SCA has been working in Afghanistan since 1982 and is presently managing development programmes linked to Strategic Objectives concerning Health, Education, Rural Livelihoods and Community Governance with a total annual budget of roughly USD 40 million. The total number of staff is around 6000 of whom 15 are non-Afghans. The SCA presence in Afghanistan consists of the Kabul Management Office (KMO), five Regional Management Offices and three Liaison Offices. In Sweden SCA has 20 staff working at the Stockholm Management Office (SMO) and around 4,000 members organized in local chapters all over the country.
During the last decade, SCA has undertaken a change process moving from a primarily humanitarian service delivery approach towards more of a developmental role, putting increasing emphasis on capacity development, rights-based programming and outcome orientation. The mission of SCA is to empower individuals, communities and local organizations, primarily in rural areas and with particular focus on women, girls, boys and vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, so that they may participate fully in society and influence their own development.
Human Rights and Gender Unit
The Human Rights & Gender Unit (HRGU) is a policy and methodology unit at the Programme Department at the Kabul Management Office. The unit consists of a national manager, specialist and two other staff. It is contributing to enhanced effectiveness in achieving SCA’s development objectives by developing and mainstreaming strategies, methods and tools through and by:
The role of the HRG Unit internally within SCA is to develop mechanisms and tools for integrating Rights Based Approach (RBA) and Gender Mainstreaming (GM) within SCA Programmes, build staff and partner capacity, and provide strategic support and guidance to each programme within the project cycle. Externally, HRG Unit through networking, research and advocacy at different levels promotes an enabling environment for fulfillment of Rights especially those related to women and children.
Scope of Work
The Senior HRG Specialist role mainly focuses on three areas that include a) strategic and technical input to gender sensitive programming and gender responsive budgeting across SCA, and b) HRG unit level annual planning and reporting c) when nominated, represent SCA in national rights/gender related networks/ working groups.
Under supervision of the HRG Manager, to whom s/he reports, the Senior HRG Specialist has a central advisory and execution role in designing, strengthening and developing of the SCA work with human rights and gender for ensuring long-term outcomes. S/he guides processes related to policy, strategy and methodology, and provides technical support for gender responsive planning, monitoring and reporting. The role encompasses strategic work on institution and system levels as well as capacity building of key Programme/Project staffs on RBA integration and gender mainstreaming. Together with HRG Manager, s/he supports the Masculinity Alliance set up and led by SCA. S/he will be the lead focal person for Rights Based Approach for programming, child (girls and boys) rights and protection in SCA. s/he also supports/guides programmes (Health, Education, Rural Development, Disability) and cross cutting units i.e. (Civil Society and Capacity Building, Advocacy, Communication, Planning, Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting) to ensure contributing to Sustainable Development Goals especially those related to gender, human rights and child protection.
The HRG Specialist will have the mandate to mentor, train and technically support HRGU national staff particularly the Senior Human Rights and Gender Officers at Kabul and Regional Management Offices.
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The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan Board bears overall responsibility for all operations in Sweden and in Afghanistan. The Board is appointed at the SCA annual general meeting.
The SCA Secretary-General, Andreas Stefansson, leads operations and reports to the Board.
In Sweden there is an office of around twenty employees, working with fundraising, communications, aid coordination and administration.
The majority of operations are carried out in Afghanistan, where the organization has more than 5 000 employees. Afghan headquarters are in Kabul. Operations are then divided among five regional offices who lead local activities.