Head of Civil Society and Capacity Development Unit (re-announced)

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) invites all qualified candidates to apply for the following position. SCA actively promotes and encourages Women and People with Disabilities to apply

Title of Position:

Head of Civil Society and Capacity Development Unit (re-announced)

Job Number:

HRM/KMO 37 -20

Duty Station:

Kabul Management Office (KMO)

Number of Positions:

One (1)  -  Female only

Status:

The position is open ended

Remuneration:

Salary and benefits are according to SCA salary policy                                              

Non-monetary Benefits for Females:

Transportation close to residence and work, child nursery at workplace, safe travel facilities and companion to field trips, female association membership, trainings and capacity building

Announcement Date:

12th October 2020

Closing Date:

25th October 2020

 SCA Background

SCA has been working in Afghanistan since 1982 and is presently managing development programmes linked to Strategic Objectives concerning Health, Education and Community Driven Development. With a total annual, budget of roughly USD 40 million. The total number of staff is around 5,700 of whom 15 are non-Afghans. The SCA presence in Afghanistan consists of the Kabul Management Office (KMO), five Regional Management Offices and two Liaison Offices. In Sweden SCA has 20 staff working at the Stockholm Management Office (SMO) and around 3,500 members organized in local chapters all over the country. In the last 10 years, SCA has undertaken a change process moving from a primarily humanitarian service delivery approach towards more of a developmental role, putting increasing emphasis on capacity development, rights-based programming and outcome orientation. The mission of SCA is to empower individuals, communities and local organizations, primarily in rural areas and with particular focus on women, girls, boys and vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, so that they may participate fully in society and influence their own development.

  Scope of work:

The head of Civil Society & Capacity Development Unit heads the CCU. She/he has the overall responsibility for the planning; monitoring and evaluation of the unit’s scope of work and to quality assure SCA’s capacity development support to civil society organizations and local authorities as well as systems and procedures for grant disbursement. The post-holder will develop rights and results oriented strategies, proposals, budgets and reports and design and mainstream policies, methods and tools for grant disbursement and organizational capacity development support to SCA’s civil society partner organizations and local authorities’ ability to create the enabling environment for CSOs. Furthermore, she/he will contribute to the development of Afghan civil society networks, represent SCA in international and national coordination fora and liaise with relevant authorities, donors and civil society organizations. Development of strategies for capacity development of partners and the over-all direction of the unit and the CCU and related CDMU staff is also an important part of the work.

The Civil Society & Capacity Development Unit is primarily a methodological unit, providing methods and tools for organizational  capacity development of civil society organizations, enabling local authorities to create the democratic space for civil society organizations, enhancing systems and procedures for grant disbursement to civil society partner organizations, providing technical assistance and advice to SCA programmes and strengthening the competence of SCA staff members working directly on capacity development of civil society actors and local authorities.  Specifically, it works on the following key result areas.

  • Development of methods, tools and approaches for organizational capacity development of civil society organizations and the creation of an enabling environment for CSOs by local authorities
  • Quality assurance, harmonization and learning within SCA in regards to organizational capacity development of civil society organizations and the creation of an enabling environment for CSOs by local authorities
  • Quality assurance of systems and procedures for grant disbursement to civil society partner organizations
  • Competence development of SCA staff members that work with capacity development
  • CCU also plays a key role in promoting a Conflict Sensitive Programme Approach within SCA operations.

  Requirement

  Qualifications and Experience:

Education:

  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, in relevant professional field, preferably in Social Sciences and/or Political Sciences, Development Studies, International Relations.

Experience/Competencies:

  • At least five years of relevant work experience with a civil society profile in management positions within NGO or public sector
  • Understanding and practical experience of capacity development of civil society actors and local authorities
  • Practical experience of grant disbursement to third parties
  • Knowledge on and practical experience on competence development of staff
  • Knowledge on and practical experience from working with rights-based approach to development and results-based management principles, in particular outcome analysis and results analysis
  • Oral and written communication skills and proficiency in English language and local languages
  • Sound understanding of strategy, policy and method development to strengthen emerging civil society actors
  • Demonstrated leadership/management skills including staff and budget responsibilities
  • To be an Afghan citizen

Main Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical assistance and adequate training to programmes and strategic guidance to management in regard to all aspects of support to local civil society organizations and local authorities
  • Provide tools and methods for organisational development and community mobilization
  • Provide systems and procedures for grant disbursement to civil society partner organizations and monitoring project implementation and results reporting with relevant programmes.
  • Work closely with the CCU and CDMU teams to ensure adequate capacity is developed within SCA to support local civil society partners and local authorities
  • Work with Programme Units in Kabul Management Office and Project Management Units in Regional Management Offices to mainstream, systematize and document SCA policies, procedures and guidelines for working with civil society partner organizations and local authorities
  • Provide over-all technical guidance to SCA programmes and other relevant units on CSO capacity development during planning, monitoring results and reviewing reports related to these results
  • Work closely with the PMER on reporting donor information requirements relevant to CSO capacity development
  • Contribute to the development of Afghan civil society networks and coordinating bodies and their linkages with international networks
  • Elaborate work plans and budget for the CCU and supervise CCU local staff
  • Perform other tasks within the field of competency as assigned by the Programme Director

Application Procedures:

  • Interested qualified candidates should submit a full CV with a cover letter explaining their motivation in applying for the job and highlighting their relevant skills and experience;
  • To apply online please send your application / CV and cover letter through Apply Button below:
  • Candidates may also submit applications by letter (hard copy) directly to the SCA HRM Unit in either Kabul, Ghazni, Kunduz, Wardak, Taloqan, Mazar-e-Sharif, Laghman or Jalalabad;
  • Academic certificates or references need not to be submitted at this time. These will be requested if called for interview.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be invited for written test and interview.

This position is open to qualified and interested Female candidates only.

SCA is committed to ethical standards, a safe, diverse, and inclusive work environment.  Our work is based on our values: Responsiveness, Equality, Impartiality, Social Justice, and Integrity.

Background and reference checks are part of the recruitment process and will be conducted for the successful candidate.

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