Country Director Desk Officer ( Female )

  Actionaid International
  Afghanistan Unspecified 214
Date Posted:Feb 1, 2011
Closing Date:Feb 9, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:General
Salary Range:As per NTA salary scale policy
Years of Experience:2 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension:Yes
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Actionaid International:


ActionAid is an international non-governmental organization (INGO), headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Working in over 42 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, ActionAid works with over 13 million of the world’s poorest people. ActionAid works for a world without poverty and injustice in which every person enjoys their right to life with dignity. For the purpose ActionAid engaged in a range of development programs in different areas including Governance, Human security, HIV and AIDS, Child rights protection, Food rights and Women rights. Empowering communities and helping local governments to formulate pro-poor policies and implement development programmes are other key areas of ActionAid’s work. In Afghanistan, ActionAid has initiated an integrated programme of community development and policy research in 4 provinces namely Balkh, Jawzjan, Bamyan and Kabul. ActionAid's mandate is to work alongside marginalized groups in an effort to eradicate poverty. The Afghanistan programme strategy focuses on four interwoven levels of involvement: • Grass roots community mobilization activities; • Local level capacity building; • Policy analysis and influencing; • Net-working and international advocacy. Action Aid furthers its mission in Afghanistan through long term development projects with sponsorship funding as well as short and medium term donor funded projects aligned to the overall mission, principles and values of ActionAid.

Job Summary:

The Country Director (CD) Desk Officer is responsible for meeting all the official needs both internally and externally of the Country Director’s Office. This will include daily delivery of internal and external communications, liaising with other staff and to contribute to wider field of communications and work programmes.

Duties & Responsibilities:

•Perform the usual clerical functions such as preparing correspondences, receiving visitors, arranging and scheduling meetings and setting up conference calls.
•Take the minutes of essential meetings like Core Management Team (CMT) meeting and other meetings which the CD will require documentation and make sure to follow up the action items borne from those meetings.
•Provide administrative support by going through researches, editing reports, proofread correspondences and other pertinent documents that are all emanating from the CD Office (e.g. letters, funding proposals, press releases, public relations materials and newsletters).
•Manage the CD workload, act as a gatekeeper and follow up meetings, external contacts and ensure that all external deliverables are being met.
•Maintain or improve on structures for inter-team communications within the organization.
•Monitor the tasks delegated by the CD to staff to ensure that work is achieved as per agreed deadlines.
•To work closely with CD and senior management to ensure that all documents (contracts, reports and database) are on track.
•To create and manage the CD and Communications filing system (both hard and soft).
•May also train lower-level clerical staff as and when needed.

Job Requirement:

Personal Qualities:

•Highly trustworthy, honest and accountable/responsible;
•Possesses humanitarian motivation;
•Emotionally matured;
•Ability to work in multicultural team;
•Team player;
•Understands and sensitive to cross-cultural issues;
•Flexible and adaptable to ever changing environments;
•Willing to travel around Afghanistan and live in basic conditions;
•Willing to travel out of the country although it may not be required;
•Proactive to take new initiative at work; and
•Can deliver work as per given timelines and even under extreme pressure.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

•Degree in Social Science, Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or equivalent level of qualification;
•Two years experience in a secretarial job, in support of a senior manager;
•Fluent in English, both verbal and written;
•Excellent organization and communication skills (both written and verbal);
•Understanding of basic office management to large-scale operations that may entail minimum to maximum level of tolerance and patience as well as wit and wisdom;
•A good understanding of humanitarian and development issues;
•IT literate, especially Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Email and Internet;
•Ability to work in a team in an office-based environment;
•Experience of working for an international Non-Governmental Organization (INGO); and
•Ability to commit to a minimum of one year.

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