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About Integrity Watch Afghanistan

Integrity Watch is an Afghan civil society organization committed to increase transparency, accountability, and integrity in Afghanistan.

The mission of Integrity Watch is to put corruption under the spotlight through community monitoring, research, and advocacy. We mobilize and train communities to monitor infrastructure projects, public services, courts, and extractives industries. We develop community monitoring tools, provide policy-oriented research, facilitate policy dialogue, and advocate for integrity, transparency, and accountability in Afghanistan.

Integrity Watch was created in October 2005 and established itself as an independent civil society organization in 2006. It has approximately 90 staff members and 381 Local Monitors. The head office of Integrity Watch is in Kabul with provincial programmatic outreach in Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, Kabul, Kapisa, Nangarhar, Parwan, Baghlan, and Kunduz.

Integrity Watch’s work has three major components: (1) Community Monitoring, (2) Research, and (3) Advocacy. Integrity Watch tries to encourage active citizenship and community mobilization through its programs. Our community monitoring work includes development of community monitoring tools, mobilizing and training communities to monitor infrastructure projects, public services, courts, and extractives industries.

Our research work is focused on policy-oriented research measuring trends, perceptions and experiences of corruption and covering wide range of corruption related issues including security and justice sectors, extractive industries, budget and public finance management, and aid effectiveness. The objective is to develop new, ground-breaking empirical research in order to set the agenda, influence decision-makers, and bring to the public attention non-documented and non-explored issues.

The aim of our advocacy work is to enhance Integrity Watch’s pioneering role in advocating for knowledgeable decision-making and informed public debate on corruption and integrity. Our advocacy work includes facilitation of policy dialogue on issues related to integrity, transparency, and accountability. We advocate for access to information; budget transparency, accountability, and participation; aid transparency and effectiveness; social accountability; and other issues related to anti-corruption.

ABOUT Justice Sector Assessment

In Afghanistan there are multiple avenues by which citizens can look to resolve conflicts.at the local level, community organizations such as Shuras and Jirgas and respected individuals such as Maliks and Mullahs are the primary means by which social order is maintain and disputes are resolved. These parties are responsible for resolving up to 80 percent of disputes at the community level, especially in the rural areas where such parties play a particularly dominant role.

Justice Sector Assessment is to assess the factors that motivate individuals to resolve their disputes through community institutions, local leaders, or the Taliban, rather than through state judicial institutions. One hypothesis to be examined is that corruption within the judicial institutions of the state is a major reason that people refer their cases to local community organizations or community elders rather than to state judicial institutions. We will also be considering whether the expansion if the insurgency, and insecurity in general, correlates with the weak rule of law and the lack of capacity in judicial institutions and local governments.

The main research approach will be largely qualitative with semi-structured interviews with prosecutors, judges and other relevant court personnel, to gain their perspectives on the main issues. We will also examine how cases are settled and how they are impacted by the informal judicial systems, by security issues, and by the influence of powerbrokers.

Job Summary

The researcher has overall responsibility for the research components of the Justice Sector Assessment. S/he will be mainly responsible for conducting surveys and research in order to gauge how Kunduz citizens perceives the services delivered by Kunduz justice sectors. The researcher will oversee the work of surveyors to ensure that all deliverables are produced on time and to a high quality. S/he will be the main point of call between the research team, and Integrity Watch Afghanistan.

Job Details

Date Posted: 27 Nov 2016 Reference: 0197/ 2016
Closing Date: 04 Dec 2016 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Research/Survey Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Consultant Years of Experience: 5 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 3 Month(s) Extension Possibility: No
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

Design of the research

• Develop research methodology to measure the perception of people in regard to services provided by Kunduz Justice Sectors.
• Design research instruments that the survey teams will use.
• Design sampling plan, and work plan for the project


Conducting of the research

• Ensure that the survey teams’ quality of work and their completion according to a strict timeline.
• Participate in conducting of surveys along the survey teams.
• Conduct secondary/desk research on reports published, services, and on laws regulating the Kunduz Justice Sector.
• Work closely with CBM-T teams in order to maximize impact of Justice Sector Assessment.
Write-up of the research

• Analyse the data collected through surveys.
• Present draft report and finding to the management and teams.
• Write a narrative analytical report that combines the desk research with qualitative data collected and analysed from other Assessments.
• Full report will be in English. If possible, oversee translation of report into Pashto and Dari ensuring appropriate terminology.
• Revised the report based upon internal peer and board reviewer’s feedback and comments.

Skills

• Excellent computer skills, with good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
• Other duties and responsibilities.

Qualifications

• Fluency in written and spoken English, Pashto and Dari.
• Master Degree (Ph.D. is preferable) in political science, law, research or another related social science.
• At least 5 years’ experience working in the field of research and social science.
• Proven interest in issues of justice, integrity, social accountability, anti-corruptions and good governance in Afghanistan.
• Excellent understanding of the legal framework and actual practice of Justice Sector Assessment.
• Familiarity with social accountability discourse.
• Ability to write succinctly and for a non-academic audience.
• Proven ability of evidence-based research in the field of social accountability, anti-corruption and good governance.
• Good communication, interpersonal and analytical skills and team player.
• Ability to think and work logically and work precisely with attention to details.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
Afghanistan - Kunduz

Education:

Masters Degree, Research/Survey

Submission Guideline

Please apply by sending a CV and a cover letter that outlines how your experience and education relates to the skills and experience outlined in the Terms of Reference to: in the e-mail subject line please write “ Lead Researcher - KDZ” and your name.

The deadline for applications is 10-Novmber, 2016 However, interviews of suitable candidates may begin as applications are received. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

Submission Email

hr@iwaweb.org

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