Director of Legislative Strengthening

  Counterpart International
  Afghanistan Unspecified 378
Date Posted:Jan 10, 2011
Closing Date:Feb 20, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Legal
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:1 month
Required Languages:

About Counterpart International:


Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions. Counterpart has done groundbreaking work in more than 65 nations worldwide. Today we are widely regarded as an international development pioneer and leader – known best for our unique approach to partnership and capacity building, a commitment to learning and continuous improvement, and a reputation as a responsible steward of funder resources. In all we do, our ultimate goal is to have enduring impact– empowering every community we serve with the ability to create lasting change and build true self reliance.

Job Summary:

With direction from the Deputy Chief of Party and Counterpart HQ staff, the Director of Legislative Strengthening will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of activities to improve implementation of existing NGO legislation, enhance the transparency and accountability of the CSO sector and strengthen the legal framework supporting civil society. The Director will provide technical support and guidance to IPACS-II partners and seek to enhance coordination and collaboration between the CSO community and Government.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Provide technical knowledge about CSO accountability standards as well as tools and methodologies to both HQ and Afghanistan program staff and relevant ISOs, CSSCs and CSOs;
• Propose and oversee administrative and logistical aspects related to legislative strengthening activities;
• Implement training and technical assistance for CSOs to increase their knowledge of CSO accountability standards and mechanisms for CSO-government engagement;
• Oversee implementation of trainings for the government regulatory officials and revisions of the existing laws related to NGO and SOs;
• Work on strengthening relationships between CSOs and government;
• Identify additional internal and external resources for CSO Accountability and CSO-government engagement;
• Coordinate with other IPACS department on any issues related to civil society accountability and civil society-government engagement; and
• Manage and mentor staff, as well as supervise international and local consultants charged with implementing legislative strengthening activities, in accordance with the framework established by the COP and DCOP.
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Job Requirement:

At least eight years of experience working with NGOs, including at least three years with an international NGO.
• Work experience with development programs working in civil society, legislative strengthening, and accountability issues.
• An advanced university degree in International Development, Law or a similar field.
• Technical expertise in the areas of civil society accountability standards, legislative strengthening and civil society-government engagement.
• Demonstrated proficiency in English language, both written and spoken, in addition to two main local languages, Pashto and Dari.
• Advanced computer skills.
• Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member.
• Ability to work under pressure.
• Ability to take initiative and think creatively.
• Ability to supervise other team members.
• Excellent organizational and communication skills.
• Excellent cross-cultural skills, ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural environment, with respect, professionalism and gender sensitivity.

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