Researcher/Consultant

  Integrity Watch Afghanistan
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 534
Date Posted:Aug 1, 2019
Reference:011/19
Closing Date:Aug 10, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Research/Survey
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Consultant
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Integrity Watch Afghanistan:

Founded:  

Integrity Watch is an Afghan civil society organization committed to increase transparency, accountability, and integrity in Afghanistan.


The mission of Integrity Watch is to put corruption under the spotlight through community monitoring, research, and advocacy. We mobilize and train communities to monitor infrastructure projects, public services, courts, and extractives industries. We develop community monitoring tools, provide policy-oriented research, facilitate policy dialogue, and advocate for integrity, transparency, and accountability in Afghanistan.


Integrity Watch was created in October 2005 and established itself as an independent civil society organization in 2006. It has approximately 100 staff members and about 500 active volunteers. The head office of Integrity Watch is in Kabul with provincial offices in Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, Kabul, Kapisa, Jawzjan, Nangarhar, Parwan, and Kuner provinces and programmatic outreach in many other provinces.


Integrity Watch’s work has three major components: (1) Community Monitoring, (2) Research, and (3) Advocacy. Integrity Watch tries to encourage active citizenship and community mobilization through its programs. Our community monitoring work includes development of community monitoring tools, mobilizing and training communities to monitor infrastructure projects, public services, courts, and extractives industries.


Our research work is focused on policy-oriented research measuring trends, perceptions and experiences of corruption and covering wide range of corruption related issues including security and justice sectors, extractive industries, budget and public finance management, and aid effectiveness. The objective is to develop new, ground-breaking empirical research in order to set the agenda, influence decision-makers, bring to the public attention non-documented and non-explored issues.


The aim of our advocacy work is to enhance Integrity Watch’s pioneering role in advocating for knowledgeable decision-making and informed public debate on corruption and integrity. Our advocacy work includes facilitation of policy dialogue on issues related to integrity, transparency, and accountability. We advocate for access to information; budget transparency, accountability, and participation; aid transparency and effectiveness; social accountability; and other issues related to anti-corruption.

Job Summary:

The commitments pledged by National Unity Government (NUG) in several international conferences such as London Summit 2014, Anti-Corruption Summit 2016 and Brussels Conference 2016 have been partially implemented but still there are a good number of commitments that have not started yet. The Anti-Corruption committed actions included, not only transparency and accountability for the new financial aids granted during the conferences but also it implicates that the government shall take necessary actions on enhancing anti-corruption efforts in the country. Brining necessary reforms in the legislations and procedures to maximize declaration of beneficial ownerships and recovery of stolen assets, revenue collection and extractive industries are among those efforts that not only make the government responsible to use the approved batches of aids with full accountability but also requires the government to put in place a resolute and actionable strategy to fight corruption in all its forms and across the country.

Given the number of above commitments being pledged in several occasions and actual implementation of commitments that are far less than expected especially with 2018 rating of Corruptions Perception Index by Transparency International, there is a need for a number of researches on exploring all pros and cons of the government system and elements of success and failure to be analysed thoroughly.


The Research Consultant will make an in-depth review of overall progress of the government on implementation of anti-corruption commitments and other systematic reforms and processes’ setups that coherently drive or resist the implementation of anti-corruption commitments. The research works will also identify new solutions and put workable recommendations followed by advocacy activities of the program team.

Skills Required:

Competitive Skills

Requires travel to provinces:

No

Skills Description:

·        Proficiency in English and one of the national languages (Pashto or Dari)

·        Skilled in using computer programs including common applications used for data analysis 

·        Willing to travel to provinces (As far as security situation permits)

·        Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and deliver on agreed timelines

·        Integrity, punctuality, intellectual curiosity, willingness to take initiative, multi-tasking, and willingness to work under pressure to meet deadlines

·        Good communication, interpersonal and analytical skills and team player. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

The primary role of the Research Consultant is to conduct a number of small scale researches and develop it to a comprehensive research report of approximately 60 to 80 pages to identify key problem areas in the government sectors and the overall progresses being made toward implementation of commitments being pledged during the international summits in the last 5 years especially the London Summit in 2014.


  • Develop quantitative and qualitative research instruments and research and evaluation protocols.
  • Carry out qualitative and quantitative research, analyze and interpret the data and present the result to the program team and head of unit for decision making.
  • Review and monitor different governmental sectors reports and produce assessments on the progresses being achieved, limitations being foreseen and its overall effects in the general government system.

Any other tasks assigned by the head of unit with relevant nature, context, skills and competencies

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

  • At least bachelor degree in Public Administration, Statistics, Applied Statistics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Information Management or any relevant field.
  • Over 5 years of research experience with international/national organizations sector entities preferably civil society organizations working in the field of anti-corruption
  • Ability to conduct interviews with government officials, civil societies and other stake holders for the purpose of collecting key information relevant to works. 
  • Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data, reports and produce summarized information to be used for further follow-ups and decision making.
  • Experience in applying qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods to research, assessment, and monitoring.
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse team.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.

Job Keywords:

Researcher/Consultant
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