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About Cordaid:

Background Information – Cordaid

Cordaid was established in 2000, when several Dutch aid organizations joined forces. But our history goes back more than a century. Cordaid has changed over the years and is more than a donor now. Reducing fragility has become our core priority and we work in all contexts of fragility, from relief, through rehabilitation to longer term development. To do this effectively we seek funds, start partnerships and compete on a global market.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments and inspired by compassion, solidarity and subsidiarity, Cordaid’s mission is to reduce fragility and the vulnerability of people where it is most needed and most difficult. We recognize that the overriding challenge in fragile and (post-)conflict countries is restoring trust and social cohesion, at community level and between communities and the state. This is what Cordaid does, right in the heart of communities, by mobilizing global networks, resources and knowledge. By doing this, we help people move beyond survival and live in dignity.

Cordaid does this by promoting equality and social inclusion, by increasing the resilience of people and societies and by strengthening the social contract between citizens and their governments. Wherever we can, we combine lifesaving humanitarian aid with the longer-term improvement of health care systems, economic opportunities and resilience, and the promotion of security and justice.

Background Information – Afghanistan Country Office

Cordaid is working in and on fragility, and has been active in Afghanistan since 2001, aiming at a stable and peaceful country. We work in 6 thematic areas, supported by lobby and advocacy activities: health care, extractives, security and justice, humanitarian aid, resilience and private sector development. We provide programmatic leadership and require that our operations and those of our local partners are implemented to the highest standards complemented with knowledge generation that incorporates best practices and lessons learned.

Job Description:

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The Afghanistan health system has made considerable progress, and the health indicators have also significantly improved between 2003 and 2020. The key enablers for the health sector’s improvements have seen strong local stewardship, sound and stable policy frameworks, prioritization of investments in primary care, and BPHS and EPHS implementation. However, the COVID-19 outbreak poses a significant challenge to the country that is already struggling with deep-seated poverty and long-running conflict and political instability. The implications of existing conflict and the newly emerged COVID-19 crisis go deeper than stats and figures, resulting in long-lasting damage to the physical, mental, social, and economic well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

To contribute to the health response in mitigating the recent COVID-19 outbreak and reducing related morbidity and mortality, Cordaid has been mobilizing resources to implement cost-effective and high impact interventions in the country. In partnership with Agha Khan Foundation (AKF), Cordaid is initiating an EU Funded Project to strengthen Afghanistan’s COVID-19 response.  The project will cover 16 provinces, while Cordaid, with its local partners, will implement the project planned activities in 8 out of the 16 target provinces.

This position’s incumbent is mainly responsible for the day-to-day coordination, overseeing project staff(trainers and community mobilizers) activities, and assisting capacity-building efforts in cooperation and coordination with key stakeholders and community in Kabul.

Functional Responsibilities

  • Maintain a broad network of relationships, cooperation, and coordination with provincial MoPH and other partners, including BPHS and EPHS implementing NGO for better results at the area of responsibility,
  • Monitor implementation of the project, provide on-time and practical feedback to the technical staff, and maintain established follow up mechanisms,
  • Make sure the community is aware and fully engaged in the implementation of the project
  • Contribute to the development and follow up of provincial action plans for control of COVID-19,
  • Identify and report problems that interfere in achieving project targets and make suggestions for improvement of the project,
  • Submit timely and accurate weekly and monthly reports as required,
  • Undertake regular visits to the field,
  • Strengthen the capacity of  staff by assessing their technical needs, creating action plans, and assisting assigned trainers in the implementation of those plans,
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor. The obligations and responsibilities listed above are representative of the nature and levels of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Support Effective Security in the Field

  • Work closely with the Country Security team to ensure that security policies, procedures, practices, and capacities support “direct implementation” in the field, taking into account the need to deliver quality services to people, families, and communities while facilitating “Duty of Care” for Cordaid staff,
  • Assist working closely with communities supported by programs and projects implemented by Cordaid in developing effective mechanisms to prevent and resolve (potential) conflicts and harm to Cordaid staff expediently and effectively,
  • Support preventing incidents through “community acceptance” and resolve incidents through “community engagement”.

Contribute to Knowledge Management and Innovation

  • Contribute to the development and introduction of innovation to ensure Cordaid is continually incorporating best practice approaches in Country Office operations,
  • Contribute to disseminating and sharing best practices and lessons learned for corporate development planning and knowledge building and contributing to relevant Communities of Experts and Communities of Practice accordingly,
  • Undertake other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor and Cordaid Management.

Job Requirements:

Education/Experience/Language requirements

  • University degree in medicine (Medical doctor)
  • At least four years of relevant experience in the field of project management
  • Understanding of Afghanistan’s health sector and key players
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in local languages and English

Skills:

  • Ability to seek and apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of Cordaid,
  • Proven conceptual analytical and evaluative skills and ability to collect and analyze data, establish facts, define problems, draw valid conclusions, and make recommendations
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor capacity development and workplan,
  • Ability to work successfully in a challenging environment where resources are accounted for in a transparent manner,
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision in a decentralized environment,
  • Ability to solve problems, with a robust solutions-oriented approach in tackling challenges,
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely and to effectively communicate orally,
  • Extremely flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations,
  • Ability and willingness to travel in the area of responsibility

Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal, coordination, and negotiation skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity,
  • Strong commitment to integrity, professionalism, creativity and innovation, learning, accountability, planning, organization, result orientation, teamwork, and technological solutions.

Functional Competencies

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Promotes knowledge management in Cordaid and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example,
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development, acts on learning plan, and applies newly acquired skills.

Coordination and collaboration

  • Coordinate stakeholder engagement and communication through the policy consultation, design, and implementation phases,
  • Building strong relationships with government authorities, line ministries, and other stakeholders focuses on the impact and result of the project and responds positively to feedback,
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Kabul time.
  • Applications should include a motivation letter and an extensive CV in English, including the contact details of at least three professional references.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Cordaid reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post for staff positions.

Submission Guideline:

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Kabul time.
  • Qualified candidates are requested to submit their motivation letter and CV in one PDF file.
  • Please write the job title on the subject line of your email.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.

Submission Email:

Jobs.Afghanistan@cordaid.org

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