Programme Development Officer

Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 610
Date Posted:Sep 12, 2022
Closing Date:Oct 1, 2022
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Programme
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:3 Years
Contract Duration:1 year(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Afghanaid:


Afghanaid is a British-registered international NGO, which has worked in Afghanistan for over 30 years. We assist community-driven processes that address the rights and fundamental needs of people in some of the most remote areas of Afghanistan, providing basic services, supporting development of rural livelihoods and responding to humanitarian emergencies. We are headquartered in Kabul, and operate 20 provincial and district offices across Badakhshan (north-eastern region), Samangan (northern region) and Ghor (western region), as well as a Marketing and Fundraising office in London. We employ around 160 personnel, 97% of whom are Afghans.

Job Summary:

The Programme Development Officer is a key position within the PDRM Department, under the direct supervision of the Director of PDRM. The role is responsible for leading the development of concept notes and proposals for institutional and statutory donors, managing relationships with existing donors, and building relationships with partners and new donors particularly in Kabul. This includes taking on a leading role in coordinating with humanitarian clusters and donors as well as in the development of new humanitarian programming. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

Duties and Responsibilities 

The position covers the following key areas of responsibility:


Programme Development

·        Lead and support the development of concept notes, expressions of interest, and proposals with autonomy, including: developing timelines and checklists; proactively seeking technical input from across the organisation; writing high quality proposal narratives and developing ToCs and LFAs; leading proposal budget development including preparing budget narratives; and consistently meeting internal and external deadlines in the process.

·        Significantly contribute to ensuring gender mainstreaming in project design.

·        Secure sign-off of the proposals / concept notes and budget by relevant department leaders and/or focal points, as well as final sign-off by MD.

·        Provide design and analytical support to Programme and M&E teams in conducting needs analyses as a basis to prioritise geographical and thematic intervention areas and to identify target beneficiaries.

·        Identify funding opportunities through desk research and networking, and in consultation with the Director of PDRM, plan and update the pipeline for developing concepts and proposals.

·        Contribute effectively to funding opportunity brainstorms and Go/No-Go decisions, departmental meetings and other internal meetings, as required.

·        Contribute to the development and implementation of an annual resource mobilization strategy.


Donor and Partner Relations

·        Actively contribute to and consistently attend donor information sessions related to calls for proposals and regular coordination meetings.

·        Identify new potential donors and partners, in line with the resource mobilisation strategy.

·        Take a leading role in managing relationship development with new and existing external stakeholders, bringing in relevant colleagues where appropriate. These include institutional donors, national and international NGOs, private sector partners, and media organisations.

·        Actively contribute to and consistently attend regular forums and working groups, including humanitarian cluster and working group meetings.

·        Support senior staff with maintenance of donors relations and networks through proactively arranging regular meetings with donors and providing briefings on ongoing projects.

·        Keep abreast and ensure team is well informed of country assistance strategies and plans of institutional donors, linking programmatic priorities with potential opportunities.


Learning and Knowledge Management

·        Identify opportunities to secure resources for learning and knowledge management and allow the organisation to establish or strengthen its track record in prioritised activities and sectors, and to document key learnings and organisational approaches.

·        Identifying and launching opportunities for internal learning on cross-cutting issues (e.g. gender, inclusion of people with disabilities, environmental and conflict sensitivity, etc.), contributing to strengthening organisational performance on these issues.

·        Support on the production of assessment and impact reports and other products documenting and demonstrating institutional knowledge and learning, including for dissemination among partners and donors.

·        Contribute to advocacy efforts as directed, and take forward advocacy pertaining to principled humanitarian action and development objectives corresponding to the organisation’s mission and strategy.

·        Contribute to effective donor relationship management by overseeing communication with assigned donors, leading donor meetings, and contributing to donor reports.


Note: This job description is not exhaustive; it is subject to change in accordance with changing needs of the organisation. 

Job Requirement:



Education & Professional Qualifications



Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies, International Relations, Social Sciences or other relevant programme of study – or equivalent professional experience.


Work Experience

•        1 to 3 years of experience of working in a development or humanitarian organisation in project development, project support, grant management, M&E or a similar role

•        Experience of developing and/or managing budgets, and of writing narrative reports

•        Experience of leading or contributing to proposal writing for international development and/or humanitarian response programming, ideally for a range of donors; information on the thematic areas, budget size, donor, and role in the process must be provided in the CV and covering letter

•        Experience of drawing on evidence from evaluations, surveys, studies, etc. to guide project design and/or implementation

•        Understanding of and experience with logical frameworks and/or theories of change


Specifically, the holder of this position should also demonstrate the following:


Key Skills and Competencies



•        Strong English proficiency and demonstrated ability to write high quality, polished documents and reports for diverse audiences that are consistent with a set brand and style

•        Knowledge of key institutional donors for development and humanitarian funding in Afghanistan

•        Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to persuasively present ideas

•        Ability to plan effectively, set priorities, and meet tight deadlines under pressure

•        Working knowledge of research methods

•        High standard of computer literacy (Excel, Word, Power Point and Outlook)

•        Proven ability to form good working relations, both internally and externally with people at all levels and at a distance

•        Personal integrity, initiative and drive to get the things done and achieve results

•        Strong organisational skills, able to work with significant levels of autonomy

•        An outgoing and engaging personality and strong sense of humour, able to build trust, work collaboratively in teams, and manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders

•        Cultural sensitivity and ability to work in diverse multi-cultural environment

•        Ability and willingness to travel for work



·        A Master's degree in Development Studies, International Relations, Social Sciences or other relevant programme of study

·        Experience travelling, living or working in rural provinces of Afghanistan

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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