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Humanitarian Mine Action/Armed Violence Reduction Technical Advisor

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About Handicap International

About your organization The situation of disability and Handicap International’s presence in the country: In Afghanistan, Handicap International conducted the National Disability Survey in Afghanistan 2005 (NDSA), with the cooperation of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled. The prevalence of persons with disabilities identified by the survey stands at 2.7% which represents a population of between 747,500 and 867,100 Afghans (according to the United Nations Population Fund estimates for the Afghan Ministry of Public Health finalized November 2004). This surmounts to every 1 in 5 households. After decades of war, which result in populations affected by conflict, forced displacement, malnutrition, absence of health care, etc., disability is a crucial issue. Families caring for a family member with a disability are more vulnerable and likely to be poor. The proportion of active members in a household is a relevant indicator of vulnerability. The risk of an event provoking poverty is lower when there are more active people to cope with the difficulty. Unemployment rates are systematically higher for persons with disabilities than for any other population group, 80% of which are located in countries which have adopted the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). Handicap International has been present in Afghanistan since the 1980’s, initially in the refugee camps in Pakistan and later in 1996 through the establishment of a national program in Afghanistan. Its work was initially centred on anti-mine actions, particularly in the South and West regions, and physical rehabilitation via an orthopaedic-fitting and rehabilitation centre in Kandahar. It has since expanded the scope of its work to include support to disabled people’s organizations and the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities, including landmines and explosive remnants of war’s survivors. Today, Handicap International Afghanistan works in the Southern (Kandahar and Helmand), Western (Herat) and Central (Kabul) regions of Afghanistan, thus covering more than half of the people with disabilities in the country. Handicap International in Afghanistan currently operates projects both through local partners and directly, these are managed by about 200 national staff in three locations, two bases (Kandahar and Herat) and Kabul main office. HI works in the following sectors: Disability and Victim Assistance advocacy and awareness Capacity Building of Disabled People and Survivors Organisations Physical rehabilitation and training of Physiotherapists and P&O professionals Inclusive Livelihoods Emergency PSS and Physical Rehabilitation OBJECTIVES OF THE POST Main realisations to be achieved on the project and in the function – information relative to the Project Action Plan or programme strategy (e.g. : post to be taken over by a member of national staff at some point, transfer of activities to a partner, revision of HR policy, development of partnerships, definition of an X-year strategy, etc.). (5 lines) [1] “Disability and Poverty Reduction Strategies”, International Labour Organization, 2002.

Job Summary

MAIN RESPONSABILITIES OF THE Armed Violence Reduction Technical Advisor

Base: Kabul, with regular travel to other areas: Kunduz and Kandahar, possibly Herat.
Line management: Technical Unit Coordinator
Collaboration with: Technical Field Team , Project Officers, Emergency Coordinator, Base Coordinators , Operation Coordinator, Deputy Operation Coordinator, Victim Assistance Project Manager, MEAL Coordinator, Support Service, HQ AVR- Prevention TA

Job Details

Date Posted: 12 Aug 2018 Reference: HI/2018/22
Closing Date: 16 Aug 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 1 Gender: Any
Functional Area: Social Science Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Contractor Years of Experience: 4 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 0 Year(s) & 8 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period: 2 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the line management of the Technical Unit Coordinator, the Technical Advisor Mine Risk Education is the technical reference in the mission for risk education. S/he will responsible for:

• Design and disseminate regular technical guidance and support to HI’s Project Officers and Mine Risk Education Workers in your field of expertise;
• Contribute to the recruitment, induction and training of MRE workers
• Ensuring the quality of RE projects delivered on the mission by designing and implementing an appropriate Quality Management System;
• Development of technical framework and application of standards related to Risk Education
• Provide appropriate guidelines and ensure that quality requirements are met
• Supports the development of innovative methods and techniques to improve AVR prevention activities
• Contribute to the overall strategic planning for HI’s mission and lead the definition of the RE strategy in close link with the other sector of intervention (reducing the impact of conflict on civilians through a comprehensive approach combining prevention, mine clearance and victim assistance, as well as multi-disciplinary care management for victims, incorporating rehabilitation and psychological support);
• Lead the development and update of technical guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for risk education ;
• Lead the design of training packages, RE materials and mass media campaigns;
• Lead the technical aspect of data management related to RE activities (design of data collection forms, defining performance indicators, database, data analysis, information sharing etc.);
• Lead the technical design and the data analysis of RE need assessments, Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Behaviour surveys (KAPB), impact studies, and other research efforts;
• Contribute to HI’s external representation with mine action actors and donors;
• Provide input to all RE -related mission reporting needs.

MAIN TASKS OF THE POSITION Objective:
To keep the population safer from risks related to arms by changing their behaviours. Thus contributing to a wider outcome:
Building resilience and socio-economic development
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
• Provide regular technical guidance and support to HI’s RE related managers;
• Lead the development and update of technical guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for risk education (RE);
• Built / Reinforce program's staff capacities on RE
• Contribute to the recruitment, induction, training and capacity development of MRE workers ;
• Design and update training packages and conduct training sessions on RE related topics for HI staff and partner staff (both face-to-face trainings and remote trainings)
• Lead the design of the risk education / risk awareness information, education and communication (IEC) materials and media campaigns;
• Support the implementation Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices and Behaviour surveys (KAPB), surveys ;
• Contribute to the effective implementation of a Quality Management System at program level, by using appropriate quality assurance monitoring tools to check process application and by defining objective quality control criteria to control the quality of final products;
• Build links and communication channels, formalised through the SOP, at mission and field level with other HI sectors of intervention and contributed towards a programmatic comprehensive approach of Humanitarian Mine Action.

STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT
• Contribute to the overall strategic planning for HI’s mission and participate in strategic workshops and exercises;
• Lead the definition of the RE technical strategy for HI’s mission and support its implementation by the operational teams;
• Participate in project design and proposal writing to ensure that the RE technical components are relevant, effective/impactful, efficient, and sustainable.

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS
• Conduct regular analysis of project data and external secondary data on mine action needs and interventions in close collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator;
• Lead on technical data management related to RE activities to make sure it is in line with the program level information management system;
• Lead the technical design and the data analysis of RE need assessments, KAPB surveys, impact studies, and other research efforts, in collaboration with the MEAL Coordinator;
COORDINATION AND REPRESENTATION
• Collaborate and coordinate with the other technical, operational and support departments of the mission, according to the needs, and to implement a comprehensive approach;
• Represent HI in relevant coordination meetings with Mine Action actors (INGOs, afghan NGOs and UN Agencies), particularly in the field of RE;
• Ensure regular contacts and good bilateral relations with relevant Mine Action actors;
• Identify synergies and links to implement a comprehensive approach with other relevant MA actors /stakeholders
• Support the Head of Mission in representation with Mine Action donors, when needed;
• Participate to the identification of new partnership / collaboration opportunities with other Mine Action actors;
• Support the Base Coordinators and Project Officers in the management of RE partnerships with local actors.

REPORTING
• Contribute to the monthly situation report (SitRep) by providing relevant information and data to the Technical Unit Coordinator;
• Participate in the Technical Unit coordination meetings and workshops;
• Provide input to all RE related reporting needs;
• Ensure regular reporting on your activities to your line manager upon his/her solicitation (field visit reports, coordination meeting, workshop, meeting minutes, etc.);
• Ensure formalization all training/workshop documents;
• Ensure that lessons learnt and best practices in your sector of activities are documented and shared with the technical unit and headquarters;
• Regularly coordinate and and share activities with your Technical Referents at headquarters

Skills

• Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision
• High level of motivation and proactivity
• Strong writing and reporting skills
• English mandatory (oral and written),

Qualifications

• A Master’s degree in social / political sciences, humanitarian aid, international development, community development, and/or social communication
• At least 4 years of professional experience, and at least 2 years’ experience implementing risk education projects within a humanitarian mine action programme/s is mandatory
• Previous experience in the design and implementation of risk awareness, and community based activities
• Previous experience in designing and implementing Quality Management Systems
• Previous experience in representation / coordination with local partners, Mine Action national authorities, INGOs and clusters is an asset
• Ability to work under high pressure and without constant supervision
• High level of motivation and proactivity
• Strong writing and reporting skills
English mandatory (oral and written).

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
AF AF 12

Education:

Masters Degree,

Submission Guideline

Note: Applications without mentioning the Position Title & Vacancy Number in the subject line of the email will NOT be considered.
PWDs and females are particularly encouraged to apply
- HI has got a strong stand on protection of beneficiaries.

Submission Email

r.zahid@hi.org cc, i.razawi@hi.org

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