhar.
  • 2-3 years of experience with administrative, financial and logistical support.
  • Who is completely fluent in Pashto, Dari and English


This role will be for a 6-month period, beginning early April 2019. The role is expected to require 20-30 hours/week. There is a possibility that the role may be extended beyond the initial period.


The Project Assistant will support the Research Coordinator in the implementation of Seefar’s field research activities in Afghanistan. The Project Assistant will report to the Research Coordinator in Kabul.

  • Provide administrative and financial support for project activities, including compliance with internal project systems and processes, and with donor systems and processes.
  • Support recruitment of local researchers for data collection.
  • Organise the logistics for a 5 day training in Kabul.
  • Facilitate travel and logistics for two International Research Experts attendance for workshops/stakeholder meetings in Kabul.
  • Provide logistical support for data collection missions to Nangarhar and Kabul field teams
  • Provide logistical support for workshops with communities in Kabul and Nangarhar to generate potential intervention pilots
  • Other tasks as directed.

Working with Seefar

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as positive features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • The Enterprise combines entrepreneurialism with a focus on social impact.
  • You work with highly diverse people and across a diversity of contexts.
  • There is a high level of trust that supports you to work autonomously.
  • The people in the Enterprise encourage innovation and experimentation.
  • Achieving results is prioritised over rigid structures and workflows.
  • You are never bored and always challenged.

Current and former personnel have noted the points below as negative features of Seefar’s work environment and culture:

  • Collaborating with geographically dispersed teams requires flexibility and patience.
  • Working remotely can make you feel isolated and so requires you to invest time in communication.
  • Travel schedules can sometimes be heavy.
  • A high-growth phase means problem-solving as the Enterprise’s systems evolve quickly.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have an undergraduate degree and one to three years of experience providing administrative support in Afghanistan. You have strong project management skills, and complete fluency in Pashto, and excellent English and Dari. You will ideally have experience working with international organisations. You are highly organised, have the ability to prioritise and are highly productive. You are motivated by an Enterprise performance framework focused on social impact.

To apply for this Role

On or before 09 May 2019, complete our online application form. Before you start, you should do the following:

  1. Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    1. Experience providing administrative support.
    2. An undergraduate degree.
    3. Based in Kabul and available for project-related travel in Afghanistan.
    4. Complete fluency in Pashto and English.
  2. Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this in our online application form.
  3. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the point below. You will upload this in our online application form.
    1. 1-2 paragraphs describing your professional working experience relevant to this role.