Programme Manager – Women CSO Project – Kabul

Full Time
Posted 2 years ago

UN Women, grounded in the vision of gender equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Afghanistan is one of the world’s most complex emergencies, and the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Afghan people are grappling with the impact of conflict, poverty, economic decline, and natural disasters. In this context, Afghan women and girls face unique vulnerabilities and require urgent support as gender inequality is interwoven with conflict dynamics and humanitarian needs. It is essential that Afghan women and girls can continue to shape the future of their country, and that their gains are protected. UN Women remains fully committed to supporting Afghan women and girls and to placing them at the center of the global response to the crisis in Afghanistan.

UN Women has been in Afghanistan for two decades. UN Women’s programming approach is informed by analysis of the political, economic and humanitarian situation, risks to and capacities of partner organizations, and needs and priorities of Afghan women and girls. UN Women Afghanistan currently has four key programme priorities: (1) Gender in Humanitarian Action, (2) Ending Violence Against Women, (3) Women’s Economic Empowerment, and (4) Women, Peace and Security. UN Women Afghanistan operates through its main office in Kabul and five sub-offices located in the provinces Balkh, Bamyan, Herat, Kandahar and Nangarhar. 

Women’s civil society organizations are a driving force for ensuring the availability of essential programming for women and girls and for advancing social cohesion and resilience, anchored in gender equality. However, women-led and women’s rights organizations in Afghanistan face a range of constraints that may limit their operational effectiveness. In absence of a dedicated investment in strengthening the organizational resilience of women civil society organisations, these organizations risk being unable to adapt to the Afghan crisis. 

To respond to the urgent need of support for the women’s movement in Afghanistan, UN Women has launched an initiative to rebuild organizational resilience of women’s civil society organizations. The Women Civil Society Project, offers core grants and demand-driven grants that aim to strengthen the institutional and adaptive capacity of Women’s Rights Organization (WROs) and Women Led Organizations (WLOs) within the context of ongoing humanitarian crisis; as well as other forms of support for advocacy and coordinated learning, sharing, and networking. Reporting to Deputy Country Representative and under the overall guidance of the UN Women Afghanistan Country Office Representative, the Programme Manager-Women CSOs Project exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under the women civil society project as well for managing the human and financial resources of the team. The Programme Manager works in close collaboration with the wider Country Office programme and operations teams, civil society, other UN agencies, and donors, as well as with the UN Women Regional Office and Headquarters in ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under this portfolio.

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