SPECIALIST, COMMUNITY POLICING (LOTFA)
|Application Deadline :||22-Aug-12|
|Additional Category||Crisis Prevention and Recovery|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One Year (with possibility of extension)|
UNDP supports stabilization, state building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP has played a key role in the management of the Law and Order Trust Fund, which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and in efforts to stabilize the internal security environment. Major demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation and area-based livelihoods and reconstruction programmes have taken place nationwide. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.
LOTFA Project: The Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) phase VI consists of three distinct pillars: (1) police remuneration, infrastructure and equipment (2) capacity development (3) community policing (police-e-mardumi). LOTFA phases I-V focused mainly on remunerations for police and later correction officers, infrastructure and equipment to ensure basic functioning of the police (Pillar 1).
Phase VI (2011-2013) started preparing the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and the Afghan National Police (ANP) for transition with an enhanced Pillar 1 and two newly developed Pillars 2 and 3, working in an interlinked and integrated manner to:
- Develop the MOIs and the Ministry of Finance’s capacity to take over Pillar 1 functions in a transparent, effective and accountable manner;
- Develop the MOIs capacity to transform towards an effectively and professionally managed and accountable MOI that facilitates a professional ANP responsive to the needs of people;
- Develop the ANPs capacity to ensure increased security and safety for children, women and men in Afghanistan and to respond to their specific safety and security needs.
In particular and in close inter-linkage with the other Pillars, the Community Policing Pillar facilitates public-police relationship building activities seeking to influence the acceptance of broader civilian policing values through practice and to inform the MOIs policies. It is based on democratic values and principles that are embedded in local culture such as community consultations and builds on them to integrate and institutionalize civilian policing principles into policies, strategies and practices of the MOI. The Pillar started with a pilot implemented during 2010 in 8 districts in Kabul after which the MOI requested LOTFA to expand the programme to a larger number of districts. In 2011, the Minister of Interior formally indicated the willingness to institutionalize community policing and develop broader civilian policing, through the formal establishment of the Police-e-Mardumi Secretariat and the integration of civilian policing as a key area in the National Police Strategy and Plan (1390-1391).
Community policing initiatives from the ANP supported by LOTFA and other partners, harnessed positive results in increasing trust in police and an increased perception of security and safety by the Afghan population. This culminated in the endorsement of the principle of community policing by the Ministry of Interior and the establishment of a Community Policing Secretariat. To gain this momentum and increase visibility, urgent increase in capacity is needed in the community policing pillar.
The Specialist, Community Policing will work under the overall guidance of the LOTFA Community Policing Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Specialist, Community Policing in collaboration with the head of the Community Policing Secretariat (CPS), other administrative and operational units in the Ministry of Interior, LOTFA Pillars, UNDP and other agencies and partners will perform the following key functions;
- To facilitate the development of a plan, which includes organizational structure and position requirements, defined functions, and a programme of activities, to establish the CPS as an effective policy, planning and oversight unit integrated into the authorized and funded strength (Tashkil) of the Afghan National Police.
- To coordinate activities with the operational policy sector of the MOI and other development partners including; Nato Training Mission in Afghanistan (NTM-A), European Union Police Mission (EUPOL), UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), International Police Coordination Board (IPCB) and the Strategic Support to the Ministry of Interior (SSMI) project to facilitate the development of operational policies and procedures for directing community policing and other external engagement strategies both nationally and sub-nationally.
- In collaboration with the M&E expert, to encourage the use of public opinion polling, statistical analysis, website correspondence, complaint reports and other information sources in developing proactive, evidence-based strategies for responding to the needs of the public, in particular women, and for informing policy and training development.
- In collaboration with the M&E expert and the communication specialist, to develop sustainable mechanisms through which the CPS can register, report, communicate and act on information received from the community policing interventions.
- To assist the CPS in the coordination and mainstreaming of bilateral and international initiatives in community policing such as training materials, training methodologies, practices used by partners.
- To build the capability of the CPS to advocate for community policing within the Government and advise the Minister and MOI management on the internal changes needed in the MOI to allow it to respond to the policing needs of the public throughout Afghanistan and to engage effectively with external partners and stakeholders.
- To analyze and research in close collaboration with Pillar 2 ways to increase impact of community policing initiatives on the empowerment of women.
- In collaboration with the M&E expert, facilitate research based/public perception survey based monitoring and evaluating of progress and impact of UNDP and the Secretariat’s interventions in community policing, in particular impact on safety and security for women (e.g. through inclusion of questions in police perception survey).
- Contribute to the development of LOTFA phase 7 (April 2013-March 2016).
- Contribute to project and donor reporting requirements.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religious, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
- Fully proficient computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications, e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, internet, PP, database packages, etc. Experience with web-based management systems;
- Ability to work with a wide cross-section of partners including Government, donors, I/NGOs and community-based organizations;
- A team player and self-starter able to inspire and influence action;
- Mature judgment combined with a proactive, resourceful and energetic approach to problem solving. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; and strong organizational and time management skills;
- Capacity to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines;
- Demonstrated behavior of professional and personal ethics, transparency and openness;
- Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially with primary stakeholders
Required Skills and Experience
- Master degree in International Development, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences, Police Academy or related field
- 7 years of relevant experience at the international level in supporting policy and institutional and systems development in Government institutions, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international and national organizations and national governments
- Fluency in English required and fluency in Dari and/or Pashtu will be an asset.
Incomplete applications or applications received after the closing date will not be given consideration. Please note that only applications who are short-listed will be contacted.
For more detailed information about UNDP Afghanistan please visit our website at www.undp.org.af
- Successful candidates must be prepared to start work within 3 weeks of the offer of appointment.
- Internal candidates who have served a minimum of 12 months in the current assignment are invited to apply.
- Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
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