(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT Monitoring Desk
KABUL: Afghanistan's Civil Service Institute's (ACSI)
Women's Career Development Center has the equipment and information system it
needs to help women who are seeking employment.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
provided computers, small office equipment and a management information system
to the center so that it is fully functional and able to continue supporting
job applicants on its own and without donor support.
At the ceremony, Independent Administrative Reform and Civil
Service Commission of Afghanistan Commissioner, Maiwand Rahyab, emphasized the
need for a permanent and safe space where female applicants can find help.
USAID supports female interns to apply for government jobs
through a day-long job readiness program. Interns receive access to internet
facilities and are trained on how to prepare their curriculum vitae, take the
civil service exam, and find a job.
Between 2015 and 2020, USAID will train more than 3,000
women through a year-long internship program for careers in government. As of
February 2019, more than 2,400 women graduated from the program and are
currently applying for government jobs. Over 700 graduates are now employed.
In 2014, the Government of Afghanistan committed to increase
the number of women in the civil service from 22 percent to 30 percent by 2020.
By hiring qualified and trained women, Afghanistan will cultivate a civil
service that is more responsive to the needs of its citizens.
Since 2001, the U.S. placed a top priority on supporting
women's empowerment as the most effective investment for accelerating economic
growth, and achieving sustainable peace.