Job Title: Associate Solutions and Development Officer
Organization: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Uganda
Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy notice UNOPS/009/2021
Position Number: UNOPS/009/01
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.
Job Summary: With the need in the coordination of development, solutions and mainstreaming of activities within the Arua, MadiOkollo, Lobule and Kiryandongo DLGs and the refugee communities. The active participation of UNHCR in the district development plans with the inclusion of refugees in national services and other programmes is paramount hence the need to identify a suitable incumbent who will be instrumental in Supporting the facilitation of the development of comprehensive multi-year transition plans/strategies (incl. Multi-Year Multi-Partner Strategies) for Persons of Concern to UNHCR and facilitate the inclusion of populations of concern into national and local Government development planning (5yr DDP III 2021/22 – 2024/25); Guiding DLGs on the use of AGD reports.
Support livelihood interventions through negotiations with landlords on arable farming and the need to minimize conflict as well as galvanize the efforts of development actors like Nuri, GIZ, JICA in supporting livelihood activities like rice growing, poultry which has enhanced resilience and self-reliance, peaceful existence and economic inter-dependence and also coordinating DRDIP interventions between DLGs, OPM and refugees as well As well as private sector investment in refugee response, highlighting the potential investment areas, opportunities in refugee integration in private sector initiatives and connecting with the Humanitarian and development nexus in coordination with UN Agencies like ILO to enhance livelihood suitability for refugee hosting districts in west Nile region.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support the facilitation of the development of comprehensive multi-year transition plans/strategies (incl. Multi-Year Multi-Partner Strategies) for Persons of Concern to UNHCR and/or facilitate the inclusion of populations of concern into national and local Government development planning and programming instruments
- Coordination with Government and relevant ministries, providing technical assistance to UNHCR, IP, OPs in translating ministerial policies, guidelines into action to enable UNHCR and partners planning according to national directives and objectives to ensure mainstreaming and inclusion of refugees in government systems.
- Strengthen CRRF approaches at the settlement level, district level and lower local governments coordination, as well as strengthen refugee engagement coordination structures. Providing strategic advice to National CRRF steering group, together support in the implementation of the CRRF national plan of action. Closely liaise 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
- Instrumental in building the capacity of local authorities, IP and OPs, on UNHCR programs, Policies, PPA preparation, Design, Monitoring, and Reporting for effective and efficient service delivery to the PoCs and Host community for livelihood and social economic inclusion under the CRRF & GCR objective of resilience and self-reliance
- Foster strategic partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders including the private sector, academia, international and civil society organizations, and UN agencies, 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. As well as provide relevant data to inform their planning and programing around resilience and inclusion
- Raise awareness of entrepreneurship support, investment opportunities and initiatives among refugees that will translate to refugee inclusion in the jobs market as well as Create linkages and opportunities for partnerships with private sector actors and in collaboration with relevant sector leads in the organisation, develop relevant initiatives that are of benefit to both host and refugee population.
- Support training activities aimed at the capacity building of UNHCR and partner agency staff to achieve greater coordination, effectiveness and synergies between humanitarian and development interventions and government ministries departments and agencies.
- Work with the multi-functional team, more specifically with the Protection Unit, support the assessment of the legal framework for the right to work and rights at work and recommend/implement advocacy initiatives and policy reform to improve UNHCR PoC’s economic inclusion, rights and access to work.
- Conduct necessary assessments in collaboration with relevant private and public stakeholders, UN Agencies including impact assessments on local economies and surveys that help to identify investment and funding opportunities that enhance the economic inclusion of PoC there by Documenting economic activities and socio-economic factors impacting refugees self-reliance and document good practices from both operational and analytical work from sectors.
- Coordinate with OPM and District local governments on DRDIP initiatives to ensure identification of investment priorities that benefit both refugees and host communities and promote peaceful co-existence Liaising with sector specialists, to determine gaps, capacity, and comparative advantage of different actors.
- Assist in planning for resilience and inclusion with a clear shared vision of longer-term protection and solution outcomes for people of concern that takes account of host communities and leverages the roles, resources and capacities of development partners, including Multilateral Development Banks, and Bilateral Development agencies and donors.
ng>Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Associate Solutions and Development Officer job opportunity should hold an undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Social Sciences, Business Management; Socio-Economics Development; Economics/International Economics; Rural Development: Financial Management or related fields is required.
- Three years of relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1-year relevant experience with Doctorate degree is required.
- Fluency in English is required
Desirable Qualifications & Competencies
- Any additional UN Language is desirable
- Organizational Awareness
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Commitment to Continuous Learning
- Client & Result Orientation
- Analytical Thinking
- Planning and Organizing
- Stakeholder Management
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: 16th June 2021
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