Fresher UN Assistant Inter-Agency Coordination Officer Job Careers - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10027117
Vacancy Notice No.: 22/2017
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Position Grade: NOA         

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.

Job Summary: The Assistant Inter-Agency Coordination Officer will assist the Senior Field Coordinator with the coordination of the humanitarian response. As such, the incumbent will need to ensure that coordinated support is provided for strategic planning, assessment, monitoring and analysis of the refugee situation in Uganda. On-going strategic planning will therefore be contingent on effective monitoring of the implementation of these plans as well as management of on-going rolling assessment. This would involve direct contact with other staff members in the inter agency structure from UN agencies, international and non-governmental organizations, and the government. The post requires the ability to prioritize tasks and to organise work independently based on direction from the Supervisor. The Assistant Inter Agency Coordination Officer will support all the inter agency planning and reporting activities. Particular emphasis will be given to multi sectorial information, coverage of information sources (UN and non-UN) and contributions to programs and projects. The incumbent will support the Inter Agency Coordinator in maintaining a constant dialogue with donors on the overall funding/resource status of the humanitarian programs in close collaboration with all partner agencies (UN and NGOs). A key tool in this regard will be the facilitation and support of periodic Inter Agency meetings, as well as to support the broadening of inter agency information through meeting reports, situation updates and newsletters

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Facilitate humanitarian response coordination activities and support coordination meetings as required, including by preparing meetings, drafting minutes and follow up documentation.
  • Expand and maintain the coordination toolkit for the humanitarian refugee response, in close cooperation with the information management team.
  • The jobholder will manage the flow of information to and from the Supervisor and other senior staff, including heads of field offices and field based coordination staff; identify priority matters that need to be urgently addressed by the Supervisor.
  • Draft correspondence, documents and reports, and prepare tables and ensure follow up.
  • Draft documents and guidance for the coordination toolkit.
  • The jobholder will prepare background information for meetings to be attended/chaired by the Supervisor
  • When required and appropriate, in the absence of the Senior Field Coordinator and other possible co chairs, facilitate or chair internal or external coordination meetings.
  • Support the Sector Coordinators when necessary.
  • Render support in ensuring appropriate coordination with all refugee partners (including national and international NGOs, the International Red Cross, Red Crescent movement, UN agencies), through establishment/maintenance of appropriate sectorial coordination mechanisms, including working groups at the national and local level.
  • Ensure appropriate links with national and local authorities, state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors and ensure appropriate coordination and information exchange with them.
  • Actively contribute to the development and maintenance of a common strategic framework and appropriate guidelines on the IA response by way of facilitating relevant group discussions
  • Identify geographical and thematic gaps in IA Coordination, and facilitate the appropriate response to those gaps.
  • Establish technical groups or task forces as necessary to resolve adhoc issues as they arise.
  • Ensure approval by all relevant national and sub-national authorities of the strategic documents produced by the IA Coordination Unit.
  • Provide stakeholders with regular reports.
  • The incumbent will ensure review of coordination related information management products and work closely with the information management team.
  • Perform regular field visits and take part in regional coordination meetings.
  • Perform other related duties, as required.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Liaise with external partners and local organizations on behalf of UNHCR.
  • Prioritize tasks and organize work independently.
  • Engage with all sectors and identify IA Coordination activities.
  • Make recommendations on IA Coordination issues

 Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant Inter-Agency Coordination Officer job placement should hold a University degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Journalism, International Relations or Political Affairs.
  • At least two years of relevant experience in humanitarian or development programme implementation, including experience in facilitating inter agency coordination at sector or macro level.
  • Extensive knowledge of the UN system, NGOs and related planning and coordination practises.
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of MS applications.
  • Broad knowledge of refugee protection principles and framework.
  • Extensive knowledge of local language and institutions.
  • Presentation delivery and/or public speaking experience.
  • Fluency in English, including excellent drafting and writing skills in English; good communication skills in English language and public speaking experience
  • Demonstrated expertise in emergency response and preparedness planning and monitoring, including a good understanding of related standards and indicators.
  • Previous exposure and experience in change management and innovation.
  • Work experience in refugee settings.
  • Knowledge of other relevant UN languages

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: 21st July 2017

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