PROGRAM ASSOCIATE

REPORTING TO: Lapis Afghanistan Region / Section Manager

LOCATION: Kabul, Afghanistan 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 20, 2020

START DATE:  Dec 1, 2020

Lapis is one of the leading strategic communications companies in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, with operations in frontier markets including Jordan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries. As part of MOBY Group, we have been supporting positive social change on the ground for the past 16 years. 

We know how to drive opinion, attitudinal and behavioral change, and we pride ourselves on commanding unparalleled understanding of complex media and sociopolitical environments. We stay on the forefront of changes in audiences’ media and technology consumption, and combine this systems-level knowledge with our on-ground expertise to tailor carefully analyzed and creatively engaging products. Our services include digital / traditional / social media, research, marketing, mass communications, and strategy. Our clients include international development agencies, government, the private sector, and more. 

We seek exceptional candidates who have the passion, intellectual acuity, and business acumen to help grow our organization and deepen our impact. Program Associates are resourceful team players who use their critical thinking and analytical skills in the development and delivery of innovative communications solutions. Program Associates are rapid learners; once oriented on Lapis’ best practice communications toolkit they become credible communications practitioners and advisors.

ROLE + RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide insights and support in development of strategic, innovative solutions to client briefs in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment.

  • Support the design and implementation of work plans, timelines, risk assessments, budget reports, etc.

  • Coordinate and marshal internal and external resources to drive results on time and on budget

  • Support business development through sourcing opportunities and developing communications strategies, creative approaches, budgets, results frameworks, and monitoring and evaluation methodologies

  • Liaise with Lapis strategy, creative, media, and research verticals towards strong program alignment.

  • Provide support in administrative and procurement aspects of the projects

  • Arrange and participate in internal and external stakeholders’ meetings

  • Support the project managers with the day-to-day tasks of the projects

CHARACTERISTICS + COMPETENCIES 

  • At least a bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in the field of communications, business, or management.

  • 2 years of relevant work experience is required

  • Written and spoken English and Dari/Pashto

  • Enterprising, business-savvy, self-starter constantly seeking to add value

  • Strong intellectual curiosity, with balanced strategic thinking and analytical prowess

  • Strong ability to manage multiple detailed projects in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment

  • Excellent relationship-building skills across cultures, both remotely and in person

  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills

  • Deep enthusiasm for developing innovative and realistic approaches to multifaceted challenges

  • Commitment to and passion for positive change in Afghanistan

  • Excellent usage of MS Office

  • A working understanding of the sociopolitical landscape of Afghanistan preferred

  • Strong understanding of donor and global funding environment preferred

  • Robust sense of humor and humility required

We are looking for compelling people and not just specific profiles, so show us your best self via a brief cover letter and CV/resume (3 pages max). Please email both attachments to [email protected] as PDFs, with the document title name including your full name as well as the position and location for which you are applying.