Project Officer

 Position Title: Project Officer

Job Location:  Kabul

No. of Job:  1

Employment type: Full time

Contract duration: 11 months with possible extension

Gender: Female

Closing date: 12 / 08 /2017

Vacancy #:  17 Kabul

Salary: as per organization’s salary scale

 

About WCLRF: 

Women & Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) was established in March 2003. WCLRF is focused in the area of research, advocacy and raising awareness with the aim of reducing violence against women and improving their skills and knowledge for equal social and political participation both at local and national levels.
So far WCLRF’s activities are covering provinces of Kabul, Parwan, Balkh, Badakhshan, Herat, Kandahar and Nangarhar both urban and rural area and planning to expand its presence in other provinces of the country. WCLRF has its main office in Kabul and have 2 small offices in Balkh and Nangarhar.
This particular announcement is to recruit one officer to lead the project.
The Project Officer will play an instrumental role in ensuring the successful completion of the project milestones within budget. In general, the Project officer will be in charge of managing all staff on the project; ensuring the quality control of all outputs; developing and maintaining relationships with key decision makers and stakeholders; and donor reporting.

 

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

 

It is expected that the Project Officer will provide conceptual, technical and implementation support for the Project.

The Officer will be closely working with provincial staff and she will be directly reporting to the Director of WCLRF and donor.

The project officer in carrying out these overall functions, in coordination with WCLRF’s Director, related authorities and donor, she will particularly:

  • Manage the project and ensure its smooth implementation, including field visits and supporting the provincial team. She will also carry out the function of M&E officer.
  • The project officer will have the primary responsibility of monitoring the progress of the project.
  • Organize an orientation session for project staff.
  • Establish strong coordination with Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs and other stakeholder about awareness programs in provinces;
  • Arrange exposure visits to target authorities from one to another province to exchange knowledge and experiences.
  • Revise the manual on public awareness raising.
  • Develop and apply tools for measuring the level of learning i.e. pre and post training assessments
  • Develop a database containing the details of the awareness sessions conducted and best practices resulting from the sessions
  • Develop project action plan (quarterly/monthly) and coordinate with the relevant government and non-government bodies for the implementation of the project activities;
  • Arrange and organize exposure visits to target authorities from one to another province to exchange knowledge and experiences;
  • Provide regular project progress report (Monthly, Quarterly and Annual) of its activities;
  • Travelling to provinces to inspect work progress.

 

Competencies:

  • Sound judgement and personal maturity
  • Consideration the contextual sensitivity, awareness and handling cases professionally and dealing with clients
  • Knowledge and experience with legal institutions.
  • Good managerial skills, ability to direct and motivate legal professionals and support Project staff to maximize their quality of work and efficiency as per the project goal and objectives;
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to interpret case, rules and guidelines
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Integrity and probity
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure
  • Belief in women human rights, diversity, national and international values and standards
  • Has extensive knowledge and experience in writing proposal.

 

Education:

Master degree with 3 years of relevant work experience in the field of law and political sciences, sharia, gender and human rights highly preferred / Bachelor’s degree with minimum 4 years of relevant work experience.

Experience:

  • Knowledge of national and international standards, human rights and women’s rights and other relevant criteria;
  • Have at least four years’ practical experience in the field of legal, project management, project design, planning, legal plans, reporting and coordination;
  • Extensive experience working with personnel/administrative law issues and legal institutions;
  • Expertise and experience in implementation and management of similar projects with relevant institutions or civil society organizations or NGOs;
  • Clear understanding of the impact and effectiveness of project implementation and project objectives in light of the goals and objectives of the project;
  • Understanding of legal, social, political and cultural issues related to gender equality and the rule of law.

Language requirements and Computer skills:

  • Professional fluency in Dari and/ or Pashto (written and oral)
  • Fluency in English
  • The Project Officer should have an excellent computer skills specific expertise in (Ms Office

Interested applicants should send their applications to the following email address:

jobs@wclrf.org.af

Contact Number: 0700649191

Please specify your vacancy number and job title in subject line of your CV.

Round-table Discussion:

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) conducted a roundtable discussion with the member of CSOs on 20/07/2107 in WCLRF- HQ office. The main purpose of this session was to identify training issues, capacity building and effective role of CSOs on institutionalization of inclusive governance and to increase the inclusive participation of women in decision-making process. In addition, the facilitator and participants discussed on  political, cultural and social situations of women, the action of governmental authorities and CSOs for strengthening of inclusive governance particularly women’s empowerment, participation of women in decision-making process, challenges, solution and recommendation.

Training session on increasing women’s role in peace process

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation –WCLRF held a one-day training session on Increasing Women’s role in peace process on July 10, 2017. The event meant to build capacities and raise awareness on the content of WCLRF’s guideline as well as on the importance of women’s role in the peace and security process. HPC’s new members, former PPC members and probable parliamentary candidates were the training participants who are directly involved in women and peace issues at both local and national levels.

The participants were taught about the findings of WCLRF’s 2015 research report and 2016 guideline, methods of advocacy for peace-building and conflict-resolution, the importance of women’s participation in the peace and security processes. Meanwhile, the participants discussed the problems and challenges ahead of women and how they contribute to peace initiatives at national and local levels.

WCLRF succeeded to receive the appreciation certificate

Good News!!

WCLRF succeeded to receive the appreciation certificate awarded and fulfilled the set of criteria by Afghanistan Institute of Civil Society. The assessment criteria included Project management and implementation, financial and interior management, strategic planning, foreign relations, communication and human resource. WCLRF management would like to thank and congratulate this achievement to all staff and employee whose efforts have ended up with such wonderful achievement.

WCLRF Structure

WCLRF Vision ,Mission and Value:
Vision:
Afghanistan free of discrimination and gender inequality.
Mission:
Creation of a safe and peaceful environment through empowering women & children:
We understand and realize the mission of WCLRF as follow;
To find and analyze the root causes of problems of women and children
To mobilize women to work strategically for solving problems
To raise awareness
To facilitate dialogues on women and children rights
To advocate for change.
Values:
Equality;
Non-discrimination;
Mutual respect;
Action-oriented;
Democracy;
Human Rights/women rights;
Transparency and accountability;
Tolerance and coexistence;
Trust and commitment;

Legal Advisor (Closed)

Details of the position:

 

Position Title: Legal Advisors to DoWAs

Job Location:  Balkh – Parwan provinces

No. of Job:  2

Employment type: Full time

Contract duration: 12 months with possible extension

Gender: Female and Male

Closing date: 22 / 07 /2017

Vacancy #:  15 Balkh , 16 Parwan

Salary: as per organization’s salary scale

About the project :

Since 2002, the UN Women Afghanistan Country Office (ACO) has been assisting the government of Afghanistan and its partners in the area of Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW). UN Women is further strengthening its EVAW Program in view of building capacities and providing more coherent and specialized support pertaining to EVAW carried out by both government and civil society organizations. In this regard, UN Women Afghanistan’s Elimination of Violence against Women Special Fund (EVAW SF) was established in 2008. The Fund addresses the mechanism to financially support and mobilize community-based and non-governmental organizations that are working on EVAW and expand EVAW initiatives throughout Afghanistan in a coordinated, strategic and sustainable manner. The work of the EVAW SF is inter-linked with all other EVAW initiatives of UN Women Afghanistan to ensure a coordinated and collaborative approach and their sustainability.

UN Women has been providing support to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in the establishment and operationalization of provincial EVAW Commissions in 16 provinces since 2014. The provincial EVAW Commissions are chaired by the Provincial Governor or Deputy Provincial Governor and members of the Commissions include representatives of DoWA, the Supreme Court; the AGO; the Ministries of the Interior, Public Health, Labour, Martyrs and Disabled, Education, Higher Education, Justice, and the Hajj and Religious Affairs; the AIHRC and the AIBA.  The Department of Women’s Affairs within each province provides secretariat services for the activities of the EVAW commission.

The EVAW Commission is a structure mandated by the EVAW law to track cases of violence against women to oversee the implementation of the EVAW Law, increase public awareness on the EVAW Law, support VAW survivors to gain access to justice and improve coordination among government entities in addressing violence against women.

About WCLRF: 

Women & Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) was established in March 2003. WCLRF is focused in the area of research, advocacy and raising awareness with the aim of reducing violence against women and improving their skills and knowledge for equal social and political participation both at local and national levels.
So far WCLRF’s activities are covering provinces of Kabul, Parwan, Balkh, Badakhshan, Herat, Kandahar and Nangarhar both urban and rural area and planning to expand its presence in other provinces of the country. WCLRF has its main office in Kabul and have 2 small offices in Balkh and Nangarhar.
This particular announcement is to recruit one officer to lead the project on combating Sexual Exploitation and harassment against women and girls, with primer focus in developing policy and raise awareness.
The Project Officer will play an instrumental role in ensuring the successful completion of the project milestones within budget. In general, the Project officer will be in charge of managing all staff on the project; ensuring the quality control of all outputs; developing and maintaining relationships with key decision makers and stakeholders; and donor reporting. The successful management of the project will lead to the creation of a support network to adopt a legislative provision and policy on sexual harassment in Afghanistan, as well as, implement some pilot activities.

The project will be implemented by contribution of the WCLRF in  Balkh and Parwan province’s .

Duties and Responsibilities:

The legal advisor will be closely working with provincial directors of women affairs in the aforementioned provinces to provide legal and technical advisory support to DoWAs and EVAW Provincial Commissions mandated by EVAW Law.

She/He will be directly reporting to the project manager and DoWA on the work of EVAW Commission and implementation of the project.

The legal advisor in carrying out these overall functions, in coordination with project manager, Head of DOWA, she/he will particularly:

  • In consultation with DoWA and UN Women, assist the provincial EVAW Commissions to develop their Annual Work plan with measurable deliverables, policy and procedure for effectively combating VAW;
  • Develop project action plan (quarterly/monthly) and coordinate with the relevant government and non-government bodies for the implementation of the project activities;
  • Provide Legal Advisory support to DoWAs on prevention and response to Violence Against Women and Girls and enhancing the women rights;
  • Provide technical assistance on providing substantive input to the priority issues of discussion for the EVAW Commission;
  • Provide technical and follow up support to DoWAs and EVAW Commissions on women access to justice, ensure their rights are observed and respected by respective entities and individuals.
  • Provide legal analysis report on the work of the EVAW commission and violence against women status and share with respective agencies to support the policies implementation;
  • Monitor, advise and ensure the best interest of women and victims of violence and discrimination in the decisions of EVAW commissions meetings, particularly in dealing the GBV cases;
  • Ensure the quality implementation of EVAW law and EVAW Commissions ToR by relevant stakeholders;
  • Assist DOWA to ensure the commission members legally binding obligations are fulfilled and provide technical and legal support to enhance the obligations.
  • Track and follow-up the cases and the decisions of the EVAW Commissions with the relevant bodies and report back to DoWAs and Commission;
  • Speeding up the process of quality response to the victims of violence through following up the pending cases with relevant bodies;
  • Arrange and organize exposure visits to provincial EVAW Commission members from one to another province to exchange knowledge and experiences;
  • Support the provincial EVAW Commission with the preparation of its progress reports (Monthly, Quarterly and Annual) of its activities;
  • To conduct training on legal, gender and women human rights related issues in light of national and international standards; Arrange and facilitate the quarterly gender and legal training for high school, universities students and target beneficiaries and ensure the expected result and quality training is ensured;
  • Take initiatives and measures to increase female users of Resource Centres through developing SMART Plan;
  • To orient the users of resource centres in utilization of the RC, resource centres, equipment and books and promote dialogue on women rights related issues.
  • To keep update the registration book of the RCs
  • To manage the utilization of the RC assets based on Organization policies
  • Provide regular project progress report

Competencies:

  • Sound judgement and personal maturity
  • Consideration the contextual sensitivity, awareness and handling cases professionally and dealing with clients
  • knowledge and experience with legal institutions
  • Good managerial skills, ability to direct and motivate legal professionals and support Project staff and DOWA employees to maximize their quality of work and efficiency as per the project goal and objectives;
  • Excellent analytical skills and ability to interpret case, rules and guidelines
  • Excellent communication skills, oral and written
  • Integrity and probity
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently under pressure
  • Belief in women human rights, diversity, national and international values and standards

Education:

Bachelor’s degree with 4 years of relevant work experience / Master degree with 2 years of relevant work experience in the field of law and political sciences, sharia, gender and human rights highly preferred.

 

Experience:

  • Knowledge of national and international standards, human rights and women’s rights and other relevant criteria
  • Have at least three years’ practical experience in the field of legal, project management, project design, planning, legal plans, reporting and coordination;
  • Extensive experience working with personnel/administrative law issues and legal institutions;
  • Expertise and experience in implementation and management of similar projects with relevant institutions or civil society organizations or NGOs
  • Clear understanding of the impact and effectiveness of project implementation and project objectives in light of the goals and objectives of UNWOMEN and MOWA and EVAW commission.
  • Understanding of legal, social, political and cultural issues related to gender equality and the rule of law

Language requirements:

  • Professional fluency in Dari and/ or Pashto (written and oral)
  • Fluency in English

Interested applicants should send their applications to the following email address:

jobs@wclrf.org.af

Note:   Females are highly encouraged to apply

Please specify your vacancy number and job title with province in subject line of your CV.

Awareness Raising

TRAINING&AWARENESSRAISINGSESSIONS:

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation) WCLRF(conducted different awareness raising programs.For better implementation of these programs, the program’s purpose, the subject and title, the level of trainingsessions,and duration of awareness raisingwere determined by WCLRF team. WCLRFalso have conducted different types of educational and capacity building programs such as daily programs, monthly programsand annual programs.  In the awareness raising sessions- the type of program, the quality of each program were based on the necessityand scheme ofexpertise).

In addition, the organization hasconducted different types ofawareness raising programssuch as,conducting conferences atnational, provincialand regional levels and conducting awareness raising programs through Mullah’s of mosques especially, on Friday prayer’s speeches. Further, a series of roundtable discussionsatdifferent levels, were conducted by WCLF. Meanwhile, the organization has conductedone-day, two-day and three-day awareness raising trainings for specific beneficiaries based on the selected subjects. Other activities include conducting Focus Group Discussions and consultation meetings.

Similarly, WCLRF, conducted awareness raising throughbroadcasting spots, billboards, distribution of brochures, posters,and calendar which contain the messages on women and children rights.

TOPICS OF AWARENESS RAISING SESSIONS:

  1. Training manual on methodof research for social sciences area.
  2. Training manual on method of research for local researchers.
  3. Training manual on methods of legal research, especially onelimination of violence against women fromreligious and legal perspectives.
  4. Training manual on adoption of gendermainstreaming issues in Afghan national economic policy.
  5. Training manual on women’seconomic empowerment and allocation of budget for gender issues.
  6. Training manual on role of inheritance on long-term progress of women’s lives.
  7. Educational handbook on role of Mullas (religious people) and marriage registration officer on women’s economic empowerment.).
  8. Educational handbook onthe elimination of sexual harassment against women and girls.

Advocacy

Advocacy is a mechanism through which the CSOs, social and political activists, and other existed structures make efforts to bring about various changes considering their common dreams and peoples’ good. Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) too played its part to reinstate a free-violence society, secure women and girls’ rights, advocate for policy changes and implementations with respect to the legal and jurisprudential and humanitarian rights. WCLRF has made efficient advocacy efforts on various topics at community, provincial and national levels since its establishment in 2003. The organization has exploited different approaches and methods to achieve the below achievements:
1. Advocate for women’s access to economic rights (Mahr, inheritance, alimony and property);
2. Advocate for women’s access to education;
3. Advocate for enacting family law;
4. Advocate for coordination against sexual harassment;
5. Advocate for women’s political participation in Afghanistan;
6. Advocate for increasing women’s participation in the peace process.

Research

Knowledge and awareness has been considered any country’s most important progressiveness and development indicator. Researches on various subjects to any extent and exploiting with any method can function as unified and systematic efforts which would end up with community’s development and awareness raising.  All academic and method-based research on social, economic, political and cultural issues lead to finding the best possible solutions for emerging challenges at different levels. Overall, research is a mechanism through which we can extent the knowledge boundaries as well as open new development channels for next generations. Thus, WCLRF played its part by conducting researches to identify women and children’s challenges and to figure out the root causes of perpetuating these challenges and eventually to be able to find the best possible solutions. Dozens of researches in different parts of Afghanistan have been carried out since its establishment. Each research report has focused on a certain challenge of women and tried to identify the causes, perpetuating elements, kinds and consequences and finally present practical solution ways. Further, all findings along with the solution ways have been simultaneously shared with local decision maker and national policy makers as well as other relevant governmental, non-governmental and international organizations.

 

WCLRF’s research report list:

  1. Women’s Access to Justice
  2. Violence Against Women
  3. Wife Battering
  4. Women’s political participation in Afghanistan;
  5. Early marriage;
  6. Polygamy
  7. Women’s economic independence in Afghanistan;
  8. situation of girl children in Family;
  9. Women’s Rights to Inheritance and property
  10. Bad: A Painful Sedative in Afghanistan
  11. Women’s equal access to marriage right;
  12. Review of running away cases research report;
  13. A glance on “Customs and traditions violating women’s rights”;
  14. Access to the Right of Identity Cards and Registration of Births in Afghanistan
  15. Extravagant Expenditures on Weddings
  16. Study on the Impact of Proverbs Against Women in Afghanistan
  17. A Look Into the Practice of Child Naming in Afghanistan
  18. Violence Against Women (report; and documentary film);
  19. Seize the vote (Women’s political participation in Afghanistan);
  20. Advancing women’s and girls’ rights to protection under the EVAW Law;
  21. Identifying the causes and solution ways of sexual harassment against women and girls in Afghanistan;
  22. Sexual harassment against women and girls
  23. Legal mechanism of women’s access to inheritance in Islamic countries;
  24. Women’s participation in the Peace Process.

 

Publication

To have the mission effectually accomplished, Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) run publication activities in addition to research, advocacy and awareness raising efforts. To mobilize the communities as well as to lobby and influence the policy making structures, various subjects and topics including summary of research reports’ findings, community’s facts, status of women and children, awareness raising issues, specific authenticate issues are being reflected on through our publication. As our initial steps, a bi-weekly, then monthly, afterward quarterly journal was being published for a certain amount of time. However, considering the effectuality of our efforts and the society’s need, WCLRF ceased its journal publication, but instead by benefiting audio and visual media, billboards lay out, brochure distribution and etc. endeavoured to convey the messages more effectively. Therefore, the most up-to-date methods are being used to carry out publication efforts through below tools:

  1. “Waqeyat”, research-legal magazine;
  2. Documentary, violence against women;
  3. Jurmana, advocacy-based movie on “Bad” term in Afghanistan;
  4. Local music, on children rights;
  5. Drama on “Bad” tradition in Afghanistan;
  6. Drama on women’s dowry rights;
  7. Drama on women’s alimony rights;
  8. WCLRF’s website: wclrf.org.af
  9. WCLRF’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/wclrf/?fref=ts
  10. Facebook page combating sexual harassment:http://www.facebook.com/