Despite the cultural resistance to women’s rights in Afghanistan—evidenced by poison attacks on girls’ schools, public executions of women, officially sanctioned wife beating, and last month’s car-bomb assassination of the Director of Women’s Affairs—the Obama Administration is about to dump an additional $260 million into that nation in an attempt to bring about changes to that society.
The latest addition to the U.S. Agency for International Development's global "gender mainstreaming" initiative (which in FY 2010 alone cost $175 million) is the recruitment of a "gender specialist" to supplement existing efforts in Afghanistan.
A USAID "position description" points out that the agency:
attempts to integrate gender into all of its programs in the technical sectors of health, education, demoracy and governance, economic growth, agriculture, infrastructure, and stabilization. Certain sectors are more successful and proactive in targeting women than others; however, it is goal of the entire [U.S.] Mission to enhance its gender programming.
The pay range is $71,674-$93,175, plus 35% danger pay and 35% post differential.