The International Rescue Committee (IRC) began working with Afghan refugee communities in Pakistan in 1980, and first started implementing programs inside Afghanistan in 1988. IRC Afghanistan program is working in 8 provinces including Kabul Main Office; IRC Afghanistan is working in Education, National Solidarity Program and Humanitarians Program
Main Purpose of the Job
Over 25 years of civil war have led to a massive displacement of people into neighbouring countries and internally, destruction of infrastructure, loss of human capital, assets and resources, and the disruption of the local economy. Seven years on since the end of the civil war, the economic and social conditions remain difficult particularly in rural areas, where the majority of inhabitants are engaged in subsistence or near-subsistence farming and in raising of livestock.
IRC has been actively engaged in vocational training programs aimed at employment/ self-employment since 2003. The program, which taught different skills and included components of business development and literacy, has been successfully implemented in foremost urban centres. In light of the continuing need for livelihoods support in rural areas, IRC’s Vocational Education and Training department (VET) has recently shifted its focus from Vocational Training towards a more comprehensive Economic Recovery and Development approach, supporting people living in rural areas and marginalized urban quarters.
The Economic Recovery and Development’s department (ERD) main objective is to support and improve household livelihoods and contribute to the economic development of rural communities. It is doing so by taking on a comprehensive look at the five types of capital needed for successful and sustainable livelihoods, namely human, financial, physical, social and natural assets. Major activities carried out by the department include localized market assessments to determine potential for economic activities, community engagement, productive skills development including literacy courses, market linkages, business development services for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and provision of in-kind grants to micro entrepreneurs.