• Added Date: Tuesday, 19 December 2017
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Colombo Plan for Cooperative Economic and Social Development in Asia and Pacific, which has its headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka, is an inter-governmental organization with a membership of 27 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

Applications are invited from qualified and experienced personnel for the above post:

Background of the Colombo Plan Gender Affairs Programme:

The Colombo Plan commenced its gender programming in 2007 by supporting shelters for women and children in Afghanistan through its Drug Advisory Programme and later its Programme for Public Administration (CPPPA). To further expand this initiative, particularly to other countries in Asia and the Pacific region, the Colombo Plan Council approved the establishment of the Gender Affairs Programme (CPGAP) during the 282nd Council meeting in May 2014. The Colombo Plan Gender Affairs Programme (CPGAP) focuses on women and children’s rights, issues, and development in Colombo Plan member countries. The Project Director will oversee all GAP project activities, particularly CPGAP’s flagship Afghan Women’s Shelter Fund (AWSF) and Afghan Children’s Support Center Fund (ACSCF). S/he will represent and uphold the vision, mission and values of the Colombo Plan while guiding and collaborating with implementing partners. S/he will be based in Colombo but will be expected to undertake regular travel to Afghanistan (at least quarterly) and other regional countries as needed.

Job Duties/Main Responsibilities

Ø Provide technical leadership and coordination for all CPGAP activities, particularly in Afghanistan, as a gender specialist;

Ø Manage and administer the CPGAP, including by:

  • Keeping the Secretary-General and other relevant CP officers informed of all events, news, government policies, security situations and developments that have a direct or indirect bearing on the CPGAP and its activities;

  • Supervising CPGAP staff, including direct supervision of staff in Colombo, Sri Lanka and remote supervision of CPGAP staff in Afghanistan;

  • Managing the CPGAP’s day-to-day administration and finance ;

Ø Ensure timely project and financial reporting;

Ø Promote, sustain, strengthen and expand the CPGAP programme, including undertaking efforts to broaden the donor base for the AWSF and ACSCF;

Ø Raise funds for gender capacity building and direct empowerment, including income generation programmes, education programmes, health programmes, etc.

Ø Lead the development of new CPGAP projects and activities, including writing project proposals , preparing budgets, and reviewing project proposals and budgets from sub-grantees.

Ø Carry out CPGAP promotion activities for the CP member countries as approved by Secretary-General.


Ø Ability to promote the vision, mission and strategic goals of the Colombo Plan.

Ø Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Ø Effective and efficient project management skills.

Ø Fully proficient computer and math skills and high attention to detail.

Ø Proactive and able to work under strict deadlines, and able to develop and work according to project work plans.

Ø Excellent interpersonal skills, proven networking, team-building, decision-making, organizational and written and spoken communication skills.


Ø Should be a specialist in gender issues with an advanced degree in Gender/Women Studies, Law, Social Work/Sociology, Human Rights, Psychology, or other relevant field;

Ø At least 8 years’ experience in the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of gender, children, and/or human rights projects;

Ø Preferred: 15 years or more of relevant experience in an international setting, including at least 8 years of managerial experience;

Ø Excellent communication and writing skills in English. Proficiency in Dari or Pashto would be an advantage;

Ø Ability to work under pressure and be an excellent team player;

Ø Financial management experience in analyzing project expenditure and variations;

Ø Preferred: at least one year of working on development programs in Afghanistan.

This vacancy is archived.

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