- UNDP around the world
Many of UNDP's relationships with countries and territories on the ground exceed 60 years. Find details on our successes and ongoing work.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo (Dem. Republic of)
- Congo (Republic of)
- Costa Rica
- Côte d'Ivoire
- Democratic People's Republic of Korea
- Denmark (Rep. Office)
- Dominican Republic
- E.U (Rep. Office)
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Fiji (Multi-country Office)
- Finland (Rep. Office)
- Geneva (Rep. Office)
- Iraq (Republic of)
- Kosovo (as per UNSCR 1244)
- Lao PDR
- Mauritius & Seychelles
- Norway (Rep. Office)
- Papua New Guinea
- Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People
- Russian Federation
- Samoa (Multi-country Office)
- São Tomé and Principe
- Saudi Arabia
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- Sri Lanka
- Sweden (Rep. Office)
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- Tokyo (Rep. Office)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- United Arab Emirates
- About Us
- News Centre
Senior Access Specialist
|Location :||Kabul, AFGHANISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||29-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||IPSA (Regular)|
|Post Level :||IPSA-11|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Instructions to Applicants: Click on the "Apply now" button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit "submit application" tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.
The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.
A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.
Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.
UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions
Afghanistan is moving into the future against the backdrop of ongoing peace negotiations, it is confronted with many uncertainties and growing level of violence, but also faces several opportunities. UNDP is committed to supporting Afghanistan’s transition from a war economy to a peace economy. Attaining peace is the main precondition for taking advantage of development opportunities at the national and sun-national levels. Afghanistan also still needs to deal with the frequent droughts, floods, earthquakes, and gradual environmental degradation that have consequential effects on livelihoods of Afghan people.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has added strain to these challenges and may compromise past gains, halt progress, and threaten the country’s prospects. The pandemic also can further aggravate pre-existing fault lines by reducing trust in Afghanistan’s already weak institutions and strengthening perceptions among citizens of government inability or neglect in addressing pre-existing poverty and inequality. The success of leadership is conditioned not only on good governance, but also on its ability to provide public services to all citizens.
In view of the changing situation, the Government has proactively updated its plans and policies recently. This is reflected in the recent publication “Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF II): 2021 to 2025” which revolves around Peace-building, State-building and Market-building. Following the revised priorities of the Government. UNDP is adjusting its current programming, considering synergies with other UN agencies and the broader donor community.
The ultimate objective is to support the transition of Afghanistan while mitigating the effects of the dynamic of conflict and COVID-19 pandemic on the achievement of its longer-term development goals for which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a critical guide. In line with the current changing situation, UNDP is working towards developing new ways of working, including updating ongoing programmes and plans using integrated area-based approach, while keeping safety and security of staff and implementing partners as top priority.
UNDP Global Mission Statement
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement
UNDP helps countries to achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shock. In Afghanistan, a country in conflict, UNDP works for development and recovery choices that reduce vulnerability and contribute a development perspective to strengthen humanitarian and peace-building responses.
UNDP is committed to supporting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) with the achievement of its core objectives of self-reliance and peace and helping it to meet the challenge of the transition from a war to a peace economy. To meet these goals, the Government has identified a comprehensive set of national priorities in the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF). To achieve the Agenda 2030, the Government has also developed a set of 16 Afghan Sustainable Development Goals (A-SDGs) and national priority programs (NPPs) to place the country on a path towards sustainable development. Progress towards self-reliance and peace across the country will be guided and measured by the targets and indicators described in each of these frameworks. To support the Government’s efforts to implement the ANPDF, NPPs and the A-SDGs, UNDP offers a unique and highly integrated model for sustainable development based mainly on its traditional strengths in three main areas:
In addition, UNDP now has the mandate and the comparative advantage to support SDG integration and inclusive development to ensure faster progress on sustainable development. The COVID-19 pandemic has also highlighted an urgent need to adopt a systems approach that is orientated towards building resilience at national and sub-national levels to future shocks through continuously reviewed scenario analyses.
UNDP is committed to achieve sustainable development that maintains and improves the quality of human life in social, economic and environmental terms while being keen on current and emerging needs and achieving safety and economic justice between regions and rationalization of resources. The government of Afghanistan with support of international partners has made progress in governance and local development. However, Afghanistan has seen rapid demographic changes due to migration to cities which has affected the already weak and under-resourced local governance and delivery mechanism. Therefore, UNDP is updating its programmes and plans to enhance supporting development intervention at the local level, using integrated area-based approach to address disconnection between central and local development planning and between urban and rural areas, and to enhance ownership and participation of people in development planning and implementation.
The International Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNDP Resident Representative and in close collaboration with UNDP Security Unit and UNDP Portfolios teams, as well as other units within the UNDP Country Office. UNDP Office will provide office space and internet facility, logistical and other support service including transport and security applicable to UNDP international personnel when based in Kabul. The consultant however is expected to bring his/her own laptop and mobile phone and meet local communications costs (UNDP will provide a local pre-paid SIM card). Costs to arrange meetings, workshops, travel costs to and DSA during field visits (if any), etc, shall be covered by UNDP Office and included in the contract.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
In line with the above, UNDP recognizes that safety and security issues, and access to target areas plays a key role in implementing planned interventions and achieve desired results. Therefore, UNDP Afghanistan seeks technical support of an International Senior Access Specialist to cover the following activities/tasks:
UN CORE VALUES AND COMPETENCIES
Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.
Required Skills and Experience