MoLSAMD and WIE work in partnership to promote and implement WIE’s Internship and Apprenticeship (IA)Program. The two entities share a common objective of helping young Afghan women find jobs, and are working together to achieve 7,500 internship and apprenticeship placements throughout the nation. A program liaison officer sits within the Ministry in Kabul to ensure efficient communication between the two entities, and WIE employs 30 Provincial Internship and Apprenticeship Coordinators (PIACs) who maintain a desk and office presence within the network of MoLSAMD provincial offices. The WIE program provides presentation and orientation sessions to MoLSAMD department level staff to ensure understanding of the IA program, and the Ministry advocates for the use of interns and apprentices by local businesses, independent agencies, and other entities with well -defined recruitment needs. MoLSAMD , through its network of offices, assists in the collection of beneficiary application forms and employer data forms, and further identifies female leaders working in local businesses to serve as mentors for the IA program. Through its extensive reach, MoLSAMD is also able to consistenly engage with the community to accept women interns and apprentices in local businesses and promote WIE’s work through its stakeholder network.
WIE and MoIA work together to identify areas of cooperation in making it safer for women to go outside to work. Safety in the workplace remains a main area of family concern, and can often hinder a young woman’s ability to seek work outside of the home. MoIA works with the program to develop initiatives that will ensure the safety of young women, including travelling to and from their workplaces. The Ministry further works with the program to identify ways in which to support the reduction of gender-bases violence (GBV) within the framework of WIE program activities.
The WIE Technical Working Group (WIE-TWG) is designed to help guide the programmatic activities of USAID Promote: Women in the Economy. The WIE-TWG is a sub-group reporting to the Promote Steering Committee, and uses a collective impact approach to bring people together in a structured way to achieve WIE’s program objectives. TWG Members are relevant subject matter experts or leaders of WIE stakeholder communities, and committed to achieving greater participation of Afghan women into the national economy. The WIE-TWG Committee is composed of at least 12 workforce and private sector stakeholders, and no more than 15 male and female Members from the private sector, government, educational, vocational, and training bodies, and non-profit and civil society organizations closely involved in workforce and private sector development. The TWG meets quarterly and is involved in advocating for women’s inclusion, lobbying for government policy development in support of women’s inclusion and access to finance, and identifying key business sectors ideal for women’s employment.