High School   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 5393
Date Posted:Jul 5, 2019
Closing Date:Jul 31, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:General
Salary Range:As per company salary scale
Years of Experience:1 Year
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About UNOPS:

With more than 20 years of experience in the country, the UNOPS Afghanistan office supports national reconstruction and development efforts by providing projects with goods and services - from stand-alone, one-off solutions to long-term management and capacity development support. Based in Kabul, UNOPS in Afghanistan has sub-offices in every region of the country. The team implements projects in support of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy, in a wide range of sectors including infrastructure, education, environment and agriculture, and governance and rule of law.

Job Summary:

UNOPS is seeking to an IAIC Call Handling Agent (“Operator”) to be responsible for answering and making calls, sharing information with and gathering information from callers, inputting accurate data entry, and flagging urgent issues. The Operator must be proficient with written and spoken English, Dari and Pashtu. Knowledge of Urdu is an asset. The outcome of this consultancy is to further strengthen and streamline IAIC’s management processes as part of its overall objective to strengthen accountability to affected populations in Afghanistan. The IAIC is currently open seven days per week, from 7am to 7pm; Shift schedules are open to change depending on operational requirements. Female operators are available during working hours.

Skills Required:


Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:

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Duties & Responsibilities:

This result of this consultancy achieves IAIC’s objectives through the provision of:

  • Information sharing, information gathering, inputting data accurately, and escalation of urgent issues;
  • Professional-grade call handling ability, displaying sensitivity, neutrality, and patience, and adhering to confidentiality and data protection principles;
  • Knowledge and implementation of protection standards

The incumbent reports to the Project Manager, who reports to the Head of Programme Afghanistan Operations Centre (AFOC) - Kabul, Afghanistan.

The Operator will perform the following duties with transparency and integrity, and in adherence to the humanitarian standards for information management as provided by the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP), the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Sphere Handbook:

  • Capture and relay accurate and timely information to callers in a professional manner while conducting inbound and outbound calls ensuring absolute data entry accuracy and adherence to protection, data protection, and confidentiality principles;
  • Liaise with supervisors, other operators, and third parties to gather information and resolve issues. Represent the call centre in meetings, when required;
  • Receive inbound calls and make outbound calls, including for monitoring and evaluation purposes;
  • Handle calls in a timely and professional manner, including distressing calls. Ensure that all calls are treated with the degree of empathy, respect, dignity, and understanding commensurate with the sensitivity of the call and the vulnerability of the caller;
  • Write clear and concise caller notes in English, ensuring a rapid call handling time;
  • Build and foster an effective workplace environment;
  • Attend briefings, meetings, trainings, quality assurance performance improvement sessions called by supervisors. Maintain and advance core skills (active listening, stress management) and to augment existing skills, knowledge, and capacity on specific areas, including protection and gender-related issues. When required, represent the call centre in meetings;
  • Remain informed of accurate and up-to-date information on the humanitarian response and information relevant to affected communities;
  • Support visibility efforts to raise awareness of the IAIC among affected populations and humanitarian actors – this may involve field visits and/or representation at meetings, among other activities;
  • Support internal and external information management structures to ensure the timely accurate delivery of information to both affected populations: Flag information gaps and call trend analysis to supervisors. Ensure that enquiries that fall beyond the scope of developed scripts, intake forms, and guidance notes are referred to the supervisor for further action;
  • Demonstrate an ability to learn quickly, follow procedures, and act professionally at all times – especially under times of stress;
  • Conduct self-appraisals and apply for leave in accordance to guidelines;
  • Perform duties in line with key performance indicators (KPI) (eg time to resolve issue, time per interaction, optimisation rate, number of interactions handled per day, performance indicators);
  • Be flexible in undertaking the duties and responsibilities attached to their job; incumbents may be asked to perform other duties which reasonably correspond to the general character of their job and their level of responsibility, including taking meeting minutes. Perform Acting Supervisor duties as required;

The interview process will include a technical examination and a phone/in-person interview. Duration and Timeline: initial two-month contract, with possibility to extend depending on performance.

The incumbent will receive relevant training to implement their duties professionally and to the highest standard. The incumbent must be willing to work flexible hours on a shift schedule.

Impact of results

The outcomes of the role impacts UNOPS IAIC project. The work of the Project Manager contributes to achievement of UNOPS mission and vision:

  • To expand the capacity of the United Nations system and its partners to implement peace building, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.
  • To satisfy UNOPS partners with management services that meet world-class standards of quality, speed and cost-effectiveness. 

In particular, the results of the Project Manger contribute to the following strategic goals:

  • Enhanced accountability and transparency, through the delivery of services that meet or exceed expectations
  • Enhanced UNOPS operational capacity through improved process efficiency and effectiveness of UNOPS practices

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Assessment of task completion
  • Successfully meeting deadlines

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul



  • Secondary education required, Diploma or University Degree, preferably in international relations or IT.



  • 6 years of related work experience, in the humanitarian or development field, customer service, call centre, IT, administration
  • Strong communication skills, demonstrating active listening skills and patience
  • Proven experience in usage of computers and office software packages (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Advanced experience in usage of computers and office software packages (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Proven experience of working in a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, diverse team.

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