Governance Specialist

  Afghanistan Unspecified 400
Date Posted:Jun 16, 2010
Closing Date:Jun 23, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Government Advisory
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:Fresh
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Permanent
Probation Period:Unspecified
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Job Summary:

UNDP has been providing gender technical support to the Government of Afghanistan through the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA) since 2002. In 2007 UNDP signed its project on Institutional Capacity Building for Gender Equality (GEP) with the MoWA and the Ministry of Economy (MoEc) to strengthen capacity of selected state institutions for the advancement of gender equity and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. During the 3 year duration of the Project from 2007-2010 (May), it developed effective gender mainstreaming models and strengthened the capacity of government ministries and institutions at national and sub-national levels. On completion of this Project, UNDP, Afghanistan has developed a new project which builds on the piloting initiatives of the previous project and focuses on 3 key objectives which are in line with the goals set out in the ANDS for gender equity and consistent with the Millennium Development Goals of gender equality and empowerment of women. The project has three components. These 3 objectives are:

1) Scaling up of capacity-building and policy development interventions of partner ministries through the development and implementation of sound governance strategies at the national and sub-national levels in partnership with line ministries (with emphasis on the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, MOWA), parliament and other institutions and networks engaged in the promotion of gender equality, including the development of gender-sensitive learning channels and production of knowledge-based products on gender mainstreaming.

2) Focus on the socio-economic empowerment of women through the design and implementation of demand-driven and context-specific poverty alleviation activities in line with major national policies.

3) Facilitate the inclusion of women in the peace and reintegration process by establishing linkages with relevant UNDP projects/initiatives of other development partners and initiatives for promoting a gender inclusive approach.

To popularize the principles of governance through a gender lens and solidify the partnerships and synergies necessary in this regard between the national and sub-national/local levels, it is necessary to have in place a Governance Specialist to facilitate consensus building among the stakeholders at different levels. This will also strengthen the project’s implementation of the other objectives: to promote the socio-economic empowerment and mainstreaming of women’s needs and interests into the peace and reintegration process. The Governance Specialist will extend necessary support to concerning officials for addressing gender imbalance in their respective offices at the national and sub-national levels and encourage the establishment of gendered governance mechanisms. S/he will be able to promote the capacity of the institutions and officials to develop a transparent and accountable system of governance and work closely with the Provincial Coordinators of the project to promote women’s rights including the promotion of women friendly local level justice system and facilitate women’s access to justice in selected provinces. This would also assist in the establishment of a gender sensitive media which is vital for the dissemination of positive gender specific information.

As a result, the main emphasis of the Governance Specialist will be to enhance capacity-building and policy development of partner ministries and corresponding institutions at the sub-national level for integrating a gender perspective into their various programmes / activities to meet the needs of Afghan women by working in close partnership with other UNDP projects engaged in strengthening women’s participation in relevant sub-national institutions (District Development Assemblies) and others that are being targeted by the National Area Based Development Programme (NABDP), Afghanistan Sub-national Governance Project (ASGP) and others).

This would include:

• Establish systems and procedures that would integrate in-built mechanisms for a long-term mainstreaming of gender sensitive issues and also ensuring an increased participation of women in decision-making and governance at the national and sub-national levels of governance
• Develop skills and knowledge to mainstream gender into academic institutions and also produce gender focused syllabus and knowledge-based products,
• Build the capacity of sub-national tiers of governance (provincial, district, municipal and community levels) to formulate and implement gender-specific policies targeting the needs and interests of women by: developing the capacity of Provincial and District Governors to integrate gender sensitivity at the decision-making level, enhancing the capacity of Provincial Development Councils and District Development Assemblies (DDA) to represent women’s interests, assisting municipalities to develop the institutional framework to support women’s needs and empowering community-based organizations for providing an effective outreach to activities in linking up with provincial and district organizations.

In addition, the emphasis of the new project is to enhance the capacity of the counterparts and other ministries and institutions involved in the implementation of the project both at the national and sub-national levels. The position of the Governance Specialist has been created to support the management of the implementation of the new Gender Equality Project with a special focus on developing and implementing a robust and transparent governance system, both at the national and sub-national levels which is geared towards efficient service delivery from a gender perspective and guaranteeing equity.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The position of the Governance Specialist will ensure strengthening particularly the responsiveness of provincial and local government in basic service delivery through inter-active governance. This would reinforce the implementation of objective 1 to build the individual capacity of concerning officials in different public positions as well as contribute to the institutional strengthening of public offices which play a significant role in public service delivery with gender sensitiveness and equity focus.

The Governance Specialist will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Project Manager, Gender Equality. S/he will work in close collaboration with the UNDP CO, particularly with the members of Democratic and Governance Unit, Program Policy Support Unit, Local Governance and Poverty Alleviation Units and operations and other UNDP Projects. S/he will undertake the following functions:

• Assist in the overall management of the Governance Objective of the Gender Equality Project;
• Oversee project monitoring and reporting activities related to this Objective;
• Provide leadership and ensure harmonious coordination among project staff, partners, stakeholders and other actors involved in the implementation of different activities pertaining to the Governance Objective;
• Coordinate resource mobilization efforts to increase the impact of this Objective;
• Ensure the development and implementation of mechanisms for ensuring sustainability of the initiatives undertaken as part of this Objective’s activities.

Detailed responsibilities:

The Governance Specialist will provide technical and capacity building support to the national and provincial/district offices to ensure effective implementation of gender sensitivity into the functioning of these different offices and in the long-term would ensure national ownership. S/he will support the national partners in the Government and the project’s Provincial Coordinators in their role of providing necessary support to Provincial/district level officials as well as to service providers of line departments and provide guidance in the discharge of their official responsibilities so that they can carry out the activities effectively and efficiently. The specific responsibilities of the official will include:

• Programme Design and Delivery: Provide technical and managerial support to the targeted officials and their offices at the national level on programme development, including visioning, conceptualization and design for implementing principles of effective governance while at the same time including gender equity and sensitiveness. S/he will provide supervisory support in programme and operational management including, but not limited to, selection procedures for contracting implementing partners, development of work and action plans, financial oversight, progress reporting against outputs and deliverables, coordination and cooperation between provincial partners and project management team in Kabul. S/he will support the key partner government ministries in carrying out their planned activities in providing overall coordination, monitoring and implementation of their official functions within the framework of national policies and promote transparency, accountability, inclusiveness and sensitivity to the needs of the people for ensuring a sustainable impact of the Government’s objectives.

• Provision of strategic direction to Provincial Coordinators in the four provinces: In consultation with major stakeholders develop a strategic framework and operational plan for the project’s implementation at the sub national level. Based on the above, s/he will provide technical support to the offices of Provincial Governors and District officials as well as DOWAs and other service providers in designing and implementing strategies for gender equality and women’s empowerment at the provinces/districts, including enhancing women’s security and position in their communities and households, resulting in their increased freedom and participation in different spheres of life.

• Capacity Building. Design and develop: (1) training to different officials at the Provincial and district levels including service providers and the project’s Provincial Coordinators in using gender analysis and mainstreaming tools to ensure that the gender perspective is integrated into the trainings and mobilization strategies carried out by NGOs/CSOs for community and local religious leaders and volunteers; (2) workshops and knowledge-sharing sessions for institutional capacity building of partners and other provincial stakeholders; (3) assist the Provincial Coordinators, in consultation and coordination with their implementing partners, in designing and implementing a monitoring and evaluation framework that is context-specific; and (4) capacity building in needs assessment, data gathering and documenting of processes and lessons learned as requested.

• Partnership and Networking. Extend technical support to the Provincial /district programme offices in developing strategic partnerships and strengthening linkages and coordination mechanisms with NGOs, Gender Working Groups (GWG), donors, UN agencies, government institutions, NGO networks and local community leaders and mullahs and community grass roots organizations for the implementation of the GEP’s activities. Also conduct trainings for the concerning officials at the Provincial/district levels including service providers of line ministries in the implementation and scaling up of programme activities in areas of outreach through strategic partnerships with key stakeholders at the district and village level (i.e. Mullahs).

Job Requirement:

Education and Experience:
• Master’s or bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Gender, Management, Development or in any other related social science disciplines;
• Relevant working experience in the field of gender and development with international/ UN agencies or government institutions;
• With master’s degree 5 years of experience and with bachelor’s degree 7 years of experience is required;
• Familiarity with major gender issues in Afghanistan and commitment to gender equality.
• Demonstrated skills in leadership, organization, administration, negotiation, diplomacy, team building and staff supervision;
• Strong interpersonal and people’s management skills;
• Proven report writing skills and capacity to work under constant pressure, to meet tight multiple deadlines and to maintain flexibility to meet high demands;
• Thorough knowledge and understanding of Afghanistan’s cultural, political and development context and the priorities of the Government of Afghanistan (GoA);
• Must be a self-starter;
• Proficient in computer application programmes particularly in MS Office;
• Management experience with UNDP will be a distinct advantage.
Language Requirements:
• Excellent command of written and spoken English;
• Knowledge of Pashto or Dari will be of great value.

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