Policy and Advocacy Advisor for the Afghanistan Programme

Application Closing Date - 24 Jun 2016 
Job Start Date - As soon as possible 
Duration - until December 31, 2016
Location - Berlin with travel to Kabul, Afghanistan
Transparency International (TI) is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption. Through more than 100 chapters worldwide and an International Secretariat in Berlin, Germany, TI raises awareness of the damaging effects of corruption and works with partners in government, business and civil society to develop and implement effective measures to tackle it.
Afghanistan Programme
In 2016, Afghanistan stands at a critical juncture that will determine its future as a country. The new democratically elected government has taken power against a backdrop of withdrawing international forces. While immediate prospects for peace remain unclear, what is certain is that long-term stability cannot be secured unless a sustained effort is made to tackle corruption in the country. In 2015, Afghanistan ranked 166 out of 168 countries on TI’s Corruption Perception Index and 90% of citizens said corruption is a problem in their daily lives. Needed reforms can only take place with high level political will to address corruption.
Since 2012 TI has been working on Afghanistan actively seeking to change this, and is now on the breakthrough point of establishing a sustainable presence in Kabul with the programmatic and operational support of a Berlin-based team. By developing and implementing a 3-year Programme on Afghanistan (2016-2019), TI is taking the challenge to play a crucial role in tackling corruption and improve transparency, integrity and accountability at the national level. July-December 2016 is a critical period to deliver discrete outcomes for TI’s work in Afghanistan, which is the basis of seeking issue-expert consultants.
The objective of the consultancy is to provide an expert country advice and develop and implement the policy and advocacy strategy for the Afghanistan Programme in line with TI’s position and priorities. Accordingly, TI is inviting expressions of interest from a highly skilled consultant with experience in governance policies and practices as Policy and Advocacy Advisor for the Afghanistan Programme. 
With guidance from the Policy, Advocacy and Program Lead, the consultant will play a key role in monitoring, analysing and pursuing policy and advocacy strategic developments and results. The consultancy is envisaged to provide support on a rolling basis to the APD of Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) and its national partner in Kabul, from July until December 2016. 
  • Act as governance policy lead in consultation with the PPL and the APD team; 
  • Monitor developments in policy and practice and provide tailored information and advice on Afghanistan governance issues, targets and developments, including stakeholder mapping and issue scanning;
  • Play a key role for the development of advocacy and campaigning strategy in Afghanistan, strengthening TI’s ability to influence the Afghan government and the international community on governance policies;
  • Prepare policy briefings, letters and presentations and other written materials on governance issues, both for internal and external use;
  • Develop and maintain key relationships with the Afghan policy makers and donor institutions;
  • Play an expert advisory role and represent TI’s advocacy objectives during meetings, conferences, consultations and international events such as the international conference on Afghanistan’s ACA;
  • Work with other anti-corruption, human rights, development NGOs and networks in the context of joint advocacy initiatives; 
  • Maintain the Afghanistan transparency, anti-corruption and accountability policy compendium;
  • Coordinate the development of Input Paper on the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOO) and support its release and response;
  • Liaise with TI-S toward regional and global advocacy objectives likely to broaden the Programme's influence.
The Consultant should have the following qualifications:
  • A Master’s Degree in a relevant field, or in exceptional cases a proven body of academic work or publications on related subjects;
  • At least 5 years experience in governance, human rights or development sector, or at least 2 years on governance issues in armed conflict countries;
  • Excellent understanding of the Afghan government, institutions and policy on justice system, rule of law and good governance;
  • Excellent understanding of Afghanistan donors’ agenda, aid, security, governance and development policies, processes and political debates;
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills, demonstrable ability to provide strong leadership and representational skills in a multi-disciplinary setting;
  • Proven track record in planning and implementation of influencing strategies, including at national, regional and international levels, with an ability to develop and lead others to deliver strategic outputs in line with the requirements of an evolving strategy;
  • Proven record of media, advocacy and communication experience in international and national contexts;
  • Demonstrated delivery of policy development and advocacy results in a similar context;
  • Experience in alliance building in working with civil society partners and across multi-cultural environments;
  • Diplomacy, tact and negotiation skills, coupled with a drive to achieve results;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible and sensitive in demanding situations;
  • Excellent level of written & spoken English. Knowledge of Afghan official language is an advantage;
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of TI.
The PAA consultant can anticipate a 40-hour weekly commitment until 31 December 2015;
The indicative fee range for these consultancy services is 17.500-22.200 EUR total (negotiable based on experience and commencement date);
Eligible expenses (determined in contract) will be covered by TI, including business trips.  If the consultant is not Berlin based, financing for travelling to Berlin can be discussed;
TI will cover insurance for any business trips, however it will be the responsibility of the consultant to secure this insurance.
Transparency International e.V. (Secretariat), (TI-S) is registered as a Business Entity in Germany with VAT identification number DE273612486. In order to determine the Value Added Tax (VAT) implications of this tender, we kindly request that the Consultant complete the Vendor Form and submit their answers along with their email application. 
Applications should be sent by close of business of 24th of June 2016.
Candidates are requested to provide the following documents in English:
  • Letter describing your motivation and qualifications for the assignment;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Completed Vendor form
Applications should be sent preferably by email to: APDConsultant@Transparency.org
Please indicate “PAA Consultancy Afghanistan” in the subject line of your email application.
Due to the high volume of applications, please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
Transparency International is an equal opportunity employer.
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