Program Manager, Finance, HR, and Procurement Restructuring, Afghanistan

Location: Afghanistan

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 Foundation with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is implementing an 18-month project to support capacity building of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). At a critical moment in history, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the development, stability, and growth of the Asia region. You will help promote a more constructive engagement between government and citizens and advance learning and awareness about The Asia Foundation. You will work with and learn from dedicated, smart, and accomplished colleagues and local partners, and, in the process, improve your skills and expertise.


The program manager will be responsible for overall project management of a highly complex project requiring restructuring of finance, HR, procurement and internal audit functions of AUAF based in Kabul. The initial assessment has already been carried out and a detailed work plan has been developed based on findings in the initial assessment report. The key activities of the project requiring oversight and leadership by the program manager include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Development of policies, procedures and processes in the support areas of Finance, HR and Procurement which align with USAID rules and regulations and IFRS, and promote sound internal controls
  • Re-implementation of IT systems (i.e. MS Dynamics GP and PowerCampus) by re-aligning structural elements for comparability of data and traceability of funds from earmarking to implementation, improving communicability of revenue data with budget and expenditure data, improving reliability and integrity of financial information, streamlined processing of reports and optimizing workflows
  • Leading the development of a comprehensive training plan on new systems for AUAF staff
  • Organizational development, including the AUAF support structure review, job profile realignment and staff capacity assessment
  • Ensuring implementation of enhanced internal control measures to improve management processes including inventory and fixed assets.
  • Assisting AUAF in developing their financial statements for the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2018
  • Monitoring the implementation of all capacity-building initiatives planned under the project.
  • Carrying out pre-checks on the USAID-related financial transactions before release of payments to ensure these in full compliance with USAID’s Cooperative Agreement with AUAF
  • Carrying out compliance audits over certain areas funded under USAID’s Cooperative Agreement with AUAF

It is expected that the program manager will provide strategic leadership support and guidance to a team of national and international consultants implementing various aspects of the project including design, implementation, evaluation, reporting of activities, project HR management etc. The program manager is also required to maintain effective working relationships with the Foundation’s staff, AUAF staff and USAID. The program manager position is based in Kabul and reports to the Foundation’s country representative in Kabul.


  • Qualified CPA or CA, ideally from USA, Canada, UK, Australia or New Zealand
  • A minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience, i.e. restructuring financial management, HR and Procurement systems, with a minimum of 5 years at executive level (candidates with consulting background in Big4 and who have experience in working with universities will be given preference)
  • Excellent understanding of donor compliance requirements with specific knowledge of USAID compliance requirements
  • Work experience with International Financial Reporting Standards
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate project objectives, project status, and deliverables with stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change management initiatives in an international environment
  • Ability to coordinate activities and work closely with project stakeholders, and functional and technical teams
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, and creative thinking for rapid solutions
  • High ethical and professional standards
  • Solid interpersonal, communication, organizational and people management skills
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English
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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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