Vacancies

We currently have 2 vacancies.

 

 

Civil Society Working Committee (CSWC) Consultant

 

Civil Society Working Committee (CSWC) Consultant

Post:                      Consultancy, full-time

Period:                 early July – 31 October 2017 (4 month contract)

Salary:                   Market rate 

Location:              Kabul

Deadline:             17 July 2017

Interviews:         19-20 July 2017

Start date:          22 July 2017

 

About BAAG

The British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) is a membership network supporting 29 NGOs operating development and humanitarian programmes in Afghanistan.  Established in 1987, its main activities include policy and advocacy, events and research focused on development and humanitarian needs and issues in Afghanistan.  Thematic areas covered include women’s and human rights, aid effectiveness, civil society and peace building.  BAAG work closely with partners, other networks and organisations in Afghanistan, Europe and worldwide, including ACBAR (Agency Coordination Body for Afghan Relief and Development), Afghanistan Women’s Network and Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organisation in Kabul and ENNA (European Network of NGOs in Afghanistan) in Brussels.  BAAG’s vision is to contribute to an environment where Afghans can take control of their own development and bring about a just and peaceful society.  BAAG’s mission is:

  • To enhance the abilities of Afghan civil society in influencing national and international policies on Afghanistan.
  • Bringing member agencies and wider relief and development community together to advocate continued international commitment to the development of Afghanistan
  • Sharing of information and knowledge to improve policy debate and decision making processes with a particular emphasis on ensuring that those processes reflect the views, needs and aspirations of the Afghan people.

 

Rationale for CSWC Consultant

In October 2016 the EU and Afghan governments jointly hosted the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (BCA), a donor conference to secure future commitments to Afghanistan and to agree reform and development milestones for both groups. In raising civil society’s voice in the BCA, Afghan civil society came together to form the Civil Society Working Committee (CSWC). The CSWC has representatives from various Afghan civil society networks and following the BCA, is now conducting follow-up to effectively monitor BCA commitments and advocate on priority issues.

The CSWC Consultant will bring together CSWC members through facilitating and coordinating CSWC activities. The position holder will be supported by BAAG staff in London and the Working Committee members. The post holder will report to the Working Committee and BAAG.

 

Main responsibilities

General

  • Support, as required, all monthly and ad hoc CSWC meetings, including logistics, preparation of materials, and drafting and circulation of meeting minutes;
  • Arrange and attend other, relevant, Kabul-based meetings including meetings between civil society and the Afghan government, and international organisations (such as UNAMA) and report back to CSWC members and BAAG;
  • Oversee follow-up of action points coming out of CSWC meetings;
  • Create and maintain a database of CSWC contacts;
  • Manage discussions with CSWC and BAAG regarding improvements to the CSWC structure

Strengthening the CSWC

  • Collate all advocacy themes raised from civil society’s BCA discussions and regional consultations;
    • Request and collate views from CSWC members on priority advocacy themes for upcoming months;
    • Manage discussions with CSWC and BAAG to agree approach for developing policies, recommendations and messages which will inform future work;
    • Identify capacity development needs of the CSWC in relation to SMAF monitoring and input into donor and government processes;

Civil society and civil society-state dialogue workshops

  • Support BAAG and the Working Committee to finalise the objectives and agenda for the preparatory workshop for civil society;
  • Lead the recruitment of a Position Paper Consultant for the workshop and its messages;
  • Oversee work of the Position Paper Consultant through to the finalization of the civil society position paper;
  • Lead in providing logistical support to the organisation of the workshop. This includes managing the guest list and invitation process, securing and coordinating with the venue, potentially assisting the regional representatives in their accommodation, providing relevant papers to attendees and similar event management activities;
  • Support BAAG and the Working Committee to finalise the objectives and agenda for the preparatory workshop for improved civil society-state dialogue;
  • Lead in providing logistical support to the organisation of the civil society-state dialogue workshop. This includes managing the guest list and invitation process, securing the venue and coordinating with the venue manager, potentially assisting the regional representatives in their accommodation, providing relevant papers to attendees and similar event management activities;
  • Liaise with other conference stakeholders including wider civil society groups, the media, the donor agencies and the Afghan Government to ensure effective flow of information about the workshop;
  • Organise a press conference to launch the civil society position paper following the two workshops.

                                  

Person specification requirements

Essential

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with at least 5 years of relevant work experience;
  • Kabul-based currently and familiar with the workings of Afghan civil society networks and donors;
  • At least 3 years of experience working for a national or international NGO, the UN or other International Organisation in a project management, advocacy, or campaigns capacity;
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining effective working relationships with multiple organisations;
  • Fluent in Dari/Pashto and proficient in English and able to write clearly and succinctly in English;
  • Strong time management skills;
  • Strong communications skills; experience of communicating effectively with a range of stakeholders;
  • Work well under pressure and in a remote management context; adaptable, resourceful and with good judgement.

 

 

Desirable

  • Previous experience of advocacy work targeted towards Afghan and international governments.

 

Application process

Please email your CV and a supporting letter, explaining how you meet the Essential requirements of the person specification, to Monica Encinas – Programme & Finance Officer – at monica.encinas@baag.org.uk

 

Applicants must be available to start on a full-time basis from early-July. 

Deadline for applications is 23:59 (GMT) 17th July 2017.

 

 

 

BAAG Trustee

 

Background of BAAG

BAAG is a unique advocacy and networking organisation which supports development and humanitarian programmes in Afghanistan.

 

Established in 1987, BAAG aims to ensure that Afghan voices are heard at national and international levels. Working with our 28 member agencies and others, BAAG raises awareness of the needs and aspirations of Afghans, particularly the poorest and most vulnerable.

BAAG promotes policies to counter poverty and encourage good practice in development and humanitarian work.  BAAG is increasingly seen as a source of expertise on Afghanistan, Afghan development needs and civil society by British and international policy makers, development experts and the media.

 

The BAAG team, based in offices on Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1, consists of three full-time staff – Director, Programme & Communications Coordinator and Finance & Admin Officer – and one part-time Senior Adviser for Policy & Advocacy.  Average turnover per year is approximately £200,000.

 

Board of Trustees

There are currently ten Trustees, including the Chair.  Two are representatives of BAAG member agencies.

The Trustees play an important role in the decision making and strategic direction of BAAG – they manage the business of BAAG, ensuring it is well run and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it was established.  They meet four times a year and, if necessary, on an ad hoc basis, to review the quarterly activities of the organisation, support plans for future activities and to ensure the financial stability of the organisation.  Their expertise supplements that of the BAAG team.

The Trustees operate on a wholly voluntary basis.

 

Role of the Trustees

Overall:

  • Maintain, and periodically review, BAAG’s vision, mission and values
  • Ensure that BAAG’s governance policies and practices are in line with best practices and Charity Commission’s guidelines
  • Support the BAAG team to develop BAAG’s strategy and activity plans
  • Support the BAAG team to develop and monitor organisational policies
  • Support employment procedures and salary reviews
  • Ensure compliance with governing bodies such as the Charity Commission
  • Scrutinise reports to the Trustees, ensuring transparency and accountability
  • Maintain proper fiscal oversight
  • Select, manage and support the Director
  • Maintain effective board performance
  • Promote the organisation

 

Specifically, our Trustees provide guidance and support to the BAAG team during the Trustee meetings and on an ad hoc basis. They help us to ensure BAAG is managed professionally, that its messaging and vision remain clear.  They help us ensure the sustainability and growth of BAAG.

 

Experience and qualities required

  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship; eligible to be a charity trustee or company director
  • An interest in, and commitment to, the mission, values and activities of BAAG
  • A strong team-player – a contributor of opinion and thoughts, whilst having the ability to collaborate and be accepting of others views
  • Strategic, envisioned and creative approach
  • An understanding of advocacy programmes and charity management would be beneficial

 

Time commitment required

The Trustee would be required to attend the four 60-90 minute Trustee meetings a year (or, on an exceptional basis, phone into these remotely up to twice a year), at the BAAG offices in SE1.  In addition, providing advice and guidance to the BAAG team and other Trustees is likely to require no more than a total of an additional day every other month, via phone calls, email and occasional face to face meetings.  

 Applicants should submit their CV and a supporting letter outline why they are interested in the role and meet the essential requirements, to Monica at monica.encinas@baag.org.uk by 31 July 2017.