Associate Development Officer
UNHCR

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is seeking for qualified candidate to fill the following post:
 


 Type of Contract: Temporary Appointment
 Section/Unit: Executive
 Grade Level: NOB
 No. of Post: 01
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Duration: 6 months
 Closing Date: 09 Dec 2021

 
 Background:

The political context in Sudan remains complex, diverse, and fast-changing necessitating high levels of political sensitivity and solid coordination and communication skills. The operations in Sudan includes emergency response, regular refugee programmes, IDP support (emergency, durable solutions), voluntary repatriation, statelessness, and special projects, for example peacebuilding support funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund. UNHCR also plays a catalytic role in convening a wide range of partners to support local integration and solutions for refugees hosted by Sudan, including through advocacy with the government and development partners to further socioeconomic inclusion opportunities for refugees, and improve standards of living for host communities and refugees, and to provide sustainable support to IDPs and returnees. UNHCR Representation in Sudan has presence in five main regions of Darfur, Kordofan, East Sudan, White Nile Kosti, Blue Nile. The Representation Office in Khartoum provides the overall strategic guidance and implementation of the operations, security, policies, and liaison with key Government stakeholders, donor communities, UNAMID/UNITAMS, UNCT/HCT and NGO partners. The Representation Office in Khartoum provides an oversight of activities in Sudan being supported by 15 offices; four Sub Offices, seven Field Offices, three Field Units and Damazine office that is being opened. The security threat level for most locations of Sudan remains moderate to high risk due to the number of security incidents, such as recurrent demonstrations all over Sudan as a result of the economic challenges and heightened insecurity, particularly in locations of Darfur and Kordofan states.

 

In the current configuration of the office, the Deputy Representative oversees the solutions and development agenda which covers a range of initiatives including strategic partnership with development actors, support to the Government of Sudan on implementation of its GRF pledges, and support on development-related aspects of the Solutions Initiative for Sudan and South Sudan, and furthering the evidence base on socioeconomic aspects of inclusion, among others. Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Development Officer covers these workstreams working with other colleagues across the operation including protection, programme, external relations, registration, and the field offices, etc. It is expected that the Associate Development Officer would work under the supervision of the Development Officer, within the aforementioned structure.

The incumbent of this position should demonstrate:

Three (3) years of direct work experience in a large international development institution in a relevant position and of which at least one (1) year in field operations. Preferably with knowledge of, or experience in, local or area based economic development, direct engagement in a technical sector such as education, WASH, social protection, health, energy. Practical experience working with and an understanding of the different aspects of economic growth, governance, fragility and conflict. Expertise related to the governance of specific multilateral development banks or bilateral development actors most relevant to the AoR. The applicant should also demonstrate significant experience working in Sudan, with strong understanding of the local political economy and ability to build networks with government counterparts, development partners and UNHCR colleagues across the country.



 
 Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist management in commissioning and/or conducting practical research and analysis to interpret long-term political, economic and social trends that will enhance opportunities for solutions, resilience and inclusion for populations of concern to UNHCR as well as more sustainable approaches to refugee protection.
  • Support management 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 International Financial Institutions, Multilateral Development Banks, and Bilateral Development donors.
  • Assist in facilitating the development of comprehensive multi-year protection and solutions 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 development planning and programming instruments.
  • Assist management in identifying, strategically articulating and capitalizing development and resilience opportunities, including through Government pledges and or pledges made by bilateral or multilateral development and/or peacebuilding partners.
  • Assist in facilitating relationship building with development co-operation agencies and peace and state-building agendas through the different stages of policy and programme identification, preparation, implementation and review.
  • Support the development of partnerships and networks with development cooperation actors to influence the policy dialogue with governments on institutional arrangements related to sectors, locations and programme content of consequence to UNHCR and persons of concern. This would, in particular, focus on supporting the coordination of the in-country relationship with the World Bank and other multilateral development banks, especially where there is potential for specific funding directed towards UNHCR’s persons of concern (e.g. WB IDA sub-window for refugees and host communities or the WB Global Concessional Financing Facility).
  • Participate in the cooperation with development partners to assist them in incorporating the concerns of refugees, returnees and others of concern to UNHCR into the design and implementation arrangements of projects and interventions in a manner that impacts positively on protection circumstances.
  • Contribute to the identification, commissioning and/or contribution to studies and analytical activities that build the conceptual framework and evidence base for comprehensive, development-oriented responses, including preparedness work, to forced displacement.
  • Support the operation to ensure that development actors are provided relevant data to inform their planning, programming and advocacy around resilience for and inclusion of UNHCR persons of concern.
  • Support the operations engagement with governments, development partners (both multilateral and bilateral), and with the private sector and civil society (as appropriate) to identify opportunities for UNHCR to contribute to the design and implementation of monitoring systems to track progress towards agreed outcomes.
  • Support the facilitation, coordination and collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and experience sharing between UNHCR and development actors and across UNHCR operations globally by documenting and disseminating good practices and active participation in the Division of Resilience and Solutions’, Development Partnerships Community of Practice.
  • 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.

 
 Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  1. Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P2/NOB - 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Development Economics; Development Studies; Socio-economic Development; International Relations; Political Science; Law or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

Not specified.

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

Essential

Three (3) years of direct work experience in a large international development institution in a relevant position and of which at least one (1) year in field operations. Preferably with knowledge of, or experience in, local or area based economic development, direct engagement in a technical sector such as education, WASH, social protection, health, energy. Practical experience working with and an understanding of the different aspects of economic growth, governance, fragility and conflict. Expertise related to the governance of specific multilateral development banks or bilateral development actors most relevant to the AoR.

Desirable

Experience with forced displacement. Experience in primary data collection, quantitative research methods and results-based management.

Functional Skills

*CM-Strategic Communication

*CO-Drafting, Documentation

*SO-Networking

*MG-Partnership Development

*SO-Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

*PO-Policy Advocacy in UNHCR

*IM-Knowledge Management

CL-Strategy Development and Monitoring

PG-Results-Based Management

PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

  1. 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.

Core Competencies

Accountability

Communication

Organizational Awareness

Teamwork & Collaboration

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies

Empowering and Building Trust

Judgement and Decision Making

Managing Performance

Cross-Functional Competencies

Stakeholder Management

Political Awareness


Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Candidate Assessments may include a written examination followed by a Competency Based Interview.

 









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