Advocacy Meeting with HPC’s Secretariat

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation –WCLRF facilitated the second advocacy meeting between the “Advocacy Committee for Increasing Women’s Participation in the Peace Process” and HPC’s secretariat on October 8, 2017. The event meant to follow-up the commitments made by HPC’s secretariat as well as to discuss the Women’s Advisory Board –which is about to be established within HPC’s structure. During this meeting the committee members shared their concerns and recommendations with respect to women’s rights and ignoring their participation during peace negotiations and other relevant initiatives.

Emphasizing his previous commitments, Mr. Akram Khpalwak, head of HPC’s secretariat reaffirmed that HPC is committed to taking all the concerns of the advocacy committee and women seriously and making every efforts to address their challenges accordingly. In regard to increasing the number of women in HPC’s new composition, he added that there are 12 women as HPC’s members and advisors, four women as executive members and two women in the secretariat –in addition to secretariat’s advisor who will be newly recruited- representing women’s interests for good. He added that the HPC intends to establish The Women’s Advisory Board, combining the First Lady’s Office, Presidential and CEO Advisers, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, members of the National Assembly, the High Peace Council, and civil society in order to effectively counteract the crises and challenges women face at local and national levels. The last, he asked the advocacy committee to identify and share the list of 30 qualified women to be included in the board and to timely and effectively voice women’s concerns and challenges.

  

Mix-Workshop on Role of EVAW Provincial Commissions in Combating Sexual Harassment against Women

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation conducted a Mix- Workshop on Role of EVAW Provincial Commissions in Combating Sexual Harassment against Women. The workshop conducted on 24-25 September 2017) in WCLRF main office, Kabul, Afghanistan.  In the program five members of EVAW provincial Commissions from target provinces (Balkh, Bamiyan, Nangarhar, Herat and Badakhshan) and five provincial trainers of WCLRF from above mentioned provinces participated.

The main objectives of the workshop were as below:

  • To exchange experiences among direct beneficiaries (Members of EVAW provincial Commissions and WCLRF provincial trainers) from five target provinces.
  • To present the content of training manual on (Roleof EVAW Provincial Commissions in Combating Sexual Harassment against Women) with participants through Mix-Workshop (ToT).

Mrs. Zarqa Yaftali director of Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) said that “the matter of sexual harassment is a social illness, the main challenges of our society which lead to decrease the participation of women in all aspect of their lives are (financial, social, cultural and political issues) therefore, we should not be silent against this phenomenon, we should cooperate each other to eliminate the roots of sexual harassment”. Director of WCLRF added in her speech that, the role of EVAW commissions as coordinator organ for implementation of EVAW law and combating of sexual harassment is vial and we will support EVAW Commission to raise their capacity and advocate for promoting their roles.

  

During above-mentioned ToT, the following issues presented by WCLRF trainers:

Understating sexual harassment, causes and consequences, perpetrator characteristics of sexual Harassment, criminalization of sexual harassment in national and international legal standards, ways to prevent sexual harassment and finally sexual harassment case management.

The participants actively participated and in the program evaluation form, the participants evaluated the program effectively, and they suggested from WCLRF to conduct such programs for other members of EVAW provincial commissions. Further, they suggested that lack of coordination is one of the main challenges among members of EVAW commissions; therefore we need to have strong coordination among members of EVAW Commissions through WCLRF programs.

Finally, WCLRF provincial trainers will conduct the same program with participation of all members of EVAW Commissions in all five-target provinces in the nearest future.

   

Awareness raising session on sexual harassment

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF) in coordination with Law department of Kabul University (KU) held an awareness raising session for newly-enrolled students on Sep 12, 2017 in KU’s auditorium. In this session Mrs. Shahla Farid, KU’s law and political science professor and Mr. Mohammad Ali Fakur, WCLRF’s advocacy manager gave speeches on various aspects of sexual harassment including its nature, causes, consequences as well as its criminalization.

Mrs. Farid defined sexual harassment as perilous social disease and urged students to combat against negative, misogynistic thoughts and deeds regarding women. following that, Mr. Fakur highlighted WCLRF’s and other CSO’s achievements in this regard, saying: “A sick society produces sick individuals and it is the responsibility of academics to transform this society into a more tolerable and humane for all.” He also added added that the efforts have been made so far is by no means adequate and the extent of the SH remains highly strong. Eliminating sexual harassment needs collective efforts and the universities are the most appropriate places through which we can meet this idealism.

Technical Consultant developing Manifesto (Closed)

Technical Consultant developing Manifesto (Closed)

Position Title:              Technical consultant for developing Manifesto

Job Location:              Kabul, Afghanistan

No. of Job:                  1

Employment type:       part-time and /or home-based

Contract duration:       30 working days

Closing date:               05 September, 2017

Vacancy #:                  18

About the project:

 

Women & Children Legal Research foundation (WCLRF), is the implementing partner of HBS in this project, 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 two sub-offices in Balkh and Nangarhar.

 

Based on the Project Cooperation Agreement between WCLRF and HBS, WCLRF has the direct implementation responsibilities of this project in four provinces (Kabul, Ghazni, Nangarhar and Parwan) in the main areas of (delivering workshop on peace-building and conflict resolution, advocating for women’s meaningful inclusion in the peace processes and developing a manifesto on women’s peace, security and political participation).

 

This announcement aims to recruit one consultant to “Women’s participation in Peace building process” project to be in charge of developing a manifesto on women’s peace, security and political participation. The manifesto intends to function as advocacy tools for candidates of the upcoming parliamentary elections through which different topics must be developed in favor of women’s participation in the peace process. This manifesto shares the thoughts, hopes, expectations and fears of women in regard to the peace processes and their vision for a peaceful Afghanistan. In so doing it aims to:  a) ensure the authentic voices of women are being heard by political actors, donors, civil society and the wider public; b) demonstrate that women have equal influence on peace-building settings, negotiations and discourses, and grasp the wider development issues at stake and make a useful contribution to the processes; c) counter the negative discourse around women’s engagement in peace processes and political participation; and d) bring together like-minded parliament members to support the cause in the upcoming national assembly agenda. The manifesto will comprise of two aspects, a) theory and b) practical application of the aforesaid issues in polices and practice through using adult centered method in the most effective way.

 

Duties and responsibilities:

A technical consultant (part time mainly home-based) will be closely working with the project team and will fulfill the following timely and effectively:

  • Develop a manifesto in close coordination with the project team and get advisory support from WCLRF’s executive director;
  • Conduct a literature review on the given topic;
  • Develop questionnaire for the intended interviewee group/s;
  • Conduct in-depth interview with peace specialists, and other institutions and /or individuals engaged with women, peace and security issues;
  • Research and collect relevant materials and review relevant manifestos for compilation;
  • Share the first draft of manifesto with WCLRF for comments and inputs for further enrichment and improvement;
  • Review and address the comments of WCLRF on the manifesto to finalize them accordingly;

 

 

Key Deliverable:

  1. An exemplary manifesto’s first draft developed including (finalized outline, design, methodology), PowerPoint presentations; within three weeks
  2. Questionnaires developed and shared with project team within one week;
  3. Final manifesto draft produced within two weeks.

 

Competencies:

  • Ability to work effectively as a team member.
  • knowledge and experience with legal, peace and security institutions;
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral
  • Understanding women, peace-building and conflict resolution;

Required Skills and Experiences:

  • A least 7 years of experience of developing women’s rights issues;
  • Understand the social, cultural, and political context of Afghanistan and its impact on women and girls;
  • An understanding of the legal, social, cultural, political and economic context of Afghanistan and its relation to gender;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading trainings/training of trainers on different topics
  • Proficiency in the use of computer, office software packages.
  • Familiar with National Action Plan for UN-1325 resolution.

 

Required experience and qualification:
  • 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 7 years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and experiences in drafting policies and legal documents
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of local languages is an asset
  • Have a proven track record of empowering women and girls.

Note: the applicant is required to submit a budget proposal for the course of the work

Submission of Applications: 

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.

Application process:

All applicants must submit the following documents/ information to demonstrate their qualifications:

Cover letter: Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work and how they propose to implement this assignment;

Project Officer (Closed)

 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.