Afghanistan – A Human Resources Coordinator in Kabul
Afghanistan – A Human Resources Coordinator in Kabul
Type of contract
Fixed Term Contract
Expected start date
As soon as possible
Duration of mission
Afghan Mission is the oldest PUI mission with the first medical intervention launched in 1980 just after the Soviet invasion. Since then, Afghanistan has mostly been in conflict, with national armed groups and international forces that is causing mass casualties and massive movements of population within or out of the country. According to IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), the total number of displaced population for the period 2012-2019 that currently live in host communities reached 4,350,900 individuals. The same time, the country has witnessed a strong wave of returnees from abroad at 3,451,510 people. This latter figure is expected to grow further in 2020 as large numbers of Afghans have fled the COVID-19 outbreak from neighboring countries (mainly from Iran). The high number of returns put additional pressure on host communities, fragile livelihoods and public services that are already strained by conflict and economic underperformance.
The achievements realized in the years following 2001 invasion are now jeopardized by the intensification of conflict and violence and fragile governance. Indeed, due to the increase of the attacks, casualties, displacements and consequently, of the acute needs, the United Nations reclassified Afghanistan conflict from a protracted to an active one. Armed groups are threatening the Government of Afghanistan that struggles to impose its vision of development despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, nationally and internationally.
As Afghanistan continues to face an extremely complex humanitarian challenges, the country remains one of the world’s largest refugee crisis. According to the World Bank data, by end of 2018, the number of Afghans refugees stood at close to 2.7mln, following only the Syrian crisis.
In the current context, with elevated pressure on aid organizations by different actors, fragmentized conflict that happens to a large extent away from urban centers, the capacity to deliver aid to those in need is particularly challenging. Access to remote areas is volatile, with military offensive and/or threats, expulsion by armed groups that cause agencies to suspend their operations at times. Health actors are particularly at risk as attacks on health facilities and staff continue to happen across the country with a visible intensity in areas where PUI operates.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic advanced the crisis even further. Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) expects now 14mln of Afghans, or 37% of the country’s population, in need for assistance. This figure is revised upward from 9.4mln estimated earlier in 2020 and from 6.3mln in 2019.
PUI’s strategy/position in the country
PUI orients its programs on addressing the fundamental needs of the Afghan populations through provision of assistance based on humanitarian principles and aligned with the concept of do no harm. Indeed, neutrality and impartiality are the key in order to enable humanitarian access to the affected communities, in particular in remote areas and territories contested or under control of the armed groups. PUI interventions are implemented in a coordinated manner and must demonstrate strong support and co-ownership of the stakeholders and beneficiaries. Grass root approach and engagement of communities is possible as the Agency maintains acceptance and relationships locally for years, and involves stakeholders in all stages of its actions from design of activities to community-based feedback mechanism and other accountability instruments.
Over the past 40 years of response in Afghanistan, PUI has delivered health and nutrition assistance with aim to reduce morbidity and mortality in vulnerable populations. The Organization contributed to the reconstruction of the health system and expansion of access to quality health services across 11 provinces altogether.
Until now, health remains PUI strong expertise in the country and the entry point to implement the integrated approach that combines primary health care, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, hygiene and sanitation, and increasingly psychosocial support. Since 2013, PUI has started interventions on emergency preparedness and trauma services to conflict-affected populations. As Afghanistan became the world’s deadliest conflict in 2018 with 59% annual increase in terrorism-related deaths, it is indeed crucial to maintain capacity to respond to mass casualties and/or populations displaced suddenly.
In terms of geographical coverage, PUI increasingly orients its operations to remote areas and territories contested or under the control of the armed groups.
Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the HR Coordinator works in close collaboration with the whole coordination team to:
- Finalize and implement the Human Resources policy in accordance with the PUI strategy and Labor Law of Afghanistan
- Review and standardize HR procedures, tools and templates
- Support the administration departments in the bases with any HR matters
- Manage administrative issues from Kabul office (official letters, meetings, registrations, residency, visas…)
As direct responsible for all HR matters, the overall objective of the HR Coordinator is to ensure the good management of local human resources for the mission including by reviewing the existing procedures, tools and documents to ensure transparency and fairness, based on an internal diagnosis, in particular:
- HR Policy definition and application: According to the mission strategy, S/he leads the development of PUI’s HR policy in the mission in accordance with the country of operation’s relevant legal framework (including fiscal aspects) and the organization’s policies and guidelines (including antifraud, protection, abuse prevention, etc.)
- Administrative management and processes: S/he oversees and acts as ultimate reference in the administrative management of national teams as a whole (recruitment, pay, monitoring, appraisal, training, end of contract, filing, etc.), with a specific and strong support in regards with the payroll system and tools.
- Remuneration package: After the implementation of a new salary grid in 2017, a follow-up and update need to be done in order to set salaries that make PUI more competitive to attract and retain staff. At the same time, the remuneration package needs to include the statutory constraints in terms of payment of the pension.
- Recruitment process and tools: Given the age of the mission and the security context, the recruitment procedures and tools need to be reshaped in order to ensure a transparent, fair and competence-based recruitment system.
Bachelor/Master degree in HR management or other relevant qualification
Professional Experience abroad required
Humanitarian: at least 5 years
Technical: at least 5 years
Previous experience in volatile contexts or conflict zones
Ability to work independently, take the initiative and take responsibility
Resilience to stress
Diplomacy and open-mindedness
Good analytical skills
Organization and ability to manage priorities
Proactive approach to making proposals and identifying solutions
Ability to work and manage professionally and maturely
Ability to integrate into the local environment, taking account of its political, economic and historical characteristics
Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 9 months
Starting Date: As Soon As Possible
Monthly gross income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
Housing in collective accommodation
Daily living Expenses « Per diem »
Break Policy: 5 working days at 2, 4, 8, 10 months + break allowance
Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
Person in charge of this offer
Agathe Pajot, Human Resources officer for expatriates