Position Title: Senior Governance Manager

Activation Date: 25 July, 2021   Announced Date: 25 July, 2021   Expire Date: 05 August, 2021

Job Location: Kabul
Nationality: Afghan
Category: Health Care Management
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: As per NTA Salary Scale (Grade B, Step 5)
Vacancy Number: ELCS-HR-018
No. Of Jobs: 1
City: Kabul
Organization: ELCS
Years of Experience: 7-10 years preferably in a relevant field
Contract Duration: One Year Extendable
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Masters Degree in Public Health, Public Administration
Close date: 2021-08-05

About ELCS:

About ELCS:

Emerging Leaders Consulting Services (ELCS) is a dynamic research and business consulting firm, differentiated by experience, business integrity and innovation. ELCS scope of engagement spans across several sectors, namely public health, education, private sector development, conflict and humanitarian emergencies and environment. Since establishment in 2008, ELCS has worked with over 45 international organizations, development partners, diplomatic missions and government institution across seven sectors. ELCS specialized competencies include, program design and management, research and survey design, monitoring and evaluation, human and institutional development and implementation science. 

Background to AFIAT Project

ELCS serves as core partner to Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in a USAID funded Assistance for Families and Indigent Afghans to Thrive (AFIAT) project. The project works to improve access to, delivery of quality health and nutrition services in the country. Working with Ministry of Public Health and other partners including private sector institutions, AFIAT will strengthen performance of the Afghan healthcare system through a range of technical assistance activities targeted at different levels of the health system outlined in the two main packages of BPHS and EPHS.


Job Description:

Job Summary

The Senior Governance Manager (SGM) will work with MSH/ AFIAT consortium partners in setting up the Targeted Support Teams (TSTs). He/she will contribute to TSTs formation, implementation and scale up at the national level. In particular, the Senior Governance Manager (SGM) will provide support and insight to the consortium partners regarding the governance structure of the TSTs including measures to operationalize the interventions. This would involve, liaising with consortium partners, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH). The Performance Management Office (PMO) and other stakeholders to determine scope, responsibilities, team composition and other details of TST formation and delivery. Moreover, the SGM will provide support and backstopping to the consortium in development and implementation of advocacy materials in relation to the establishment of TSTs. While working with consortium partners, the Senior Governance Manager (SGM) will provide support to the provincial Capacity Building Officers (CBOs) in support of TSTs, their functionality, implementation modality, design of TST visits.

The SGM with support from other team members will work with CBOs to establish links with local communities to ensure their meaningful engagement in TSTs. In addition, besides supporting CBOs in routine project work, the SGM will provide support in documentation of the TST implementation modality including the costing and report results to MSH/AFIAT. The SGM with support from the MSH/AFIAT M & E, the CBOs and PI officers will work together to collect data on different phases of the TSTs, how they are roll out and determine if they are making an impact of TST interventions. In addition, working with MSH/AFIAT M & E the SGM will oversee design and implementation of three surveys including the QoC (Quality of Care), (Lot Quality Assurance Survey) LQAS and Bottleneck Analysis surveys.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide support and inputs to Consortium partners in formation and implementation of TSTs
  • Contribute in the design of governance structure for the TSTs including determining accountability measures for TSTs
  • Liaise with consortium partners, MOPH and other stakeholders as part of orientation and advocacy efforts for TSTs
  • Contribute in advocacy efforts in support of TSTs formation and scale up at the national and subnational levels
  • Oversee the work of Governance Officers (GOs)/Capacity Building Officers (CBOs) based in regional offices to ensure effective delivery of their work
  • Coach, mentor and manage the team of GO/CBOs to achieve project objectives, ensuring they are receiving timely and tailored support
  • Liaise with Performance Management Office to obtain information regarding their work and SOPs they use to guide implementation of their activities at national and sub national levels
  • Meet with PMO team to discuss the TSTs, including details of their work and how that can support the work of PMO to improve performance of healthcare facilities
  • Coordinate CBO capacity building plan with the team of PMOs and seek their insight to further enrich the materials
  • Design and coordinate joint M & E plans including visit to the provinces with the PMOs and facilitate implementation of those visits
  • Build strong working relationship with different counterparts, in particularly MOPH and stakeholders in Kabul and provinces
  • Participate in consortium meetings to get a good understanding of the nature and type of governance activities that would take place in the project
  • Keep abreast of new developments in the healthcare system in the country including any emerging themes surrounding healthcare reform
  • Provide support and guidance to Consortium partners as per the need
  • Ensure the project work plan includes certain monitoring activities that shows and track progress towards achieving objectives
  • Oversee pilot testing of the TST work in simulated provinces and work with consortium partners for their scale up
  • Orient project staff on the use of M & E and Research System including the use of different M & E and research tools and templates and their application
  • Oversee the use of M & E tools and systems during the life of project and provide guidance and support to different staff members including the CBOs
  • Responsible for conducting data quality audits of project activities and surveys to identify and resolve systemic problems affecting data quality and reliability
  • Provide support to project staff in particular the GOs/CBOs in development of the work plans i.e monthly, biannual and annual
  • Provide support to the consortium M & E in the design of the Quality of Care National Survey
  • Lead devising a human resource plan for the Lot Quality Assurance Survey
  • Support and oversee survey implementation for the 3 surveys including conducting quality assurance and data audit visits from the survey sites in target provinces
  • Collaborate with MSH/AFIAT M & E and Senior Nutrition Advisor for the design of Bottleneck Analysis Survey planned during the 1st year of the project
  • Provide support and guidance to field monitors to oversee implementation of the LQAS during the first year of the project
  • Support MSH/AFIAT M & E in preparation of the data analysis and visualization plans

Job Requirements:


  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration and Policy and other relevant field



  • At least 7-10 years of experience working in a similar position in Afghanistan 
  • Documented experience working with USAID supported projects
  • Experience in areas of governance and administration is preferable


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Good working knowledge of governance and accountability measures in Afghanistan particularly in the health sector
  • A deeper understanding of the healthcare system in Afghanistan
  • Working knowledge of the way healthcare system is structured in Afghanistan
  • Clear understanding of different stakeholders’ role and engagement level in the health sector
  • Knowledge of different health interventions including nutrition, maternal and child health, immunization and family planning
  • Knowledge of contextual factors impacting delivery and quality of healthcare services in the country
  • Document evidence of the ability to lead and manage diverse team of professionals
  • Proven ability to create and adapt work process that in support of enhancing governance, accountability and compliance
  • Demonstrated ability to apply effective problem solving and decision making skills in complex and dynamic environments such as Afghanistan
  • An overall understanding of the development issues in Afghanistan, particularly in relation to the governance in health sector
  • Ability to adapt to changing working hours due to corona virus pandemic
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and under tight deadlines
  • Ability to take initiative and lead work process with less supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse team of professionals from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Ability to quickly understand complex ideas and delivery high quality reports and analysis
  • Ability to make effective and sound decisions independently and find solutions to problems and challenges
  • Substantial experience effectively managing demanding workloads, while operating at tight deadlines
  • Outstanding interpersonal communication skills with the ability to support and gain trust of the consortium partners, project counterparts and other stakeholders in the project including the local communities
  • Outstanding command of local languages
  • Excellent communication skills in written and spoken English

Submission Guideline:

Interested applicants must submit their CV supported with a cover letter no later than the closing date. Please indicate the Job Title, Vacancy Number & Location in the subject line of your email. Applications without subject will not be considered. 

ELCS provides equal employment opportunities without due consideration of ethnicity, race, gender, color, age and other personal attributes.


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