UN Field Officer Job Opportunities - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Job Title:     Field Officer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Uganda
Post Grade: P3

About UNHCR:
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:  
  • Prepare project proposals; draw up plan of operation for implementation, including institutional arrangements for budgets.
  • Assess refugee needs in the various fields of assistance and make recommendations for the establishment of projects, adjustment or discontinuation of existing projects and advise the Head of Office accordingly.
  • Closely monitor the implementation of projects under the geographical area of responsibility and ensure the provisions under the agreements signed with the implementing partners are being adhered to.
  • Regularly prepare written reports on the implementation of projects and the situation in the sites.
  • Build and maintain good working relations with local government officials, implementing partners and other agencies in the area.
  • Report immediately on any security problems that may occur affecting programme, beneficiaries and the smooth running of the operation.
  • Provide assistance to UNHCR Technical advisers and consultants as well as visitors visiting project sites.
  • Perform any other relevant duties as required.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • UNHCR’s operations in the area of responsibility (AoR) are designed to meet the needs of persons of concern.
  • An effective monitoring system of the field operations is in place resulting in better service to the persons of concern.
  • The protection needs of populations of concern are met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles governing humanitarian coordination.
  • Protection incidents and gaps in assistance are immediately identified and addressed.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Field Officer job opportunity should hold an undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law, Political Sciences or related fields plus minimum 6 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Prior field experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.
  • Good computer skills.
  • Knowledge of refugee law.
  • Good knowledge of UNHCR's programmes.
  • UNHCR Protection Learning Programme.
  • UNHCR Operations Management Learning Programme.
  • Personal Competencies:  Accountability, Teamwork & Collaboration, Communication, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Client & Result Orientation, Organizational Awareness, Empowering and Building Trust, Managing Performance, Judgement and Decision Making, Analytical Thinking, Political Awareness, Stakeholder Management

How to Apply:
All interested candidates 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: 11th April 2018

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