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Director of Pillars


About Harakat- Afghanistan Investment Climate Facility (H-AICF)

Harakat-AICP is a multi-donor funded programme. The lead donor is the UK. Harakat is an Afghan-managed non-profit organisation operating as a grant-management facility. It has inherited a seven- year legacy from its predecessor (Harakat-AICF) of delivering projects aimed at improving barriers to private sector investments in the country. This was achieved through its partnerships with the Government of Afghanistan, private sector, civil society and NGOs. By facilitating a healthy and competitive investment climate as part of its vision, Harakat-AICF sector-specific interventions have supported direct job creation, revenue generation, laws and regulations, and other programs contributing to the private sector’s ease of doing business in Afghanistan.
Harakat-AICP has identified a program management approach to achieving the objectives of fostering an enabling environment for private sector investments in the country by concentrating on four programme pillars: (1) Public Private Partnerships; (2) Legal and Regulatory Reform; (3) Investor Protection; (4) Women’s EconomicEmpowerment.
Through the design of these specific areas of intervention for these programme pillars and linking them to measurable outcomes and indicators, Harakat-AICP aims to impact the country’s business enabling environment by attracting viable foreign direct investments and domestic investments, increasing the confidence of the private sector at large, creating employment opportunities, and generating revenue. By the time Harakat-AICP completes its mandate in 2023, it expects to have contributed to significant economic transformation of Afghanistan’s economic growth terrain
Harakat-AICP shall serve as a trusted partner to the Government of Afghanistan, the Private Sector and Civil Society by supporting and promoting the private sector development and business economic reform agenda of the country through sustainable and measurable impact.

Job Summary

The purpose of the position is to establish, manage and coordinate the delivery AICP pillar programmes and ensure the successful delivery of pillar outcomes and management of their inter-dependencies. The Director of Pillars is responsible on behalf of the CEO for establishing the AICP new programme implementation model and for the overall integrity and coherence of pillar programmes. The Director of Pillars will develop and maintain the programme approach and support individual pillar programme managers to deliver pillar outcomes.

Job Details

Date Posted: 09 Feb 2017 Reference: 11-2017
Closing Date: 08 Mar 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Private Sector Dev Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Permanent Years of Experience: 10 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the CEO of the AICP, the key responsibilities and accountabilities of the Director of Pillars are outlined as follows:
Pillar Programme Management and Coordination:
• Ensures effective quality assurance and overall integrity of pillar programmes focussing on internal consistency of pillar programmes and coherence with planning and interfaces between programmes and AICP governance and technical standards.
• Determines pillar programme resource requirements in conjunction with programme managers and other AICP Managers.
• Defines the pillars governance framework including resource management, monitoring and control, quality, risk management, and stakeholder engagement.
• Ensures pillar interventions are carried out in accordance with logical frameworks.
• Maintains the overall integrity and coherence of the pillars and maintains the programme environment to support individual programmes within it.
• Ensures that the delivery of outputs and services from the programmes meets pillar requirements.
• Ensures that security considerations are assessed and implicated in programme conception.
• Mentors and assists programme managers in planning, execution and delivery of programmes, ensuring the best practice programme management processes are incorporated.
• Works closely with the programme managers to identify potential programme-cost overruns, time delays or quality deficiencies and implements actions for rectification.
• Analyses programme results and interpret these results into recommendations for the AICP CEO to assist S/he in reporting to the AICP Board.
• Ensures that clear communications and good relationships are developed and maintained within the pillar programmes, with AICP support units and with external parties such as service providers, the GoIRO Ministry of Finance and donors.
• Plans, develops, coordinates, communicates and directs the internal policies and procedures of pillar programme operations.
• Works closely with programme managers to provide timely and accurate programme tracking, analysis of outputs and reporting.
• Develops and drives a culture of continuous improvement and performance optimisation across all programme pillars.
• Works closely with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager and programme managers to establish performance measures, risk assessments and mitigation plans.
• Assists programme managers to initiate activities and other management interventions wherever gaps in programme implementation or issues are identified.
• Maintains a systematic filing system of all programme and support documents with off-site backup for continuity security and in line with audit requirements specific to programme agreements.

Financial Management:
• Oversees pillar programme budgeting and resource planning.
• Prepares and submits for approval, revenue and expenditure forecasts based on established financial goals and against delivered and realised benefits as programmes progress.
• Supervise and maintain financial and administrative records and monitoring systems to record and reconcile programme pillar expenditures, balances, payments, statements and other data for day-to day transactions and reports

• Ensure pillar programmes procurement practices are timely, effective and according to guidelines outlined in the AICP procurement manual.
• Ensure completion and submission of current programme pillar assets and maintain an Asset Register.
• Undertake additional financial management and procurement duties as required by the CFO or APM.

Pillar Development:
• Develops current and future for pillar programme development according to AICP strategic objectives.
• Researches, identifies and introduces appropriate new systems, processes and technologies to improve programme implementation across pillars.
• Identifies and develops potential new business partner opportunities.
• Develops and maintains close working relationships with donors, government ministries, service providers and other stakeholders.

Human Resource Management:
• Oversees all staffing issues as required by the demands of pillar programmes including security and duty of care.
• Manages the performance and conducts performance review of pillar programme managers in accordance with AICP HR policies and procedures.
• In conjunction with programme managers identifies and recruits appropriate programme staff.
• Encourages and develops the technical and programme management skills of pillar programme staff.

Professional Conduct:
• Comply with personal legal liabilities and fiduciary requirements of diligence and care in carrying out the duties of the AICP.
• Act honestly in all the affairs of the AICP and avoid conflict of interest and, should this arise, it must be declared.

The AICP programme pillars are delivered to the satisfaction of the AICP Senior Management, MOF, beneficiaries, and stakeholders in compliance with Donor requirements.


Personal Skills & Abilities:
• Strong skills in programme and project management with proven competencies in related tools and methodologies.
• Excellent financial and situational analytical skills and knowledge of analysis techniques.
• Strong contract formation and negotiation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to maintain existing client relationships and develop new ones.
• Excellent presentation skills with the ability to address senior management, business and technical audiences.
• Exceptional Leadership, interpersonal communication, relationship building and networking skills.
• Ability to communicate with persons of various cultures and disciplines.
• Excellent written communication skills.
• Ability to work in a dynamic and responsive environment.
• Ability to work under pressure and respond to multiple tasks.
• Ability to give solution oriented advice and assistance to staff, clients and stakeholders.
• Ability to allocate and review priorities and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Professional presentation and approach.


• Advanced university degree, preferably in Business Administration, Public Administration, Engineering, or related field.
• PRINCE2®, Project Management Institute PMP or equivalent programme management training and certification are highly desirable.

• Minimum of 10 years’ experience in project management roles with at least 5 years’ experience in programme development and management.
• Substantial field-based experience and demonstrated ability to deliver aid development programmes in post-conflict situations.

• Good knowledge of techniques for planning, monitoring and controlling programmes.
• Good understanding of the procurement process including negotiation with third parties.
• Demonstrated knowledge of contracting procedures, including financial aspects of contract implementation.
• Good knowledge of budgeting and resource allocation procedures.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul: PROVINCIAL CENTER (KABUL)


Bachelors Degree, Business Administration

Submission Guideline

Submission Guideline:
Applicants must submit a complete application that includes a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for four professional references. All submissions must be made via email only to the below email and please write the reference 11-2017 in the subject line of your email.
Credential review begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Harakat-AICP reserves the right to screen and interview suitable candidates any time during this period. No phone calls please. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
Harakat-AICP prohibits discrimination in employment on any basis.
Women are strongly urged to apply.

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