Afghanistan - A Human Resources Coordinator in Kabul

Job
from Première Urgence Internationale
Closing date: 31 Jan 2020

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 200 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian Situation and needs:

Afghan mission is the oldest PUI mission, with the first medical intervention launched in 1979 just after the Soviet Invasion. Since then, the country has mostly been in conflict, causing mass casualties and massive movements of population, within or out of the country. In 2017, 438,000 people have been internally displaced (bringing the total number of displaced people to 1.7 million) and there has been an influx of more than 550,000 afghan returnees from Iran and Pakistan. This high number of returns is putting pressure on host communities who are already strained by the conflict. The achievements realized by the international community following the post-2001 intervention are now jeopardized by the intensification of conflict and violence and fragile governance. Indeed, due to the increase of the attacks, casualties, displacements and consequently, of the acute needs, the United Nations reclassified Afghanistan conflict from protracted to an active one. Many Armed Opposition Groups (AOGs) are threatening the Government of Afghanistan, struggling to impose its vision of development, despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, nationally and internationally.

Insecurity, economic concerns, governance issues and increased pressure on the delivery of services are pushing many Afghans to risk their lives fleeing to Europe, as they fear for their lives in Afghanistan. Afghan refugees represent the third largest refugee group worldwide and the second largest contingent of asylum seekers to the EU.

In this scenario, with elevated pressure on aid actors, the capacity to deliver aid to the most in need in remote areas is extremely challenging. Access on the field is difficult in Afghanistan, especially in some province in the Eastern Region. The humanitarian crisis is looming as actors are overstretched and resources oriented to other crises. A high capacity to deliver aid is then required in such a complex environment where humanitarian needs are huge.

Our actions in the field:

PUI’s strategy is to address the fundamental needs of the Afghan population in respect with all humanitarian principles. Indeed, neutrality and impartiality are key principles to respect in order to enable humanitarian access to the affected populations. PUI has a strong health expertise in the country that can be used as an entry point to implement an integrated approach to support the population to regain their most basic needs and also to their self-sufficiency. Indeed, such problems as malnutrition and undernutrition request a multi sectoral and comprehensive response in order to decrease the prevalence of the phenomenon. Since the beginning of 2013, PUI in Afghanistan is intervening on emergency preparedness and medical activities for conflict-affected populations. With constant increasing of civilian casualties from January 2014 to December 2017 (around 10,000 documented during the year 2017), it is indeed crucial to have health staff prepared and equipped for mass casualties, and also to address displaced population needs. Due to the violent recent history of the country and the constantly increasing number of security incidents in the country, PUI is developing an advocacy plan for development of PFA/PSS (psychosocial support) in the country, in order to support the development of such activity countrywide.

The main programmatic objectives of the mission for 2018 and 2019 are: PUI will continue its emergency interventions in Kunar and Nangarhar provinces as well as expanding in the whole Eastern Region to procure live-saving assistance to people whose needs are the most urgent. The reduction of the malnutrition in Kunar by the implementation of targeted supplementary feeding program still constitutes a priority for PUI teams. With the presence of a PFA/PSS advisor and the implementation of Mental Health interventions, PUI keeps developing the MHPSS component in its mission. Finally, PUI is BPHS implementer in Kunar until at least end of 2018 and aims at remaining the main implementer in this province for the coming years.

As part of our actions, we are looking for a Human Resources Coordinator.

Under the supervision of the Head of Mission, the HR Coordinator works in close collaboration with the whole coordination team to:

  1. Finalize and implement the Human Resources policy in accordance with the PUI strategy and Afghan labor law

  2. Review and standardize HR procedures, tools and templates

  3. Support the administration departments in the bases with any HR matters

  4. Manage administrative issues from Kabul office (official letters, meetings, registrations, residency, visas…)

Tasks and responsibilities:

As direct responsible for all HR matters, the overall objective of the HR Coordinator is to ensure the good management of local human resources for the mission including by reviewing the existing procedures, tools and documents to ensure transparency and fairness, based on an internal diagnosis, in particular:

HR Policy definition and application: According to the mission strategy, S/he leads the development of PUI’s HR policy in the mission in accordance with the country of operation’s relevant legal framework (including fiscal aspects) and the organization’s policies and guidelines (including antifraud, protection, abuse prevention, etc.)

Administrative management and processes: S/he oversees and acts as ultimate reference in the administrative management of national teams as a whole (recruitment, pay, monitoring, appraisal, training, end of contract, filing, etc.), with a specific and strong support in regards with the payroll system and tools.

Remuneration package: After the implementation of a new salary grid in 2017, a follow-up and update need to be done in order to set salaries that make PUI more competitive to attract and retain staff. At the same time, the remuneration package needs to include the statutory constraints in terms of payment of the pension.

Recruitment process and tools: Given the age of the mission and the security context, the recruitment procedures and tools need to be reshaped in order to ensure a transparent, fair and competence-based recruitment system.

Training, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor/Master degree in HR management or other relevant qualification
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in HR or administration related positions at coordination level.
  • Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into the team, suitability for the job and assignment):
  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative and take responsibility
  • Resilience to stress
  • Diplomacy and open-mindedness
  • Good analytical skills
  • Organization and ability to manage priorities
  • Proactive approach to making proposals and identifying solutions
  • Ability to work and manage professionally and maturely
  • Ability to integrate into the local environment, taking account of its political, economic and historical characteristics

Languages:

English required

Proposed-terms:

  • Fixed-term contract – 3 months with the possibility of extension
  • Starting date: As Soon As Possible
  • Monthly Gross Income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
  • Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
  • Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
  • Housing in collective accommodation
  • Daily living Expenses « Per diem »
  • Break Policy : 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance
  • Paid Leaves Policy : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

For more information, please look at the complete job description on our website!

How to apply:

Please send your application (Resume and Cover Letter) to Romain Gautier, at recrutement@premiere-urgence.org