UN Associate Solutions and Development Officer Job Careers – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Job Title: Associate Solutions and Development Officer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: T/001/02/19
Vacancy Notice: Temp/001/2019
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Build strategic partnerships with broad range of stakeholders including the private sector, international and civil society organizations, UN agencies, and the District authorities, in order to maximize the impact and increase efficiencies of operations, and to accelerate the shift from direct assistance to developmental approach for refugees and host communities.
- Develop linkages with existing programmes/projects in the districts to bring them closer to/within the settlements. Lead on regular mapping exercises of the relevant districts, liaising with sector specialists, to determine gaps, capacity and comparative advantage of different actors
- Work closely with government, the private sector and partners, identify and enhance livelihoods opportunities for refugees and solutions to challenges related to access to legal employment, vocational training and, if and where applicable, micro credit or micro-financing.
- Facilitate the advancement comprehensive approaches within UNHCR at district and settlement level, as well as a broad range of development and humanitarian partners through support and participation in all planning processes
- Active participation in district planning processes, facilitating strong working relations between LGAs and sector specialists/partners, supporting government in inclusion of refugees in District planning and budgets.
- Work closely with the CRRF Secretariat in OPM and support and follow up on decisions made of the CRRF Steering Group in the districts, such as refugee response plans.
- Institutionalise solutions-oriented approaches within UNHCR and partners through training sessions and participation in all planning processes.
- Relevant linkages developed with the private sector to promote innovation/synergies and advocate for access for refugees to already available services.
- Document economic activities and socio-economic factors impacting refugees self-reliance in the settlements and in the districts and document good practices from both operational and analytical work from sectors
- Provide day-to-day support to the financial inclusion process under CBI in the settlements and analyse the impact of CBI on refugee economy and local markets.
Key Performance Indicators:
- The incumbent will be critical in guiding and supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive refugee response at District and settlement level, with a particular focus on engaging the private sector and local government authorities. The incumbent will be the key interlocutor with the District Local Governments and will identify and actively partner with other actors and structures to contribute to the strategies and solutions for refugees. Within UNHCR, the incumbent will establish close working relations with the relevant staff working in the protection, program and technical sectors. Key external partners will include District authorities, local business, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), UNHCR partners, international and local NGOs, development agencies and other actors engaged in humanitarian and development initiatives in the districts.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Associate Solutions and Development Officer job placement should hold an undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Social Sciences, Socio-Economic Development, Development Planning, Rural Development, Economics, Business Administration or related fields
- At least four years of previous job experience relevant to the function, in humanitarian and development contexts, or engagement of private sector for the Sustainable Development Goals (designing, planning, delivering, managing, monitoring and evaluating development programs in the areas of early recovery, local economic integration, agriculture development, skills development, enterprise development, livelihoods and economic empowerment including for women and youth).
- Technical competencies in at least two sub-sectors relevant to livelihood programming e.g. employment promotion, entrepreneurship building, private sector development, local economic recovery/poverty-reduction strategies, social finance.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships with a variety of actors – including government and private sector
- Previous experience in planning, implementing, and monitoring programmes and managing multiple projects
- Excellent drafting, presentation and reporting skills, including strong advocacy and negotiation skills in situation involving multiple actors and diverse interests.
- Excellent computer skills including excel, word and power point.
- Knowledge of protection, refugee matters and UNHCR mandate, and working on forced displacement issues, including with host communities in the country
- Experience of working with the private sector or development agencies in the area of jobs and livelihoods
- Experience of working with national or District government authorities on development planning
- Experience of working with synergies between the humanitarian-development nexus.
- Ability to facilitate humanitarian and development actor interactions.
- Experience in poverty reduction programmes, focused on linking safety net programmes (including usage of cash assistance) linked to access to employment and self-employment programme.
How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.
Deadline: 10th January 2019