|Date Posted:||May 25, 2010|
|Closing Date:||May 29, 2010|
|Number of Vacancies:||1|
|Salary Range:||Salary is negotiableUSD|
|Years of Experience:||5 Years|
|Contract Duration:||Not specified|
|Possibility of Contract Extension:||Yes|
|Probation Period:||1 month|
Who we are
The overall security situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated significantly. Even accounting for regional variations, the UN estimates that the frequency of attacks, bombings, and other violent incidents in 2008 was up 50% as compared to 2007. Civilian (non combatant) casualties continue to rise with 2,366 casualties in 2008 as compared to 1,176 in 2007. Decades of war have not only undermined social cohesion at a local level, they have also exacerbated poverty, which is itself an underlying cause of insecurity. 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. A 2008 Oxfam study on community peace-building shows that local disputes are often related to
â€¢Traditional laws and way of living.
â€¢Family disagreements which also give rise to conflicts on inheritance.
â€¢The dissonance between customary / traditional laws and government national laws.
â€¢High rate of illiteracy and poverty at the rural areas and lack of peopleâ€™s awareness from their and other peopleâ€™s rights.
â€¢Lack of rule of law in remote provinces exemplified by land grabbing by power holders.
â€¢Un-employment and the dissatisfaction that comes with it.
To a lesser degree, they also relate to families and women or to ethnic, tribal, and inter-community differences. A range of factors such as natural disasters, refugee flows, badly delivered aid, corruption, abuse of power, or the opium trade, aggravates conflicts.
After the fall of the Taliban government in late 2001, peace building efforts in Afghanistan have been focussing on political or military solutions. Exacerbating insecurity and increase in civilian casualties indicate that these are not working.
Oxfam has developed a project to take the findings of the report ahead by building alliances with civil society organisations in Afghanistan and also internationally. It seems to experiment with community led peace-building initiatives in 5 provinces and advocate for the adoption of a national strategy by the government of Afghanistan.
Oxfam is looking for a dedicated, confident and talented individual to lead this project which is scheduled to be implemented over a three year period.
The Job purpose
To manage the EC supported project that aims to â€œbuild capacities of civil society organisations in Afghanistan and create an enabling policy and programme environment where community peace building efforts can be implementedâ€. The project addresses the issue of insecurity in Afghanistan at two levels â€“ community and the policy framework. It involves working closely with partner agencies in 5 provinces and building alliances on peace building.
Duties & Responsibilities:
Capacity building of local civil society organisations on community peace building:
â€¢Identification of and liaison with local NGOs with experience of community peace-building
â€¢Assessing needs and developing a capacity building manual for NGOs and communities working on community peace building. Planning and directing the implementation of the capacity building processes
â€¢Working with partners from 5 provinces to develop strategies and sub-projects for implementation of peace-building experiments at the community level
â€¢Supporting the partner NGOs during implementation.
â€¢Anchoring Process Documentation and Fund raising support to partners
Building a multi-stakeholder national alliance on community peace building:
â€¢Identification of local partners who could form part of the national forum for community peace building
â€¢Frequent and continual consultation with partners / stakeholders including government
â€¢Planning and Facilitating Quarterly forum meetings and ensuring technical inputs including research and studies to strengthen the forum
Representation and Advocacy with government and international donor community:
â€¢Plan and conduct consultations with multiple stakeholders at the provincial level
â€¢Plan and conduct a National peace building conference which will involve national and international experts on community peace building, government officials, NGOs and academia
â€¢Following through on the results of the Provincial meetings and the national conference
â€¢Regular interaction with government and international agencies on peace building
â€¢Working with international experts to draft the national strategy / programme document
â€¢Developing a Fund raising plan for the national strategy / programme
â€¢Support in staff recruitment / deployment
â€¢Developing and signing of Partner contracts
â€¢Anchoring the launch workshop
â€¢Planning and implementing capacity building of partners and staff
â€¢Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation system for the project
â€¢Undertaking quarterly reviews of the project
â€¢Developing project reports for the donor and the Oxfam Regional Centre and Head quarters
â€¢Managing the project budget
â€¢Suitable educational qualification in any community development area â€“ preferably in peace building
â€¢Hands on experience in the area of community development in conflict areas, preferably in Afghanistan. The post holder must be aware of and sensitive to the particular needs of women in conflict situations in this context
â€¢Experience of working in partnership with local NGOs
â€¢Good understanding of functioning and role of government of Afghanistan and International Community in peace building
â€¢Excellent understanding of the reasons of insecurity and possible solutions that can be implemented in the Afghanistan context
â€¢Very good communication skills with fluency in written and verbal English and at least one major Afghan language (Dari, Pashto)
â€¢Physical fitness for travel to difficult terrain and a willingness for sustained fieldwork
â€¢Commitment to humanitarian principles and action and to Oxfam's equal opportunity and gender policies
â€¢Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam