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Director of Sponsored Programs


About American University of Afghanistan

The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) is a private, non-profit university offering an American-style liberal arts education. We opened our doors in 2005 and currently offer four undergraduate academic majors and an MBA program. We follow a strict non-discriminatory policy and applicants from all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are a young and growing dynamic university with a student population of nearly 1,100 and we hope to reach 1,250 students by the fall 2017 academic semester. We have expanded operations to the 75-acre international campus across the street from our original campus. Construction is ongoing for additional classroom and lab buildings to help meet the growing needs of our student population.

The Office of Sponsored Programs will maintain and build relationships with major AUAF donors and service grants by doing pre-award and post-award work, including proposal development and monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The Director of Sponsored Programs will be a dynamic professional who will shape the office and work aggressively to cultivate relationships with potential funders and sponsors contracting for AUAF’s services.

Job Summary

The Director of Sponsored Programs will focus on four primary areas:

1. Proactively reach out and establish relationships with grant-making institutions;
2. Supervise the development of compelling and innovative proposals;
3. Maintain AUAF’s relationships with USAID and other US Government funders; and
4. Ensure effective pre- and post-award project services, implementation, compliance and reporting.

Job Details

Date Posted: 06 Aug 2017 Reference: Na
Closing Date: 20 Aug 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Business Administration 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

The Director of Sponsored Programs is a well-rounded development professional with extensive experience in grant writing, monitoring and evaluation and high-level relationship management. The main duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Work proactively to reach out to potential grant-makers, establish relationships and cultivate them
• Identify funding opportunities and new program areas in conjunction with the Vice President of Development
• Sell AUAF’s Centers of Excellence and their compendium of non-degree capacity building services to government entities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the corporate sector and others
• Supervise the grant writing team to develop proposals and supporting documents in response to requests for proposals (RFPs), and produce highly innovative and compelling concept notes for potential donors
• Seek grant partnerships with public and private entities both locally and internationally
• Work closely with the directors of the Office of Continuing Education and the Office of Advancement to offer them the full suite of grant-writing services including research, development, budgeting, and writing of competitive proposals
• Manage the pre- and post-award project services, from cultivation to relationship maintenance and donor reporting, compliance and M&E
• Oversee an in-house team of project professionals who conceptualize, write and execute projects
• Maintain AUAF’s relationships with its most important donors, including USAID and US Embassy


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

• Seasoned marketing professional with proven ability to manage a team of highly qualified specialists
• Understanding of AUAF’s competitive advantage and organizational resources, ability to analyze the competition, and creatively to conceptualize partnerships and concept notes that play to AUAF’s strengths
• High-level diplomatic ability to interact with, cultivate and maintain relationships with key donors
• Imaginative capacity to generate solutions and translate concepts into compelling narratives
• Ability to work under tight deadlines and resourcefulness to plan and organize across departments and collaborate with senior managers
• Knowledge of local and international donor landscape and experience working with all major grant makers and familiarity with their expectations and attitudes
• Well-rounded knowledge of grants, proposal development, and monitoring and evaluation to serve as quality control for all of AUAF’s grant writing
• Understanding of business implications of grant decisions and consciousness about cost effectiveness
• Personal and professional integrity and ability to earn and keep respect of peers and colleagues
• Originality and creativity, dependability and adaptability, and ability to follow instructions and maintain attention to detail even under tight deadlines

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul


Bachelors Degree, Business Administration

Submission Guideline

Applicants must submit their resume and cover letter in one document as PDF or MS Wordelectronically. Applications are accepted in English only. Please include “Director of Sponsored Programs” in the subject line of the email.

Application Deadline: All applications must be submitted on or before August 20th, 2017. After reviews of the applicants, interviews for the finalists will be set up in Kabul on the AUAF Campus.

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