UN Jobs – Associate Inter-Agency Coordination Officer – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title: Associate Inter-Agency Coordination Officer (UN Jobs)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda


About US:

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 Associate Inter-Agency Coordination Officer is usually located in Country Operations, Multi-Country Offices, Regional Bureaux, and Regional Refugee Coordinator’s Office or in the Partnership and Coordination Service (PCS) in Headquarters. S/he plays a crucial support role in ensuring UNHCR’s approach to partnership and inter-agency processes are coherent. The main aim is to assist senior management, as well as partner agencies, to ensure that UNHCR can fulfil its role to support the Government to lead the refugee response, coordinate other actors including development actors at the early stages of a refugee response and support the adherence to UNHCR inter agency commitments in IDP situations. This should be done in line with UNHCRs Mandate, the Global Compact for Refugees, the 2019 IDP policy, and agreed inter-agency commitments.


The Associate Inter-Agency Coordination Officer ensures that support is provided for strategic planning, assessment, monitoring and analysis, of any joint assessments or interagency plans at the field level. The incumbent will have 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 incumbent will put particular emphasis on multi-sectorial information, coverage of information sources (UN and non-UN) and contributions to programs and projects, and interagency processes and products. The incumbent will be tasked with setting up and supporting different inter agency meetings, ensuring UNHCR’s coordination role where applicable and UNHCR input where necessary. S/he will also be tasked with ensuring note taking and information sharing across a number of actors. The incumbent may also be tasked with the collection, presentation and dissemination of agreed inter agency data and information, including that coming from various stakeholders outside of UNHCR.


S/he will also 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, sector or cluster specific meetings, as well as to support the broadening of relevant inter-agency information through meeting reports, situation updates and newsletters.


All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to inter agency processes, including for coordination in refugee settings and cluster coordination in IDP settings
  • Include partners in any UNHCR led interagency response, respecting their respective mandates and programme priorities.
  • Provide appropriate support for operational planning and forward looking coordination of the inter-agency humanitarian and development response.
  • Support the planning of adequate contingency and preparedness for new emergencies / scenarios is in place.
  • Close follow up on the strategic, operational, and day to day basic assistance sector/ cluster issues.
  • Coordinate the basic assistance Sector by chairing regular working groups meetings, ensuring all agencies in the sector are adequately represented, liaise closely with a wide range of donors and governmental institutions, etc.
  • Provide close guidance and support to basic assistance working groups at field level.
  • Provide analysis on key humanitarian / development issues and trends in close collaboration with the information management team.
  • Conduct regular programmatic and funding gaps analysis.
  • Support the development of harmonized assessment, monitoring and evaluation activities in line with the agreed inter agency response
  • Draft correspondence, documents and reports, guidance notes, background information for meetings and workshops.
  • Conduct regular field visits to support and build the capacity of field working groups as well as ensuring field perspectives underpin the sector strategy.
  • Develop a harmonized referral system for the sector in conjunction with the information management team.
  • Liaise with external partners and local organizations on behalf of different sectors, the Interagency Coordination Unit, and UNHCR.
  • Lead, facilitate, and organize dedicated Sector Working Group meetings and technical task forces.
  • Prioritize tasks and organize work independently.
  • Engage with all sectors and identify IA Coordination activities.
  • Make recommendations on IA Coordination issues.
  • Work closely with government counterparts on issues related to the basic assistance.
  • Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Associate Inter-Agency Coordination Officer job should have three years of relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree in Social Sciences; Development Studies; Economics; International Relations; Political Affairs or other relevant field.
  • At least three years of relevant experience in humanitarian or development programme implementation, including experience in facilitating inter-agency coordination at sector or macro-level.
  • Good knowledge of the UN system, NGOs and related planning and coordination practises.
  • Knowledge of MS Office applications.
  • Knowledge of refugee protection principles and framework.
  • Presentation delivery and/or public speaking experience.
  • Language Requirements: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language



  • Demonstrated expertise in emergency response and preparedness planning and monitoring, including a good understanding of related standards and indicators. Demonstrated expertise in either assessments, monitoring and evaluation, research for programmes, and policy / context analysis.
  • Experience in coordinating and implementing cash-based interventions, including harmonization of practices and operating procedures.
  • Experience in leading and facilitating meetings, delivering presentations, and conducting trainings for technical and non-technical audience.
  • Work experience in the interagency response.


Functional Skills

  • IT-Computer Literacy
  • CO-Drafting and Documentation
  • PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
  • ER-Inter-Agency Leadership/Coordination
  • ER-Inter-Agency Resource Mobilisation
  • ER-Inter-Agency External Relations
  • CO-Public Speaking
  • DM-Data Collection and Analysis
  • CB-Cash-based Programming/Managing/Planning


NB: Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential.


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should apply online at the link below


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Deadline: 23rd November 2023


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Date Posted 2023-11-20
Valid Through 2023-11-23
Employment Type FULL_TIME
Hiring Organization United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Job Location Kampala, Kampala, Kampala, 0256, Uganda

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