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Job Description

  • Organization: UNDP – United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Afghanistan
  • Grade: Level not specified – Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Logistics
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Transport and Distribution
  • Closing Date: 2023-03-15

Driver – UNOCHA – Multiple Locations (Maimana – Ghor – Kunduz – Helmand)


OCHA’s mission is to mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to:

• alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies

• advocate for the rights of people in need

• promote preparedness and prevention

• facilitate sustainable solutions.

In December 1991, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 46/182 designed to strengthen the United Nation’s response to both complex emergencies and natural disasters. In addition, it aimed at improving the overall effectiveness of the UN’s humanitarian operations in the field.

Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous and most violent, crisis-ridden countries in the world with a continued deepening and geographic spread of the conflict. Violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights Law (HRL) occur regularly – including targeted killings, forced recruitment, and attacks on health and education facilities.

At the same time, Afghanistan is prone to earthquakes, flooding, drought, landslides, and avalanches. Over three decades of conflict, coupled with climate change, environmental degradation, and insufficient investment in disaster risk reduction strategies, have contributed to the increasing vulnerability of the Afghan people to cope with the sudden shock of natural disasters and increased risks posed to livelihoods. On average, each year, around 230,000 people are affected by natural disasters. Destruction of shelters, crops, and food stocks and damage to household and community assets such as water and sanitation infrastructure results in the need for emergency support to protect people from the elements. The positions are open in OCHA-Afghanistan field offices. Under the supervision of the HAOs, the incumbent will be assigned to the OCHA Field Office and expected to provide driving services in support of the operations of OCHA in provinces

Job Purpose

The driver provides reliable and safe driving services ensuring high accuracy of work. The driver demonstrates a client-oriented approach, a high sense of responsibility, courtesy, tact, and the ability to work with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. The Driver provides driving services to the staff in the field offices in the provinces, staff on a mission from HQs, Consultants and Experts and UN staff on missions

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions: Provision of reliable and secure driving servicesProper use of vehicleDay-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicleAvailability of documents/ supplies
1.) Provision of reliable and secure driving services
Ensures provision of reliable and secure driving services by driving office vehicles for the transport of authorized personnel and delivery and collection of mail, documents and other itemsMeeting official personnel at the airport, visa, and customs formalities arrangement when required.Understanding of route planning and security measures.
2.) Proper use of vehicle
  Ensures cost-savings through proper use of vehicle through accurate maintenance of daily vehicle logs, and provision of inputs to preparation of the vehicle maintenance plans and reports.
3.) Day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle
Ensures proper day-to-day maintenance of the assigned vehicle through timely minor repairs, arrangements for major repairs, timely changes of oil, check of tires, brakes, car washing, etc.
4.) Availability of documents/ supplies
Ensures availability of all the required documents/supplies including vehicle insurance, vehicle logs, office directory, map of the city/country, first aid kit, necessary spare parts.Ensures that all immediate actions required by rules and regulations are taken in case of involvement in accidents.
Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: None


Expected Demonstration of Competencies
Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
Learn Continuously LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
Act with Determination LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
 Cross-Functional & Technical competencies (insert up to 7 competencies)Thematic AreaNameDefinitionAdministration & OperationsVehicle managementKnowledge of policy & procedures on fleet managementAdministration & OperationsRegistry & correspondence managementAbility to collect, register, maintain and deliver mail and UNDP pouch; ability to manage archivesBusiness ManagementCommunicationAbility to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audienceEthicsUN Policy EthicsKnowledge and understanding of the UN Staff Regulations and Rules and other policies relating to ethics and integrity.Business DevelopmentKnowledge GenerationAbility to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated needBusiness ManagementUNDPRepresentationAbility to represent UNDP and productively share UNDP knowledge and activities; advocate for UNDP, its values, mission and work with various constituencies
VI. Keywords
List 3-5 most important skills from competencies required for the position – limited to 1-3-word descriptions – that will help inform workforce planning of critical skill supply and demand. Vehicle managementDrivingMessenger service

Required Skills and Experience

Secondary education is required.Valid driver’s license (Afghanistan) is required.
 Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
A minimum of two years of relevant experience with a High School Certificate/Diploma is required.Previous working experience with United Nations or International organizations is highly desirable. Experience in the maintenance of Armored vehicles is desirable.Experience in the usage of VHF radio communication is desired.Basic knowledge and experience in the usage of a computer is added advantage.Intermediate level of oral and written English is required.Fluency in oral and written Pashto, or Dari is desirable.


Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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