Website DACAAR

DACAAR invites applications from suitable candidates for the following position:

Job Title:

Country Director  

Vacancy Number:




Duty station:

Kabul, Afghanistan. The work might require occasional travelling in rural areas in Afghanistan, subject to the security situation. For the time being, Kabul is classified as a non-family duty station.

Required number:

One (1)


Male / Female


DACAAR offers a 3-year contract with the possibility of extension up to a total of 5 years. There is a probation period of 6months.


The salary follows DACAARs fixed salary scale and other terms of employment are negotiated individually and reflect that DACAAR is an NGO. The terms also reflect the relatively stressful working environment and includes an attractive R&R arrangement

Opening Date:


Closing Date:


Working Hours

Sunday – Thursday from 7:30 am – 04:00 pm (summer timing), 08:00 am – 04:00 pm (winter timing)

The Situation:  

DACAAR is a Danish non-governmental, development/humanitarian organization which started its activities in Pakistan in 1984, assisting Afghan refugees.

DACAAR’s activities are implemented in cooperation with civil society organizations, the private sector, and governmental institutions with a particular emphasis on poverty eradication and assistance towards the return and reintegration of returnees and internally displaced people.

Relevance for the beneficiaries, access to the local communities and high-quality programming are key for DACAAR. The organization is widely recognized as a leading NGO involved in the emergency responses and development of Afghanistan.

Since the Taliban government took over in August 2021 the situation in the country has changed significantly. International sanctions including stop for major financial support to the country have let to one of the most serious humanitarian crises in the country´s history.

Combined with several years of drought and the covid-19 epidemic the country find itself in a very difficult situation. Afghanistan is prone to multiple natural hazards. On top of that, it is also one of the country’s most affected and vulnerable to climate change, while its inadequate response systems add additional vulnerability and undermine growth and stability. They drive displacement, poverty and food insecurity, especially among rural Afghans.

The positive part of the story is that DACAAR and likeminded humanitarian organization are in a position where we can continue implementing our activities including acute humanitarian support.

The Organization:

The ultimate authority of DACAAR is the Governing Board made up of representatives from three Danish organizations, namely Danish People’s Aid (DPA), Danish Trade Union Development Agency (DTDA) and Danish Afghan Committee (DAC). A Secretariat is set up in Copenhagen, facilitating the work of the Governing Board, supporting the Kabul Main office, and liaising with European donor headquarters, the Danish public, and network organizations.

DACAAR Senior Management Team (SMT) consists of the Director, Head of Secretariat and four Head of Departments namely, Deputy Director/Head of Programme, Head of Fundraising & Communications, Head of HR & Administration and Head of Finance. The SMT meets on a regular basis in person and online and the meeting proceedings are minuted. In addition to overseeing their respective departments, the Department Heads provide strategic advice to and support the Director in reporting and accountability towards the Governing Board, donors and other stakeholders.  The Heads also maintain a regular functional relationship with the Head of Secretariat in Copenhagen providing and receiving support on matters related to their respective departments.

DACAAR’s highly nationalized team (typically between 750 and 1000 Afghan staff) supports the efforts in meeting the needs of the Afghan people. The organization’s clear and up-to-date policies and regulations, including safeguarding and accountability to affected population, ensure its high transparency.

DACAAR is implementing projects in all 34 provinces in Afghanistan. The main office is in Kabul and regional offices in Kunduz (North and North East), Jalalabad (East), Herat (West), Maymana (Northwest), Kandahar (South) and Kabul (Central and South East).In 2021 DACAAR had an annual turnover of approximately USD 20 mil. The organization has a diversified funding structure. Main donors are DANIDA, Norwegian MFA, EU/ECHO, UN, WB, US government and some private foundations and donations.

Vision, mission, values:

VISION: Self-reliant Afghan individuals, families and communities

MISSION: To work with Afghan men and women to alleviate suffering, increase resilience, build durable solutions and contribute to peace in Afghanistan

VALUES: Efficiency, Participation, Equity, Quality, Transparency and Accountability and Respect to Humanitarian Principles

The Strategy:

DACAAR’s target population is IDPs, Returnees, Refugees, host and settled communities.

According to DACAARs latest Strategic Program Framework, a particular focus is on those most at risk, including women headed households, unemployed and unskilled youth, landless farmers and disabled individuals.

During the strategic period, DACAAR will build up its capacity to be present in all 34 provinces in the country. and wherever there is a need.

The organization will work with people in formal and informal settlements, hard to reach and remote areas, urban and rural areas. DACAAR’s work will directly support SDG 1, SDG 2, SDG 5, SDG 6, SDG 8, SDG 10 and SDG 13 and be in line with international humanitarian standards and principles.  

To target the complexity, fragility and insecurity of Afghanistan most effectively, DACAAR focuses its activities on three Pillars: (1) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) (2) Governance and (3) Economic Inclusion, followed by two cross-cutting issues, namely (C) Climate Action and (G) Gender Equality.

General Areas of Responsibilities:

External liaison in Afghanistan; fundraising; programmatic, financial, staff and safety management. In executing the functions of Director, substantial responsibilities are delegated to the respective Heads of Departments.

The Director reports to the Governing Board and maintains a close cooperation with the Head of Secretariat. Four staff report directly to the Director, namely: four Afghan Heads of Departments (Deputy Director / Program; Fundraising & Communications; Finance; and Human Resources & Administration.

Key areas of responsibilities:

  •  Provide professional and personal leadership to the organization as a whole and to the Senior Management Team in particular;
  •  Oversee the development and continuous adjustment of DACAAR’s strategies and policies, being able to balance this with the environment that the organization is operating in; 
  • Focus on the external communication being able to operate in a dynamic environment, presenting the work and ideas of DACAAR; 
  • Oversee the allocation of DACAAR’s resources in accordance with strategies, work plans and budgets, keeping up efficient monitoring and reporting systems; Ensure overall budget monitoring, financial management and compliance with DACAAR and donor requirements; 
  • Oversee administration of a system for internal control, detection of fraud and compliance with donor, government and internal regulations; 
  • Represent DACAAR in various national and international meetings and forums; 
  • Support the Secretariat in advocacy work, media contacts and events in Denmark and Europe; 
  • Maintain overall fundraising strategies and oversee submission of funding applications to donors; 
  • Oversee recruitment and human resource development activities to strengthen the professional expertise of DACAAR’s staff;

Any other relevant tasks assign by the DACAAR Governing Board

Specific responsibility/ success criteria:

The immediate role of the Country Director is to take the lead and make sure that the Strategy is translated into feasible action and implemented broadly in the Organisation.

Then provide strategic guidance and overall management to ensure high quality, accountable, timely, economic and professional program development and implementation;

  • Oversee actions to ensure financial sustainability of the organization; 
  • Oversee the continuing process of organizational change in response to demands of present day Afghanistan and a corresponding stronger role of Afghan staff in senior management; 
  • Overall responsible for assessments of developments in the security situation and for providing general safety and security guidance; 
  • Lead the country Crisis Management Team in responding to safety and security incidents.

The holder of this position must strictly follow the organization existing security policies, procedures and daily instructions of the safety personnel.

Short term goals for the director:

  • Successfully adjusted and implemented the overall strategy for DACAAR; 
  • Implemented initiatives aimed at strengthening the coherence and working environment in the entire organization; 
  • Established good relations with the organization’s most important external donors and stakeholders;

Has taken leadership for the financial and organizational management and development – in alignment with the Board and the organization

Demand profile of the Country Director:

Career background:

University degree in management, public administration, international development, social science or the equivalent;

  • Substantial knowledge and documented international experiences at management level, preferably from international development assistance; 
  • Experiences of strategic programming and planning, organisational development, field implementation, monitoring and evaluation; 
  • Excellent communication skills; with a proven record of communication in diverse, political and sensitive environments; 
  • Experiences of high-level negotiations with authorities and with collaboration and co-ordination with international organisations and donors, as well as with civil society organisations; 
  • Work experience from and knowledge about Islamic culture in general and Afghanistan in particular is an advantage;
Fluency in written and spoken English. Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto an advantage.

Leadership profile:

The successful candidate has acomplex management experience of minimum 10 years, of which at least 5 abroad; managing and leading complicated international operations, preferably in the field of development assistance Programs. This includes experiences of fund raising, personnel management, human resource development and financial management

General information:

Time schedule:

  • Application deadline 25 September 2022 
  • Selection of candidates 29 September 2022 
  • First round of interview5October 2022 
  • Leadership assessment by Mercuri Urval of the candidates chosen for final interview6 – 17 October 2022 
  • Final interview 18October 2022 
  • Expected commencement date 1 January 2023

Terms of Employment:

  • DACAAR offers a 3-year contract with the possibility of extension up to a total of 5 years. There is a probation period of 6months; 
  • The salary follows DACAARs fixed salary scale and other terms of employment are negotiated individually and reflect that DACAAR is an NGO. The terms also reflect the relatively stressful working environment and includes an attractive R&R arrangement; 
  • The Director refers to the Governing Board of DACAAR, but is expected to liase with the Secretariat in Copenhagen on a regular basis; 
  • Workplace is DACAAR HQ in Kabul, Afghanistan. Travel activity both within Afghanistan and to Europe should be expected; 
  • Expected starting date: 1 January 2023

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Contact & Application:

Information and how to apply

For more information read the job profile here.

Application deadline is 25. September 2022.

Potential candidates for the position are welcome to contact Head of Secretariat Klaus Lokkegaard on telephone +45 2055 7978 or via e-mail: or consultant at Mercuri Urval, Susanne Bentkjaer, +45 2125 2314,

All inquiries will be treated confidentially.

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