Afghanistan has a proud past but has seen decades of protracted conflict, which has left behind a culture of impunity and a lack of mechanisms for ensuring justice and peaceful solutions in an inclusive, transparent and cohesive manner. Far from improving relations between the different ethnic groups or tribes in the country the conflict has contributed to an entrenched culture of violence. Engagement with a number of change agents as part of the peace building process has only been pursued to a very limited degree and not in a coordinated and transparent manner.
National civil society can and must play a key peace building role at both the community and national level to foster change and ensure the inclusion of groups marginalized or under-represented as part of the peace building process, including the poor, the rural population, women and the youth. With a stronger collective voice, civil society will be able to contribute to a peace and reconciliation process in which all Afghan’s have a say and in which the voice of even the most marginalized and vulnerable is heard.
On 27 Qaus 1383 (October 27, 2004) a number of organisations working for peace and democracy in Afghanistan gathered together to establish a network to better coordinate their activities and form a joint voice for strategic engagement with the Afghan government, civil society and Afghan communities. A network gathering together civil society organisations with a proven track record in fostering and working towards peace and democracy. The Afghanistan Civil Society Organisations Network for Peace – ACSONP – became a reality in 2006. In 2011 the network came together to look at ways to strengthen the network to enable it to indeed become of force for positive change towards a more peaceful and stable Afghanistan in which all Afghan are able to feel safe and in which the rights of all Afghan are ensured and protected. As a consequence, in 2011 the Network developed a new MoU and a Strategic framework and multi-year work plan.
ACSONP will aim to foster positive change and contribute to a more comprehensive, coherent and inclusive peace building process in Afghanistan. ACSONP will aim to play a key role in fostering dialogue between actors and sectors by coordinating civil society in the area of peace building and by feeding into and influencing national level policies to ensure a peace building process and a new Afghanistan that has the needs and priorities of the population at heart and enable the rise of a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan for all Afghans.
ACSONP under WWSII project which funded by Oxfam need to recruit this position which will be under the general supervision of the ACSONP Chairman and in accordance with ACSONP policies and procedures, the Program Officer is responsible for the following key functions: