Emergency Coordinator/Head of Mission – Afghanistan

CESVI - Cooperazione e Sviluppo Onlus

CESVI recently re-activated its presence in Afghanistan and is developing its strategy of intervention and different project proposals. The main objective of the collaboration is the start-up and consolidation of CESVIs’ presence in Afghanistan, increasing its projects and donors’ portfolio.

The collaboration will start in January 2023.
The main duty station will be Kabul, with field missions country-wide in line with the security conditions.
The main focus of the Emergency Coordinator/Head of Mission will be to:

  1. Identify funding opportunities
  2. Write winning proposals and/or negotiate new projects with the support of CESVI HQ
  3. Manage and develop relations with Donors and partners (national and international) while promoting CESVI strategy and brand in Afghanistan.
  4. Coordinate the start-up of CESVI activities

In further detail, CESVI Emergency Coordinator / Head of Mission will:

  • support to set the strategic vision and direction of CESVI in Afghanistan to serve more people with the highest quality programming possible, and secure the necessary resources to ensure its realization, expanding Cesvi activities in the country, and identifying funding sources-
  • be in charge of maintaining an in-depth insight into donors and other stakeholders strategies, activities, and opportunities in-country (monitoring of calls, etc.)
  • represent CESVI vis-à-vis Donors, partners (including Alliance2015), stakeholders, clusters and coordination bodies and fora, and any other appropriate networks aiming at raising CESVI’s profile in Afghanistan
  • take the lead in the development, drafting, and consolidation of project proposals and fundraising documents in liaison with the HQ.
  • be in charge of coordinating all the writing process of a project including needs assessments, budget, and field visits- will coordinate the start-up of CESVI projects, including office & logistic set-up, hiring local staff, and coordination with project’s partners


  • Degree in International cooperation, Development studies, or other related fields
  • 5 to 7 years of working experience in developing countries as an expatriate with INGOs in the humanitarian sector in a role comparable to Head of Mission/Emergency coordinator,
  • Proven experience in the start-up of INGOs multi-sectorial programs
  • Strong writing skills: the Emergency Coordinator will bring a well-established track record of developing winning funding proposals to donors such as EU/ECHO, UN agencies, BHA, AICS – Italian Cooperation, etc.
  • Proven ability in the development of needs-based and context-based project proposals, including budget development
  • Proven experience in building networks and partnerships
  • Strong negotiation and diplomacy skills:
  • capacity to effectively manage relations with Donors, potential Partners (international and national NGOs), and local authorities
  • Good organizational skills, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines, and work cooperatively
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Highly flexible with the ability to set priorities and change programmes according to issues that may arise
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written and spoken)
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, TEAMS


  • Proven working experience in the Middle East with INGOs
  • Proven working experience in Afghanistan and/or other security-sensitive Countries
  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following sectors: livelihoods, food security, rural development, nutrition
  • Logistics in emergency/ post-emergency settings
  • HEAT Training or equivalent in personal security and security management
  • Knowledge of Italian (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of Dari (written and spoken)
  1. GROSS SALARY RANGE € 3.700 – € 3.950 PER MONTH
  3. R&R

Cesvi has a zero-tolerance approach to any harm to, or exploitation of, a child or a vulnerable adult by any of our staff, related persons or partners.
Cesvi commitment to being a safe organization begins with the staff recruitment process which includes meticulous checks, such as criminal records checks or check disclosure of previous convictions, to ensure children and vulnerable people are safeguarded and abuse is prevented. Safeguarding checks are part of the selection process performance.

Cesvi pays particular attention to safeguarding the health of all the human resources of the Organisation. Therefore, in order to protect its staff, an assessment of their suitability for the position in each mission is carried out before departure. Such assessment is done by the Occupational Doctor of the Organisation, who will also examine the vaccination coverage, including the anti-Covid19 vaccination.

Please note: due to the high number of applications we receive we are unable to provide feedback if unsuccessful at the applicant stage. Only short-listed candidates will be updated on the status of their applications.

How to apply

To apply: cesvi.org/jobs/emergency-coordinator-head-of-mission-afghanistan