Mar 292018

Board Member - Harakat

Recruiter: Harakat
Location: Kabul and Virtual Meetings
Salary: Sitting allowance, per diem and travel expenses
Posted: 27 Mar 2018
Closes: 10 Apr 2018
Ref: HKT-BD-01
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Business Development, Executive Management, Finance, Risk / Compliance, Strategy
Sector: Financial Services, NGO, Not for Profit / Charity, Private Equity
Contract Type: Part-time
Language: English


Harakat is a multi-donor funded NGO aiming to address the key constraints affecting private sector led growth in Afghanistan. The organization was established in 2009 and is governed by an independent Board. Working with civil society, the private sector and government to remove obstacles to domestic and international investment, Harakat’s goal is to make Afghanistan a better place to do business by playing a catalytic role in business environment reform in Afghanistan.

Harakat is the main delivery partner for the Afghan Investment Climate Program (AICP) with a planned duration of seven years. It is positioned as an Afghan owned, private sector led initiative with high level political support and designed to complement other business environment reform efforts.

Operating with a high political and commercial profile in Afghanistan, Harakat works to deliver the objectives of the AICP. This is delivered through engaging stakeholders, employing international best practice and through partners, implementing its core programs across Legal and Regulatory Reform, Public Private Partnerships, Investor Facilitation and Women’s Economic Inclusion.

The Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board of this high profile organization at the inception of its next phase of delivery and to positively impact the business and investment climate in Afghanistan.

In this next phase, Harakat is seeking to appoint seven non-Executive Board Members, including the Chair of the Board, to build on Harakat’s earlier work and successful engagements. Each member will contribute their expertise to form a collective wealth of knowledge and skills to put in place the governance strategy and management structures to drive the successful and efficient operation of Harakat.

The first priority will be to finalize the modus operandi for the Board and appoint the CEO and CFO, followed by continued delivery of the Board’s responsibilities to achieve Harakat’s strategic objectives.

Role Summary

As a member of the Harakat Board, oversee the process of implementing a coherent strategy for Harakat consistent with the aims and objectives for the organization. Be ultimately responsible for the corporate governance arrangements of Harakat including oversight of the performance of the CEO.

Applicant Summary

We are seeking applicants with the following essential attributes:

  • Demonstrable commitment to Harakat’s mission, vision and values
  • Has held Board, Executive or Consultancy roles in private sector companies or other appropriate institutions
  • An extensive leadership or management experience in an international, multicultural environment  with experience of providing oversight and advice at Board level
  • Knowledge and experience of issues that affect the investment climate and business environment in Afghanistan
  • Proven intellectual and strategic thinking skills, including strategy formulation and implementation and the ability to communicate results concisely and simply
  • Strong communication, relationship management and influencing skills
  • Excellent leadership and management skills with sound decision making and judgment
  • Ability and willingness to provide scrutiny, challenge, and make changes in the context of governance, legal and compliance obligations
  • Be able to contribute to Harakat’s governance structure and leverage expertise and existing networks in support of the organization’s activities
  • Available to perform duties detailed in this role description and Board Terms of Reference, attend Board meetings and contribute to organizational work within the Board’s remit

Applications are welcome from candidates with strong experience in Afghanistan and/or strong international experience. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Additional desirable attributes to ensure the Board contains a wide range of skills and expertise are included in the Board Member Terms of Reference in the supporting document below.

Time Commitment

10 – 12 days every six months. An additional time commitment will be required during the Inception Phase of approximately two additional days for Board Members and five additional days for the Chair.

Board Members must be available to attend quarterly full Board meetings, at least two per year in person to be held in Kabul or at an alternative location to be agreed (most likely Dubai). Each Board Member will also be available to sit on a minimum of two Board Sub-Committees, which will be held in conjunction with full Board meetings. During the Inception Phase additional in-person meetings of the Board and Sub-Committees may be required at the discretion of the Chair.


General and sitting allowances to Board Members will be paid in recognition of the professional skills and knowledge they bring to the Board. Compensation for travel costs, time dedicated to preparation for and contribution to Board meetings.

All Board Members travelling internationally shall receive a daily per diem allowance equivalent to prevailing International Civil Service Commission ( per diem guidelines for the country of destination.


A rolling interview process will be undertaken with all first round telephone interviews scheduled and conducted by 24 April 2018. Second round interviews will take place week commencing 12 May 2018 and will be conducted in Kabul or remotely as required.

How to Apply

Please send your CV and covering letter detailing your suitability for a role and indicating if you would like to be considered for the role of Chair to  by 10 April 2018.

Please ensure that any potential conflicts of interest are identified in your covering letter to enable mitigations to be discussed at interview.

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