|Date Posted:||Jun 14, 2010|
|Closing Date:||Jun 26, 2010|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||Salary is negotiableUSD|
|Years of Experience:||Fresh|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Possibility of Contract Extension:||Yes|
|Probation Period:||1 month|
Who we are
Oxfam has been involved in Afghanistan since 1962, with an active presence from 1990. Oxfam initially started by supporting partners and from 1990 directly providing emergency relief and development work including WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), agriculture, livelihoods, and advocacy. Oxfam also manages a campaign to end violence against women. Afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world and is suffering the effects of 22 years of chronic conflict and in the last three years the worst drought in living memory. Millions of Afghans who had little ability to cope with the situation in Afghanistan are still at risk, or in dire poverty. The full and equal participation of Afghan women is necessary for lasting development and progress throughout the country. Both within Afghanistan and to the international community, Afghan women have repeatedly stated their needs and hopes for peace and security, health, education and economic opportunities. With the establishment of the new interim administration for Afghanistan, processes are now being put in place to ensure a better future for Afghanistan based on democratic principles, where people and particularly women have a say in how they are governed. Oxfam has been working in Afghanistan for many years and would like to contribute to this process and play a role in supporting it. Oxfam aims to learn more about the aspirations of the women and men of Afghanistan, and how women will participate in the future of the country. Oxfam is committed to working at all levels of society, from villages to senior government, to help create the environment and conditions where greater public understanding of the relationship between the role of women, and the status of public health, education and the economy throughout Afghanistan. To this end, the Oxfam Gender and Community Development Team will implement a variety of activities in Afghanistan to provide opportunities and raise awareness of the importance of womenâ€™s active participation in all aspects of society.
To provide support and guidance to Oxfamâ€™s programmes in Afghanistan by ensuring implementation of Oxfamâ€™s strategies for gender in Afghanistan, networking and representing Oxfam with government and other agencies in programmes that support and advance the participation of Afghanistan women. To build the capacity of the team and to represent Oxfam Afghanistan in regional initiatives and campaigns on gender.
Duties & Responsibilities:
â€¢To develop and implement, with others, the Oxfam strategy and programmes that support and advance the participation of women in Afghan society.
â€¢To ensure that gender is considered in all aspects of programming
â€¢To develop a shared understanding with other members of the programmes the strategies to be used and the tools necessary to implement them
â€¢To represent Oxfam in forums relevant to women and/or gender equity, particularly in governance and development.
â€¢To represent Oxfam Afghanistan in Oxfam regional initiatives and campaigns.
â€¢To develop appropriate training and workshop approaches and train the team a combination of interactive, experiential and participatory training methods.
â€¢To develop with the programme teams new gender programming ideas, seek funding and support implementation
â€¢Sensitivity to cultural differences, and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts
â€¢Strong understanding of current theories and issues in field of gender and development
â€¢Analytical skills and the ability to think creatively and strategically and to document complex gender issues.
â€¢Ability to model Oxfamâ€™s desired organisational culture (making a difference, innovative, collaborative, accountable, cost-effective) with staff and other stakeholders.
â€¢An ability to work under pressure and a flexibility to work in complex and insecure environments
â€¢Excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as a keen awareness of political sensitivities
â€¢Ability to travel within Afghanistan (security permitting)
â€¢Experience of working with women in an Islamic setting an advantage.
â€¢Have previous management experience
â€¢Commitment to the aims and ethos of Oxfam GB