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Title: Executive Director

Location: Islamabad, Pakistan

Department/Program: Programs, Pakistan



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Employment Type:  full time / local hire

THE “WHY” - Purpose of the Position                                                                              

The Executive Director has overall responsibility for INGO programming in Pakistan from a programmatic and operational perspective, as well as leading on fundraising, strategic planning,and donor relations.

Scope of Position

Reports to:  Board of Directors
Direct Reports:

Working relationships:

Budget Managed:


THE “WHAT” - Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Program Development and Implementation

  • Define program priorities and long-term strategy, in close collaboration with the org Board of Directors and Management Committee;
  • Ensure efficient start-up and timely delivery of projects, identify and address any obstacles to implementation by strengthening planning and implementation systems and processes;
  • Ensure consistent collecting and sharing of results with all stakeholders;
  • Ensure that programming is implemented to the highest standards, adhering to approved methodologies, adaptive to changing contexts and leading to demonstrable results and impact;
  • Stay abreast of the international conflict transformation field to ensure that the program’s work remains innovative and relevant;
  • Strengthen existing funding relationships and identify and pursue new potential donors in collaboration with organization Management Committee and Board of Directors;
  • Lead contributions to proposal development, assign staff as appropriate and ensure deadlines are respected;
  • Contribute substantively to project design, ensuring comprehensive articulation of context, the potential for innovation, identification of relevant partners and integration of approaches to include women, youth, etc.;
  • Together with the SCGP Management Committee, make decisions on opportunities based on the quality of revenue, alignment to strategy and mission, operational capacity; and
  • Ensure excellent collaboration between teams to prepare quality financial and narrative reports, ensuring clear reporting processes, respect of deadlines and capture of quality data.

Financial Management

Ensure financial compliance with local laws, donor requirements and company procedures;

Maintain regular and proactive communication with finance focal points on finance issues and ensure that the organization is audit-ready and preventing and mitigating financial losses;

Identify potential shortfalls and strategize to ensure the program’s financial sustainability;

Ensure all project budgets are regularly monitored and analyzed and appropriate action taken to ensure burn rates are in line with projections and prevent over/under-spending; and

Ensure an accurate and updated operational budget is in place, and conduct a monthly analysis to ensure proactive decision-making to maintain coherence between operational costs and available budget.

Staff Management and Development

  • Manage a team of diverse staff members modeling effective communication, coordination, collaboration, and accountability;
  • Ensure ongoing staff opportunities for capacity building, and personal growth and to increase job satisfaction;
  • Ensure staff performance is managed in a consistent, fair and coherent manner; and
  • Ensure all company policies and procedures (financial, operations, HR, etc) are up to date and in line with local laws.

Organizational Representation 

Serve as Country representative locally and internationally;

Promote organizations key program priorities, country analyses, and policy recommendations to relevant national, regional and international stakeholders;

Develop and maintain proactive, positive and professional relationships with partner organizations, other NGOs, donors, clients, government, etc; and

Maintain responsible media coverage of program events and issues related to org mission and shareopportunities for visibility and external representation with org Board of Directors.

Safety and Security Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain field office safety and security plan, including evacuation;
  • Ensure all offices in Pakistan maintains a healthy and productive work environment in line withSCGP’s policies and procedures;
  • Set security alert level for programs via regular risk assessments and ensuring all staff and visitors are informed of the current security alert level, threats in the area, and their respective responsibilities;
  • Ensure all staff receive safety andsecurity training as appropriate; and
  • Ensure that SCGP is participating in local NGO security networks and maintaining other key relationships for maintaining good staff safety & security.

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

The “HOW” - Skills & Competencies


  • At least a Bachelor degree (Masters preferred)in a relevant field (e.g. conflict transformation, security studies, media and communications, sociology, political science, international development or related fields)


  • At least 10 years’ experience in managing conflict transformation, governance, human rights or related programming
  • Experience in managing large programs, with multiple grants and donors in a fragile context
  • Positive track record in successful fundraising
  • Experience in capturing results and overseeing reporting, monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Experience building partnership with diverse stakeholders including government agencies, local leaders, and CSOs. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the conflict dynamics in Pakistan
  • Knowledge of major donor rules and regulations, and the ability to manage and prioritize multi-donor funding
  • Knowledge of NGO operating space and regulations in Pakistan
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multi-task while leading a complex team in a challenging environment
  • Proficiency inEnglish, written and spoken, as well as knowledge of local languages (Urdu and Pashto)
  • Highly developed conflict management and problem-solving skills
  • Acute business acumen and understanding of NGO challenges in complex operating environments
  • Ability to work independently, and manage competing priorities
  • Demonstrated experience in proposal and report writing, and grants management

Behavioral Competencies

  • Working with People:  The ability to respect the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy, listens, supports; consults others and shares information and expertise, builds team spirit and adapts to the team.
  • Flexibility:  The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and priorities, to tolerate ambiguity, to adapt personal style to different people and situations.
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency:  The ability to set quality standards, monitor and maintain quality of work, and set goals to achieve continuous improvement.
  • Relationship Management:  The ability to manage interactions, to provide service and to support the organization while building an effective internal and external network.
  • Consultation (for managers and up):  The ability to provide guidance to organizational stakeholders while applying creative problem-solving to address business needs.
  • Leadership and Navigation:   The ability to manage and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization while making progress toward change and continuous improvement.
  • Communication:  The ability to effectively exchange information with others, to effectively deliver critical information, to gather information and communicate with others.
  • Global and Cultural Effectiveness:   The ability to value and consider the perspectives and backgrounds of all parties and be able to work cross-culturally.
  • Ethical Practice:   The ability to integrate Search vision, mission and core values, integrity and accountability throughout all organizational and business practices.
  • Critical Evaluation (for managers and up):   The ability to interpret information to make business decisions and recommendations based on keen analysis, best practices and an understanding of preferred outcomes.
  • Business Acumen:   The ability to understand and apply information to contribute to the organization's strategic plan.
  • Developing others (for people manager): The ability to provide support to enhance performance and professional growth.

Commitment to Search Values:

Shared Humanity - Empathy - Impartiality -  Inclusivity -  Courage -  Hope - Humility - Audacity