Afghanistan Area Manager
(deadline: 21 Mar 2021)

Seefar is seeking an Area Manager with demonstrated government relations and business set-up experience in Afghanistan, and a strong interest in migrant worker welfare. As Area Manager you will be responsible for coordinating and liaising with local and national authorities to ensure continued support for Seefar’s operations in Afghanistan. This position will be based in Afghanistan.

Seefar encourages applicants from a variety of backgrounds including displaced persons and persons with disabilities.

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 https://seefar.org/about-us

To get a sense of the services we specialise in at Seefar, please visit https://seefar.org/services

As Afghanistan Area Manager you will be responsible for coordinating and liaising with law enforcement and local/national government officials to ensure continued support for our work.

You will have:

  • Strong spoken and written English, as well as fluency in both local languages; 
  • Experience working effectively and in partnership with local authorities and researching local laws and norms that might affect project implementation;
  • Strong experience with business set-up and compliance in Afghanistan, and excellent government relations & contacts (preference for familiarity with The Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs (MoLSA);
  • Effective prioritisation and organisational skills, with an ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision;
  • Outstanding attention to detail;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to coordinate with teams.

For this 8 month, part time consultancy position, you will be based in Kabul – Afghanistan. Travel around Kabul to government offices will likely be required; other in-country travel may be required depending on COVID-19.

Responsibilities

The following are the primary responsibilities of the role, with estimated allocations of time and attention.

DELIVER: GOVERNMENT COMPLIANCE

Approximately 80% of your time and attention will be spent:

  • Reviewing project background and implementation materials;
  • Conducting detailed research mapping requirements on laws, regulations licenses, permissions, and other requirements affecting Seefar’s operations in Afghanistan;
  • Conducting market research on Afghanistan dynamics that impact Seefar’s programming, including migration patterns and trends;
  • Preparing, submitting, monitoring and coordinating any relevant applications and licenses with the local authorities;
  • Continuous research on local laws and decrees that might affect project implementation.

DEVELOP: CAPABILITIES AND PROGRAM PORTFOLIO

Approximately 10% of your time and attention will be spent:

  • Providing technical expertise into program and project development;
  • Learning, growing and developing professionally and personally;
  • Strengthening the Enterprise’s reputation and profile in our areas of expertise.

DIRECT: GLOBAL MANAGEMENT

Approximately 10% of your time and attention will be spent:

  • Representing and demonstrating Seefar’s values;
  • Cooperating with other areas of Seefar, including to communicate substantive and administrative information that supports corporate management overall. 

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.
  • It can be fast paced so you need to be productive and able to prioritise effectively.

An Excellent Candidate

To excel in this role, you will have the following experience and capacities:

  • At least 5 years of experience working effectively and in partnership with local authorities (Afghanistan);
  • At least 5 years of direct experience in business set-up and compliance in Afghanistan;
  • Demonstrated experience researching local laws and norms;
  • A highly entrepreneurial skill set;
  • Have a wide network including excellent government relations and contacts, including familiarity with the MoLSA;
  • Exceptional organisational skills and a track record of on-time delivery;
  • A commitment to migrant worker welfare;
  • Strong written and verbal communication in English;
  • Fluency in both local languages;
  • Be based in Kabul Afghanistan.

To apply for this role

On or before 21 March 2021, complete our online application form or press the Apply button below. Before you start, you should do the following:

  • Confirm you meet these minimum requirements:
    • At least 5 years of experience working effectively and in partnership with local authorities (Afghanistan);
    • At least 5 years of direct experience in business set-up and compliance in Afghanistan;
    • Demonstrated experience researching local laws and norms;
    • A highly entrepreneurial skill set;
    • Have a wide network including excellent government relations and contacts, including familiarity with MoLSA;
    • Strong written and verbal communication in English;
    • Fluency in both local languages;
    • Be based in Kabul Afghanistan;
    • Be willing to travel within Afghanistan.
  • Prepare a CV in Word or PDF format. You will upload this to our online application form. In Word or PDF format, prepare an introductory letter that includes only the points below. You will upload this to our online application form.
    • 1 paragraph explaining why you are interested in working for Seefar;
    • 1 paragraph explaining why you are a good fit for this role. Please specify your experience coordinating with Afghanistan authorities.
    • Please provide an example of your research or other written reports in English

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