Communication & Reporting Officer

Bachelor's Degree   Afghanistan, Kabul Full Time 1119
Date Posted:Sep 21, 2022
Closing Date:Sep 30, 2022
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Programme
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:3 month(s)
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:LICA
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About UN-Habitat:


Afghanistan is facing multiple crises such as COVID-19, the impacts of drought and floods, and rapidly increasing poverty and food insecurity. Since the Taliban takeover of government on 15th of August 2021 and given the increasing numbers of internally displaced people (IDPs), the operational and programmatic context for the UN system in Afghanistan has changed significantly. The level of programmatic and institutional risk is much higher. The provision of basic needs and preserving livelihoods are critical for reducing the rapidly growing demand for humanitarian aid and emergency relief. The gradual progress that has been made over the last 20 years including gains in human rights, education, gender equality, health, social protection, and livelihoods are at risk of being lost, especially for women and other vulnerable groups. These factors not only impact the economy, human security, and social cohesion, but are also potential drivers of further conflict and violent extremism.

Learning from the experience in the last 20 years, and recognizing the realities of the current context, the UN in Afghanistan has outlined the need for an integrated, innovative and highly agile approach, one that puts people first, targets the most vulnerable and meets local needs by focusing on saving livelihoods. The Area- Based Approach to Development Emergency Initiatives (ABADEI) strategy has been designed by the UN as a response to the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan. The strategy is a tailored area-based integrated programming approach to support basic human needs, complementing short-term humanitarian life-saving assistance with the safeguarding of livelihoods and the strengthening of community resilience. The strategy is centred around addressing the worsening poverty and vulnerability, supporting community resilience and social cohesion, and enabling the rehabilitation of small-scale infrastructure vital for basic human needs. The Special Trust Fund for Afghanistan (STFA) has been established to serve as an inter-agency mechanism to enable donors to channel their resources and coordinate their support to the ABADEI strategy and the UN joint programs developed under it.

The eight administrative regions of Afghanistan have been chosen as the hubs for the coordination of ABADEI interventions. Separate area-based joint programme will be developed for each region, responsive to the context-specific needs and vulnerabilities determined by natural resources, population distribution and other diversities. While there is some variation between the regions, as a minimum, interventions for each region will need to address five key issues that support basic human needs at the community level i.e. (i) Food Security, (ii) Water, (iii) Energy, (iv) Health, and (v) Livelihoods and Employment. Cross-cutting themes such as gender equity and risk reduction will be addressed both through mainstreaming and targeted interventions. 

Taking these five issues into account and the differences across provinces, the focus of ABADEI interventions will be on prioritized support in each of four key pillars:

(i)   Provision of essential basic services and infrastructure: the rehabilitation of essential infrastructure and services is key to establishing and maintaining liveable conditions in vulnerable areas,

(ii)   Community livelihoods and local economic activities: the revitalization of local economies is an important dimension of the ability of communities to cope in the current environment while also addressing the drivers of the vulnerabilities they face,

(iii)   Disaster and climate resilient critical infrastructure: due to years of environmental degradation and dependence on agriculture and natural resources for sustenance, Afghan communities are highly prone to intense and recurring natural hazards such as flooding, earthquakes, snow avalanches, landslides, and droughts, and

(iv)   Community planning for resilience and social cohesion: to protect development gains, ABADEI interventions will support the development of community-led needs-based socio-economic assessments and recovery plans that promote reconciliation and prevent conflict, improve access to justice, support alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, and protect the rights of women and girls.

Job Summary:

The Communications and Reporting Officer will report to the M&E, Communications and Reporting Officer (International) under the overall supervision of the International Program Manager for ABADEI Programme.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Under the direct supervision of the M&E, Communications and Reporting Officer (International), the Communications & Reporting officer will be responsible for the following responsibilities:
  •    Contribute towards overall knowledge management, communications & reporting strategy and ensure implementation of work plans with quarterly, semi-annual and annual milestones.
  •    Contribute to content development and dissemination (in English & Dari languages) for communication products including reviewing content produced by units and programs/projects.
  •    Provide knowledge management, communications and reporting support to country programme, regional office (ROAP) and headquarters (HQ) for newsletters/publications (e.g. Urban Impact) and events like World Habitat Day, World Cities Day, World Urban Forum, National Urban Forums and others as well as for project/program reports and project progress/impact reports.
  •    Support the M&E, Communications and Reporting Officer in the production of knowledge, communications & reporting products as well as publications and branding.
  •    Contribute to the UN-Habitat Afghanistan web page and social media handles, including the drafting and posting of articles, op-eds, human interest stories, infographics, policy briefs, audio/video clips, etc in collaboration with the M&E, Communications and Reporting Officer.
  •    Contribute to capacity building initiatives of the country team by assisting in implementation of reviews, trainings, orientations and learning sessions.
  •    Participate in meetings, committees, working groups and task forces as required and provide briefings and follow up to management.
  •    Assist management with drafting letters, agenda, talking-points, speeches, press releases, etc as may be required.
  •    Perform any additional responsibilities as assigned from time to time including contributions to resource mobilization and partnerships for UN Habitat.

Job Requirement:

Competencies (Select 3 Maximum)

Professionalism: Ability to identify and resolve budgetary problems and identify sources for data collection. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Planning & organizing. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honors commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Qualifications & Experience 

•   A bachelor’s degree with 10 years of relevant work experience or master’s degree with 3 years of relevant work experience is required.

•   Previous work experience and knowledge of methodologies, tools and best practices for knowledge management and project communications and reporting is required.

•   Proficiency in the use of computer packages and internet for project work and communication is required;

•   Ability to advise a team of professional and support staff in multiple regions of Afghanistan, and to build strong relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders is highly desirable.

a)   Language:

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the posts advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul
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