About Women for Afghan Women (WAW):
Women for Afghan Women (WAW) is a grassroots, civil society organization; our mission is dedicated to securing and protecting the rights of disenfranchised Afghan women and girls, particularly their rights to develop their individual potential, to self-determination, and to be represented in all areas of life: political, social, cultural and economic. We advocate for women’s rights and challenge the norms that underpin gender-based violence wherever opportunities arise to influence attitudes and bring about change. WAW is a resolute advocate for Afghan women’s human rights.
WAW is recruiting motivated and qualified staff for the 10.5 month UNHCR funded project “Protection Monitoring of internally displaced persons, Refugee Returnees and other persons of concern to UNHCR in the North and North East Regions”.
The incumbent will be part of the protection monitoring team that conducts systematic monitoring of the protection concerns of conflict induced internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugee returnees.
Protection concerns (i.e., rights violations, discrimination, and exclusion) will be monitored and documented under the project. These activities will lead to: 1) an increased understanding of the protective environment, including essential demographic data, vulnerability mapping, available services, and existing gaps impacting the displaced and returnee communities, and 2) sharable reports detailing needed actions by all actors (humanitarian community and government) to address protection concerns/gaps and contribute to identify community protection measure (CPM) projects aimed at mitigating protection risks and support the (re)integration of displaced and returnee communities.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist the community to understand the project activities and goals;
Encourage and promote positive learning between the project staff and the communities.
Work with the Protection Project Manager and other members of the team to build relationship with the communities and local authorities, specifically DoRR.
In the assigned area of responsibility, conduct monitoring visits to internally displaced and refugee returnee communities and, through focus group discussion, identify main protection risks and concerns affecting displaced persons and returnees
In coordination with other actors, participate in joint assessment monitoring of internally displaced persons during the first phase of displacement;
By using an age, gender and diversity approach, engage displaced and returnee communities to identify existing coping mechanisms, capacities and assets that can mitigate their protection risks and support their stabilisation;
Through participatory assessment, mobilise the communities to elaborate on initiatives and projects that can support their stabilisation and mitigate their protection concerns.
Based on results of the monitoring and discussion with displaced and returnee communities, identify areas in need of referral to specialised agencies and support the reporting officer and UNHCR in drafting of proposals for community protection measure projects.
During monitoring visits, conduct information dissemination sessions to raise awareness among displaced and returnee communities on available services in their current location;
During monitoring visits, identify persons with specific needs and ensure they are referred to the appropriate service provider;
Monitor the progress of protection monitoring in the field and report to Protection Project Manager/Reporting Officer on trends and developments affecting protection environment.
In coordination with Protection Project Manager/Reporting Officer, maintain monitoring work plans covering the target locations
Ensure confidentiality and respect for core humanitarian principles, including the principle of do no harm.
Perform any other tasks related to project activities
Record results of protection monitoring visits using the relevant tools and maintain electronic records for each visit;
Maintain record on number, date and locations of protection monitoring visits, including number of beneficiaries benefitting from information dissemination sessions, and number of persons with specific needs identified and referred;
Report the collected data to the Reporting Officer/Reporting Assistant.
Report on daily basis to the Reporting Officer and Protection Project Manager.
Coordinate on daily basis with UNHCR Provincial Focal points on mission planning and monitoring schedules in the field.
Ensure to involve the Reporting Officer and team in all the major work related decisions.
Ensure to inform the Protection Project Manager with all the related security issues and other vital information.
Maintain a good relationship with the other members of the team.
Maintain good relationships with the beneficiaries and their families in order to understand their perspective on the project and to assist in the success of the project.
Minimum of 3 years of work experience in Community empowerment, outreach and/or monitoring; previous experience in protection programs and/or participatory assessment programs for internally displaced persons and refugee returnees is a strong asset;
Desirable knowledge of core elements of protection, GBV, child protection, legal aid;
Previous working experience with UNHCR or other similar UN funded projects
Bachelor Degree in political science, public administration or gender issues
Fluency in Dari/ Uzbeki, Pashtu, English is an asset
Experience in the usage of Office package (MS Word, Excel, etc)
The candidate should;
Uphold the highest humanitarian standards and principles;
Have ability and willingness to travel and spend long hours in the field locations;
Have capacity to work independently and as part of a team;
Have excellent interpersonal relationships, networking and communication skills;
Have good analytical skills and capacity to coordinate with a variety of humanitarian actors and local institutions;
Be able to represent WAW mandate and principles with communities and local authorities, using appropriate messages and methods
Understand and be sensitive to local customs
Be able to prioritize work;
Be flexible and adaptable to ever changing environments
Be able to work under pressure
Interested Afghan applicants should submit their CVs along with cover letter indicating their interest and suitability for the position. Please indicate the vacancy number, Location & Post Title (VA#588 Protection Monitor- Province Name) clearly in the cover letter also in the subject line and send to: Email Add: HR@womenforafghanwomen.org
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