A Project Development Specialist – AFGHANISTAN

  • Contract
  • Kabul Afghanistan
  • TBD USD / Year
  • Salary: TBD
  • Closing date: 11 Apr 2022


“Outraged by the injustice experienced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, where all differences enrich us and where everyone can live upright.”

Humanity & Inclusion, Handicap International (HI) is an independent and impartial international solidarity organization, which intervenes in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflicts and disasters. Working alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, it acts and speaks out to meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

HI is committed to an employment policy in favour of disabled workers.

JOB CONTEXT: HI Afghanistan is currently present in Herat, Kandahar, Kunduz, Kabul and Nimroz. In Kandahar since 1995, HI is supporting a Physical Rehabilitation Center (PRC) in Mirwais Regional Hospital in Kandahar. In 2019, PRC supported more than 8000 people with physical impairments with the provision of prosthesis and orthotics, physiotherapy services and mobility aids / assistive devices. In Kunduz, HI responded to the emergency following the Taliban assault on the city and the hospital supported by MSF being bombed late 2015. HI is providing emergency rehabilitation in support to the regional hospital as well as psychosocial support to victims and their caregivers. In the last 4 years, this Emergency Mobile Team project was extended in all provinces of intervention**

Nationally, HI is a strong actor in physiotherapy, MHPSS, P&O and Disability and Inclusion technical support and awareness. HI under the consortium TIQRA (Towards Improved Access to Quality Physical Rehabilitation in Afghanistan) project has supported the MoPH in enhancing quality of professional physiotherapists (PT) with designing curricula meeting standards recognized internationally, and a similar project to support training of prosthetics and orthotics (P&O) technicians. PT training as well as P&O technicians training aim to produce 200 PTs and P&O and 30 P&O Category II. In 2019, the TIQRA project was extended for a second phase up to 2022.

Afghanistan political and contextual environment have changed dramatically after the evens in August 2021. Severe economic crisis, drought and restrictions on international funding will change the social and political dynamics, as well as the onset of the winter and the impacts of the drought. The context will remain highly unpredictable for the foreseeable future. HI Afghanistan counts 350 national staff.

HI Afghanistan is looking for a project development specialist to design the fundraising strategy of the programme, identify funding opportunities and lead the concept notes and project proposals development process.

YOUR MISSION: Reporting to the Technical Unit Manager and in collaboration with Country Director, Operations Manager, Area Managers, your main responsibilities are: **

Strategic development:

· You monitor donors strategies and priorities in order to anticipate calls for proposals and identify opportunities for submission;

· Engage with identified donors to understand their perception of current HI programming and identify areas of interests for targeted fundraising efforts;

· Monitor research and development initiatives of other organizations, including INGOs, UNs and government;

Relationship Management:

· You contribute to build HI’s external profile and influence, building key stakeholder relationships with relevant decision makers in government, national/local organizations, donors and key international organizations;

· You promote HI’s technical positioning, approaches, know-how and expertise in relevant networks in order to develop consortium agreements;

Proposal Development:

· For new project: you lead donor’s proposal writing including the development of logical frameworks, MEAL plan, technical approach narrative, planning, staffing and budgeting;

· For the renewal of existing projects: you contribute to the proposal’s writing;

· You coordinate and collaborate with HQ shared services, HI National Associations (Projects Support Officers) and technical staff to ensure their inputs are duly reflected in proposals;

· For consortiums, you manage coordination, communication and inputs from subs during project development;

· You review final proposal/concept note before submission for compliance with donors guidelines and expectations, budget matching to technical narrative and overall quality

You manage a team composed of 1 international grants officer and 1 national grants officer.


· You have 4 years’ experience in humanitarian project development and donor relationship (including experience in consortium development)

· You have excellent written and oral communication English (preferably in native English speaker), French an asset

· Your assets? Ability to make analysis (donor environment, geopolitics) and ethical positioning, negotiation and representation. You master advocacy and networking techniques

· You have strategic, synthetic and analytic thinking

· You are expert in proposal development


The position is based in Kabul. International and afghan employees are allowed to travel to bases in all provinces and to some project’s location, upon ad-hoc assessment of the security situation, and follow-up on daily basis. (Kunduz, Kandahar, and Herat). Security is a major concern in Afghanistan with potential for kidnapping, regular terrorist attacks in the cities. Therefore, very limited recreational and leisure activities are available. Freedom of movement is limited in all bases with very strict curfew and expatriates always travel in cars with accompanied national staff member all the time adhering to security protocols. There is a mixed modality in place (home working and office work) in order to change routines as part of security protocols.

Accommodation is in a secure guesthouse, close to the office. The guesthouse is spacious with independent rooms; however, acceptance of collective life is required. There is a cook and other staff who do the laundry and cleaning. The office and the guesthouse in Kabul are located with most NGOs around.

It remains possible to visit some places (park, shopping places, restaurants, INGOs etc.) upon security assessment and green light from relevant staffs.

Both women and men have to dress and behave as per local culture standards, which particularly includes wearing scarf in all public places for women.


At HI, the conditions offered are up to your commitment and adapted to the context of your mission. https://hi.org/en/join-the-team**

· 12 months International contract starting from 15th May 2022

· The international contract provides social cover adapted to your situation:**

o Unemployment insurance benefits for EU nationals**

o Pension scheme adapted to the situation of our employees: If you already have a personal pension scheme HI will contribute at the same level of your personal monthly contribution with a maximum of 272.53€/month ; If you do not have a personal pension scheme, we will open a private pension account with your contribution of 272.53€/month and a contribution of HI of the same amount**

o Medical coverage with 50% of employee contribution ; Repatriation insurance paid by HI**

· Salary from 2750 € gross/month upon experience

· Perdiem: 456 € net/month – paid in the field ; Hardship: 500 € net/month paid with your salary

· Paid leaves: 25 days per year; R&R: 1 week every 8 weeks + possible transport/package support.

· Position: unaccompanied ; Payment for travel costs (air ticket & visa) and transport of your personal effects ; A child allowance of 100€ per month, per child (from the second child) paid in the field

· Collective housing taken in charge by HI**

How to apply

Only online by joining a CV and cover letter via the following link: