Job ID 114744
Experience 2 Years
Degree High School Diploma
No of Opportunity 15
Province or State Kandahar
Vacancy Number CTG-UNHAB-SK 7/4/2023
About CTG-UNHAB (Adaptive Response):
The position is located with the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Regional Programmes Division and based in Herat and Kandahar city with all districts , Afghanistan.
The Regional Programmes Division is responsible for consolidating and enhancing the linkages between UN Habitat’s activities in the field with the Strategic Plan, the 2030 Agenda, and the UN-Habitat’s overall future priorities and to make sure that they are appropriate to the country context.
UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific manages UN-Habitat’s project portfolio in the Asia and Pacific region. It ensures that country priorities are in alignment with the UN-Habitat’s organizational policies and strategic objectives and brings through its Regional Representative to the attention of the Executive Management Committee (EMC) opportunities and challenges in the region, allowing for timely feedback and responses to urgent demands and requests from the Member States.
Since 1992, UN-Habitat has worked closely with Afghan communities, contributing to the physical and social reconstruction of the country. Our work has focused on the development of urban policies and regulations; strategic urban planning; increasing municipal revenue; establishing community-based organizations; addressing the land and housing needs of IDPs and returnees and contributing to the provision of basic urban services.
The August 2021 fall of Afghanistan’s government has caused a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan’s cities. Over half a million people have been displaced by conflict in 2021; many have sought refuge in the relative safety of cities. In this context, critical government functions have ceased, resulting in lifesaving municipal services being suspended. In addition, as development aid has been withdrawn, incomes of urban dwellers have declined, while the cost of food and other essential items have increased dramatically. The unfolding crisis in Afghan cities is occurring in a context of underlying vulnerabilities, including infrastructure deficits, insecure livelihoods and pervasive tenure insecurity. Most at risk are displaced people in informal settlements, with women, disabled and ethnic minorities being particularly vulnerable.
UN-Habitat’s community-centered People’s Process is a proven and effective to reduce vulnerability at scale in the Afghan context. Since 1992, UN-Habitat has partnered with communities in informal settlements to reintegrate displaced urban Afghans into sustainable settlements. The People’s Process delivers support for the urban displaced through Community Development Councils (CDCs) and Gozar Assemblies (GAs). UN-Habitat-community partnerships center participatory spatial planning to enable communities to identify and implement priority service and infrastructure investments to support their socioeconomic development. Through the People’s Process, the incumbent will support a community-centered approach to secure tenure, upgrade basic services and infrastructure for highly vulnerable displaced people living in urban informal settlements in Afghan cities. In doing so, the incumbent will support the implementation of activities that meet the immediate needs of vulnerable urban residents and contribute to sustainable development and peace building.
A key implementation UN-Habitat implementation modality supports coordinated actions among UN agencies and other partners for durable solutions. A key partnership the incumbent will support is UN-Habitat and UNHCR project that pursues common community-based protection goals for the benefit of displaced, returnee populations as well as affected host communities in target Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration (PARR) in Afghanistan. The Project activities are part of strategy for creating conducive conditions for sustainable reintegration through strengthened essential services and facilities in Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration (PARRs) while fostering social cohesion.
Adaptive responses: Evidence based recovery support to IDP or returnees in Afghanistan. The project under this Agreement, in line with the Community-based Protection and Solutions Programme Response (Co-PROPSER) aims at:
- Creating an enabling protection environment by settlements ‘spatial profiling’ of Herat, and Kandahar cities for devising evidence-based humanitarian response planning. The spatial profiling will entail mapping of city resources and services, mapping of UNHCR’s PoCs settlement areas, analysis of the data collected through the profiling and providing the area response plans.
- Developing new settlement plans for selected settlements in 4 cities. The proposed project will develop new spatial plans for upgrading the settlements of IDPs in target areas and facilitate durable solutions for the settlements’ inhabitants. Participatory site planning is essential to ensure durable solutions for residents of settlements because it ensures that any future humanitarian investments directly address the needs of the population. Therefore, the plan developed for each of the settlements will build on the data collected to ensure that needs of community, particularly women, are represented in the settlement plan. The hazard mapping will also be utilized to ensure that key risks are addressed in future, for example through reducing exposure to climate risks and gender-based violence through appropriate settlement planning.
The development of the new settlement will be done in a participatory manner in consultation with the community. The settlement plans will delineate areas for residential settlement, shelter, movement corridors/access roads, public areas, and essential services such as health, education, WASH and promoting and improving hygiene.
Displacement affects men, women, boys ang girls in a differentiated manner, exposing them to protection risks and other human rights violations during flight, displacement, and return. They may lose community networks and mechanisms of self-reliance and may encounter obstacles and challenges in attaining durable solutions. Without meaningful access to physical safety, shelter, food, medical services, educational opportunities, and steady income, persons of concern (particularly women and children) risk exposure to human rights violations (e.g. killings, sexual violence, and abductions persist amid continuing conflict. Many women and children are still living in precarious conditions, sleeping in the open or in overcrowded public spaces further exposing them to risks of harassment, assault, or sexual exploitation). Consequently, many find themselves resorting to negative coping strategies, such as debt accumulation, survival sex, and early marriage in the absence of preventive and mitigating measures.
As a result of this alarming situation returnees and IDPs’ resulting lack of access to basic services, there is a pressing need to ensure adequate and safe access to basic services for the People we Serve (PwS), such as shelter, livelihoods, education, health, water, and energy. Access to livelihoods is a key factor influencing decision-making for returnees and a primary determinant of sustainable reintegration. The lack of livelihood opportunities is also a key driver of urbanization, recruitment by armed elements, and irregular onward movements. The alarmingly high rates of poverty and unemployment also underline the profound socioeconomic and development challenges. Other gaps in the context of livelihoods include the need to match career and entrepreneurial skills with local job markets, limited access to financial services, and the need to provide support to microenterprises. Lack of linkages and representation of returnee and IDP families to the local Community Development Councils (CDCs) is one of the key challenges for re-integration prospects. Returnees and IDPs’ presence within host communities increases the pressure on shared community resources (e.g., water, healthcare, education, etc.). The lack of access to basic services and social safety networks exacerbates the vulnerability of persons with specific needs.
This project, in line with the Co-PROSPER strategy, will improve the protection space, and reduce vulnerabilities by increasing access to services. The actions mainly involve comprehensive spatial profiling of target populations in all the selected locations. Based on which, needs assessments, solution strategies and settlement improvement guidelines are developed as outputs. Spatial information guides the delivery of essential Humanitarian placemaking services that foster settlement development and informs HLP protection and infrastructure placements for displaced Afghans, affording them their protection and inclusion in sustainable socioeconomic development and reintegration.
In addition, this project aims to support conducive conditions for the sustainable reintegration by strengthening essential services and facilities in Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration (PARRs) while fostering social cohesion and strengthening community resilience and self-reliance capacities.
This is a field work position coordinating with the MIS associate and Project Managers and assisting in day-to-day beneficiary enumeration component of the project. S/he will be the collector of information of the returnee, IDP and host community.
- Conduct door to door assessment surveys for profiling communities in target locations.
- Contact the beneficiaries two days earlier to inform them about the household survey and get the specific address of the registered families.
- Visit the household at their location and take the bio-metric data of each member of the household.
- Collect the required data by filling-up the questionnaire based on the responses of the family members provide.
- Upload the data in the system on daily basis, Report their activities and progress to the community mobilization team and information management system on daily basis.
- The surveyors shall receive orientation training on the survey tools and equipment.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve programme goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
- Commitment to Continuous Learning: Keeps abreast of new developments in own occupation/profession; actively seeks to develop oneself professionally and personally; contributes to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback to learn and improve. learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn
- At least 12 grade graduates (higher level preferred)
- Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in data collection, uploading and familiarity with current data collection systems.
- Good speaking, reading and writing in Dari and Pashto are required to communicate with staff and beneficiaries. English is one of the Official UN languages which is necessary for this post.
- Familiarity with electronic Data system
- Good communication skills – both written and interpersonal will be essential, as most of the work will be done through a process of consultation at all levels and Experience in working with IDPs and returnees.
- Knowledge of UN rules and regulations is an advantage.
- Preferable knowledge of MS-Office applications.
- Knowledge of local area and community is essential.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the advertised post, fluency in oral and written English is required. In addition, fluency in a local language is required.
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