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IOM-Counter Trafficking in Crisis Specialist-P3-Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, ..
Terms of Reference
[IOM as host organization]
Stand-by Partner Deployment
  1. Position Information
Position title SBP Counter Trafficking in Crisis Specialist Deployment
Position grade P3 equivalent
Duty Station Kabul, Afghanistan(50% remote support)
Reports directly to
Reports directly to the IOM Senior Programme Coordinator. The specialist will be hosted by IOM and will report to the Senior Programme Coordinator for administrative reporting.
The specialist will also report to the Protection Cluster Co-Coordinators for functional reporting and day to day work. The specialist will be fully dedicated to inter-agency counter-trafficking coordination in support of the Protection Cluster.
The specialist will report indirectly to the Global Protection Cluster Task Team on Anti-Trafficking focal points who will provide strategic direction and oversight of the deployment in the various GPC operations.
Duration 6 months – timeframe to be adjusted as per start-date. Possible 6 months extension depending on funding.
II. Background
Established in 1951, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is leading inter-governmental organization providing services to governments and migrants in the field of migration. With 173 member states and offices in more than 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. IOM works in partnership with governments, the United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations, the private sector and development partners on all aspects of counter-trafficking responses – prevention, protection, and prosecution. Since the mid-1990s, IOM and its partners have provided protection and assistance to close to 100,000 men, women and children, who were trafficked for sexual and labour exploitation, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude, or for organ removal. Agriculture, fishing, domestic work and hospitality, commercial sexual exploitation, pornography, begging, construction and manufacturing are some of the sectors in which victims were exploited. IOM encourages the entire international community to engage in the fight against trafficking. It does so by participating in, and le, a number of regional and international multilateral processes, including the Global Protection Cluster Task Team on Anti-Trafficking in Humanitarian Action.
The Global Protection Cluster Task Team on Anti-Trafficking in Humanitarian Action has been co-led by Heartland Alliance International (HAI), IOM and UNHCR since its inception in 2017 and co-led by UNHCR and IOM exclusively since October 2020.  The aim of the TT is to ensure that the risk of trafficking is mitigated and addressed from the earliest stages of humanitarian responses and that Protection Clusters take the lead on coordinating the response to trafficking to ensure crisis affected persons who become victims of trafficking are able to receive protection and assistance. In November 2020, the Task Team published an Introductory Guide to Anti-Trafficking Action in Internal Displacement Contexts which will support Protection Clusters in implementing anti-trafficking responses.
The Global Protection Cluster (GPC) is a network of NGOs, international organizations and United Nations (UN) agencies engaged in protection work in humanitarian crises including armed conflict, climate change related and natural disaster.  he GPC is governed by a multi-stakeholder Strategic Advisory Group (SAG) and serviced by a multi-partner Operations Cell supported by an Information and Analysis Working Group, a Donor and Member States Liaison Platform, and thematic Task Teams. In addition, the GPC collaborates with the broader IASC system, the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), various human rights treaty bodies and key development and peace actors, as well as international financial institutions and the private sector.  
The GPC covers 32 operations including 25 field clusters/sectors and 7 working groups (15 in Africa, 4 in Asia, 1 in Europe, 5 in MENA, and 7 in the Americas), and supports them in their responsibility to coordinate an effective protection response. This year, in the face of COVID-19, the GPC and national protection clusters have worked to advocate for the rights of around 200 million people and provided specialized protection services and assistance to over 100 million people in its field operations. 
IOM has been present in Afghanistan since 1992, and works in close partnership with national and local government institutions, non-governmental agencies, community organizations and the donor community to address pressing and complex challenges in migration management, to respond to the needs created by humanitarian emergencies in the country and to ensure improved living conditions for vulnerable communities. IOM currently implements a range of humanitarian assistance, community stabilization, development, and migration management initiatives in Afghanistan, in cooperation with government and humanitarian partners as well as local communities.
IOM has been active in the area of Counter-Trafficking in Afghanistan since 2001. Since 2016 IOM Afghanistan has hosted a multi-donor counter-trafficking programme through which they have, among other things: built the capacity of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; supported the establishment of the National Trafficking in Persons High Commission; finalized the National Referral Mechanism; and supported regional cooperation on trafficking issues through assistance finalizing MoUs and agreements.
The Afghanistan Protection Cluster (PC) is the main forum for the coordination of protection activities and is intended to facilitate a more predictable, accountable and effective approach to protection challenges and response in the country. The Protection Cluster is led by UNHCR and Co-led by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).
The Protection Cluster in Afghanistan includes the following Areas of Responsibility: Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE) led by UNICEF, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) led by UNFPA, Mine Action (MA) AoR led by UNMAS, as well as a Housing, Land and Property (HLP) Task Force led by NRC. In 2021, it is foreseen that around 70 partners will deliver protection assistance and services to four million individuals (out of the identified 12.8 million people in need) in 34 provinces. The aim of the multi-year protection strategy is to ensure the immediate needs of affected people are addressed and to analyse and support in addressing the root causes of medium- to long-term protection needs and vulnerabilities. In parallel to tackling structural issues affecting the physical and mental wellbeing of vulnerable people, the strategy of the Protection Cluster focuses on building protection resilience by creating stronger synergies and opportunities for collaboration with development partners so that their response reduces underlying vulnerabilities. The Protection response will be guided by the HCT Protection Strategy (endorsed by the HCT in December 2020). The Protection Cluster plays an active role in all coordination fora in Afghanistan notably the ICCT, and in various Working Groups (MHPSS, PSEA, AAP, GiHA).
Diverse forms of exploitation related to human trafficking exist in Afghanistan. Men, women, and children (including specific targeting of returnees) are exploited in forced or bonded labor for carpet making and brick factories, domestic servitude, bacha bazzi, and salt mining; sexual exploitation, forced begging, and forced marriage; and transnational drug smuggling. Internal trafficking is more prevalent than transnational trafficking. The major corridors for Afghans to be trafficked out of the country, often linked to forced marriages or through intermediaries with whom victims have made arrangements, are the routes through Iran to Turkey, Greece and Europe; through Pakistan to India; and beyond, including to the Gulf States.
The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) revised the country's law to combat human trafficking in 2017 by broadening the definition of trafficking and strengthening the protection rights of victims in line with the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. The GoIRA's response to trafficking is governed by the High Commission for Combating Crimes of Abduction and Human Trafficking/Smuggling (the Trafficking in Persons or TiP Commission). It has a national Technical Committee and a Secretariat in Kabul, and Provincial Commissions. On the civil society side, a national NGO forum is nominally in place bringing together more than 20 NNGOs that are active in the counter-trafficking space.
Afghanistan dropped to Tier 3 in the United States TIP report of 2020. The foundations of a CTIP infrastructure are in place in Afghanistan but require a sustained and collective effort to entrench and function. The GoIRA has limited resources to effectively coordinate the implementation of the 2017 TiP Law and related recently developed mechanisms and tools meant to facilitate a coordinated response to TiP, including the National Referral Mechanism, which was finalised and endorsed by the new Minister of Justice in November 2020, the national TIP database which has so far been piloted in 9 provinces, and the National Action Plan which is set to be endorsed in January 2021. The provincial commissions remain very weak in most provinces. Afghanistan’s protracted and escalating conflict leaves the GoIRA stretched beyond its capacity as it is pressed to provide security and basic services to its population. With compromised and weak institutions, it also encounters major challenges in ensuring criminal justice institutions function efficiently. 
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought additional pressures including significant economic down-turn, creating the conditions for increased vulnerabilities among already vulnerable groups – in particular people on the move: returnees and internally displaced people - that may be preyed upon by traffickers. 2020 saw the largest cross-border return flow on record, mainly from Iran, with more than 860,000 people having crossed the border back into Afghanistan in 2020. Irregular out-flows also continue, driven primarily by lack of livelihoods opportunities and by conflict inside Afghanistan, but are much more difficult to track and quantify. Some 4.8 million Afghans are living in protracted internal displacement inside the country, around 8% of whom are living in extremely basic conditions in informal settlements on Afghanistan’s urban fringes.
With the populations targeted by the Humanitarian Response Plan, the cluster seeks to strengthen identification and referral of victims of trafficking (through strengthened screening at key entry points, and ongoing training and support for Government and civil society stakeholders including on the use of the National Referral Mechanism and TIP database); to improve the knowledge of at-risk communities on the dangers of human trafficking (through awareness raising and community engagement with affected and at-risk communities); and to provide direct assistance and protection to victims of human trafficking and people identified to be at very high risk of being trafficked, in particular children. In all of these areas there are significant gaps, and coordination among stakeholders remains weak.
The successful candidate will undertake all necessary tasks to support the Protection Cluster in Kabul, Afghanistan to enhance the ability across the humanitarian and protection community to deliver activities designed to prevent trafficking; provide protection and assistance for victims of trafficking; and to improve coordination and partnership-building among counter-trafficking stakeholders in Afghanistan.
She/he will work closely with the Protection Cluster Coordinator and Co-Coordinator on day-to-day work. The successful candidate will be hosted by and based in IOM. She/he will also liaise biweekly with the Global Protection Cluster Task Team on Anti-Trafficking focal point in order to track challenges and developing practices.
III. Responsibilities and Accountabilities
The successful candidate will be responsible for the following tasks.
Required tasks
In close coordination with the Protection Cluster Coordinator and Co-Coordinator, IM officer, AoR Coordinators, country-level Protection Cluster members, hosting IOM mission, national NGO forum (ANCTIP), and other relevant humanitarian, development and peace actors:
  • Produce a context analysis, including stakeholder analysis, problem tree and SWOT analysis, within one month of starting the deployment, including:
    • Gather and analyze all data and information available;
    • integrate data and information from a range of sources, including from the cluster protection monitoring, national statistics, national human rights institutions, international human rights mechanisms, civil society organizations, including women’s organizations and/or community-level data, etc.
    • combine relevant humanitarian, national and UN development, human rights, conflict, inequalities, political, risk and humanitarian analysis for more joined up stocktaking of who is left behind and why.
  • Support the Protection Cluster to establish an initial Counter-Trafficking (CT) strategy and work plan, including evidence-gathering and reporting, within two months of starting the deployment.
  • Provide strategic advice as to how to foster integration of trafficking issues into standard cluster responses and programming, and other relevant planning processes, including the HPC, National Development Plan, UN Common Country Analysis, United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF or ‘Cooperation Framework’), etc.
  • Provide advice as to how to mobilize attention and carry out advocacy work around CT.
  • Communicate biweekly with the GPC’s Anti-Trafficking Task Team focal point to update on activities, needs, trends, and progress.
  • Participate in country-level Protection Cluster meetings and dialogue, represent the Protection Cluster in liaising with other clusters, partners, and relevant government counterparts on counter trafficking issues, interventions, and initiatives.
  • Provide inputs and advice to the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group and/or HCT as appropriate, on trafficking trends and responses.
  • Build capacities of the cluster and/or cluster members about CT and support them to write proposals to solicit funding for targeted CT humanitarian programming.
  • Coordinate the design and delivery of fully contextualised training and capacity building activities for protection actors, different cluster coordinators, project staff of relevant organizations and partners, and affected populations, (with at least 10 trainings to be held in Kabul, and selected provinces in which there is a high risk of trafficking; and including materials shared that will enable further cascading of knowledge).
  • Undertake activities to clarify and expand referral options for victims of trafficking, particularly within existing protection referral pathways, including the National Referral Mechanism, and referral pathways established by the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) and the Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility (AoR), to enhance VoTs’ options for psychological support/counselling, livelihoods, family reunification (if appropriate), reporting channels (if safe and appropriate) access to judicial processes (if existing, safe, and appropriate), cash-based support and other support as required].
  • Undertake a mapping of existing protection services for victims of trafficking and smuggling in-country, both national and international, to determine options for referral and/or institutions or partners to support.
  • Support cluster or partner organizations to detect victims of trafficking using relevant national and international guidance, including the GPC Task Team guidance.
  • Provide support and advice to, and collaborate closely with, the national NGO forum on counter-trafficking, the Afghanistan Network on Combatting Trafficking in Persons (ANCTIP), to foster effective civil society coordination on counter-trafficking in Afghanistan.
  • Support awareness-raising interventions in partnership with protection actors and/or other clusters as appropriate, for targeted affected populations regarding the risks of and/or potential signs of trafficking and exploitation.
IV. Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Master’s degree in humanitarian affairs, development studies, political sciences, gender studies, law or other relevant fields from an accredited academic institution with 5 years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in one of the above fields with 7 years of relevant professional experience.


  • Extensive experience working with victims of human trafficking (in humanitarian settings an advantage)
  • Experience in working with case managers, service providers and governmental counterparts involved in child protection, GBV, and TIP responses;
  • Solid knowledge of Protection/GBV/CP/CT coordination mechanisms;
  • Experience providing technical guidance, capacity building and/or mentoring on protection/GBV/CP/CT principles and approaches;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish working relationships with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs;
  • Strong planning, coordination and people management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrated analytical, writing and reporting skills.


V. Languages
Required Advantageous
Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
Knowledge of Dari and/or Pashto is considered an asset.
VI. Competencies
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
  • Inclusion and respect for diversity – respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency – maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism – demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies (behavioural indicators):
  • Teamwork – develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results – produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge – continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability – takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication – encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Managerial Competencies (behavioural indicators):
  • Leadership – provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others and building trust – creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision- works strategically to meet the agencies goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.


The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
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