Camps Project Manager – Afghanistan F/M

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ABOUT THE HOPE CHANNEL

La Chaîne de l’Espoir is an international NGO founded in 1994. Its mission is to strengthen health systems to give everyone, especially children, the same chances of survival and development.

We work in 28 countries with a global approach, centered on children, mothers and disadvantaged communities:

Prevention and screening from an early age, in particular through school health programs

· Care and surgery, to meet the most urgent needs of children and their mothers.

· Reinforcement of medical and surgical staff thanks to our international network of experts.

· Construction and equipment of hospital structures adapted to local needs.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The context :

La Chaîne de l’Espoir has been working in Afghanistan since the early 2000s. In 2005, it built the Institut Médical Français de l’Enfance (IMF) in Kabul, a non-profit pediatric hospital, to offer quality medical and surgical care for young patients. Since 2006, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has been responsible for the overall management of the MFI, while La Chaîne de l’Espoir provides medical support and access to the most vulnerable populations. In 2016, the hospital expanded with the opening of gynecology, obstetrics and neonatology departments, becoming the French Medical Institute for Mother and Child (IMFI). Services for adults have also developed in recent years.

The objective of La Chaîne de l’Espoir is to increase access to care, particularly for the most vulnerable Afghans. For this, The Chain of Hope:

· Trains and supports medical, paramedical and technical teams through short and long-term volunteer missions.

· Provides free surgical care to the IMFE and social care to the most vulnerable children and women from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan through the Women and Children’s House (WCH) project.

Given the evolution of the situation in the country, marked by a possible collapse of public services (including in the health sector), in 2022, La Chaîne de l’Espoir plans to continue its support for children and women most vulnerable Afghans and to increase the assistance provided to displaced people living in camps in Kabul.

Working in the Kabul camps for 2 years in partnership with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), La Chaîne de l’Espoir plans to further develop its activities and broaden its target audience to help the most vulnerable people with very limited access to health care. The project will include awareness-raising activities, consultations, identification of surgical care needs and referral of patients to the IMFE for free care. Based on the needs assessment, project activities could be extended to other medical specialties.

Main objective

The project manager will ensure the implementation of project activities in the camps, guarantee the quality of the project and suggest improvements. The project manager will provide a detailed understanding of the specific problems and needs in the camps (needs assessment and mapping of key actors) to further develop the activities of La Chaîne de l’Espoir.

The Project Manager is in charge of supervising a team of 4 employees, including 2 nurses and 2 midwives.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Implementation and operational monitoring

· Plan, supervise and monitor the implementation of activities according to the procedures of La Chaîne de l’Espoir;

· Conduct a needs assessment in the camps to adapt and develop new activities;

· Supervise and support the operational team in the weekly planning and reporting of project activities;

· Develop referral systems for camps;

· Suggest any improvement of activities and/or develop additional activities based on a needs assessment and discussions with implementing partners in the camps (eg NRC);

· Work with the finance department, contribute to the development of budgets related to its program, monitor expenses, budget forecasts and cash requirements;

· Liaise with FMIC teams and NGO partners such as NRC on activities carried out and resolve issues that arise.

security management

· Assess the daily security conditions during the implementation of activities (travel to and from the camps, security checks with the team), with the support of the Head of Mission and the Logistics Manager;

· Write and send incident reports to the Head of Mission.

Staff management

· Define/revise the job descriptions of the team under his supervision;

· Assess human resources needs;

· Participate in the recruitment of staff under his supervision;

· Oversee the onboarding process for new staff and brief staff working on the program;

· Train, manage and support the team under his responsibility;

· Evaluate staff skills and performance.

Reporting / communication / representation

· Set up a data collection tool and adapt if necessary;

· Collect information and analyze the activities carried out;

· Liaise with camp actors (NGOs and authorities) and participate in coordination meetings;

· Prepare program reports and ensure timely submission to the Head of Mission;

· Participate in the drafting of reports to the donor;

· Ensure that all reports are delivered on time and in the correct format;

· Represent the organization when requested and/or delegated (clusters, meetings with organisations, etc.);

· Regularly write stories of beneficiaries in order to communicate on the project (social networks, newsletter, website, etc.);

· Respond to requests for information from headquarters regarding specific needs.

EDUCATION

– Bachelor’s or master’s degree in the sectors concerned

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

· Previous experience as a project manager in the humanitarian sector

Previous experience in the healthcare industry is an asset

REQUIRED SKILLS

· Experience in managing teams

Experience of working in a tense security environment

· Ability to take initiative

· Good interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills

Rigor, meticulousness and neat work

· Good analytical and reporting skills

· Languages: English and French. Dari or Pashto would be an asset

· Excellent knowledge of Office Pack, especially Excel

TERMS

Duration of the mission: 6 months (renewable)

Desired start: mid-July 2022

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan

OTHER SPECIFICITIES

Transport, accommodation and meals:

· Transportation to and from work is provided.

· Single room in planned collective accommodation.

· Meals are provided at the guest house or at the office on weekdays.

Vacation and R&R (Rest&Recovery):

· 2 days off per completed month + 6 days of RNR every 8 weeks (=15 days every 2 months, travel days included).

Security context and local life:

· The security situation in Kabul remains unstable. The administrative/financial/HR manager works and lives on the site of the French hospital, located south of the city in a large wooded site (far from the green zone and the diplomatic zone).

· Comfortable accommodation, with access to outdoor space and sports facilities. This involves living in a community (with other permanent expatriates and doctors who come regularly on mission) and respecting strict security rules.

· Travel to town is only permitted for business purposes, subject to approval by the IMF and/or La Chaîne de l’Espoir.

How to register

Application to be sent by email, no later than June 3: CV and cover letter under reference ‘Project Manager – Camps / Afghanistan’

Contact : [email protected]

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