Hiring Operations Manager

Sahar is seeking a self-motivated, highly organized and talented Operations Manager.

The overall purpose of the Operations and Campaign Manager is to provide Sahar with the ability to deliver best in class programs for children in Afghanistan. This position is responsible for administrative and operational support to the Executive Director and assumes a majority of day-to-day administrative and operational responsibilities, including database management, special events planning and coordination, donor engagement, communications, and marketing. 

Application Process

  1. A completed resume, indicating your name, degree, year of
    graduation, name of university, previous work experience, including previous service work or study abroad and any professional expertise you might offer. 
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Writing Sample (1-3 Pages) 
  4. Letter of recommendation by former faculty or academic administrator

Applicants are requested to send their complete application to by January 26, 2022. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; after the application is reviewed, a virtual interview will follow. 


Executive Director Search

Sahar is seeking Executive Director candidates whose passion and commitment to our mission is informed by a fluency in Afghan culture and issues impacting Afghan children especially women and girls. The Executive Director will shape the next phase of the organization by focusing on partnerships with local Afghan organizations, preferably grassroot organizations led by Afghans themselves to address educational needs of Afghan girls and boys nationally. The successful candidate will continue to lead the organization with an intimate knowledge of the experiences of Afghanistan and Afghan women and girls.

A successful candidate is an experienced, strategic thinker who embraces the opportunity to bring in the lived and professional experiences of Afghan women to the organization’s executive leadership. The Executive Director will use his/her network to skillfully orchestrate education and literacy acquisition programs thereby empowering and inspiring a young generation of Afghans.

Please email your resume and cover letter to by Thursday, February 10, 2022.


Welcome to our new Executive Director!

Sahar is thrilled to introduce our new Executive Director, Malahat. Born and raised in Afghanistan, Malahat is drawn to mission oriented and community focused organizations like Sahar. She brings experience in the international development and business sectors working at both private and non-profit organizations. Her previous work includes efforts to advance educational opportunities for girls, women’s rights and empowerment, disability health, and management and acquisition of development projects. Malahat first worked with Sahar as a fellow in 2016. 

Malahat holds a dual masters degree in Sustainable International Development, and Global Health Policy and Management from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Prior to joining Sahar as an Executive Director, Malahat worked as a business development manager with Moore Afghanistan, a consulting company based in Kabul.

As Executive Director, Malahat is eager to continue her work to empower and inspire girls by removing barriers to accessing education. Sahar is excited to embark on this new chapter as we continue to provide educational opportunities for our students, guided by Malahat’s vision for the future of young Afghan women and girls. 

We would like to take this opportunity to express enormous gratitude to Ginna Brelsford. Over her ten years as Sahar’s Executive Director, she expanded the organization, implemented our Afghan fellows program along with our other flagship programs, and led the construction of the beautiful Gowhar Khatoon School. Without her leadership, strategic vision, passion for our mission, and persistence, Sahar would not be where we are today. Please join me in welcoming Malahat to Sahar. We look forward to your continued support of Sahar and the women and girls we serve. 


Catherine Gelband, Board President

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Altruistically Speaking podcast: Educating and empowering girls in Afghanistan

Our Sahar Fellow Malahat Mazaher sat down with Dave Tomlinson of Altruistically Speaking, a podcast that shines a light on those people who make a real difference in our world, every day. In this episode, Malahat and Dave discuss the work of Sahar, what drives Malahat to do the work she does, and Sahar’s Early Marriage Prevention Initiative.

Give it a listen!

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