Security Reform – Technical Specialist

  Afghanistan Holding Group
Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Part Time 543
Date Posted:Sep 8, 2019
Closing Date:Sep 30, 2019
Work Type:Part Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Security/Safety
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 - 6 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Afghanistan Holding Group:


Afghanistan Holding Group (AHG) has been providing an outstanding and satisfactory turn-key business services to over 220 international companies in Afghanistan since 2009. AHG employs over 200 full-time and highly qualified Afghans to produce tailor-made professional services to its clients across the country.

Job Summary:

The Security Reform Technical Specialist (SR-TS) shall perform a wide variety of activities, some of which will require travel to within Afghanistan. These include but are not limited to:

1.  Serve as the primary subject matter technical expert and provide advice and key inputs to Global Affairs Canada on issues related to police reform (Polic Reform, throughout these Terms of Reference, is understood to include but not be limited to issues of recruitment, training, career path development and retention, community policing, integration of women into the police service, and women’s access to police services). 

2. Advise on the development of essential infrastructure at Afghan National Police (ANP) headquarters and districts to support community-oriented policing and women-friendly work environments at these locations; 

3.Provide technical advice related to police reform and project proposals presented for the security window;

4. Monitor projects related to police reform;

5. As directed by Global Affairs Canada, engage with MOIA, the Ministry of Finance, and other MOIA partners and donors, including       participating in meetings, coordinating forums and making presentations as requested;

6. Perform other assignments on as required basis.

 The SR-TS is primarily responsible for providing technical and expert inputs to Global Affairs Canada and other donors. In order to respect the consensus approach of donor governance of LOTFA, the SR-TS will report directly to Global Affairs Canada. Unless directed otherwise, the SR-TS will not directly engage with the Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MOIA) or UNDP.

The advice of the SR-TS will also be shared with the MOIA, Ministry of Finance and key stakeholders involved in civilian security sector reform.

Employment Type

The position will be awarded on a competitive basis. The terms of the position are for a one-year contract, subject to a three-month probation period, with eligibility for renewal on an annual basis for a period of approximately two years. The demands will be more intensive at the outset of this arrangement, to support Canada’s role as the lead donor for the LOTFA donor group. The need and scope for the SR-TS’s services will be reviewed periodically. The position will be paid a daily fee, the rate to be negotiated at the time of offer based on a requested rate by the individual for the services to be delivered under these terms of reference and supported by evidence of past remuneration for similar work. Payment of fees will be made on a monthly basis for actual time/days worked in the preceding month. Eligible travel and other work-related expenses will be covered by the FSSP. The level of effort for this position is anticipated to be between 7 to 12 billable days and will not exceed 20 days per month except under exceptional circumstances. Applicable taxes will be applied/deducted from the gross payable amount and will be paid to the Ministry of Finance on behalf of the candidate. The position is a consultancy type position and thus offers no paid benefits (vacation, sick, statutory holidays). 


Skills Required:


Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:

  1. Ability to work independently and part of a team
  2. Excellent coordination and communications skills including the ability to convince, convey and advocate
  3. Experience working on police reform in Afghanistan is a distinct advantage

Duties & Responsibilities:

Specific duties related to this role include:

1. Provide professional advice/support in the development of project proposals, prepare analyses and conduct research studies related to security sector and programs, in the following areas:

i. Security sector infrastructure and operational capacity development

1.Support the assessment of project proposals and related studies for new police and other civilian security sector infrastructure and enhancement of operations

2.Review and provide analysis on the integration of links between policing, civilian security services and the justice system in LOTFA and other related initiatives.

ii. Building community awareness and trust in the security sector

1.Review project proposals and sector strategies to enhance community support of police and community engagement, with recommendations for:

  1. Improved police response and referral mechanisms with a special focus on women and children;
  2.  community-based monitoring and oversight, as well as the corresponding levels of MOIA oversight;
  3.  enhanced communication and public outreach between the Government and communities, including options for citizen feedback mechanisms.

iii. Strengthening institutional capacities within the security sector

1. Identify and advise on approaches to coordinate strategies and initiatives within the MOIA and involved entities including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Attorney General Office (AGO), Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), office of the Voice President (VP) to improve access to law enforcement services for all Afghans, particularly vulnerable groups;

2. Review and provide analysis of strategies and initiatives to prevent and combat corruption and impunity within the security sector, including capacity development initiatives to enhance internal disciplinary and compliance mechanisms;

 2. Provide Technical Advice and Support on the Law & Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA)

 i. Review & provide comments on LOTFA reporting and documentation;

ii.When possible, monitor the implementation of LOTFA-funded projects;

iii. Attend LOTFA-related meetings, as needed. 

3.Tracking LOTFA Progress

iv. Advise on proposals for LOTFA projects and security sector reform strategies, presenting advice and inputs to Global Affairs Canada;

v. Provide advice on strengthening institutional capacity to enhance effective security service delivery

vi.Provide advice, and propose institutional development initiatives and activities to Global Affairs Canada, including support to civilianization, internal controls, transition to on-budget support and accountability mechanisms;

vii.Participate in LOTFA meetings, as directed;

viii.Monitor and report with analysis and recommendations on institutional developments of implicated Ministries and Departments of the Government of Afghanistan, including the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) and the Ministry of Finance;

ix.Monitor and report with analysis and recommendations (where appropriate) on related developments for support to police in the Ministry of Finance, UNDP, the World Bank Group, and other implicated organizations.

The SR-TS, in consultation with the Global Affairs Canada LOTFA management team should develop a work plan for his/her services. The work plan will be reviewed by the LOTFA Management team based at the Embassy of Canada in Afghanistan. The work plan will be updated on a monthly basis according to priorities established by the designated Global Affairs Canada team based at the Canadian Embassy and at Headquarters.


Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


  • Master’s Degree, preferably in an area related to law, security sector reform, development or other relevant fields. A bachelor’s degree or professional qualification with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the security sector preferably in senior command positions will be considered.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in program/project development and implementation relating to police reform in developing or conflict-affected/fragile states at the national or international level.
  • Additional experience in other conflict regions is an advantage.

Job Keywords:

Security Reform
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