|Date Posted||May 24, 2022|
Eligible Applicants This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants. Duties and Qualifications 1. Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Assistant Field Officer is normally supervised by the Senior Field Coordinator or Field Officer or Head of Sub-Office/Field Office depending on the structure of the Office. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country/regional programme(s). UNHCR Manual, programme and protection objectives, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the incumbent.
The incumbent does not normally have any direct supervisory role. S/he has daily contacts with staff in the various field offices and with the functional units at the Country/Regional Office. S/he also has close liaison with a range of local civilian and military authorities and counterparts in NGOs and UN agencies to discuss matters of
2. Operational Context
The ongoing challenges in the Kordofans include effects of deepening economic stagnation, increased inter-communal conflicts, tensions between refugees and hosting communities and new displacements in South and West Kordofan States (SKS, WKS) in particular, which has spilled over to North Kordofan State (NKS). The humanitarian situation in the Kordofans involves a complex mix of asylum-seekers/refugees from South Sudan, and protracted/newly internally displaced persons (IDPs). The Kordofans host an estimated 125,356 South Sudanese refugees, and 339,185 IDPs. South Kordofan hosts approximately 43,155 refugees from South Sudan and 198,027 IDPs all living in out-of-camp locations and settlements.
The UNHCR Sub-Office, located in Kadugli town (capital of SKS), oversee and closely monitor the provision of assistance and protection to refugees and IDPs living in the Kordofans (SKS, NKS and WKS). The Assistant Field Officer is a senior UNHCR staff member based at the Sub-Office in Kadugli. In the interim, s/he will report directly to the Protection Officer and later to the Snr. Protection Officer. S/he leads the Field Unit and works closely with the Protection Officer and other units to effectively coordinate UNHCR¿s response to the IDP situation in line with existing cluster coordination mechanisms for IDPs, and supports the Community-Based Protection Officer in the response to and sector coordination for refugees
S/he is expected to liaise with relevant stakeholders, which includes senior government officials, heads of non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, civilian/tribal leaders/elders, civil society organisations and persons of concern. S/he must also be an effective advocate and assistant to the local authorities and other stakeholders in implementing convention responsibilities in favour of more than 43,155 South Sudanese refugees, all in out of camp situation, as well as in support of IDPs, returnees, asylum seekers and stateless persons.
Accordingly, s/he should demonstrate: experience in managing a team; a solid protection background and strong skills in negotiation and stakeholder management; experience working in mixed IDP, refugee and returnee operations; experience in training, capacity building and coordination; cultural/political sensitivity and an ability to build strong relations with the host community, as well as with different government entities, law enforcement/security apparatuses and service providers; an ability to live and work in isolated areas with an unpredictable security context
- Assess the needs of persons of concern in the AoR and formulate project submissions in collaboration with district authorities and implementing partners.
- Promote and monitor the implementation of assistance projects.
- Report regularly on rate of flow of new arrivals and estimate expected influx based on interviews with persons of concern.
- In co-ordination with implementing partners, assist with the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
- Keep track of cases of detention; register applicants for voluntary repatriation and family reunion.
- Assist in the preparation of monthly sectoral reports and submit material for preparation of periodic project monitoring reports and year-end reports.
- Submit recommendation for protection interventions to the designated officer.
- Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
- Perform other related duties as required.
4. Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For LICA 8 - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
Law, Political Sciences or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and/or Licenses
UNHCR Protection Learning Programme
UNHCR Operations Management Learning Programme
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
Field experience. Knowledge of refugee law. Good knowledge of UNHCR¿s programmes.
PG-Experience with coordinating with Implementing Partners (Governmt/INGO/NGO/Corporate)
PG-Resource Planning; eg. FOCUS, Global Focus Insight
FI-PeopleSoft Financial Management
PG-Programme Management (project formulation, programme cycles and reporting standards)
UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures
EX-Experience in an international capacity
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Knowledge of English and Arabic as UN working language of the duty station.
5. Competency Requirements
All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and/or cross-functional competencies. The six core competencies are listed below.
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation
Judgement and Decision Making
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. Duration of Appointment This contract is valid through 31 December 2022, subject to renewal in line with budget approval and availability. Closing Date The closing date for this UNOPS job opening is 06 June 2022.