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The World Bank Group’s engagement in Afghanistan is significant. The World Bank provides approximately USD$ 900 million in grants to the government each year through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), one of the largest multi-donor trust funds managed by the World Bank. In addition, IDA assistance amounts to US$ 200 million annually. Further Information on the Bank's program in Afghanistan is available at http://www.worldbank.org/af
Background to the assignment
In providing financial and technical support to the Government, the WBG pays close attention to risks that can undermine development impact of its assistance. A set of policies and procedures have been developed to address specific risks such as fiduciary (the risk that the financing could be misused) and negative social and environmental impacts. Gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most pernicious types of risk that the WBG is deeply concerned about worldwide and is stepping up its efforts to address these in its operational environment.
The WBG has issued a Good Practice Note (GPN) on GBV in September 2018 in the context of the introduction of the new Environment and Social Framework (ESF) . It is designed to support Task Teams working on new projects being prepared under the ESF, as well as projects that are currently under implementation and subject to the safeguard framework that pre-dates the ESF. The GPN focuses on addressing and responding to GBV risks in Investment Project Financing (IPF) projects with major civil works. Specifically, it provides guidance on how to identify and assess GBV risks and response capacity; establish mitigation, reporting and monitoring measures; and develop response actions for GBV cases.
In 2019, the World Bank’s Afghanistan Country Office conducted a risk assessment of the portfolio to assess GBV, sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), and sexual harassment risks linked to the major civil works, province specific context and human development related work. This fed into the development of a GBV Road Map and the objective of this is to design preventive measures related to the GBV risks as well as mitigation and responses to GBV. In Afghanistan, a number of World Bank-financed projects have been assessed at high or substantial GBV risks and the World Bank’s Afghanistan Country Office has resolved to strengthen its capability to address these risks across its portfolio.
Overall Objectives of Assignment
To support the Kabul-based gender and social development team in implementing the Afghanistan GBV Road Map and to provide technical input and support on operational gender issues and policies in Afghanistan. This assignment will ensure that portfolio-wide, there is an understanding of key risk factors that contribute to GBV/SEA, and that there are effective and efficient ways to support implementation of appropriate measures that make projects safer for women and children.
Specific Required Tasks of The Assignment
1. Internal Operational Support
- Lead on implementing key activities of the GBV Road Map developed by the Social Development team for all World Bank active and pipeline projects in Afghanistan. These would include:
- Finalize the mapping of GBV services and service providers and continually update. Identify where there are gaps in services on a spatial (with geo-coding data) or thematic basis or for beneficiary groups.
- Lead on the design, methodology and delivery of a rapid qualitative assessment of female and child/minor preferences related to grievance redress uptake channels for GBV to inform grievance redress mechanism design.
- Identify entry points for strong referral networks and mechanisms, which could include working with service providers and organizations who may be contracted by the World Bank.
- Provide operational advice and support to task teams on how to identify, respond to and mitigate GBV at the project level. Initially the focus will be on projects in the health and education (including higher education) sectors.
- Provide technical support and guidance to the Country Office to develop safe, confidential and effective portfolio wide GBV grievance redress mechanisms (GRM).
- Review and assess existing project documents including those regulating the work of Contractor(s) (e.g. Operations Manual, ESMF/P as relevant, Ethical Codes of Conduct, GRM) and determine their effectiveness to address risks linked to sexual harassment and SEA, as well as the current measures being used to manage any incidents. With the procurement team identify measures to address any weaknesses or gaps.
- Provide support to the social safeguards and gender team in delivering gender and GBV outputs and responding to issues, as they arise. This may include trainings, including those delivered to clients and other stakeholders.
2. Analytical support
3. Engagement support
- In close consultation with the gender and social safeguards team develop tools and reports related to GBV risk mitigation initiatives, and ongoing learning/best practices within the Afghanistan team.
- Provide analysis on issues, developments and government or donor initiatives related to GBV, child protection and related topics.
- Stay in contact and communicate with key GBV-related agencies and organizations, including civil society groups and UN agencies, to ensure the World Bank is connected and apprised of relevant issues.
- Support the Country Management Unit (CMU) on policy dialogue with a wide variety of government, Bank and donor stakeholders on GBV issues and the development and implementation of GBV workplans in the Human Development (HD) sector (initially) to strengthen safeguards on a system-wide basis.
- Contribute to identifying new initiatives and or best practices locally and internationally that could improve the Bank’s knowledge and support in the field of GBV and contribute to ongoing guidance that is being developed globally.
- Develop talking points, memos, and briefing documents to assist World Bank teams, in responding to GBV/SEA.
4. Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance
- Provide day-to-day high-level strategic and programmatic advice and support to task teams to mitigate, prevent, and respond to SEA. Find entry points and opportunities to improve internal systems and maximize resources and investments for the benefit of the entire Afghanistan portfolio.
- Provide ongoing technical support to ensure that existing World Bank practices, as well as international standards, are being integrated to mitigate the risk of SEA into project design and preparation.
- Provide ongoing monitoring and support for corrective actions or develop implementation and work plans as the situation changes on the ground. This include ensuring that feedback is incorporated into projects, and quality improvements are regularly made.
- Lead the development and rollout of tailored trainings for staff and clients to build skills and knowledge on GBV and SEA risk mitigation measures and responses.
- Advanced university degree in social sciences, health, humanities, or related field.
- Minimum of 8 years relevant professional work experience at national and international levels, with a focus on violence against women and children, and GBV prevention and response measures, including sexual exploitation and abuse of children.
- Operational experience in the implementation of activities and approaches related to violence against women and children, sexual exploitation and abuse, GBV, gender, and child protection, an asset.
- Proven experience in designing and managing qualitative assessments for GBV programs, child protection, education, health, or related topic areas.
- Proven research and analytical skills, including demonstrated expertise in the development of technical papers and reports that contain programmatic guidance or recommendations related to violence against women and children/minors.
- Operational experience at country/regional level in the implementation of programming related to violence against women and children/minors or sexual exploitation and abuse.
- Capacity to work independently, support consultants, as well as share information, receive feedback, problem-solve with project staff, and engage in dialogue with external partners.
- Previous experience of working in a conflict-affected context is preferred.
- Experience in providing high-level strategic and operational advice and technical support to donors, multilateral, community organizations and policy makers on existing evidence of what works to prevent violence.
- Knowledge and experience of World Bank policies and operations considered an asset.
- Ability and willingness to live in Dubai and travel frequently to Kabul.
- Excellent English written and oral communication skills, including writing, presentation/facilitation, and editorial skills.
Note: The selected candidate will be offered a one-year appointment, renewable for an additional one year, at the discretion of the World Bank Group, and subject to a lifetime maximum ET Appointment of two years. If an ET appointment ends before a full year, it is considered as a full year toward the lifetime maximum. Former and current ET staff who have completed all or any portion of their second-year ET appointment are not eligible for future ET appointments.
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