Working with BAAG

20 October 2021

Job vacancies, closing date: 03 November 2021

 

Job Title: Administrator

Salary: Depending on experience
Length of Contract: 6 months
Based: London – flexible (home or office based)
Closing date: 03 November 2021

About us
BAAG is a unique advocacy and networking agency that aims to support humanitarian and development programmes in Afghanistan. Founded in 1987, we have around 30 member agencies and work closely with Afghan civil society groups, reflecting Afghan views and aspirations. BAAG is the only coordinating agency of its kind in the UK. It is a source of expert advice for policymakers, donors, media, and the public.

About the role
This role will partially support a new project funded through the Open Society Foundation to support advocacy for continued support to the Afghan State and Afghan civil society and the contribution they can make to the future of the country as well as provide general administrative support to the orgnaisation. The Administrator will join a small team to provide effective administrative support to BAAG and its Director and some support to other self-servicing staff. S/he will review and update current recording and information management and some financial tasks. S/he will be expected to be a full member of the team and take on other duties that are consistent with the job of Administrator and manageable. S/he will report to the Director.

About you
You should possess knowledge or interest in the Afghanistan context and have demonstrated experience providing reliable administrative support in an office or related setting. You will be detail oriented, self-motivated, and have strong writing skills. You should possess strong communication skills, with a track record of communicated to a wide range of stakeholders of various diverse backgrounds. You should be proficient in Excel and be able to read budgets and support finance tasks. You will uphold BAAG’s core values, including on inclusion, accountability, gender equality, and do no harm.

Further information
This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based. We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people
from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

How to Apply

To apply for this post please send in your CV and cover letter to Shamim Sarabi at shamim.sarabi@baag.org.uk outlining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by CoB 05 November 2021, please assume your application was unsuccessful.

Closing date: 03 November 2021
Planned Interview date: week beginning 15 November 2021

 

Job Description and Person Specification

Administrator

Post: Contract, Full-time
Period: 6 months
Salary: Depending on experience
Location: London – flexible (home and office based)
Deadline: Wednesday, 03 November 2021
Interviews: In the week beginning 15 November 2021
Start date: November 2021 (flexible)

About BAAG

The British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) was set up in 1987 by British NGOs as an umbrella group to draw public attention to the humanitarian needs of the population of Afghanistan and of Afghan refugees. BAAG’s role and membership have changed and expanded since its inception in response to the evolving situation in Afghanistan and the region. The experience and knowledge built up during the years is now consolidated in an effective and experienced network with a membership of organisations operating or supporting programmes in Afghanistan. BAAG’s mission is:

  • To enhance the abilities of Afghan civil society in influencing national and international policies on Afghanistan.
  • Bringing member agencies and the wider relief and development community together to advocate for the 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.

The Administrator
BAAG is a small organisation that has 30 member agencies and partners in Afghanistan. The demands on the staff are varied and they have heavily increased following the crisis is in Afghanistan, but this leads to an interesting job with a variety of tasks and experience.

The Administrator will join a small team to provide effective administrative support to BAAG and its Director and some support to other self-servicing staff. S/he will review and update current recording and information management and some financial tasks.
S/he will be expected to be a full member of the team and take on other duties that are consistent with the job of Administrator and manageable. S/he will report to the Director.

Main responsibilities 

  • Maintaining and developing BAAG’s information and administration systems, and where necessary designing them, to ensure that records are kept and key documents are available and accessible. The post-holder will be alert and sensitive to the nature of some of the information received and requirements for confidentiality.
  • Convening of meetings and some minute taking.
  • Being responsible for all aspects of the effective administrative functioning of BAAG. This includes travel arrangements, managing office equipment, filing systems, membership applications, and other admin tasks.
  • Administering all aspects of BAAG’s finances, such as payroll, payments, requisitions, reports, and statements. Ensuring full adherence to BAAG’s policies and procedures in consultation with BAAG’s Director and Treasurer.
  • Developing and maintaining an internal calendar of meetings, travels, donor reporting, schedules, and ensuring this information is easily accessible to all staff members.

Person specification requirements
Essential

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field with at least 2 years’ work experience.
  • Proven ability in the smooth administration of an office and its related work and administrative support to staff.
  • Ability to produce and analyse data accurately.
  • Experience of working within a finance related environment.
  • Sound knowledge of Office programmes including Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Knowledge of relevant database systems.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and an ability to draft concise and accurate minutes.
  • Self-motivated, focused and conscientious.

Application process
Please email your CV and a supporting letter, explaining how you meet the essential requirements of the person specification, to Shamim Sarabi at shamim.sarabi@baag.org.uk Deadline for applications is 03 November 2021. Interviews will be held the week of 15 November 2021.

 

Job Title: Communication Officer

 

Officer Salary: £30,000 – 33,000 depending on experience
Length of Contract: 12 months (fixed term)
Based: London – flexible (home or office based)
Closing date: 03 November 2021

About us

BAAG is a unique advocacy and networking agency which aims to support humanitarian and development programmes in Afghanistan. Founded in 1987, we have around 30 member agencies and work closely with Afghan civil society groups, reflecting Afghan views and aspirations. BAAG is the only coordinating agency of its kind in the UK. It is a source of expert advice for policymakers, donors, media, and the public.

About the role

This role will support a new project funded through the Open Society Foundation to support advocacy for continued support to the Afghan State and Afghan civil society and the contribution they can make to the future of the country. The Communications Officer will be responsible for all aspects of BAAG’s communications, working in close collaboration with the team and other stakeholders including Afghan civil society actors in Afghanistan and in exile. The Communications Officer will develop a Communications Strategy and Action Plan, will work in close collaboration with the Advocacy Officer and will report to the Director of BAAG. The plans will be based on the aims of a project proposal funded by the Open Society Foundation.

About you

You should possess a sound understanding of the Afghanistan context and have demonstrated experience developing and implementing effective communication strategies and action plans, and of developing appropriate communications and messaging outputs that are aligned to the policy and advocacy strategy. You will have a good understanding of the international donor environment, strong networking skills and have a reliable network of media contacts. You will have a proven track record drafting content, including press releases, and social media and online content. You will uphold BAAG’s core values, including on inclusion, accountability, gender equality, and do no harm.

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based. We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

How to Apply

To apply for this post please send in your CV and cover letter to Shamim Sarabi at shamim.sarabi@baag.org.uk outlining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by CoB 05 November 2021, please assume your application was unsuccessful.
Closing date: 03 November 2021
Planned Interview date: week beginning 15 November 2021

 

Job Description and Person Specification

Communication Officer

Post: Contract, Full-time
Period: November 2021 – October 2022
Salary: £30,000 – 33,000 depending on experience
Location: London – flexible (home or office based)
Deadline: Wednesday, 03 November 2021
Interviews: In the week beginning 15 November 2021
Start date: November 2021 (flexible)

About BAAG

The British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) was set up in 1987 by British NGOs as an umbrella group to draw public attention to the humanitarian needs of the population of Afghanistan and of Afghan refugees. BAAG’s role and membership have changed and expanded since its inception in response to the evolving situation in Afghanistan and the region. The experience and knowledge built up during the last years is now consolidated in an affective and experienced network with a membership of 30 organisations operating or supporting programmes in Afghanistan. BAAG’s mission is:

  • To enhance the abilities of Afghan civil society to influence 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.

The Communication Officer

The Communication Officer will be responsible for all aspects of BAAG’s communications, working in close collaboration with the team and other stakeholders including Afghan civil society actors in Afghanistan and in exile.
The Communications Officer will develop a Communications Strategy and Action Plan, will work in close collaboration with the Advocacy Officer and will report to the Director of BAAG. The plans will be based on the aims of a project proposal funded by the Open Society Foundation.

Main responsibilities 

  • Developing/reviewing, and assisting in the implementation of, effective communication strategies agreed with the Director and team;
  • Development of a communications action plan for one year, in collaboration with other stakeholders and linked to the Policy and Advocacy Action Plan, for Europe and the UK and informed by a review s/he will conduct of the views in these countries and by a feasibility study s/he will support, into maintaining contact with Afghan civil society, without endangering its members.
  • Taking responsibility for all aspects of drafting and editing public dissemination of relevant messages through press, broadcast and social media and websites;
  • Supporting the Director in managing the media and communication aspects of public events;
  • Developing and maintaining an effective network of media contacts and managing those relationships to achieve maximum positive media coverage for specific initiatives; and managing BAAG’s public information products with a particular focus on quality, accuracy and efficiency;
  • Developing, managing and updating BAAG’s website with particular attention to regularly updated content, layout and presentation of material. The post-holder will comply with all intellectual property rights, libel laws and other relevant regulations
  • Proactively identify funding opportunities for communications in support of BAAG’s objectives

Person specification requirements
Essential

  • Degree in communications, international development, international relations, or other related fields;
  • At least 2-3 years experience working in communications, media or campaigns, with demonstrable ability to understand the news agenda and trends and how to derive the maximum value from opportunities
  • Previous experience of working for an NGO and a broad knowledge of international development, preferably related to Afghanistan;
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly; an understanding of how to adapt writing styles for different audiences;
  • Understanding of the UK and European political context and experience of engaging with Parliamentarians, civil servants and military personnel;
  • Sound editorial judgement and the ability to tailor BAAG’s public messaging to audiences
  • Proven track record in social media – Twitter, Facebook etc - and in developing /managing a website
  • Understanding of current issues in Afghanistan;
  • Ability to work in a team. Desirable
  • Previous experience of working on conflict-affected countries;
  • Understanding of development issues and current debates;
  • Experience in coordination or joint advocacy approaches.

Application process
Please email your CV and a supporting letter, explaining how you meet the essential requirements of the person specification, to Shamim Sarabi at shamim.sarabi@baag.org.uk Deadline for applications is 03 November 2021. Interviews will be held the week of 15 November 2021.

 

Job Title: Advocacy Officer

Salary: £30,000 – 33,000 depending on experience
Length of Contract: 12 months (fixed term)
Based: London – flexible (home or office based)
Closing date: 03 November 2021 

About us

BAAG is a unique advocacy and networking agency which aims to support humanitarian and development programmes in Afghanistan. Founded in 1987, we have around 30 member agencies and work closely with Afghan civil society groups, reflecting Afghan views and aspirations. BAAG is the only coordinating agency of its kind in the UK. It is a source of expert advice for policymakers, donors, media, and the public.

About the role

This role will support a new project funded through the Open Society Foundation to support advocacy for continued support to the Afghan State and Afghan civil society and the contribution they can make to the future of the country.

The Advocacy Officer will be responsible for developing and managing a Policy and Advocacy Action Plan for the project year. It will set out key policy and advocacy ‘products’ and messaging to be delivered during the year, and set against key advocacy moments linked to other events and government meetings on Afghanistan. This will depend upon the structures which the Afghan interim government puts in place, such as the interim NGO Commissions. Briefings will be offered to the international community and relevant UK and European government representatives.
The Advocacy Officer will work in close collaboration with a Communications Officer and will report to the Director of BAAG.

About you

You should possess a sound understanding of the Afghanistan context and have demonstrated experience working with Afghan civil society networks and donors. You will have expertise in consulting I/NGO representatives to inform and develop evidence-based policy and advocacy messaging. A good understanding of the international donor environment, strong networking skills and proven experience on strategic advocacy engagement with governments and other important stakeholders will be a key part of the role. You will have a good understanding of designing and implementing policy and advocacy strategies and action plans and be proficient in monitoring them to demonstrate the changes they have made or contributed towards. You will uphold BAAG’s core values, including on inclusion, accountability, gender equality, and do no harm.

Further information

This role requires applicants to have the right to work in the country where this position is based. We value diversity and aspire to reflect this in its workforce. We welcome applications from people from all sections of the community, irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

How to Apply

To apply for this post please send in your CV and cover letter to Shamim Sarabi at shamim.sarabi@baag.org.uk outlining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by CoB 05 November 2021, please assume your application was unsuccessful.
Closing date: 03 November 2021
Planned Interview date: week beginning 15 November 2021

 

Job Description and Person Specification

Advocacy Officer

Post: Contract, Full-time
Period: November 2021 – October 2022
Salary: £30,000 – 33,000 depending on experience
Location: London – flexible (home or office based)
Deadline: Wednesday, 03 November 2021
Interviews: In the week beginning 15 November 2021
Start date: November 2021 (flexible)

 

About BAAG

The British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group (BAAG) was set up in 1987 by British NGOs as an umbrella group to draw public attention to the humanitarian needs of the population of Afghanistan and of Afghan refugees. BAAG’s role and membership have changed and expanded since its inception in response to the evolving situation in Afghanistan and the region. The experience and knowledge built up during the last years is now consolidated in an affective and experienced network with a membership of 30 organisations operating or supporting programmes in Afghanistan. BAAG’s mission is:

  • To enhance the abilities of Afghan civil society to influence 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.

The Advocacy Officer
Never has support for civil society and policy recommendations been so badly needed. Suitable interventions are being discussed and must be supported to avoid the worst outcomes. They will need to be analysed, communicated, and advocated for and they will include support for the values that are inherent in Islam: tolerance and respect for others, debate and peace.
This will involve working in a team and in collaboration with Afghan civil society in country and in exile, as well as staff of governments, the UN, NGOs and other relevant entities. BAAG, the British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group, has been in existence for more than thirty years and its members1 have been engaged in a wide range of humanitarian and development assistance as well as advocacy for the country and its people.

The Advocacy Officer will be responsible for developing and managing a Policy and Advocacy Action Plan for the project year. It will set out key policy and advocacy ‘products’ and messaging to be delivered during the year, and set against key advocacy moments linked to other events and government meetings on Afghanistan. This will depend upon the structures which the interim government puts in place, such as the interim NGO Commissions. Briefings will be offered to the international community and relevant UK and European government representatives.

The Advocacy Officer will work in close collaboration with a Communications Officer and will report to the Director of BAAG.

Main responsibilities 

  • In consultation with the BAAG team, its membership and the members of the Civil Society working Committee the Advocacy Officer will design, develop and implement the advocacy strategy;
  • Ensure that there is an effective and objective monitoring and analysis of developments in Afghanistan, in order to identify trends and priority areas that may impact the work of civil society, national and international, and their ability to provide for the needs of the Afghan people;
  • The postholder will arrange a workshop, meetings and a round table, draft policy and advocacy materials, briefings and papers, ensuring that BAAG’s advocacy and campaigns are properly informed by the work and experience of its member agencies and civil society partners. This will be carried out in close collaboration with the Communications Officer and where appropriate work closely with Bond, ENNA,
  • In conjunction with the member agencies, the Advocacy Group and the team identify those areas in the UK and Afghan government policies where BAAG can be most effective in promoting good policy and practice. Ensure effective collaboration, coherence and coordination between BAAG’s work and that of the individual member agencies and other networks;
  • Proactively identify funding opportunities for policy and advocacy in support of BAAG’s objectives.
  • Develop and manage an Advocacy Action Plan for the project year, which will set out key policy and advocacy ‘products’ and messaging to be delivered during the year, and set against key advocacy moments linked to other events and government meetings on Afghanistan.

Person specification requirements
Essential

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with at least 3 years’ work experience;
  • Familiarity 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 an advocacy capacity;
  • A good understanding of the role of the UK, UN and EU institutions, inter-governmental organisations, NGOs and other bodies in Afghanistan
  • The ability to analyse, assess and prioritise complex information and decide appropriate actions 1 BAAG members include Actionaid, Afghanaid, CAFOD, Christian Aid, Concern, Hand in Hand, Human Rights Watch, Islamic Relief, Linda Norgrove Foundation, Oxfam, Rahela Trust, SAFE, and World Vision
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and the ability to convey complex information in a format that can be understood by a range of audiences
  • Strong communications skills; experience of communicating effectively with a range of stakeholders;
  • The capacity to work well under pressure and in a team, being adaptable, resourceful and with good judgement. Desirable
  • Previous experience of advocacy work related to Afghanistan.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the humanitarian/development situation in Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries and of the specific issues affecting the population.
  • Fluent in Dari/Pashto.

Application process
Please email your CV and a supporting letter, explaining how you meet the essential requirements of the person specification, to Shamim Sarabi at shamim.sarabi@baag.org.uk Deadline for applications is 03 November 2021. Interviews will be held the week of 15 November 2021.