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Gender Mainstreaming Officer

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: CTG - Committed To Good
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-21

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CTG Overview CTG stands for Committed To Good. With an ethical approach at the heart of all that we do, it is a description that makes us proud. Respect for the fundamental human rights of our staff, and those our staff encounter, is a cornerstone of our values. We strive for gender equality, inclusion and diversity, providing fair and equal opportunities for all. We take a zero tolerance approach to corruption and stay true to local labour laws and all local statutory requirements.
In operation since 2006, today we are honoured to serve clients in 15 fragile and conflict-affected states assisting with disaster relief, peace building, humanitarian aid and development programmes through our specialised recruitment, HR management and operational services.
Overview of position
Afghanistan remains one of the countries most impacted by explosive hazards in the world, with an average monthly civilian casualty rate of over 120 in 2019, the majority of the casualties being children. Despite decades of mine action work, around 1,506.9 sq. Km of explosive hazard contaminated land remains, impacting 1,484 communities. The risk posed by ‘legacy contamination’ has been surpassed in recent years by anti-personnel mines of an improvised nature (APM/IN) and explosive remnants of war (ERW), which are the leading driver behind the high number of civilian casualties. Explosive hazard contamination is not only dangerous, and obstructs the delivery of humanitarian assistance, but is also an obstacle to national efforts to promote development as it undermines the reach and scope of development activities.
Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA)
The Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) was the first humanitarian (i.e., non-military) mine action programme in the world and is still one of the largest, employing around 6400 Afghans. In total, 49 national and international humanitarian as well as commercial entities are delivering activities. Out of these ATC, DAFA, DDG, HALO Trust, MCPA, MDC, and OMAR are the major mine action partners in Afghanistan.
These partners, which include national and international actors, from both the private and not-for‐profit sectors, deliver a wide range of mine action services including manual demining, mechanically assisted clearance, mine dog detection assets, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), survey, explosive ordnance risk education, victim assistance activities, and data collection.
Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC)
The Directorate of Mine Action Coordination of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) is a regulatory body for the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan. Through its headquarters in Kabul and its seven regional offices, DMAC manages, coordinates, and oversees all mine action activities in Afghanistan.
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS)
Established in 1997, the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) works to eliminate the threat posed by mines, explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices by coordinating United Nations mine action, leading operational responses at the country level, and supporting the development of standards, policies, and norms. As a specialized service of the United Nations located within the Department of Peace Operations, UNMAS operates under UN legislative mandates of both the General Assembly and the Security Council. UNMAS also responds to specific requests for support from the UN Secretary-General or designated official. UNMAS is mandated to coordinate the mine action work of the United Nations system as Chair of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA) and its subsidiary groups, a responsibility established by the General Assembly (A/RES/72/75) and confirmed by the Security Council in SCR 2365 (2017).  UNMAS is also the global lead for the Mine Action Area of Responsibility within the Global Protection Cluster, as well as the Chair of the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS) Review Board and its Steering Committee. UNMAS supports the entire UN system through a small team at headquarters, a humanitarian hub in Geneva, and some 3,000 women and men employed through UNMAS funding in the field. UNMAS is a specialized, agile organization, which delivers concrete results in dynamic operating environments across the world.  UNMAS approach is needs-driven and people-centered, guided by humanitarian principles.
UNMAS Afghanistan
UNMAS Afghanistan is a programme under the overall direction and oversight of UNMAS New York and implemented by UNOPS under the Financial Regulations and Rules of UNOPS.
UNMAS Afghanistan supports the Afghan Directorate of Mine Action Coordination (DMAC), a directorate of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), which coordinates, monitors and oversees the work of the humanitarian Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) and is a key government partner of UNMAS in Afghanistan.

Currently, due to the lack of resources and the right expertise, gender considerations are not well mainstreamed in MAPA projects, which impacts the quality of the projects: often women and girls are not consulted during the planning stages, they do not participate in handover ceremonies (or are even aware that clearance has been completed) and women do not benefit from the employment opportunities provided by mine action agencies. To help overcome these issues, UNMAS is seeking to hire qualified female Gender Mainstreaming Officers to support IPs in reviewing and aligning their strategic documents (e.g., work plans, project proposals or training materials) with gender mainstreaming considerations; as well as to support the incorporation of gender-inclusive approaches at the operational/project level by working closely with project teams. The latter will require frequent field visits to project sites to identify the various needs of different gender groups and develop a response plan accordingly. 
Reporting line and coordination
The hired Gender Mainstreaming Officers will have a dual reporting line to the selected implementing partner (primary) and UNMAS Afghanistan (secondary, as the coordinator of the initiative). Gender Mainstreaming Officers will work closely with the Gender Focal Point of the DMAC, who is responsible for the coordination of gender mainstreaming activities within the mine action sector in Afghanistan.
Gender Mainstreaming Officers will work out of the offices of the Implementing Partners.

 
Role objectives
RESPONSIBILITIES

The key responsibilities of the Gender Mainstreaming Officer are as follows:
 
  • Assist in the implementation of the MAPA Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming Strategy and monitoring mechanism towards the achievement of the strategy
  • Assist the relevant MAPA IP with developing the gender mainstreaming action plan, and the coordination and monitoring of gender mainstreaming activities within the MAPA and with other stakeholders
  • Provide technical assistance to the relevant MAPA IP in the planning and implementation of gender-related activities
  • Take part in reviewing the mine action related project proposals from the gender perspective and advise the relevant MAPA IP on the incorporation of gender mainstreaming considerations/activities
  • Review the relevant MAPA IP’s strategies, policies, standards operating procedures, plans, templates, training materials and other relevant documents to ensure they are gender-sensitive
  • Establish or review the MAPA IP’s policies and procedures to ensure that policy and process for the  Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) exists
  • Prepare and deliver Gender and PSEA awareness training for the MAPA IP’s staff and deminers
  • Take part in field missions (e.g., pre-assessment or monitoring) to identify gender needs and priorities, as well as to ensure that gender mainstreaming policies and guidelines are implemented, and projects are gender-sensitive
  • Prepare highlight reports, periodic monitoring and progress reports
  • Document best practices and lessons learned on the most effective ways to mainstream gender and share these lessons with the relevant actors, in particular, the MAPA


ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

Education
  • At least first-level University degree - Bachelors or Equivalent ( desired in  Sociology, Social Science, Development Studies or other relevant areas) with  04 years experience
  • Gender-related certificates or training is an advantage

Experience
  •  Experience in gender-related activities will be desirable
  • Experience in the review of project proposals from a gender perspective is desirable
  • Experience in the advocacy for gender mainstreaming and/or gender equality is desirable    
  • Knowledge of MS Office software applications required

Languages
  • Good command of one national language (Dari/Pashto) required
  • Working knowledge of the English language (read, write, and speak) required.
Project reporting
Reporting to the manager 
Key competencies N/A
Team management
N/A
Further information
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