CRS began supporting development efforts in Afghanistan in 1998 as a member of the Caritas Network and launched direct program operations in Afghanistan in 2002. CRS currently works in Bamiyan, Daykundi, Ghor, Herat and Kabul Provinces.
CRS' 2016-2020 strategic plan for Afghanistan focuses on poverty and risk reduction and human development in western and central Afghanistan. CRS, with a focus on sustainability and scalability, works to: increase and diversify agricultural livelihood security and improve the quality of and children and youth's access to basic education while developing and strengthening local capacities and facilitating men and women's meaningful participation.
CRS Education Program Summary
Education is highly valued in Afghanistan and since 2001 school enrollment has increased from 900,000 to more than 7.3 million children in 2011. Despite these gains, approximately 5 million school-aged children are still out of school, nearly 70% of whom are girls. In addition, only 26% of the population is estimated to be literate--which drops to 10% for women and girls in rural areas. In 2005, CRS Afghanistan initiated a long-term strategy for rural education based on the Community Based Education model (CBE) in western and central Afghanistan. CBE classes have brought hundreds of thousands of children into the education system in areas where villages are too far from a government school.
The CRS/Afghanistan education program is currently implementing several multi-year community based education grants with various components of innovation: the DFID-funded/Girls Education Challenge, Aga Khan Foundation (AKF)-led Steps Toward Afghan Girls' Educational Success (STAGES) II program. STAGES II is a four year (2017-2021) follow on program supporting community based primary and lower secondary education across Bamiyan, Ghor, Daykundi and Herat Provinces. The Canadian Government (GAC) funded Community Based Education Enrichment Program (CBEEP), a five-year education program (2014-2019) implementing CBE in 110 communities across Bamiyan, Ghor, Daykundi and Herat provinces of Afghanistan.
The Caritas and CRS private funded Opportunities for Community Based Education and Livelihoods (EXCEL) project, a three-year program (2015-2018) that implements CBE in 24 classes in Ghor Province with additional focus on Islamic religious messaging and Livelihoods/WASH/NRM-focused student learning modules to complement co-located agriculture livelihoods training. EXCEL is being replicated in the Bamiyan Province beginning in 2018. Since 2016, CRS private funds are supporting over 50 additional CBE classes across CRS' four provinces of implementation.
In addition to current programs, CRS is pursuing additional public and private funding for community based education, including alternate models such as multi-grade classrooms; teacher training in improved primary curriculum and innovations for MoE certification; and is considering need and opportunity for accelerated secondary education and early childhood development.
The primary role of the Education Program Manager II is to oversee and guide the quality management, implementation, and strategic direction of the CRS education portfolio in Afghanistan.
The Education Program Manager will supervise the Bamyan, Daykundi, Ghor, Herat and Kabul education programs, providing strategic and technical support to teams and linkages with and between the programming teams, Afghanistan Ministry of Education at various levels, donors and other non-governmental actors and stakeholders. The Education Program Manager will also guide the development of new partnerships and alliances and support proposal development and CP growth in education.
Work closely with education PMs and finance to ensure that budgets are well developed and managed in accordance with CRS and donor regulations, and that financial reports are timely and accurate.
Program Growth and Proposal Development:
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results:
Program Manager Competencies:
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each program manager to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results:
Key Working Relationships:
INTERNAL: Country Representative; Head of Programming; Provincial Education Program Managers; MEAL Coordinator, Deputy Program Manager and Officers; Education Project Officers; Heads of Offices; Head of Operations; Finance Manager; Finance Officers; Administration Departments; Procurement Departments.
EXTERNAL: National and Local government ministries, STAGES consortium members, peer agencies working in education, bilateral donors (GAC, DFID, USAID), Community Development Councils (CDC) and community shuras and UN agencies.
1. Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, and proven ability to lead a dynamic and diverse group of people.
2. Strong teamwork, coordination and strategic planning skills.
3. Ability to deal effectively with deadlines.
4. Ability to respond practically and operate successfully in difficult field conditions. Willingness to travel to and work in remote areas for extended periods.
5. Willingness to live in shared housing with a diverse group of international staff.
6. Ability to be flexible, persistent, and diplomatic and to gain respect among staff, local community leaders as well as local government ministries and donor organizations.
1. Master's degree in education or a related field. Additional experience may substitute for some education.
2. Professional experience and academic training in education.
3. At least five years of experience in program management in developing countries.
4. Experience working with international non-governmental organizations.
5. Excellent writing skills.
6. Strong project management experience: supervision, budget management, program planning, monitoring and evaluation.
7. Knowledge of CRS PQ and MQ policies and principles.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply via the Career Page on the Catholic Relief Services' website. See link below: