AWEC Mobilizes Support for Flood-Affected Communities in Baghlan and Badakhshan

In May 2024, severe floods devastated large areas of Baghlan and Badakhshan Provinces, affecting several districts and jeopardizing the livelihoods and security of nearly a thousand families...

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Founded in 1991 by a group of educated Afghan women in exile, the Afghan Women's Educational Center (AWEC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, nonpolitical, and nongovernmental organization. AWEC actively advocates and raises awareness about women's and children's rights in Islam. Our core activities focus on supporting women, reducing and eventually eliminating violence, and increasing women's participation in the home and society. With over 30 years of experience, AWEC has deep knowledge and understanding of Afghanistan's current socioeconomic, cultural, and political complexities. AWEC is a leading organization in addressing the needs of various communities, recognizing that these needs are diverse and depend on multiple social and economic factors. Since 2002, AWEC has been working with women and communities to improve access to education, health, and vocational services in Afghanistan. Our initiatives also cover livelihood, protection, WASH, humanitarian aid, grant management, capacity building, social rehabilitation, cohesion, and justice. AWEC has implemented projects in Logar, Faryab, Kapisa, Khost, Panjshir, Wardak, Kabul, Balkh, Herat, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Paktia, Paktika, Laghman, Nuristan, and Bamyan provinces and maintains a current presence in Kabul, Balkh, Herat, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Badakhshan, Parwan, Paktia, Paktika, Laghman, Nuristan, and Bamyan.

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Teachers Day

AWEC celebrated teachers day in Orgun Paktika on 5th October.

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I can follow my dreams

Shamsullah has joined AWEC Kankor preparation class for the university entry test in Peerkoti village. He is enthusiastic about going to the university to become a doctor. Shamsullsh is 17 years old. He belongs to a poor family and his father is a farmer who works in the village crop field. Shamsullah is very interested in studying the medical field and wants to become a doctor. He likes to study science subjects’ biology in particular. He lives in Peerkoti village, far from the district's center (Orgun). This village is located in a narrow valley surrounded by mountains. The road to this district is also rough which makes it difficult to get here. There is no health or medical facility in the entire valley and people go to either Orgun or Sharana the capital of Paktika province for treatment. Most of the villagers go across the border into Pakistan to seek medical assistance and get treatments. His motto for becoming a doctor is to provide free medical assistance to poor and needy families and contribute to the wellbeing of community. Most of the population of Peerkoti village is illiterate. There is a high school in the village that has been built in the recent years but going to university is a dream for many students. Some do make a chance of going to the university but cannot study their favorite faculty because they do not know much about the entry test. Students from wealthy families go to either Kabul or Jalalabad for Kankor preparatory courses. But students whose family cannot provide financial support do not participate in the entry test. Some do make a struggle to participate in Kankor exam but performs poor and fails to find a way to the university. AWEC started the Kankor preparatory class as part of TDH project activity in 4 high schools of Orgun district. One class was established in Peerkoti and the students began enrolment right after. Shamsullah also got the news about Kankor preparatory class in his village and rushed towards the class for enrolment. He was very excited about this and thought that this is the time to make it happen and go to the university. Although Shamsullah had asked his father many times to send him to Kabul for preparatory class his father refused because he could not afford this. Shamsullah was disappointed and almost lost faith in dreams. But with the opening of AWEC preparatory class in Peerkoti his dreams once again resurrected. He comes to the class regularly with great passion. This class has provided an opportunity for many students to pursue their education dreams by studying their favorite faculty. The village elders as well as school management thanked AWEC for opening preparatory classes and showed strong support. The impact of these classes in Paktika is impressive because students find it difficult to pursue higher education due to the complicated Kankor test. Although we have 25 25-student limit for each class due to the large number of students and willingness of students to join the university, the number of students is large. They travel long distances to get to the class.

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Business Development Trainer

Background The Business Development Trainer will provide comprehensive training to selected project beneficiaries on Business Development, Sales, and Marketing. The trainer will also conduct Literacy and Numeracy courses for beneficiaries with varying capacities over 3 or 6 months. The ultimate goal is empowering beneficiaries to establish their brands and enhance their business skills. Objectives: To equip project beneficiaries with essential Business Development, Sales, and Marketing skills. To conduct Literacy and Numeracy courses to enhance beneficiaries' capacities. To support beneficiaries in establishing their brands and assigning them to different business groups based on their skills and capacity. Coordinate with the Business Development Expert to ensure alignment with project objectives. To assist in establishing a business center to support Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Organize exposure visits to local businesses for learning and idea sharing. To facilitate monthly coordination meetings between established MSMEs and new SMEs. To identify vulnerable women and girls for potential cash-based initiatives or internship programs. assist beneficiaries in organizing exhibitions and managing events. Responsibilities: The Business Development Trainer will be responsible for: Developing and delivering practical Business Development, Sales, and Marketing training to project beneficiaries. Conducting Literacy and Numeracy courses tailored to the capacities of individual beneficiaries. Guiding and mentoring beneficiaries in establishing their brands and assigning them to appropriate business groups based on their skills and capacity. Coordinating and communicating with the Business Development Expert to ensure training activities align with project objectives. Providing support in establishing a business center to facilitate MSMEs' growth and development. Organizing exposure visits to local businesses to expose beneficiaries to practical experiences and foster idea sharing. Facilitating regular coordination meetings between established MSMEs and new SMEs to promote collaboration and knowledge exchange. Identifying vulnerable women and girls who could benefit from cash-based initiatives or internship programs and providing necessary support for their inclusion. Assisting beneficiaries in planning and organizing exhibitions and managing events to showcase their products and services. Job Requirements: Qualifications and Experience: Demonstrated expertise in Business Development, Sales, and Marketing with a track record of successful entrepreneurship. Strong facilitation and training skills, with experience conducting literacy and numeracy courses. Excellent communication and coordination abilities to effectively work with beneficiaries and the Business Development Expert. Knowledge of MSME development and the challenges faced by vulnerable women and girls in the business sector. Ability to guide and mentor beneficiaries in building their brands and business capacities. Organizational skills to plan exposure visits, coordination meetings, and events. At least 3 years of experience working in training/facilitation and marketing-related activities. Experience working on marketing activities that consider gender mainstreaming is highly desirable. Education: A recognized university bachelor’s degree in education, business, marketing, design, fine arts, fashion, or a related field Reporting: The Business Development Trainer will report directly to the Business Development Expert and the Project Manager. Evaluation: The performance of the Business Development Trainer will be evaluated based on the successful delivery of training, progress made by beneficiaries, the establishment of brands and businesses, effective coordination with the Business Development Expert, and the overall impact on project objectives. Submission Guideline: Interested candidates are requested to send their applications along with their CVs to the attention of following address recruitment@awec.info Kindly mention the vacancy number and position title in your email's subject line, otherwise, you won't be shortlisted. All shortlisted candidates will be directly contacted for a test/Interview. “Being committed to diversity & equal employment opportunity we highly encourage females & people living with disabilities to apply, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to ethnicity, language, religious sect.” Submission Email: recruitment@awec.info

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