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UNDP has been working across Afghanistan for more than 50 years on challenges related to climate change and resilience, gender, governance, health, livelihoods and rule of law. Guided by the government and its Development Councils, our work is fully aligned with the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework and National Priority Programmes, and is carried out in close coordination with partner UN agencies under the One UN Framework. As the UN’s development network, we connect the Afghan government and people with the resources and information they need to drive their own development according to their own priorities, as well as to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


The European Union and the United Nations have launched the Spotlight Initiative, a multi-year programme aimed at addressing all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG), and harmful practices. The Spotlight Initiative (SI) in Afghanistan main goal is to reduce the prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and harmful practices (HP) against women and girls in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan SI initiative targets the most at-risk groups, to accelerate efforts towards the elimination of sexual gender-based violence and harmful practices. The initiative is tailored to promote Agenda 2030’s guiding principle of “leaving no one behind”. Across the six Pillars, the SI in Afghanistan will bring women and girls including those with intersecting forms of discrimination and marginalization to the center of the interventions. The design of the SI is recognizing that the empowerment of women and girls, and their unique experiences in bringing solutions based on their inter-sectional ties is the key to design and implement a programme that responds to the needs and priorities of women and girls of Afghanistan in all their diversity.

Task description

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative and the daily direct supervision of the Project Manager of the Enhancing Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Afghanistan in the UNDP Afghanistan Country Office and working closely with the Technical Lead Coordinator (TLC), hosted by UN Women, and the overall Spotlight Initiative Coordination Team (SICT), led by the RC Office (yet to be appointed), the UN Volunteer is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring the Spotlight Initiative Pillar 1 and Pillar 2. Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative for Programme the UNV will: • Support to ensure programme planning, implementation, and monitoring. • Documentation of specific stages of projects/programme implementation, best practices, case studies. • Effective support to Spotlight Initiative through maintenance of budgets. • Support the management of the Spotlight Initiative Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: Support to ensure programme planning, implementation, and monitoring • Manage the overall Spotlight Initiative work plan development and implementation according to Country Programme Document. • Ensure timely implementation • Support the implementation of a results-based management and accountability approach • Identify and design advocacy and lobby opportunities and interventions for effective legislative and institutional strengthening and overall interest of the programme. • Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the Spotlight Initiative programme in the • Targeted states for effective legislative and institutional strengthening. • Lead the delivery of the specific components on legislative and institutional strengthening to ensure domestication and implementation of laws and policies. • Support programme formulation, oversight, and quality assurance • Prepare briefing notes on relevant issues as required. • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training, and capacity development initiatives to partners. • Guide coordination with national partners and other stakeholders • Provide technical assistance to local partners supporting programme implementation Documentation of specific stages of projects/programme implementation, best practices, case studies. • Provides effective support to management of the programme focusing on the achievement of the following results • Establish and maintains accurate and up-to-date filling system for the documents, keeps information and reference material in a manner which allows easy retrieval. • Contribute to the preparation of status and progress reports by collecting information, preparing tables, and drafting selected sections. • Draft and/or types of correspondence, notes, documents, reports, prepares required contracts, keeps the necessary flow of correspondence • Support the drafting of progress reports, quarterly reports, and annual reports • Support the documentation of good practices from the programme. Effective support to Spotlight Initiative through maintenance of budgets. • Review the projects’ progress and financial reports. • Review project implementation and expenditure using ATLAS • Prepare requests for payments, reports on expenses, budget revision and other required supporting documentation for all financial transactions; records these transactions accordingly. • Support review of financial reports submitted by Implementing partners, review vouchers/receipts and prepare supporting documents for recording expenditure in ATLAS • Coordinate with consultants/implementing partners on submission of deliverables, review and submit supporting documents for payment. Support the management of the Spotlight Initiative • Provide logistical support and prepares background materials for use in workshops, seminars, training sessions, meetings, visiting missions, field trips, etc. • Assist in organizing meetings, workshops, conferences, and missions. • Liaise with the Programme Specialist in the RCO and UN Women, national counterparts, donors, to ensure the Programme results are achieved and resources are managed. • Establish systems for project planning, implementation, and monitoring, in collaboration with partners. • Record and maintain documents on relevant Programme activities, issues, and risks. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Provide annual and end of assignment reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities using UNV’s Volunteer Reporting Application- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

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