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Program Officer (Peace Building: Tolerance )


About Open Society Afghanistan

Open Society Afghanistan is a donor organization and part of the global Open Society
Foundations (OSF). OSA works to build a vibrant and tolerant society whose government is
accountable and open to the participation of all people. We seek to strengthen rule of law and
increase respect for human rights, minorities’ rights, and diversity of opinions. We support
democratically elected governments and a civil society that keeps the government’s power in
check. We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and
economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. We implement initiatives to advance
justice, education, human rights, constitutionalism, and independent media. We build
alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of
information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high
priority on protecting and improving the lives of marginalized people.
Today many groups in Afghanistan advance agendas of intolerance and attack civic space by
undermining human rights. These anti-democratic forces promote a narrative that
discourages tolerance and pluralism in the Afghan society that is fundamentally diverse in
every imaginable dimension. The continuation and growth of this trend will lead to increased
self-censorship, reduced interest in democratic political processes, and marginalization of
artistic or intellectual dissent if remained unchecked and unchallenged.

Job Summary

Minimum Education: Undergraduate degree preferably in social sciences including law,
political sciences, sociology, history, anthropology, and peacebuilding.
Duration: 3 months of probationary period followed by annual contract.
Shift: 08:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Job Status: Accepting applications

Job Details

Date Posted: 17 Jul 2017 Reference: OSF/OSA-04
Closing Date: 31 Jul 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Female
Functional Area: Programme Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Open Society Afghanistan is looking for a full-time program officer to join its Kabul office.
The officer will report to the Program Manager and the Country Director and assist them in
implementing OSA’s current strategy on countering intolerance. S/he will primarily engage in
grant-making in this sector by evaluating OSA’s current grantees and mapping potential
The officer will be responsible to assist and revise as necessary OSA’s strategy related
to her work in coordination with the Program Manager and Country Director
through a portfolio review process.
• She will assist other program officers on her portfolio related questions and capacity
development of their grantees and for their projects,
• Expand and maintain OSA’s network and relationships with government agencies,
good governance organizations, and organizations working on public policy, peace,
government accountability and public institution building.
• Map the NGO landscape in Afghanistan and develop strategies to support civil
society organization to promote a culture of tolerance;
• Carry out any other tasks as assigned by the Program Manager and the Country
Implementation and Coordination Responsibilities:
• Create, maintain, and support working groups on good governance and public policy,
by serving as the main coordinator and facilitator.
• Maintain active membership and participation in other civil society alliances and
networks working on specific advocacy goals that are related to OSA’s strategic
• Research and produce reports on issues related to tolerance as requested by other
Open Society initiatives or foundations or the Program Manager as required.
• Grant making Responsibilities:
• Under supervision of the Country Director and Program Manager, the program
officer will develop and review projects proposals and recommend projects to give
• She will develop field analysis, perform portfolio review, and develop her annual
• Review and assess letters of inquiry and make funding recommendations;
• Maintain and process grant data in an online database;
• Evaluate organizations applying for grants by investigating their governance,
leadership, financial health, impact, and reputation (Eligibility Assessment);
• Evaluate narrative and financial reports of grantees to ensure administrative and legal
• Monitor and evaluate projects, including site-visits of prospective and current
• Liaise with area specialists and donors to identify opportunities for new projects or
prospective grantees;
• Ensure that grantees submit narrative and financial reports as required under the
terms of contract;
• Write and edit program materials and guidelines.




Minimum 5 years of experience working in the peace building, good governance,
public policy, or similar field with an organization working in Afghanistan.
• Grant making experience a strong advantage;
• Excellent communication skills in Dari or Pashto and English required.
• Strong analysis and research skills required.
• Demonstrated advocacy experience required.
• Experience in monitoring and evaluation and capacity building highly desired.
• The candidate should be able to work independently and as member of team;
• And must be willing and able to travel extensively.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul


Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

Cover letters should be no more than 1 page. CVs should be no more than 2 pages.
• Please include three references, at least one of which must have been a direct
supervisor in previous or current employment. The second and third must have been
a colleague at a similar level of employment, or an employee supervised by the
• Please closely review the required qualifications; DO NOT APPLY, if you cannot
meet them.
• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
• No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations is an Equal Opportunity
• All applications should emailed to: Submission e-mail
The subject line of the email should be: OSA-Tolerance

Submission Email,

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