The Office of the Chief of Staff supports the president in his capacity as the head of state in setting broad policy objectives and accomplishing his strategic goals. It helps and supports the presidency in making both formal and informal decisions in a manner consistent with the President’s strategic vision and policy. It carefully filters information and requests coming to the President, orchestrating the timing, agenda and sequencing of the meeting; proving His Excellency with appropriate briefing materials for all meetings ,events and activities :outlining key issues, possible options and desired outcomes: identifying how specific issues and decision relate to and may impact upon , other areas. It is also responsible for managing time of the President through appropriate scheduling, corporate services including finance and human resources management besides construction and maintenance activities, facilities and ICT etc.
After the establishment of interim government the office of the chief of staff was established and was given an independent budgetary status under the executive charter of the Afghan government in 2003.
Sayed Tayeb Jawed, Mohammad Umer Daudzai and Jawid Lodin have so far served as the chief of Staff. Mr. Abdul Karim Khuram is now the Chief of Staff to the President.
The Chief of Staff has three deputies, Mrs.Humaira lodin Etimadi, Mr.Mohammad Qahir Haidari and Mohammad Zahir Ghous.
Office of the Chief of staff supervises following directorates that give value added output to the presidential activities.
1. Media Directorate / Office of the Spokesperson
2. Program Directorate
3. Policy Directorate
4. Protocol Directorate
5. HR Directorate
6. O& M and Reconstruction Directorate
7. Procurement Directorate
8. Finance Directorate
9. Services Directorate
The Office of Spokesperson/ press is directly supervised by the Chief of Staff to the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The Spokesperson office is playing substantial role to inform people about presidential activities via national and international media.