• Applications for BCA representatives

Applications for BCA representatives

11 August 2016

UPDATE 18th August - the application period is NOW CLOSED



ALL Civil Society activists and representatives, who are keen to nominate themselves to attend

the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan to be held in Brussels, Belgium

from 4-5 October 2016


This is an open competition for all Afghan Civil Society activists and advocates throughout Afghanistan to nominate themselves to attend the upcoming Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (BCA) jointly hosted by the European Union and the Afghan Government in Brussels, Belgium, from 4 – 5 October 2016.

A Civil Society Working Committee (CSWC), representing a diverse group of NGOs, networks, and CS umbrella organizations, in close collaboration with the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG – an international NGO based in London, UK) has been working since May 2016 : 1) to enable an Afghan 10-member Civil Society delegation to the BCA; 2) to develop Afghan Civil Society’s position paper at the BCA, and; 3) to enhance Afghan civil society institutions advocacy efforts and interactions with the Nation Unity Government and the international community after the BCA.

The CSWC through its broad consultation with national NGOs and civil society groups, developed selection criteria for Afghan civil society actors interested in being part of the delegation to the Brussels Conference. Such individuals are asked to submit their application to the secretariat comprising ACBAR and BAAG, in line with the attached criteria.

To ensure transparency, the selection jury will be assigned by the Civil Society Working Committee and composed of representatives from Civil society. The Jury will be observed by 2 additional independent bodies - the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC).

The closing date for applications is set for 00:00 hrs, 17 August 2016. Applications should be sent through email to the secretariat through the following email addresses:


civilsociety.bca@gmail.com  and civilsociety@yahooweb.co


All civil society applicants are kindly advised to strictly follow the below criteria before sending their applications:

  1. Afghan with valid travel document: All CS representatives, who have valid passport (minimum 6 months validity), can apply. Possessing of valid travel documents is the sole responsibility of the applicant.
  2. Reliable Educational background and working experience: Those who are applying should enjoy a good education background and reliable working experience with civil society institutions.
  3. Effective Communication skills in English: It is required from all applicants to be fluent in English with effective communication skills, as there are many forums for direct interactions with politicians, MPs, INGOs and other interested stakeholders during the conference and the side events for the 10-member delegates to convey and share the core messages of Afghan people to them.
  4. Thematic Diversity: The delegation should be able to represent the key thematic areas including, but not limited, to human rights, women’s rights people with disability, elections, good governance, anti-corruption, economic development, peace, protection of children and IDPs. Gender and people with disability are considered as a priority for the selection, but not as separate criteria.
  5. Convincing CV and cover letter and Certificate: All applicants are required to submit an update CV of him/herself with a cover letter highlighting the reasons that he/she sees him/herself qualified and why they intend to attend the BCA. A valid certificate of the employer is also needed to be attached with the CV and the CL.
  6. NGO and Civil Society involvement: At least a minimum of 3 years of working experience with NGO community and civil society is required.
  7. Advocacy initiatives engagement: All applicants should enjoy experience of involvement in various thematic advocacy initiatives as highlighted in item number 4.
  8. Experience with National and International Media: BCA is a rare opportunity for Afghanistan’s future and long-term commitment of international community. It is anticipated that the Afghan delegates should have the experience of dealing and interactions with different media outlets to convey the Afghan people’s message in its best and most effective manner.
  9. Non-partisan and no political affiliation: All applicants are required to be non-partisan and with no political affiliation and membership of any political parties.
  10. No Government and profit-based organization (private sector): Applicants are required not to be a government or profit-based companies representative/employees.
  11. Recent travel abroad and visits to various provinces are advantages: Travel abroad and visits to various provinces inside the country (research, survey, or advocacy events) recently could be considered as advantages, but not sole indicators for selection.



Observers:UNAMA and AIHRC

Secretariat/Facilitator: BAAG


Phone Contact: +93 799350748