The Assistant Durable Solutions Officer can serve as a focal point for solutions related issues in a region, and reports to a more senior Protection, Resettlement or Durable Solutions staff. The incumbent may have supervisory responsibility for durable solutions staff.
The incumbent is relied upon to ensure the implementation of a durable solutions strategy, and to contribute to ensuring a conducive environment leading towards finding durable solutions. S/he works closely with protection and programme staff. Fostering an environment to enhance partnerships is a critical element of the work, as are activities designed to strength the involvement of refugee communities and their hosts in the design and implementation of solutions strategies.
Nature of the position
The incumbent will be based in Kassala and will report to the head of Kassala Sub Office. The SO covers a Field Office and field posts along the border, a total of 9 camps and 5 border crossing points. The protection, political and economic challenges are enormous in Sudan and in Kassala in particular. The incumbent is expected to have a pro-active mature attitude and be able to perform well under stress, albeit in less-than-ideal living and working conditions. Therefore, flexibility and the ability to live and operate in hardship conditions are essential. The whole region is in a state of humanitarian emergency, and environment requires a mature level of cultural awareness and sensitivity.
The incumbent will maintain close working relations with government counterparts, humanitarian, and development partners, UNHCR different units in Kassala and UNHCR Khartoum. As part of UNHCR strategy, pursuit of durable solutions for PoCs remains a priority for Kassala office with potential programs pledged by several donors to target development, livelihood, and infrastructural projects in the east. The incumbent will assist the HOSO in all issues related to solution-oriented initiatives, development partners’ engagement, self-sufficiency, local integration, host community support.
Living and Working Conditions
Sub Office Kassala (SOK) is classified as a non-family duty station with the hardship category "E", mainly due to its remoteness and low level of basic facilities. The security level is categorized as level-2 with the situation is becoming unpredictable recently in certain parts of the East (especially Port Sudan). Security clearance is required for all travel between Kassala and other provinces.
Medical services in Kassala are very basic and access is often an issue. Staff members are advised to have enough stock of regularly required medicines. During rainy season (July-Oct), there are seasonal malaria and Chikungunya outbreaks. Kassala market has variety of basic foods, vegetables and fruits available. However, some of the fruits and vegetables are only available on certain seasons.