Government/CSO Liaison Officer

  Counterpart International
  Afghanistan Unspecified 802
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:5 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:

The Government/CSO Liaison Officer will be responsible for IPACS-II activities related to improving civil society involvement in enforcing NGO legislation and in the policy-making process. This includes establishing a working group comprised of government officials, Afghan CSOs, Afghan CSO umbrella organizations and USAID. S/he will also provide technical assistance and input for improving CSO reporting requirements as well as availability of information on registered CSOs. S/he will report to the Director of Legislative Strengthening and work closely with the program’s Legal Advisor.

This position requires that the incumbent work with a minimum of supervisory guidance and act in a responsible and professional manner as a representative of Counterpart. This position supports all Counterpart activities, contributing as a team member.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Support the establishment of civil society/government working group to improve civil society legal framework and accountability. This includes organizing workshops, roundtables and legislative reviews.
• Work with ISO and CSSC partners to ensure that they are keeping provincial ministry representatives informed of the working group’s developments.
• Oversee the review of the NGO Department’s Harmonized Reporting Form in collaboration with the Ministry of Economy.
• Organize training and provide technical assistance for the MoE NGO Department staff to maintain an accurate and publicly accessible online database of registered CSOs.
• Harmonize efforts within the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Justice and civil society organizations to create a CSO Directory of registered CSOs.
• Participate in collecting information for and preparing bi weekly and quarterly reports on program activities, including review of partners’ reports and provide feedback as needed.
• Participate in promoting the exchange of government accountability information and expertise across the country.
• Contribute to overall I-PACS project planning and development and participate in the development of CPI’s Annual Work Plan.
• As requested, assist in planning for, facilitate and/or participate fully in meetings and ad hoc working groups;
• Keep informed of civil society issues and developments in Afghanistan.
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Job Requirement:

University degree or 1-3 years of experience in related field.
• At least 5 years of progressively more responsible program experience working with International and/or national NGOs.
• Experience with civil society legal framework, CSO accountability, and engaging government stakeholders strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated proficiency in English language, both spoken and written, in addition to two main local languages, Dari and Pashto;
• Good computer skills to include Internet, Word, Excel, database;
• Advanced organizational, communication and reporting skills,
• Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member.
• Ability to work under pressure.
• Excellent cross-cultural skills, ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural NGO environment, with respect, professionalism and gender sensitivity

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