Security Specialist, Survey of Justice Sector, Afghanistan

Location: Afghanistan
Deadline: March 20, 2020

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, our work across the region addresses five overarching goals—strengthen governance, empower women, expand economic opportunity, increase environmental resilience, and promote international cooperation. Headquartered in San Francisco, The Asia Foundation works through a network of offices in 18 Asian countries and in Washington, DC. Working with public and private partners, the Foundation receives funding from a diverse group of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, foundations, corporations, and individuals.

Funded by the United States Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Department of State, and under the Reducing the Impact of Insecurity on Afghanistan’s Legal System project, the Foundation will conduct a Survey of the Justice Sector of Afghanistan (SJSA) to assess the preparedness of justice sector personnel and infrastructure to withstand security and safety threats while providing better information and contextual analysis about justice sector security in Afghanistan.

The survey will provide detailed understanding about the state of the justice sector, service needs, opposition vis-a-vis other justice service providers, the state of facilities, and its geographic reach. SJSA will be conducted in three stages: 1) stakeholder mobilization and desk review. 2) field assessment. and 3) analysis, validation, and publication. SJSA will be managed and implemented by the Foundation’s Governance and Law department, supported by three international consultants (rule of law specialist, survey specialist, and security specialist) and 33 local consultants based in each of the provinces outside of Kabul.


The Foundation seeks a security specialist to advise on physical and personal policies, procedures and locations to produce a set of recommendations to enhance the ability of justice institutions in provision of justice-related services to the Afghan population. As their development efforts have been hindered by the ongoing conflict and resulting insecurity, particularly the case for judicial sector institutions in vulnerable provinces where anti-government forces’ control of parts of the provinces has resulted in severe damage to provincial justice institutions and subsequent hardships for indigent persons seeking services from those institutions. Recommendations will be informed by data collected under this research component with additional findings from direct monitoring research of several assessments that have been completed thus far, workshops and focus group discussions will be conducted.

The Specialist will maintain and build relationships with international and national stakeholders including the Ministry of Justice, Attorney General’s Office, Supreme Court, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defense, National Directorate of Security and other stakeholders in Afghanistan. The position is located in Kabul, Afghanistan with regular travel to provinces. The duration of the position is for four months.

Services will be performed over a 4-month period remotely and during several missions to Afghanistan. Travel costs, and mission per diem will be provided by the Foundation. Payment will be made upon satisfactory submission of deliverables as identified in the consultancy terms of reference.


The security specialist will report directly to project manager for SJSA and the director of Governance and Law Programs, and work in close coordination with the security and judicial institutions to perform the following duties and produce a series of staged deliverables:

  • Coordinate with project management team to determine research objectives, and create a plan of action, set project goals, and conduct detailed research of intended subject matters.
  • Review security policies, prepare reports, security devices and ensure that personnel are adhering to required policies and practices.
  • Review facilities designs regarding where sensitive materials are located, evaluate existing security procedures whether appropriate security standards are applied.
  • Asses the monitoring and respond to incidents, screening visitors and guests, secure entrances, and security checks in addition to assessing risks and provision of solutions to mitigate them.
  • Conduct physical and personal security and risk vulnerability inspections, evaluate and provide recommendations.
  • Advise to develop a research methodology including all necessary research tools in line with international standards adjusted to the Afghanistan context and work with team to finalize the methodology and research plan including, piloting, data entry, quality control, and analysis.
  • Provide technical support to SJSA Project Team of the Governance and Law Department to enable them to supervise and oversee the collection of data using the identified research tools and methodology.
  • Identify gaps and challenges in applying different research approaches, incorporating findings of the research and those of the workshops, conferences and workshops.
  • Prepare a draft report with preliminary findings, conclusions and recommendations and validate with the SJSA team and related stakeholders. Feedback received is expected to feed into the development of the final report.
  • Prepare a final report on the content indicated by the donors and partner organizations proposed format that will include graphs, charts, mock-ups, and diagrams.
  • Assist to formulate effective and efficient research processes.
  • Help in testing research methodologies to confirm intended purpose of evaluation.
  • Perform fieldwork, interviews, experiments, concept tests, etc. to gather data if required.
  • Utilize various professional sources to find and extract pertinent information.
  • Any other required tasks that would relate to the assignments relevant to the project needs.
  • Provide recommendation for developing and executing physical security standards, procedures and security and/or safety awareness training and supervision for security personnel
  • Recommend actions to avoid conditions conducive to threats such as vandalism, terrorism or theft
  • Evaluate clearances for management and personnel according to the information and property they may access


Throughout this assignment, it will be necessary to:

  • Emphasize peer exchange and review, responding collaboratively to feedback and input, under the guidance of the country representative and work in close coordination with the project manager for SJSA and the director of Governance and Law Programs.
  • Adhere to and incorporate relevant international and national standards for conducting research ethically and to high standards of quality, including data storage and removal.
  • Make available all data collection undertaken to the Foundation’s Governance and Law department, in line with relevant methodological and privacy considerations as requested.
  • Undertake duty travel to Afghanistan (subject to security and other factors) for which round trip airfare, visa fees, accommodation, food, transportation, and insurance will be provided according to standard donor and the Foundation’s specifications.
  • Deliver written work that is of publishable quality and adopts a consistent footnote/endnote citation and reference style (to be agreed regionally as needed [e.g. MLA, AP]).
  • Perform related duties as requested in the context of adaptive/flexible project implementation.
  • The important and detailed work duties performed daily by physical and personal security specialists require a solid base of knowledge, as well as specialized skills.


  • At least 10 years of progressive work experience in the field security and security studies; advanced university degree in Security Studies, Criminal Law and/or related field required.  
  • Have good understanding of research experience.
  • Have knowledge and expertise in designing a research methodology, including development of research tools, data collection, quality control, data analysis, as well as training and working with national teams.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Experience conducting security research in developing countries preferred.
  • Experience using statistical analysis software.
  • Ability to conduct research of publishable quality.
  • Ability to travel within the country where security permits. and
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good judgment and problem-solving ability and excellent attention to detail
  • Diversity awareness, understanding and respect for cultural differences
  • Strong interpersonal skills and strategic thinking


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and CV by March 20, 2020 to with the position title listed in the subject line. The Asia Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, EOE/M/F/D/V. No phone calls, please.


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