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Regional Social Inclusion & Gender Assistant

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About Ministery of Energy and Water

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ministry of Energy & Water has received a grant from the International Development Association toward the cost of Irrigation Restoration and Development Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds of this “grant” to payments for hiring the services of following qualified national individual consultants.

Job Summary

The Irrigation and Restoration and Development Project Additional Financing (IRDP-AF) is a national project, implemented by the Ministry of Energy and Water and funded by the World Bank, designed to serve all major river basins in the country classified into six regions: Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat, Kunduz and Mazar-e-Sharif. The rehabilitation of medium and large scale irrigation schemes take place in all regions.
The objectives of the IRDP to improve access to irrigation in targeted areas and strengthen water resources management and development.

Job Details

Date Posted: 29 Aug 2018 Reference: C-012-18
Closing Date: 17 Sep 2018 Work Type: Full Time
Number of Vacancies: 2 Gender: Female
Functional Area: Social Science Open Ended: NO
Nationality: Afghan Salary Range: As per company salary scale
Contract Type: Long-term Years of Experience: 3 Year(s)
Contract Duration: 1 Year(s) & 0 Month(s) Extension Possibility: Yes
Probation Period:

Duties and Responsibilities

1 Overall Responsibilities
• Ensure that the project’s social inclusion and gender requirements, set out in IRDP’s ESMF and detailed in the project’s operational manual and social inclusion and gender strategy and reflected in the Water Law and Water Sector Strategy are mainstreamed throughout sub-project development
• Together with the ESSA promote greater interaction between women’s and men’s CDCs and other village structures in all aspects of project development to enhance the achievement of project’s objectives.

2. Specific Responsibilities:
2.1. Sub project planning and preparation
• In close collaboration with the regional ESSA identify primary and secondary stakeholders at local level in consultation with community leadership.
• Participate in conducting social surveys ( scoping) of sub project areas
• in collaboration with regional PCU team ensure that the Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) is introduced to communities during the preparation of sub projects and that the women’s CDC is fully aware of the GRM and how to access it.
• Use Women’s CDCs and other appropriate forums to reach vulnerable groups, especially female-headed hhs, at village level in order to:
i. disseminate information about IRDP and the proposed sub project and IRDP.
ii. seek non-irrigation water users’ opinions on proposed sub-project activities.
iii. consult women as far as possible in design, implementation and monitoring of proposed activities including identification of specific measures to prevent/mitigate adverse social and environmental impacts of proposed activities.
iv. ensure that the views of marginalized people, especially widows, are sought.
• Conduct consultations with women in the area about proposed sub projects and with relevant indirect stakeholders e.g. Regional /Citizen Charter and WAD as well as NGOs active in sub project areas.
• Ensure that key points from consultations/discussions are properly documented in notebooks, filed in regional offices on return and easily accessible.
• Discuss findings from consultations with ESSA and regional office management
• Contribute to the preparation of draft Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) ensuring that recommendations and concerns of vulnerable groups, especially women-headed households, are properly taken account of in the document, especially in the identification of relevant mitigation measures .
• Increase vulnerable groups’ awareness, particularly that of women, of the project by disseminating information on it through locally and culturally relevant communication channels such as mosques, village meetings, women’s CDCs and NGOs, as well as broadcast and print media

2.2. Sub project implementation
• Monitor implementation of mitigation measures included in an ESMPs, specifically those related women and gender relations, in close collaboration with the ESSA and project supervisor.
• Monitor type and number of grievances, especially submitted by women
• Ensure that all grievances received from sub projects are registered in regional GRM database and that the database is updated and maintained.
• prepare monthly progress reports on the implementation of the ESMPs ensuring that the extent and nature of non-irrigation water users’ involvement in the project is properly reflected.
• Build capacity of village women organisers to use mobilisation processes and tools
• . Support and guide local women organisers in all aspects of their work. This will involve regular village visits, meetings at district level.
• Support women organisers to promote participatory monitoring and evaluation (PME) of sub- project activities by women and other vulnerable groups.
• Document non-irrigation water users’ involvement in and challenges to their participation in each stage of the project.
• Liaise with regional NGO coordinating groups and other relevant regional associations to identify NGOs and other organizations working to build women’s voice and influence and identify possible synergies between them and the IRDP project.

2.3. Coordinating Responsibilities
• Receive and conduct preliminary review of monthly progress reports from SIGAs in other regions before submitting to safeguards core team
• Support SIGAs in other regions to maintain an up to date grievance databases. This will involve visits to other regional offices.
• Maintain regular contact with SIGAs in other regions through regular telephone calls ( at least two calls to each region each month) and visits to regions
• Maintain contact with Safeguards core/national team and gender focal point through regular meetings.


Carry out other tasks at the request of the IRDP Gender Focal Point and the Regional Director

Qualifications

• 3 years of relevant field experience

• Or 5 years of working experience

• Bachelor Degree in development or social sciences.

• Good working knowledge of English and good command of national languages (Dari/Pashtu) required.

• A willingness to travel regularly to the field is essential.

Job Location

Afghanistan - Kabul
- Nangarhar
AF AF 12

Education:

Bachelors Degree,

Submission Guideline

The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of Project: Irrigation Restoration and Development Project (IRDP) under Ministry of Energy and water now invites National eligible consultants to indicate their interest.
Interested candidates should send their CV, including employment records, description of similar assignments carried out, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills etc via e-mail to the following email clearly indicate the title of the position and vacancy announcement number in the subject line, Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
Only short-listed candidates will contact for a written test.
Eng. Nasir Ahmad “Ahadi”
Acting Director of Project Coordination Unit PCU
Ministry of Energy and Water
Mobile: 0700686110

Submission Email

ahadi.nasir@eirp-afg.org, saeed.azizullah@eirp-afg.org, Rohullah.amiri@eirp-afg.org

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