About Afghanistan Cricket Board:
The Afghanistan Cricket Board was established in 2001. It is an independent and specialized organization in the field of Cricket. It works for the development of cricket, and players in the country, and organizes different formats of opportunities aiming to improve cricket and support players. ACB is an equal opportunity employer, therefore applicants are considered for employment based on their skills, abilities, and experience.
The National Head Coach is competent and qualified cricket professional who is responsible to the Afghanistan Cricket Board for the delivery of high quality and international standard coaching with the aim of improving performance and results of the Afghanistan National Cricket Team with an over-riding emphasis on quality at all levels.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The key responsibilities of this position include the following;
1. Coaching – Planning, Development and Implementation:
- Leading the coaching team in planning, training, managing and implementing an annual coaching plan for the Afghanistan National Cricket Team.
- For the national teams as whole- Working with Senior Management in developing formal, written, annual coaching plan and other training activities as well as implementing those plans for the national team.
- Demonstrate transformational leadership in terms of articulating, imparting creating a sense of ownership in team and campaign visions.
- Establish and maintain a values-based culture, achieved through player and support staff engagement, which aligns with the overarching values and goals of ACB.
- Develop both a winning and positive style of cricket, which excites all.
- Demonstrate capability in the creation and implementation of highly effective campaign planning.
- Effectively lead and optimize support staff, relative to the respective campaigns
3. For Individual Players:
- The National Head Coach will lead the coaching team in developing and completing the ACB’s performance appraisal forms in writing for individual cricketers. These forms will take into account the cricketer’s performance during the season and the results of fitness tests conducted during the season. The head coach should also identify the strength and weakness of individual player and provide support to players with their skills and attribute development plan.
- At the end of the season, the national head coach will lead the preparation of a written document detailing reasonably required fitness tests and reasonably required levels of fitness which shall be conducted and required by the ACB for all cricketers on the commencement of the following season.
- The National Head Coach will ensure that one, Mid-season, formal performance and fitness appraisal takes place for every player in the National Team. This appraisal will set formal performance and fitness objectives and any other matters which may affect the player. The objectives will be set out in writing as a part of the National Head Coach’s mid-season appraisal report on each player.
- Providing support and advice in the development of a cricket pathway from beginners to the elite level throughout the country – as outlines in the ICC participation pathway publication.
- To ensure individual player performance is enhanced
- To assist in the implementation of the broader ACB High Performance program, where required.
4. Players Training and Development:
- Establishing a suitable individual training plan for each of the national team players aiming to enhance their capacity, performance, consistency, and team spirit.
- Conducting needs assessment with national coaches to establish training, facility and equipment needs.
- Coordinating and liaising with the medical advisors to assist in the management, treatment, and prevention of injuries within the national cricket program.
- Conducting ongoing development planning, in collaboration with senior management, aimed at improving the number and quality of coaches in the country.
- To interact effectively and positively with ACB’s Cricket Operations/High Performance Manager to ensure quality player and staff development, and succession planning is achieved.
- Work to develop clear campaign plans that align with ACB objectives.
5. Review, Monitoring and Evaluating:
- Monitoring and evaluating his own coaching as well as the national team’s performance(s) using Video Analysis, SWOT analysis and “Lessons Learned” sessions for all major games and tournaments.
6. Professional Standards:
- Maintaining the highest level of confidentiality in matters sensitive to the ACB’s operational activities.
- Acting in a professional manner at all times.
- Following the ACB’s Professional Standards and Code of Ethics on all areas of the role.
The coach in Coordination with the Team Manager and Cricket Operations Manager reports to the ACB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) through him to the ACB Chairman. He will maintain regular and open communication with them and will provide;
- Formal written monthly reports on activities, developments and important issues/problems.
- Formal written reports on player performance, fitness, and appraisals as required for the player’s contract.
- Formal written reports for major camps, matches, tournament and activities.
- Provide a formal report on team support staff and their target achieved
The National Head Coach will collaborate closely with;
- The board and its Chairman, the CEO, Cricket Operations and Selection Committee(s).
- The Coach of the National Cricket Academy
- Other Coaches in working to develop the skills of the national teams
- Senior Management in developing ACB proposals, work plans, and other master plans.
The National Head Coach supervises coaches, other training assistants, as well as having an advisory role in the planning of the development and training of domestic coaches.
- Minimum ICC Level 3 Coaching Qualification
- Demonstrable success as a cricket coach at Domestic and/or International level
- Experience of coaching in professional cricket.
- Minimum of 7 years’ coaching experience, preferably with ICC Full Member(s).
- Should have experience as Head Coach of a Full Member for minimum 2 years or Head Coach of an Associate Member/international leagues/First Class Teams/National A Team, for minimum 3 years.
- Ability to motivate and influence professional cricketers, coaches and teams
- Resilience and energy to operate in a challenging and high profile working environment
- Proven ability to operate with professionalism and integrity in challenging situations
- Exceptional planning, co-ordination and organizational skills
- Self-motivated with the ability to work independently or as part of a team
- High level interpersonal, written, and verbal communication and influencing skills
- Strong disciplinary skills
o Leadership Skills:
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills with a demonstrated track record of successful leadership and working with a broad range of people
- Able to provide a focus on innovative leadership to create a learning and participative environment
- Drives for results and can be counted on to achieve goals successfully
- Displays the courage to make decisions
- Skills in a culturally diverse environment
- Ability to influence others, with excellent team building and collaboration skills
- Open to change
o Technical Skills:
- Adopts a tailored approach to communicating messages to all
- Understands the learning process and training principles
- Understands the various coaching styles
- Understands long term player development
- Understands the causes and recognizes the symptoms of over training
- Understands how to reduce the risk of injury to players
- Able to prepare individually tailored training and development plans for each player
- Able to use evaluation tests to monitor training progress and predict performance
- Able to evaluate the players competition performance
- Ability to manage and measure development, including setting clear objectives and measures and monitoring progress against targets set
- Competent in the use of current Microsoft Office products
o Core Competencies:
- Self-awareness (seeks feedback, challenges own coaching ability, understands the impact their behavior has on others)
- Builds and maintains trusting relationships (displays empathy, operates with integrity, supports others)
- Makes change happen (encourages boundaries to be broken, ensures performance improvements happen)
- Has a sense of humor and views players through a holistic lens
- Gets the best out of others (sets challenging expectations, ensures player learning, customizes communication, provides feedback / reinforcement, builds confidence)
- Assists to manage and advocate for the broader ACB High Performance Unit goals and objectives
- Is cool under pressure and can be counted on to hold things together during tough times
- ICC Level 4 Coaching Qualification
- Minimum of 2 years’ experience of leading a high performance Program in professional cricket
- Sports Science and Medicine professional qualification
- Head Coach may be required to travel Afghanistan from time to time.
Interested qualified candidates are requested to send their CV along with Cover letter to the below email address no later than the closing date specified.
Note: Do not forget to mention position title at the subject line of your emails or else your applications will not be considered