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Offer: Job: Human Rights and Gender Coordinator, Afghanistan

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan. Kabul, Afghanistan.
Closing date: July 20, 2012.


Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) is a non-governmental development organisation working to assist in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan. Operations started in Afghanistan in 1982 on an emergency basis, which subsequently evolved into long-term development programmes. SCA today works in the sectors of Health, Education, Disability and Rural Development, with vulnerable groups in rural underserved areas as primary beneficiaries. With around 6 000 staff, SCA is one of the largest non-governmental organisations in the country. Through its activities, SCA aims to fight poverty, support economic and social development and strengthen democratic development and gender equality & human rights.

SCA is a major Swedish NGO established in 1980 working with fundraising, information and advocacy alongside with the activities in Afghanistan. In Sweden SCA works as a membership association based on popular commitment and support, making effort to affect the public opinion by providing knowledgeable and reliable information about Afghanistan in order to increase sustainable cooperation and assistance in a spirit of solidarity.

Human Rights and Gender Unit:

The Human Rights & Gender Unit (HRGU) is a policy, advisory and methodology unit that is to contribute to enhanced effectiveness in achieving SCA’s development objectives by developing and mainstreaming strategies, methods and tools through and by:

a) tailored and contextualized tools, methods and training material on gender and rights-based issues
b) advice on gender and rights-based approaches to SCA’s senior management towards SCA’s programme interventions, (project cycle), organizational development of SCA (administration and human resource development) and advocacy and networking work.
c) coordination of gender and rights support towards civil society and governmental institutions

The HRG Coordinator is reporting to the Policy and Quality Assurance (PQA) Director.

Scope of Work:

The Human Rights and Gender Unit (HRGU) is mandated to promote and strengthen the internalisation of SCA core values (equal access, non discrimination, participation, transparency and accountability) by mainstreaming of gender and rights-based approaches throughout all programming as well as administration. In line with this, SCA has adopted a Human Rights and Gender Equality Strategy for the period 2010 – 2013. 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 administration and human resource units, and furthermore works and advocates together with civil society networks and activists.

The Coordinator will commence her/his duties as head of the HRG unit. S/he will take initiatives to capacitate the national Deputy Coordinator to enable her/him to eventually head the unit. A study will take place during the latter part of the first contract year of the HRG Coordinator, in order assess the feasibility of moving the HRG Coordinator into an Advisory position and placing the Deputy as the Coordinator.

Please see the full job description at:

To Apply:
Send your application (a 1-page letter explaining why you are interested in this position and your key competencies) and CV (no more than 2 pages) in English to

Last date of application: 20 July 2012

Only qualified applicants will be notified.


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