Area Manager-South Region

February 8, 2024
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Job Description

About Mercy Corps:

Mercy Corps is a global organization committed to creating a better world. Operating in over 40 countries, we partner to implement bold solutions in times of disaster, hardship, and transition. Our mission is to empower people to overcome adversity and build resilient communities. Mercy Corps has been actively involved in Afghanistan since 1986, addressing specific needs through humanitarian assistance and development programs. Our current initiatives focus on sustainable agriculture, natural resource-based livelihoods, vocational training, water and sanitation, hygiene promotion, and emergency response.

Country Summary:

Mercy Corps operates in places facing transition, providing emergency relief, promoting resilience, and supporting sustainable change. In Afghanistan, we work in three provinces, addressing challenges through community-led and market-driven initiatives. Our diverse and inclusive approach aims to harness the collective power of our teams to solve complex global challenges.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

At Mercy Corps, we believe in building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive team. We value perspectives from different origins, beliefs, and backgrounds to strengthen our collective impact. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is a journey of learning and evolution.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Mercy Corps is an equal-opportunity employer, actively seeking diverse backgrounds and skills. We do not tolerate discrimination based on race, color, gender identity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected group.

Safeguarding & Ethics:

We are committed to treating all individuals with respect and dignity. Mercy Corps strictly adheres to principles preventing sexual exploitation and abuse. Our team members are expected to uphold a safe and inclusive work environment, following the Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values.

Job Description:


  • Serve as the main point of contact in the South Region for the Senior Management Team in Kabul.
  • Ensure alignment of program and operations for smooth implementation.
  • Conduct regular meetings with field teams to receive updates from operations, security, finance, and programs.
  • Take measures to provide a safe working environment for Mercy Corps employees.
  • Liaise with authorities, peer organizations, and coordination mechanisms within the region.

Program Implementation:

Support the program team during gaps or emergencies.

Identify areas of high needs within the South Region.

Ensure program implementation aligns with donor and government requirements.

Operations Management:

Oversee routine administrative work and program support operations.

Ensure compliance with Mercy Corps and donor regulations at the field office level.

Provide oversight over procurement processes and logistics.

Security and Access Management:

Work closely with the Security & Access Manager, reporting regularly on the security situation.

Arrange security briefings for visitors.

Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies determined by country leadership.

Provide leadership for ensuring program teams have access to communities.

Team Management:

Support onboarding of new staff.

Assist team members with information, tools, and resources.

Promote accountability and provide constructive feedback.

Create a work environment of mutual respect and excellence.


Serve as the main focal point for external stakeholders and authorities.

Coordinate with Program Managers and Technical Managers for relevant cluster meetings.

Other Responsibilities:

Undertake additional tasks directed by Senior Management Team members.

Organizational Learning:

Commit 5% of time to learning activities benefiting Mercy Corps and personal development.

Accountability to Beneficiaries:

Support efforts toward accountability to beneficiaries and international standards in relief and development work.

Submission Guideline:

To apply, email your CV and Cover letter to with the subject line “MCA081-2024 Application for Area Manager” by the deadline of 21-February-2024. Ensure the subject line includes the vacancy number and position title.


Only shortlisted candidates responding to the criteria will be contacted for the written test/interview. Females are highly encouraged to apply. Please note that MCA provides office space but not lodging facilities for team members.

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