Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
INTERSOS has been present in Afghanistan since October 2001, with its main office in Kabul and sub-offices in Jalalabad, Maimana, Kandahar and Lashkar Gah. Currently, INTERSOS is present with operation capacity in Kandahar and maintains its office in the capital city (Kabul) for representative purposes, supervising also an Education in Emergency intervention in Kabul.
Currently, INTERSOS’ humanitarian response strategy for Afghanistan is paying attention to emergency needs of the conflict-affected population, in particular IDPs, documented and undocumented returnees (from Pakistan and Iran) and vulnerable/isolated host communities. INTERSOS’ strategy is to provide for emergency response capacity in 4 main sectors: protection (including Education in Emergency), health-nutrition, livelihoods and WASH. As such INTERSOS has also ongoing multi-sector humanitarian programs (with its 4 priority sectors integrated), opting for an area- and community-based approach in Southern Region and targeting both returnees coming from Pakinstan and conflict affected IDPs.
In the last 15 years, INTERSOS has been working on various aspects of the Afghan emergency, mainly focusing on repatriation and returns, protection, water and sanitation, reconstruction, humanitarian demining, mine risk education, and institutional building. For INTERSOS Afghanistan remains a key humanitarian emergency for its geopolitical importance and because of the internal dynamics related to manmade and natural disasters. Humanitarian gaps and needs are high in the provinces where we are currently operating and even more in others. In order to respond to the ongoing emergency in the country and given the shortage of players currently engaged, INTERSOS considers really important its contribution with his experience to bring aid and assistance to those affected by the crisis.
The main strategic objective that the new Head of Mission should pursue is to boost INTERSOS presence in the capital city while assessing the humanitarian situation in the southern provinces (Kandahar, Helmand and Nimroz provinces) in order to actively participate to the most relevant coordination meetings and plan short term emergency operations mainly targeting returnees and conflict affected IDPs.
General purpose of the position
The Head of Mission (HoM) shoud be INTERSOS' referent in Afghanistan vis a’ vis international donors, main stakeholders and national team in Kabul and Kandahar;
He/She should define country priorities and strategies based on needs assessments and the analysis of the context of the country.
Main responsibilities and tasks
The HoM is required to:
Education: Master degree in Social Science, Community Development, Social Work and/or equivalent practical field experience, preferably with a humanitarian organisation;
Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English, good reporting and communication skills are required.