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Vacancy announcment: Gender advisor

The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kabul is searching for an experienced and articulate candidate for the position of gender advisor.

Norway has had a long engagement with Afghanistan. Professor Morgenstierne visited on linguistic expeditions as far back as 1927. Large numbers of Norwegians became involved in solidarity, humanitarian, and development work from 1979 onwards. This is still ongoing, with an annual development budget of around NOK 700 million. Overall Norwegian development goals have been: (1) strengthening Afghan institutions, including within the field of rule of law and security; 2) contributing to a political settlement; and (3) contributing to a sustainable and just development, humanitarian efforts, and to the promotion of good governance, human rights and gender equality agendas. Particular thematic priorities have included education and rural development, as well as gender equality and women and youth’s empowerment and rights. Norwegian funding for Afghanistan is channeled through the UN, World Bank and the Norwegian and international NGOs as well as the Afghan Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC). Norway is a long-standing contributor to the Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan, which aims to support a sustainable and professional Afghan National Police Force. Norway is also a contributor to NATO’s Resolute Support mission through the presence in Kabul of a military advisory team that trains and assists Crisis Response Unit 222 of the Ministry of Interior.


The gender advisor’s role will be to analyse and report on the situation of women and youth in Afghanistan in all fields and areas (political, electoral, legislative, social and cultural, employment and commerical, humanitarian,with regards to women, peace, and security, and education). The advisor will advise the leadership of the embassy on all gender- and youth-related questions as they pertain to Norwegian development and humanitarian programming and political engagement, with a particular focus on UN Security Council Resolution 1325.


The Royal Norwegian Embassy offers a good working environment and a competitive salary package. We value professionalism, teamwork, and a focus on results.


Female applicants are encouraged to apply.

Duties and responsebilities

  • Monitor and analyze developments on gender at national and international level;
  • Undertake systematic gender and youth-focused analysis relating to all areas of interest to the embassy;
  • Provide advice and policy recommendations on strategic issues relating to gender equality and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan and on how to mainstream gender and youth perspectives across core areas of Norway’s engagement in Afghanistan;
  • Track and monitor the progress on gender equality and women’s and youth empowerment in all the Embassy’s work and grants;
  • Write reports as appropriate;
  • Represent the Embassy in relevant meetings;
  • Work with representatives of the Afghan Government, civil society, UN agencies, NATO and others, as directed by the leadership of the Embassy;
  • Grants management duties;
  • Other tasks as assigned according to the requirements of the embassy at any given time.

Personal competencies

  • Strong analytical and presentation skills;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment;
  • Flexibility and strong inter-personal skills;
  • Ability to work and deliver results under pressure;
  • Independence and ability to take initiatives;
  • Team spirit.

Qualifications and experience

  • University degree in social science, especially gender studies, or other relevant disciplines, preferably at advanced level;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills in English and one (but preferably both) of the official languages of Afghanistan;
  • A minimum of five years relevant work experience, including experience in writing analyses and reports and developing strategies and policy recommendations;
  • Knowledge of the policies on women’s empowerment and women, peace and security, and political and social aspects of the situation in Afghanistan.
  • Demonstrated track record on research and/or activism on women’s rights and empowerment in Afghanistan.

Applications are kindly requested to send a written application and résumé, with the latter specifying a minimum of three reference persons, by email to the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kabul, to emb.kabul@mfa.no by 01 April 2018.