Activation Date: 25 May, 2021 Announced Date: 25 May, 2021 Expire Date: 01 Jun, 2021
In Afghanistan, IOM is the leading UN agency providing humanitarian post-arrival assistance to vulnerable undocumented Afghan returnees under its Cross-Border Return and Reintegration programme at all four major border crossing points with Pakistan- Torkham and Spin Boldak- and Iran- Islam Qala and Milak- through IOM’s network of Reception and Transit Centers. Assistance includes NFIs, food, cash for transportation, basic health screening, and accommodation and referral services for vulnerable persons.
IOM has been present on the Spin Boldak-Chaman border since 2016. Annually, tens of thousands of undocumented Afghans return to Afghanistan from Pakistan through the Spin Boldak border crossing in Kandahar province.
Provision of basic primary health services to undocumented returnees from Iran and Pakistan is an integral component of IOM’s Cross Border Return and Reintegration (CBRR) programme in which IOM’s Post-Arrival Humanitarian Assistance includes medical screening, primary health care and secondary referral services for Persons with Specific Needs. IOM’s medical services in Afghanistan are aligned to IOM’s global Migration Health Strategy. The primary focus of IOM’s emergency and basic essential health care is underserved and displaced populations in coordination with the Ministry of Health, WHO and the Health Cluster through Fixed Health Facilities and/or Mobile Health Teams.
Under the overall supervision of the Cross Border Return & Reintegration (CBRR) Programme Manager in Kabul; with technical support and supervision by the Migration Health Programme Officer and Emergency Health Coordinator; and direct supervision of the Head of Sub-Office in Kandahar, the selected candidate will lead on daily operational management, coordination and programme implementation of IOM’s ongoing cross border return response and migration health programming in Kandahar province.
Cross Border Return Response
- Lead on the daily provision of post-arrival humanitarian assistance to vulnerable undocumented Afghans returning through the Spin Boldak Border and IOM Transit Center in Kandahar city which includes physical distribution of materials, registration of returnees referred from DoRR as IOM beneficiaries, recording of relevant statistic information and assurance of quality of items provided to IOM by local service providers in coordination with the IOM Head of Sub-Office;
- In coordination with the PM in Kabul and the HSO Kandahar, take the lead on access coordination with relevant government, NSAG and partner agencies in the southern region to ensure daily feedback into operational decision making inclusive of deployments of teams in the field.
- Maintain and update all projects records and files on a daily, weekly and monthly basis with provision of information as requested by central office in Kabul towards weekly situation reports, donor reporting and related materials;
- At the direction of the Programme Manager and the Head of Sub-Office, liaise with the relevant Afghan government departments and other humanitarian stakeholders working in Kandahar (Kandahar city and Spin Boldak) on the coordination of assistance and working arrangements in the border area, particularly the Directorate of Refugees and Repatriation (DoRR), UNHCR, NRC, DRC, AADA, The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, Health Net TPO, UNICEF/HRDA, WFP, UNFPA, OCHA and others;
- Ensure coordination with other IOM programme units operating in Kandahar province including protection, DTM, Protection, RADA and the Humanitarian Assistance Programme;
- Provide assistance and support to the Afghan Returnee Information System (ARIS) and the Reintegration Information Center (RIC) to the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation in Kandahar as requested by the DoRR;
- Assist in administrative tasks as required such as organizing the Beneficiary Selection Assessment Forms, statistics and meeting minutes as resources towards periodic reporting;
- Lead on facilitating and receiving monitoring, evaluation, media, training and research missions and visits of IOM, current and potential donors, the Government of Afghanistan and other stakeholders;
- Monitor and supervise the attendance and performance of the staff of DoRR to ensure that eligible returnees are registered, selected and referred for post-arrival humanitarian and transportation assistance;
- In coordination with the Migration Health leads in Kabul, ensure day to day management of field level mobile health teams including coordination with the Public Provincial Health Directorate on geographic areas of deployment, support and scale up. Serve as overall in-charge at the field level for migration health programming inclusive of coordinating on procurement of medical supplies and medicines, vehicle/ambulance rentals and all related contractual issues; data collection and reporting; external liaison/relationship management with health partners including presentations to the Emergency preparedness and response working group and strategic engagement with health facilities across Kandahar province.
- Perform any other duties as assigned;
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
- Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
- Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
- Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3
- Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
- Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
- Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
- Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
- Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 3
Leadership: provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
Empowering others & building trust: creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
Strategic thinking and vision: works strategically to realize the Organization’s goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.
Note: The appointment is subject to funding availability.
Knowledge of Afghanistan’s complex migration dynamics required.
Knowledge of humanitarian access negotiation and experience in its implementation preferred.
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration or Political Science, Social Science or equivalent.
- A minimum of 4 years programme experience with the UN is required for this position;
- A minimum of 4 years of professional experience in related programmatic area and humanitarian coordination with specific experience working with undocumented returnee programming and health related responses for the provision of basic primary care and COVID-19 interventions;
- Experience working in complex, emergency response situations;
- Experience working in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province is mandatory for this position;
- Staff management experience is mandatory.
- Fluency in English, Dari and Pashto (oral and written)
Interested applicants are invited to send curriculum vitae through ACBAR website by Close of Business (CoB) 01 June 2021 latest, we do not accept hard copies.
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