Afghanistan Country Director

  Global Rights
  Afghanistan Unspecified 333
Date Posted:Jan 7, 2011
Closing Date:Jan 21, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Management
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:50 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

About Global Rights:


Founded in 1978, Global Rights is an international human rights capacity-building non-governmental organization (NGO) that works side by side with local activists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to promote and protect the rights of marginalized populations. Through broad-based technical assistance and training, they strengthen partners to document and expose human rights abuses, conduct community outreach and mobilization, advocate for legal and policy reform, and provide legal and paralegal services. Over their 34-year history, Global Rights has worked in scores of countries to help local leaders and organizations to address human rights abuses and to lift their struggles out of isolation and onto regional and international stages, where institutions such as the United Nations and Organization of American States develop and enforce human rights standards. At the core of their programming is a deep commitment to increase access to justice for poor and marginalized groups, promote womens rights and gender equality, and advance ethnic and racial equality. In addition to this, they have two special initiativeslesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex rights and natural resources and human rightsthat allow them to explore new program areas while targeting populations that fit within their core programming. Global Rights is governed by a seventeen-member board of directors comprising senior lawyers, journalists, and academics and operated by a 70-member staff, two-thirds of whom work outside the United States.

Job Summary:

The Country Director is the chief representative of Global Rights in Afghanistan, responsible for leading the organization’s work, developing its vision, and overseeing the pursuit of Global Rights’ mission. S/he is responsible for the supervision of all local staff, including the management of executive, program, communications, fundraising, financial, and administrative functions. S/he is responsible for major expansion of the program, which is now beginning, to several provinces beyond Kabul. S/he will also lead the active collaboration of the Afghanistan office with other Global Rights’ offices elsewhere in the world. The Country Director reports to the Executive Director, based at the international headquarters in D.C., and works regularly with all other department directors of the organization in their functional areas.

Duties & Responsibilities:

 Representing Global Rights in Afghanistan with the NGO community, civil society networks, academia, donors, international organizations, government institutions and other program stakeholders.
 Developing strong links with local civil society groups, key human rights actors and institutions.
 Managing the office, supervising staff and ensuring the achievement of professional standards.
 Leading the development of activity plans, budgets and proposals, and their implementation, in collaboration with other staff.
 Ensuring program impact and effectiveness, and preparing related reports.
 Overseeing the office financial systems and reporting.
 Ensuring that operations conform to all applicable laws and regulations.

Job Requirement:

• An advanced degree (human rights, law, political science, international relations or another relevant field).
• A minimum of 10 years of experience in the human rights or development field.
• A minimum of 10 years experience in project and/or organizational management and leadership.
• Fluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of Dari and/or Pashtu would be an asset.
• Strong abilities in project conceptualization, project design and planning, and report writing.
• Proven abilities in staff supervision and oversight of logistics.
• Abilities in representing an organization before partner groups, government officials, and donors.
• Abilities and sound judgment in security management.
• An ability to engage in frequent travel.
• Clear commitment to the vision, mission, and values of Global Rights.

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