Job Description

Agency                                 Embassy & Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Geneva

Title                                       Consular Assistant

No. of Positions                Two

Vacancy End Date            03.07.2019 (Midnight Geneva, Switzerland)

Duty Station                       Geneva, Switzerland

Education                            Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience             At least 3 years of relevant experience

Languages                           English and Dari/Pashto (candidates who speak French are preferred)

Contract Duration            1 Year with possibility for extension

Background

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Geneva is leading communication and relationship between the state organs in Afghanistan and the United Nations agencies and other international organizations in Geneva. In addition, the embassy and the permanent mission serves as the main diplomatic venue for bilateral diplomatic and consular relationship between the governments of Afghanistan and Switzerland.

Given the importance of Geneva as a diplomatic hub, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan has deployed a permanent representative and a number of diplomats to this office. To effectively implement the planned activities, the mission is hiring two consular assistants.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the consular, the incumbent will perform the following:

  1. Receive and process applications for consular services (passport, visa, Tazkira, marriage certificate, power of attorney, etc),
  2. Follow up with relevant government agencies on applications and consular services and finalize required consular documents,
  3. Organize appointments to the applicants and make interviews,
  4. Ensure required consular payments are made and documents and other consular services are offered based on laws and regulations of Afghanistan,
  5. Provide fast and effective response to questions of clients over the phone, facebook page and website of the embassy,
  6. Update consular sections of the website and other communication medium of the embassy,
  7. On-duty services on Saturdays if required and as agreed by the embassy,
  8. Conduct field visits for consular purposes as required,
  9. Conduct other administrative tasks as required by the management of the embassy,

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, law, communication, management or other related fields.

Language

English and Dari/Pashto (candidates who speak French are preferred)

Experience:

3 years of relevant experience.

Progressively responsible consular, legal, secretarial, administrative or communication experience is required.

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), experience in handling of web-based management systems and social media.

Residence requirement

The applicants should either reside in Switzerland or be able to work in Switzerland without acquiring a visa.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and your resume to this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Job Description

Agency                                 Embassy & Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Geneva

Title                                       Administrative Assistant

No. of Positions                One

Vacancy End Date            03.07.2019 (Midnight Geneva, Switzerland)

Duty Station                       Geneva, Switzerland

Education                            Bachelor’s Degree

Work Experience             At least 3 years of relevant experience

Languages                           English and Dari/Pashto (candidates who also speak French are preferred)

Contract Duration            1 Year with possibility for extension

Background

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Geneva is leading communication and relationship between the state organs in Afghanistan and the United Nations agencies and other international organizations in Geneva. In addition, the embassy and the permanent mission serves as the main diplomatic venue for bilateral diplomatic and consular relationship between the governments of Afghanistan and Switzerland.

Given the importance of Geneva as a diplomatic hub, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan has deployed a permanent representative and a number of diplomats to this office. To effectively implement the planned activities, the mission is hiring two consular assistants.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the administrative and finance officer, the incumbent will perform the following:

  1. Support the embassy on issues of administrative and financial nature,
  2. Receive delegates from the airport and hotels and make necessary arrangements for their presence in the meeting venues,
  3. Drive staff of the embassy to meeting venues,
  4. Answer telephones and email addresses of the office and the consular section,
  5. Prepare and send letters and other correspondence from the embassy,
  6. Provide translation services to the embassy staff,
  7. Help the embassy staff in organizing meetings, events and receptions,
  8. On-duty services on Saturdays if required and as agreed by the embassy,
  9. Facilitate field visits of the staff of the embassy as required,
  10. Conduct other administrative tasks as required by the management of the embassy,

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, law, communication, management or other related fields.

Language

English and Dari/Pashto (candidates who also speak French are preferred)

Experience:

3 years of relevant experience.

Progressively responsible secretarial, administrative or communication experience is required.

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), experience in handling of web-based management systems and social media.

Residence requirement

The applicants should either reside in Switzerland or be able to work in Switzerland without acquiring a visa.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and your resume to this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Job Description

Agency                                 Embassy & Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Geneva

Title                                       Executive and Communication Assistant

Vacancy End Date            09.06.2019 (Midnight Geneva, Switzerland)

Duty Station                       Geneva, Switzerland

Education                            Bachelor’s Degree (master’s preferred)

Work Experience             At least 3 years of relevant experience

Languages                           English and French

Contract Duration            1 Year with possibility for extension

Background

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Geneva is leading communication and relationship between the state organs in Afghanistan and the United Nations agencies and other international organizations in Geneva. In addition, the embassy and the permanent mission serves as the main diplomatic venue for bilateral diplomatic and consular relationship between the governments of Afghanistan and Switzerland.

Given the importance of Geneva as a diplomatic hub, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan has deployed a permanent representative and a number of diplomats  and staff members to this office. To effectively implement the planned activities, the mission is hiring an Executive and Communication Assistant.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Ambassador and the Permanent Representative, the incumbent will perform the following:

  1. Effective organization of schedule of the ambassador/permanent representative,
  2. Effective communication and administrative support to the office;
  3. Organization of regular and ad-hoc meetings; preparation of minutes and summaries of actions to be taken; tracking of progress on planned issues; follow-up with focal points;
  4. Regular collection and uploading of required data in the website and other communications means of the mission;
  5. Screening of incoming communications, filter outgoing correspondence for supervisor’s signature, clearance and further action by other staff;
  6. Adherence to appropriate protocol and correspondence guidelines by the mission when communicating with the UN, Government and other external partners;
  7. Maintenance of the filing system ensuring safekeeping of confidential materials. Use of automated filing system;
  8. Draft tweets, messages, routine correspondence, interoffice circulars, general briefing notes, documents, reports, and minutes of meetings when requested, translations when required;
  9. Administration of travel, meetings, appointments and briefings Including drafting of background notes;
  10. Organization of missions, facilitation of accommodation and logistical support;
  11. Oversight of day-to-day administrative of the Office of the Ambassador;
  12. Oversight of provision of proper transportation to the Ambassador;
  13. Provide logistical support to staff and organize events/workshops if required;
  14. Other relevant tasks as assigned by the Ambassador.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, communication, management or other related fields.

Language

English and French

Experience:

3 years of relevant experience.

Progressively responsible secretarial, administrative and communication experience is required.

Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc), experience in handling of web-based management systems and social media.

Residence requirement

The applicants should either reside in Switzerland or be able to work in Switzerland without acquiring a visa.

Female candidates are encouraged to apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and your resume to this email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GENEVA - H.E. Dr. Nasir Ahmad Andisha, the new Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Michael Møller, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva

The Senior Officials' Meeting conducted on November 8 in UN Geneva that was co-chaired by the Afghanistan Government and UNAMA. The meeting was attended by many delegations who discussed the updates on parliamentary elections; deliverables, the scorecard and economic growth strategy; Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework; and draft Communique for the upcoming Geneva Conference on Afghanistan.
Ambassador Suraya Dalil, Deputy Minister Naheed Sarabi and SRSG Tadamichi Yamamoto co-chaired the meeting.

Dinner Meeting on the Afghanistan Geneva Ministerial Conference

October 28, 2018

Kabul

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

 Minister Qayumi,

Ambassador Yamamoto,

Excellencies,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to welcome you all to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. Our meeting this evening is the first in a series of dinner events, which aim at providing opportunities to share updates and discuss views on the most pressing issues, as well as major ongoing processes that focus on the stabilization and sustainable development of Afghanistan.

Our dinner meeting this evening focuses on the upcoming Geneva Conference, which will bring high-level representatives from Afghanistan and our regional and international partners to discuss the status of our shared journey since 2001. We will also discuss the way forward, reaffirming our commitment to consolidating our shared gains of the past 17 years.

Before highlighting some of the key issues on the Geneva Conference agenda, I wish to thank Minister Qayumi and Ambassador Yamamoto, as well as their able teams for their continued efforts to prepare for and organize the Geneva Conference.

I also wish to thank you all for taking the time to attend this event. Your presence here speaks to our unwavering, firm partnership to achieving sustainable peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan, our region, and the wider world.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This past week, we witnessed an important milestone in our democratic process. Despite the imposed challenges that confront Afghanistan and our partner-nations, Afghans across our country lined up for hours over two days to exercise their democratic right to vote for their favorite parliamentary candidates. This sent a strong message to the enemies of Afghanistan that our people are determined to move forward towards a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

On the other hand, however, there have been reports of irregularities and mismanagement which, I hope, will be investigated thoroughly by the relevant authorities so that the legitimacy of the election will not be undermined, retaining the confidence of our public in the electoral process. In the same vein, I hope that—learning from the lessons and challenges related to the parliamentary elections—better preparations will continue to be made for the upcoming presidential elections in 2019 to ensure a fair, transparent and inclusive electoral process.

However, I am glad that with the holding of the parliamentary elections on the set date, we have been able to complete one of the important benchmarks designed to complement the reforms under SMAF. Efforts on accomplishing the other benchmarks have also been well underway and my colleagues from the Ministry of Finance and UNAMA will certainly provide updates on them.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me very briefly discuss why the Geneva Conference is important and what we are expecting from the Conference:

First, the Conference will provide an excellent opportunity to take stock of the progress with respect to the mutual commitments made at the Brussels Conference, while highlighting the challenges that we still face in accomplishing our shared commitments. In Geneva, we will present the status of our reforms in key areas, as well as our priorities for the coming years. We will also discuss with the international community such key issues as the alignment of international assistance with our national priority programs in line with the Afghan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF).

Second, the Conference will bring us to a new phase of partnership characterized by a new set of mutual commitments under the Geneva Mutual Accountability Framework (GMAF), which will be crucial in taking our reform agenda forward towards self-reliance in the next few years. Minister Qayoumi will further elaborate on this new framework.

Third, our focus in Geneva will remain on development issues. But the conference will also provide an opportunity to discuss the peace process given the inseparable link between peace and development in the Afghan context. As we have highlighted in the past, our resolve to achieve a peaceful solution to the current conflict in Afghanistan remains strong. Despite our ongoing peace efforts, including the temporary ceasefire with the Taliban, we are far from our intended objective.

That is why Geneva will be an opportunity to discuss how we can further integrate our efforts at the national, regional and international levels in support of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process. President Ghani outlined this based on a lucid peace strategy in the last two meetings of the Kabul Process, as well as in the Tashkent Conference. But as we remain committed to an inclusive peace process, we are determined to defend our country, people, as well as our developing democracy against ruthless terrorists and their indiscriminate attacks, which we witnessed during the recent elections.

Fourth, as reflected by the Conference’s theme, regional economic cooperation and connectivity underpins Afghanistan’s development agenda. Hence, the Geneva Conference will discuss the ongoing progress made under two prominent Afghanistan-centered regional cooperation frameworks: RECCA and HOA-IP. In this context, the next HOA-IP Ministerial Meeting and the associated investment roadshow—which are scheduled for mid-December—will complement our discussions in Geneva.

Finally, our gathering in Geneva will convey a strong message of international partnership for furthering the causes of peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan. This, in turn, will help maintain regional stability and advance international peace and security, in line with the United Nations Charter and other international laws, to which Afghanistan and our partner-nations are firmly committed.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

To conclude, I am confident that the Geneva Conference will mark another milestone in our continued, shared journey. I along with Minister Qayoumi and Ambassador Yamamoto look forward to welcoming our friends, foreign ministers and heads of regional and international organizations in Geneva soon.

Thank you!

“Zohra” conveyed the message of young Afghan women to the world leaders in Davos; to the diplomatic community, UN, students and public in Geneva; and to the public in Zurich.

Afghanistan is known for being a land of beauty and challenges, aspirations and struggles; where everyday life can be constrained with insecurity and trauma, or inspired with love and determination for a better life. The conflict and the suicide attacks have taken their cruelly toll on almost all walks of life; targeting schools and universities, clinics, sport fields, road passengers and even public mourning events; denying life for civilians including women and children.

Afghanistan is also known for its old civilization, its courageous people and the potential in its young population. This reflection is, however, about how an innovation and commitment when met with opportunities could transform the life of young women and in turn help the country in building a peaceful, just and civil society. The Afghan Women Orchestra “Zohra” is a group of over 30 girls, aged 13 to 20, who have defied the odds against them and chosen music for their education and career. Many students in “Zohra” Orchestra are from poor families, are orphans and used to be street children; whose childhoods were shattered with the loss of loved ones, displacement, conflict and extreme poverty. And today they are the first women in their country to learn music in over 30 years. This is a significant progress in Afghanistan where less than two decades ago, during the Taliban Regime, music was forbidden; listening to music, playing music and possessing musical paraphernalia were outlawed and were subject to punishment – let alone if this was by women. In January 2017, “Zohra” Orchestra was invited to Switzerland where on January 20ththey performed in the closing session of the annual meeting of World Economic Forum in Davos; in collaboration with the local Swiss musicians- Orchestre du Collège de Genève. Hundreds including heads of states, dignitaries, business leaders, academia and world media attended the performance and it was live streamed on the Forum website.

 

 

Her Excellency President Doris Leuthard of Swiss Confederation met female Ambassadors accredited to Switzerland, Bern, April 27, 2017. Her Excellency President Leuthard spoke about the role of multilateralism, global cooperation and dialogue; Swiss and EU relations; Swiss development assistance; and the role of women in the national and global context. The meeting provided a candid opportunity for a conversation between female Ambassadors and the President. This year is the second term of President Leuthard as the President of Swiss Confederation following her first tenure in 2010. In addition to being President, she also heads the Federal Department for Environment, Transport, Energy and Communication in the Swiss Confederation.

 

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