Position: International Member, Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (up to 2 positions)
Duty Station: Kabul, Afghanistan and home of record
Duration: The member will be appointed until November 2018 when the current commitment to the programme ends. If the programme is extended, the member’s position may be extended for another year, until November 2019, subject to availability of funds and other legal requirements and provided the member is meeting requisite responsibilities.
Starting date: January, 2018
Closing date for applications: December 15, 2017, 16:30 hours Kabul, Afghanistan local time.
Apply to: MECinternationalvacancy2017@gmail.com with a copy of current resume and letter expressing interest why you should be considered for the position. Please include three professional references with contact details.
Honorarium: According to international standards.
The MEC is composed of six members, three Afghan eminent persons and three international experts who meet quarterly in Kabul for a period of two weeks. The Committee’s international members are selected through a consultative process by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) and a nominating committee, composed of two representatives of the donor community (United States and United Kingdom) and UNAMA. The functions of the MEC are supported by a permanent Secretariat based in Kabul comprised of a Vulnerability to Corruption Assessment Unit, Research Unit, Communications and Outreach Unit, and Monitoring and Evaluation Unit.
Education, Experience and Skills of the International Committee Members:
The successful candidate must be of strong international reputation and have 15-20 years of relevant and demonstrable professional experience, plus:
- Be a leading practitioner in the field of anti-corruption;
- Have relevant experience of leading monitoring and evaluation efforts in the area of anti-corruption, or having led efforts in establishing monitoring and evaluation systems in the field of anti-corruption;
- Hold a post-graduate degree in at least one of the following: law, political science, public administration, public policy, international relations, or similar field;
- Be fluent in English, both written and oral, with demonstrated ability to communicate complex concepts easily to a range of stakeholders in multi-cultural settings.
The successful candidate is likely to have:
- Wide networks in the field of anti-corruption, to draw on international and national experiences in addressing such issues in Afghanistan;
- Experience of monitoring and evaluating (M&E) the effectiveness of anti-corruption policies and programs, as well as familiarity with international best practices in this respect;
- Experience in design of M&E activities, specifically in anti-corruption policies and programs in resource-constrained environments;
- Authored publications on corruption related issues published in internationally - and nationally - reputed journals.
- Experience leading exceptional-quality, empirical research related to anti-corruption in complex environments.
Reporting and Other Responsibilities:
1.Each member of the committee must be able to meet in Kabul, Afghanistan, every three months for two full calendar weeks, be available for one calendar week each side of the mission for preparatory and follow-up work, and remain in regular contact with other MEC members and the MEC Secretariat between missions.
- The Committee chair is rotated between an international and national committee member on a six-month basis.
- MEC international and national Committee members must be able to effectively oversee the functions of the MEC’s work, supported by the permanent technical Secretariat based in Kabul.
- MEC Members must collectively provide effective performance management of the MEC
- Secretariat, including approving and monitoring the use of organizational policies and procedures.
6.The MEC shall submit their quarterly reports in writing to the Afghan President, the Parliament, the people of Afghanistan and as well as the international community.
About the Organization
In 2010, the GIRoA invited the international community to form the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC), to provide anti-corruption policy advice, and monitor and evaluate progress against specific anti-corruption benchmarks. The MEC was established jointly by the GIRoA and the international community, following the London and Kabul Conferences in January and July 2010, respectively, and by Presidential Decree 61, 2010.
The MEC is an independent agency, and is not subject to direction from either the Afghan government or from the international community. Following the London Conference, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan invited the international community to form a joint Afghan-International monitoring and evaluation committee. On September 18, 2016, the Afghan president issued Presidential Decree No. 115. This changed the legal status, duties, scope of activities and authorities of the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee which abrogates all previous Presidential Decrees. The MEC focuses on:
- Developing anti-corruption recommendations;
- Monitoring and evaluating the anti-corruption efforts of the Afghan government and the international community; and
- Reporting on a regular basis to the President, Parliament, and people of Afghanistan, as well as to the international community about the state of the fight against corruption.