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Afghanistan – A Deputy Head of Mission for Programs in Kabul

Starting date : October 2020

Duration of Mission: 12 months 

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan 

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. PUI teams are committed to support civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars or economic collapse, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The Association leads in average 200 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures; water, sanitation and hygiene, and economic recovery. PUI provides assistance to around 6 million people in 23 countries – in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Afghan mission is the oldest PUI mission, with first medical intervention launched in 1979 just after the Soviet Invasion.

Since then, the country has mostly been in conflict, with national armed groups and international forces, causing mass casualties and massive movements of population, within or out of the country. In 2018, 372 000 people have been internally displaced (bringing the total number of displaced people to 2.6 million at the end of 2018). The same time, there has been an influx of more than 3.3mln Afghan returnees from Iran and Pakistan. This high number of returns is putting pressure on host communities that are already strained by the conflict.

The achievements realized by the international community following the post-2001 intervention are now jeopardized by the intensification of conflict and violence and fragile governance. Indeed, due to the increase of the attacks, casualties, displacements and consequently, of the acute needs, the United Nations reclassified Afghanistan conflict from a protracted one to an active one. Many armed groups (mainly Islamic State of Afghanistan) are threatening the Government of Afghanistan, struggling to impose its vision of development, despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, nationally and internationally.

Insecurity, economic concerns, governance issues and increased pressure on the delivery of services are pushing many Afghans to risk their lives fleeing to Europe, as they see no future in Afghanistan. Afghan refugees represent the third largest refugee group worldwide and the second largest contingent of asylum seekers to the EU.

In this scenario, with elevated pressure on aid actors, the capacity to deliver aid to the most in need in remote areas is jeopardized. Access on field remains one of the biggest challenges in Afghanistan, especially in some provinces, including Nangarhar and Kunar. The humanitarian crisis is looming as actors are overstretched and resources oriented to other crises. A high capacity to deliver aid is then required in such a complex environment where humanitarian needs are huge.


PUI strategy is to address the fundamental needs of the Afghan population in respect with all humanitarian principles. Indeed, neutrality and impartiality are key principles to respect in order to enable humanitarian access to the affected populations.

PUI has a strong health expertise in the country that can be used as an entry point to implement an integrated approach to support the population to regain their most basic needs and also to their self-sufficiency. Indeed, such problems as malnutrition and undernutrition request a multi sectoral and comprehensive response in order to decrease the prevalence of the phenomenon.

Since the beginning of 2013, PUI in Afghanistan started interventions on emergency preparedness and medical interventions for conflict-affected populations As Afghanistan became the world’s deadliest conflict in 2018 with 59% annual increase in terrorism-related deaths,, it is indeed crucial to have health staff prepared and equipped for mass casualties, and also to implement responses to population displacements.

Due to the violent recent history of the country and the constantly high number of security incidents in the country, PUI is developing an advocacy plan for development of Psychosocial First Aid (PFA) in the country in order to support the development of such activity countrywide. In order to better integrate its health activities, PUI also conduct WaSH activities in the health facilities.

The main programmatic objectives of the mission for 2019-2021 are:

PUI is planning to address the needs of conflict-affected IDPs and populations in general, drought-affected IDPs, to improve access and quality of health and nutrition services as well as to tackle the PSS needs of the humanitarian workers who are exposed to traumatic events in their daily work. A specific focus is given on women’s health and their access to quality health services.

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As part of our actions in Afghanistan, we are looking for a Deputy Head of Mission Programs in Kabul.


Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the Deputy Head of Mission for Programs (DHoMP) will lead the Program Department (technical coordinators, MEAL team, Grants Officer) in order to coordinate the tactical and strategic programming aspects of the Mission for ensuring the implementation of high quality programs and helping in strengthening the PUI Mission development. S/he will operate these duties in line with the global PUI’ strategic framework and the approved Country Strategy for Afghanistan.


  • The DHoMP plays a key role in coordinating implementation strategy and supports operational management and integration of all technical areas. This includes the primary responsibilities of projects planning/design, programs quality assurance, donor compliance on reporting and documentation, but also to ensure timely, effective and compliant programming in accordance with internal and external principles and requirements.
  • As an implementing organization, PUI places great importance on operational results and impact of its programs. Thus, the DHoMP plays critical role in overseeing monitoring and evaluation, usually in collaboration with the Field Coordinator, and in collaboration with other external partners and stakeholders.

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Expériences / Formation


  • Bachelor’s degree in a field related to project management, international development and/or social sciences


  • Experience managing multi-sectorial projects
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in the areas of program development, project management, donor reporting and grant compliance
  • Past track record in team management
  • Past track record in security management

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of MEAL methodologies and cycle
  • Knowledge of standards in one of the following sectors: health incl. mental health, nutrition, WaSH
  • Good understanding of gender aspects of the program design and implementation
  • Good understanding of protection mainstreaming
  • Good training and mentoring skills
  • Excellent planning and anticipation skills
  • Strong computer skills essential, including ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel, database management software, statistical packages, GIS.


  • Excellent command in writing and editing documents in English

Required Personal Characteristics:

  • Demonstrates integrity and promotes the PUI mandate and values among the teams
  • Fair treatment towards the team members
  • Demonstrates high tolerance for change, complexity, unpredictability
  • Proven team building, organization and communication skills
  • Proven mentoring and capacity strengthening skills
  • Ability to lead team and solve conflicts
  • Strong skills in coordination and building synergies between the teams
  • Ability to provide the required output in a timely and efficient manner
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Team player


  • Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 12 months
  • Starting date: October 2020
  • Monthly Gross Income: from 2 420 up to 2 750 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
  • Cost Covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
  • Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
  • Housing in collective accommodation
  • Daily Living Expenses (« Per diem »)
  • Break Policy: Break every 2 months + break allowance
  • Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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