Country Coordinator Afghanistan


La Chaîne de L’Espoir (CDE) is a medical NGO which aim to provide access to healthcare and education to the most destitute children.
The French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children (FMIC) is a non-profit paediatric hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, established in 2005. It is a joint project of La Chaîne de l’Espoir (CDE), the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), the governments of France and Afghanistan. A leading medical pediatric medical centre, which offers a wide breadth of services, from dentistry and orthopedics to cardiology and cardiac surgery. Since 2006, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has been responsible for the overall management of the FMIC, with La Chaîne de l’Espoir continuing to provide medical support. In 2016, the hospital expanded with the opening of the maternity, offering gynaecology, obstetrics and neonatology services.

The actions of La Chaîne de l’Espoir in Afghanistan :

  • Strengthen the capacities of FMIC personals, through missions of volunteers from La Chaîne de l’Espoir (short and long-term duration). In 2018, this represents 45 medical or technical missions carried out at the FMIC.
  • Contribution to the "Patient Welfare" solidarity fund, a social program of the FMIC that aims to increase access to medical and surgical treatment for underprivileged children.
  • Promote access to medical and surgical care at the FMIC for disadvantaged populations, particularly women and children living in remote areas of Afghanistan, thanks to a network of partners (MoPH hospitals and NGOs, ICRC) in all the country’s provinces. Beneficiaries are welcomed and hosted at the "Women and Children’s House", a reception area dedicated to supporting beneficiaries and their caregivers before, during and after their care at the FMIC.

The 2018-2021 programme is mainly funded by the AFD - French Development Agency (EUR 7M), with co-funding from La Chaîne de l’Espoir and private foundations.

2019 and 2020 guidelines : La Chaîne de l’Espoir will continue to support Afghan medical teams, particularly in gynaecology-obstetrics, neonatology, interventional cardiology, adult cardiac surgery and cardiac resuscitation. From 2019 onwards, La Chaîne de l’Espoir will be funding the 4-years long postgraduate training programme aimed at training Afghan doctors in medical/surgical specialities (paediatric medicine and surgery, anaesthesia, cardiology, radiology, cardiovascular surgery, etc). 2019 is also the year the FMIC receives women in need of healthcare through the Pavilion. This requires a strengthened network of partners on the field. Finally, La Chaîne de l’Espoir will continue to defend free access to quality specialized health care for the most vulnerable Afghan children and women.


General mission summary

  • As Country Coordinator, you are responsible to ensure the quality of the overall CDE’s programme on the field and manage the team and the work with partners in close collaboration with La Chaîne de l’Espoir headquarters based in Paris.
  • You will also be in charge to develop the networking with other health actors, partners, donors.
  • You will be expected to lead the team and be inspiration for skills development.
  • As country Coordinator, you ensure an overall understand and capacity if analysis of the situation on the field.


Organizational position

  • Direct supervisor : Programme Coordinator, based in Paris.
  • Team members : Deputy Coordinator, Financial and Logistics Manager, Project Manager.
  • You will be responsible of a team of approximately 25 to 30 people.


Tasks and responsibilities

The Country Coordinator works closely with the Deputy Coordinator. Together, they carry out the following activities and manage a team of about 25 Afghans and about 30 volunteer doctors coming on mission each year.

  • Contribute to the reflection on the FMIC strategic orientations : dialogue with the FMIC management and participation in the FMIC quarterly board meetings;
  • Implement and monitor projects in Afghanistan : CDE medical and technical missions at the FMIC, the Women and Children’s Pavilion and the hospital expansion project (adult care);
  • Supervise the team, including the Deputy Coordinator, the Financial Manager, the Logistics Manager and the Project Manager. Conduct regular meetings. Establish a good worklife quality and collaboration within the team (listen, motivate, empower, supervise the people under its responsibility);
  • Facilitate, mediate and monitor medical, paramedical and coordination missions : organization and follow-up of mission planning, briefing of volunteers on mission objectives and security, supervision during the mission, link with the FMIC medical and management teams. About 45 medical and technical missions are organized each year;
  • Work closely with the FMIC, be it general management, financial and support services, or hospital department heads. Participation in weekly hospital management meetings;
  • Ensure the implementation and enforcement of support procedures (accounting, budgets, treasury, purchasing, HR, inventory, etc.) and internal control : you will ensure their strict application and compliance with the principles, rules and procedures defined by La Chaîne de l’Espoir and the related donors, in collaboration with the related field and headquarters teams;
  • Guarantee the quality of budgetary management and financial information reported to headquarters;
  • Follow-up on the humanitarian context and health sector more specifically;
  • Monitor the security context and ensure staff compliance with security instructions, in conjunction with hospital management and the security managers of the FMIC and AKDN, INSO, the French Embassy and other NGOs operating in Afghanistan. They shall regularly update the Afghanistan security plan (approximately quarterly);
  • Represent La Chaîne de l’Espoir with partners of the FMIC, the French Embassy, technical and financial partners and NGOs present in Afghanistan, and local collectives of which La Chaîne de l’Espoir is a member;
  • Guarantee the visibility of La Chaîne de l’Espoir and its programmes in Afghanistan (articles, newsletters, events, etc.);
  • Write reports to donors in collaboration with headquarters and institutional funding management;
  • Funding Raising from institutional and private funding providers;
  • The Country Coordinator reports to headquarters any problems that arise (or may arise) in the execution of La Chaîne de l’Espoir activities in Afghanistan.


Experiences and skills

  • University degree.
  • Experience in working in sensitive context required.
  • Desirable degree/training in project management, admin or/and finances.
  • At least 4-5 years working experience in management positions in the humanitarian sector.
  • Essential working experience in developing countries with accountability for all the aspects of project coordination : management, administration, finance & reporting, logistic, security, communication,...
  • Experience in representing an organization with partners, government agencies and donors.
  • Experience in working in consortium project is a plus.
  • French and English is a must. Dari/ Farsi is a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of project management cycle.
  • Context analyse and ability to summarize and teach to the staff.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Independent, resilient and diplomatic.
  • Strong leadership.
  • Problem solver.
  • Strong managerial qualities et good organization.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Team worker and flexible.


Duration of contract : 1 year

Remuneration : According to the profile, between 3000€ to 3700€ net / months.

Transportation, Accommodation and Meals :

  • Transportation to and from the workplace is provided.
  • Single room in collective accommodation provided.
  • Meals are provided for at the guesthouse or at the office.

Medical coverage : 100% of medical expenses on site covered + repatriation insurance.

Holidays and R&R : 2 days of leave 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 relatively unstable. The Coordinator works and lives on the site of the French hospital, located in the south of the city in a large tree-covered site and in a protected area of Kabul.

Comfortable accommodation, with access to an outdoor sports field and a sports/music room. Involves living in community (with other permanent expatriates and doctors who regularly come on missions) and respecting strict security rules.

Travel to the city is allowed only for business purposes, subject to the approval of the FMIC and/or La Chaîne de l’Espoir.

Working Hours : From Sunday to Thursday, from 9am to 6pm-7pm with extra hours to be expected, especially on Saturdays.

Applications shall be sent, with the reference in title to :