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Re-Announce Chief Executive Officer




Afghan Telecom Corporation was incorporated in 24 September 2005 to provide unified telecommunication services throughout Afghanistan under the stewardship of Ministry of Communications & Information Technology. Current service structure includes wireless, 4G/LTE, fiber optics, copper and satellite operations.

Accordingly, Afghan Telecom adopted a challenging program aiming to transform its business from government system to the recognized commercial business standards. The company has developed clear strategies focusing on internal re-organization, re-skilling and development of its staff, enhancement of its internal processes and studying its customers' needs and requirements while continuing carrying out its national and social duties and responsibilities. Afghan Telecom Corporation is the leading national provider of telecommunication services in Afghanistan. The company is working continuously to fulfill and satisfy the market requirements, keeping pace with the emerging technologies in the telecommunications sector and satisfying the customer's needs. Afghan Telecom Corporation understands that the world is changing very fast & rapid and telecommunication is the only medium which can adapt to the changing times. Afghan Telecom is the pioneer in implementing new telecommunication services in Afghanistan & a leader in the Afghanistan telecommunication market. The role & use of telecommunications is significant for the development of the people & the country. Believing in the importance of its customers and fulfillment of their needs, Afghan Telecom Corporation is constantly adopting different Strategies that aim to support and re-enforce its competitive position. Based on its strategy, Afghan Telecom strives to enhance customer- oriented culture in all its business aspects & modus - operandi. This culture has been reflected in the organizational design of the company that comprises the best expertise in the Management level, a number of Functional Departments and Four Key Business development & Sales Units focused on the Key Afghan Telecom Customer Categories & sale points which are:

1. Teleshops sale points
2. Key Account - Corporate sale points
3. Individual sale points
4. Dealers sale points

In the last two years, Afghan Telecom has gone beyond its local borders to the international markets, forming a network of businesses to international carriers with the OFC backbone with the total project length 3,100 Km in Afghanistan. Currently interconnected with neighboring Countries Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan with its National Optical Fiber and working to connect Turkmenistan in near future.

As the Afghan Telecom is a firm with the strong involvement of the government, the strategic aim is to create a viable business organization able to make profits and operate as a corporate entity. In order to have predicted achievement of Afghan Telecom targets, MCIT/Afghan Telecom is seeking for a qualified and experienced CEO.

Job Summary

a) Providing overall leadership and vision in developing, in concert with the Board of Directors, the Company's vision, strategic direction, the Company’s values and business plans necessary to realize corporate objectives.
b) Review the financial and operational conditions of the AFTEL, maintain profitable operation and implement viable alternatives for cost effective operations.

Job Details

Date Posted: 23 Oct 2017 Reference: 306
Closing Date: 18 Nov 2017 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Telecom/Engineering Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Permanent Years of Experience: 15 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period: 3 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

a) Providing overall leadership and vision in developing, in concert with the Board of Directors, the Company's vision, strategic direction, the Company’s values and business plans necessary to realize corporate objectives.

b) Review the financial and operational conditions of the AFTEL, maintain profitable operation and implement viable alternatives for cost effective operations.

c) Develop and execute efficient and robust waste management and ethical conduct, eliminating corruption and ensuring transparency, good governance and accountability of the company.

d) Drive innovation to become a leading telecom company of the region, managing the overall business to ensure that strategic and business plans are effectively implemented within the delegation of authority defined by the Board.

e) Ensuring that the results are monitored and reported regularly to the Board, and that financial and operational objectives are attained within the given time frame based on the alignment and support of the Board

f) Managing the business to create sustainable long-term shareholder value, and ensuring the identification and communication to the Board of all material risks along with mitigation plans and procedures to achieve continued support of the Board to the CEO

g) Develop and recommend strategic plans to the Board that ensures the Company's profitable growth and overall success. This includes updating and making changes as required, and involving the Board in the early stages of developing strategy.

h) Successfully implement the corresponding business and operational plans. Review and report regularly to the Board on the overall progress and results against operational and financial objectives and initiate courses of action for improvement. This should include identification of future opportunities and threats.

i) Substantially improve the quality of the service, update on the changing market scenarios and recommend and implement appropriate marketing and promotional approaches.

j) Develop mechanisms for sharing the AFTEL infrastructure with other service provider companies at a reasonable cost.

k) Develop annual operating forecasts of revenue, expenditures, operational results and financial performance and ensure financial growth of the company.

l) Prepare a feasible strategy for privatization of Afghan Telecom aimed to be rolled out in the timeframe agreed upon with the Board.

m) Ensure that high quality and uninterrupted telecom and related services are provided at all time in the country.

n) Develop annual capital commitment and expenditure budgets for approval by the Board.

o) Authorize commitment of corporate resources in line with the delegation of authority (DOA) limits defined by the Board. Enter into agreements, contracts, leases, etc. in the ordinary course of business, in order to pursue the approved strategies, business plans, and objectives of the Company, provided however, that major commitments, exposures, and risks will be reported to the Board on a regular and timely basis.

p) Develop and maintain a professional, efficient, lean, uninflated and sound organizational structure and HR systems, and ensure capable management succession, performance management systems, progressive employee training, employee motivation and development programs.

q) Ensure that effective communications and appropriate relationships are maintained with the shareholders of the Company through the Board and other stakeholders such as customers, industry, employees, the financial community, regulators, governments, non-government organizations, suppliers, media and communities in which AFTEL operates.

r) Manage and oversee the required interactions between the Company and the public and act as the principal spokesperson for the Company.

s) Keep the Board fully informed on all aspects of the Company's operational and financial affairs, and on all matters of significant relevance, as defined jointly with the Board, to the Company including those items emanating from the government and regulators on issues such as fiscal, monetary and environment policies, legislation affecting operations and regulating oversight, etc.

t) Authorize and ensure that effective control and co-ordination mechanisms for all operations and activities are in place including the establishment and development of effective internal controls over financial reporting.

u) Ensure the Company's assets are adequately safeguarded and optimized in the best interests of the shareholders where the CEO would be authorized to take corrective action.

v) Maintain a high level of integrity, work ethics and Corporate Governance standards.

w) Ensure that employees have their responsibilities and authorities clearly established.

x) Establish effective control and co-ordination mechanisms for all operations and activities. Ensure the integrity of the internal control and management systems.

y) Obtain Board approval prior to acceptance of significant public service commitments and/or outside Board appointments.


Performance Focus, Managing Change, Teamwork, Communication, Vision, Leadership, Market/Customer Orientation, Risk Management, Commercial & Financial Orientation, and Corporate Social Responsibility.


CEO will be appointed for a maximum period of four years. BoD of Afghan telecom will monitor Performance of CEO every six months based on agreed targets and will give feedback to improve performance. Evaluation of performance will be done annually by the Chairman of the Board, based on the progresses and the targets achieved. Based on the performance of the last one year, incentive for that year will be realized and a new incentive for the next year will be fixed.

In the event of BoD being convinced that the performance of CEO following each year, is not satisfactory and he/she has failed to achieve the agreed performance targets, he/she will be relieved from the duty at any time as per the terms of performance contract.

This decision will be based on the objective evaluation of CEO's performance with reference to the CEO’s objectives. CEO will be given an opportunity to explain him/herself.


Performance Focus, Managing Change, Teamwork, Communication, Vision, Leadership, Market/Customer Orientation, Risk Management, Commercial & Financial Orientation, and Corporate Social Responsibility.


Minimum of BSc, and MBA, MA or similar post graduate studies in Management from a recognized university.
At least 15 years of working experience, with minimum of 5 years at the senior executive level (an executive position: CEO, Executive Director, Managing Director, President or Vice-President) in any national or international level telecom company.

Extensive people management in a commercial setting. Experience in developing/emerging markets under challenging conditions. Demonstrated ability to manage multi-million budgets and increasing and maintaining top-line growth in the competitive environment. Fluent in verbal and written English.


1. No affiliation with any political parties (a self-declaration note is needed)
2. Comprehensive knowledge about telecom sector and current trends, growth and transformation.
3. Recognition for high professional value and integrity.
4. A good track record of past performance in leadership role.
5. Not having been convicted by the court on any criminal charge and not blacklisted by any telecom and Financial Institution in the past.
6. Must not be disqualified by the prevailing laws, rules and regulations of the country.
7. Willing to travel frequently to represent the company where/when necessary.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12


Masters Degree, Telecom/Engineering

Submission Guideline

The selection procedures will be as follows:

The BoD shall be responsible for planning and Chairman will be executing the procedures for the selection of the CEO.
Prospective candidates may obtain a copy of the Terms of Reference (ToR) from the AFTEL main office or may download it from AFTEL website.
Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of the Qualification and experience
Note: mail subject line should be ( CEO vacancy number 306 )
CC to chief of staff & Zabihullah mail is compulsory

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