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Human Rights Senior Officer

Kabul (Afghanistan)

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:

Human Rights Senior Officer

Job Number:

HRM/KMO 57-18

Duty Station:

Kabul Management Office (KMO)

Number of Positions:

One (Male/Female)


The Position is Open Ended


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:

18th-Sep, 2018

Closing Date:

30th-Sep, 2018

SCA Background

The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) has been working in Afghanistan since 1982, presently managing development programmes concerning Health, Education, Rural Livelihoods and Community Governance, with a total annual budget of roughly USD 40 million. The total number of staff is around 5,500. During 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. SCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment based on their skills, abilities and experience without regard to age (18-65 years), ethnicity, religion, marital status, gender, or physical disability.

Scope of work:

By adhering to gender equality and a rights-based approach, SCA endorses equal access, non-discrimination, participation, transparency, accountability and the framing of planning and programming within the realms of international rights conventions. The Human Rights and Gender Unit is mandated to promote and strengthen the adaptation of these core values by facilitating and supporting the mainstreaming of gender and rights-based approaches throughout all programming as well as service support functions. The unit thus plays the role of creating awareness, promoting values, advocating for change, developing and mainstreaming methods and tools, and monitoring and evaluating achievements of gender equality and human rights. It collaborates closely with SCA programme as well as service support units, and furthermore works and advocates together with civil society networks and activists.

The Senior Human Rights Officer has a delegated mandate from the HRGU Manager within the realms of training, method development, capacity building, research/monitoring/evaluation, networking and advocacy at provincial and, planning and reporting.

Qualification and Work Experience:

  •   Bachler or master in law and or human rights  
  • At least five year related work experience (two year at senior level position) within a civil society and
  • development organization
  • Experiences in training on Rights based and Gender Mainstreaming as well as community mobilization
  • Competencies/skills/abilities:
  • Demonstrated Training Skills, including manual development and report writing
  • Demonstrated, team-building capabilities, organisational, interpersonal and negotiation skills
  • Ability to take initiatives, be innovative and pursue work proactively with little supervision
  • Ability to supervise and coach senior training officers and staff at different levels within the organisation.
  • Sound knowledge of administration, planning & budgeting and report writing for training purpose
  • Good monitoring and analytical skills and ability to assess, analyse and synthesize information
  • Ability to prioritize, handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Good command of written and spoken English, Dari and/or Pashto
  • Advanced user-knowledge in computer
  • Ability to carry out ad hoc translations from English to Dari or Pashto, and vice versa
  • Ability to develop action learning case studies for good practice

Main Responsibilities:

  • Method development: In coordination with programme units, identify and develop contextualized tool-kits and training material on RBA and Human Rights, Child Rights, Women Rights adoptable for SCA programmes
  • Capacity Development: Identify, design, plan, implement and monitor RBA and rights trainings and workshops, and programme specific guidelines for SCA staff as well as relevant partners. Also conduct awareness sessions on SCA Policy and Strategic Plan for SCA staff at KMO and in the field.
  • Identifying RBA and Human Rights issues within programmes for inputting into design, implementation and research.
  • Networking and advocacy: Develop SCA linkages to human rights networks within civil society and international development organizations  at the provincial  and district level 
  • Other relevant tasks: As delegated by the HRG Manager within the HRG scope of work
  • Operational Issues: Develop monthly, half yearly and year action and budget plan and develop monthly and yearly activity and result based reports.
  • Field Visit: organize filed visits to regional management offices and provide backstopping support to HRGU team in the field. Support in conduction of researches and studies

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 to
  • Subject Line Must be: Human Right Senior Officer, HRM/KMO 57-18, Otherwise, your application May not be Considered.
  • 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.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: SCA - Swedish Committee for Afghanistan
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-30

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