recruiting female staff

somebody had to say it, and it might as well be me.

it is freaking hard trying to recruit qualified female staff here in kabul.

they are few and far between to begin with, and the few there are usually get snatched away by high-paying international/donor agencies. besides, and this one gives those of us in the government unending grief, they seem to have preconceptions about the government as a club of men who are in their middle age and are chauvinists or fundamentalists or perverts or both or all three, and spend their day drinking green tea and gossiping about their female colleagues. and that government pays crap. and that the only jobs for women in the government is as secretaries and executive assistants.

wrong, wrong, wrong.

for one, these are contract positions we are trying to attract female candidates to apply to. which means they are not civil servant positions. which means work actually gets done, and people actually get paid, and those who know it, know that you can really work in the government, in important and substantive positions, and your work can have value and impact, and you can be sufficiently compensated for it, and if you don’t do your job properly, you can get fired. just like any normal workplace. the government needs to engage an a pr campaign to dispell these misconceptions and try to recruit more qualified female staff.

still, every new position announced unfailingly bears a boldfaced “female candidates are highly encouraged to apply” as the header and footer, and still brings in no more than 2 or 3 female cvs. legally we cannot make positions “female candidates only” as that would be exclusionary and discriminating in its own way, but short of that, every attempt is made to recruit female staff and make things comfortable for them (pick and drop from and to their home, convenient and harassment free working environment, relaxed rules for provincial travel, etc.) and still…


~ by safrang on July 23, 2009.

2 Responses to “recruiting female staff”

  1. Hello. A friend of mine sent me a link to your blog. I am interested in working in Afghanistan and doing something that matters. Where can I go to apply or send my cv?

  2. Hello Layma – send me your cv at hamesha dot safrang at the rate of g mail dot come. i will then reply with my official email and we will try to find something that suits your qualifications and interests…

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