Deputy Country Representative, Afghanistan

Location: Afghanistan
Deadline: July 22, 2019

In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, Asia plays a crucial global role. Would you be excited at the prospect of employing your knowledge and skills to improve lives, expand opportunities, and help societies flourish across this dynamic region?

You could have this opportunity at The Asia Foundation. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, we address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century: governance and law, economic development, women’s empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. We work with innovative leaders and communities to build effective institutions and advance path-breaking reforms. Together with our partners, we are committed to Asia’s continued development as a peaceful, just, and thriving region of the world.

The Asia Foundation’s Afghanistan office is seeking a deputy country representative. Under the direction and leadership of the country representative (CR), the deputy country representative (DCR) provides organizational support and is responsible for assisting the CR in managing the Foundation’s work in Afghanistan, which may include administration, fiscal and grant management, and security; the direction, supervision, and evaluation of employees, and the design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program activities as assigned. The DCR also assists the CR in representing the Foundation with the host government, donors, partner agencies, diplomatic missions, national and international institutions, and the media. The DCR will be part of the Office of the Country Representative (OCR) leadership team and as such will participate in all activities related to the OCR: strategic planning, budgeting, crisis management, government/donor relations, and representation as required.

The DCR is expected to:

  • Provide oversight and collaborative support to our program directors and program managers at the Foundation’s Afghanistan office on all issues related to the smooth operation and implementation of their projects.
  • As required, meet regularly with the program directors to collaboratively:
    • Review progress against project schedules and plans.
    • Review progress on deliverables.
    • Review budget status.
    • Review and provide guidance on programmatic issues and risks as needed.
    • Assist with managing donor relationships.
    • As requested, provide oversight and collaborative support to program directors related to the development of new programs, concepts and proposals.
    • Provide thought leadership and strategic direction to our programming, specifically in the areas of education, women’s empowerment, survey and research, governance and law, and regional cooperation.


  • Minimum 12-15 years of progressively responsible professional experience, or the equivalent, in international development or foreign affairs in Asia with private, public, bilateral or multilateral development institutions and nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience in proposal development and report reviews, financial and grants management and budget control, strategic planning, fundraising and managing complex donor-funded projects.
  • Expertise in one or more of the Foundation’s programmatic areas, including women’s empowerment, governance and law, regional cooperation, education and survey/quantitative policy research through programmatic work, especially capacity development.
  • Knowledge of and professional experience in Afghanistan.
  • Master’s degree in relevant fields, including: Political Science, International Affairs, Education, Law, Development, quantitative disciplines, etc.
  • Strong program management, teambuilding, representational and diplomatic skills. Ability to maintain strategic focus while supervising a large and complex program funded by multiple donors.
  • Demonstrated management skills and experience in the supervision and/or support of multinational and multidisciplinary staff teams; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking experience; proven interpersonal and intercultural skills, including flexibility and sensitivity.
  • Background or technical proficiency in one or more of the following fields preferred: Political Science, Law, Social Sciences, Public Policy, Public Administration, International Relations, Economics, Foreign Affairs, and Asian Studies.

Who are we looking for?

The ideal candidate is passionate about leading people in a collaborative, innovative, culturally sensitive way that advances the impact of the Asia Foundation’s work. You are a detail-oriented manager and clear communicator who establishes shared goals and ensures accountability in carrying out programs to the highest standards. You harness the talents and ideas of teams and partners and excel at fostering a culture of mutual respect and learning. You are adept at analyzing and solving problems, managing multiple responsibilities, prioritizing issues, and maintaining stability in a challenging and insecure context.

Why work at The Asia Foundation in Afghanistan?

At a critical moment in Afghanistan’s history, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the country’s development and, more broadly, to the development, stability, and growth of the Asia region. You will help promote a more effective and constructive engagement between government and citizens, strengthen the role of women in Afghan society, and advance learning and awareness about the country. You will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues, program partners, and local leaders and, in the process, improve your skills and grow as a development professional.

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The Foundation offers excellent benefits and salary commensurate with experience. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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