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Associate Settlement Planning Officer Int. Specialist UNHCR Malawi
VMAM Code
MWIR000122-10555
Open

Associate Settlement Planning Officer

Associate Settlement Planning Officer

International Specialist
Host entity
UNHCR
Country
Malawi
Location, Country
Lilongwe (MWI)
Language skills
English
Expected Starting Date
01 October 2021
Duration
12 months with possiblity of extension
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Senior Durable Solutions Officer or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Associate Settlement Planning Officer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Assess and confirm the feasibility of setting up camps for refugees in accordance with international recognised criteria of accessibility, security, water resources and type of terrain. Assess potential expansion of existing site as needed. Produce drawings of camps including infrastructure based on field data collected by GPS.
  • Work in close coordination with relevant local Government Ministries and relevant Departments to ensure that technical factors related to natural resources, local law issues, protection of environment, land property issues and local communities land use are included in any assessment.
  • Develop site planning and its implementation modalities, including construction of communal infrastructures, taking into account overall needs of target groups, their cultural preferences and the concerns of the local communities.
  • Ensure that camp design takes into consideration protection concerns including those related to gender-based violence and potential discrimination of persons with specific needs.
  • Ensure that site designs take into consideration security concerns (especially those of women and children) and plan adequate location for all required infrastructure.
  • Assist development and implementation of UNHCR programs through analysis of budgetary implications of technical inputs. Provide cost estimations of technical activities, including development of bill of quantities for construction of infrastructure and other works.
  • Work in close collaboration with UNHCR partners in each site/camp to facilitate achievement of international standards.
  • Develop adequate tools for monitoring technical activities and provide regular monitoring and evaluation of implementation by UNHCR partners, including assessment of contracting procedures.
  • Provide technical guidance to UNHCR management and to partners, including establishment of adequate strategy for care and maintenance of the transit centres/camps and their associated infrastructure.
  • Provide regular technical reports, including specific progress reports on status of the implementation.
  • Assist UNHCR office with any other technical related issues as required by the Supervisor.
  • Ensure use of participatory and community-based approaches in the planning and implementation of projects, ensuring that humanitarian responses build on local capacity.
Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

Type of Degree: A bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Construction, Urban Planning is required

Required experience
36 Months
Experience remark

Desirable Qualifications and Skills:

  • At least 3 years of professional work experience in refugee programmes or similar humanitarian operations including planning sites for refugee settlement, camp infrastructure and related technical issues.
  • Excellent oral and written skills, excellent drafting, formulation and reporting skills are a requirement.
  • Excellent interpersonal skill, culturally and socially sensitive; ability to collaboratively work a team of various background
  • Proficient in use of computer applications and knowledge of settlement planning tools e.g. AutoCAD & GIS.
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision, ability to work with tight deadlines
  • Sound security awareness.

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise
Protection of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs
Area of expertise details
  • Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNHCR; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNHCR procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
  • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNHCR in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary;

Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNHCR mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 23 September 2021
Protection Assistant Nat. Specialist UNHCR Kenya
VMAM Code
KENR001966-10665
Open

Protection Assistant

Protection Assistant

National Specialist
Host entity
UNHCR
Country
Kenya
Location, Country
Nairobi (KEN)
Language skills
English
Expected Starting Date
Immediate
Duration
until 31 December 2021
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.
Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Senior Protection Officer or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Protection Assistant will:

  • Observe and respect RSD transition related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Draft Resettlement referral as per required by the RSD reviewers.
  • Keep track of vulnerable cases in need of inter-unit follow for monthly dispatch to relevant units.
  • Maintain physical files to be presented to the Technical Advisory Committee in good order until the Commissioner of Refugee Affairs’ endorsement and the subsequent decision issuance.
  • Ensure accurate and regular filing of TAC profiles and of the copy of the Notification of Recognition Letters issued to persons of concern.
  • Support the registry unit in retrieving files called for RSD interview or requiring urgent RSD review.
  • Assist in mitigating fraud by reporting suspected fraud.
  • Act as a backup to prepare the RSD schedule and ascertain relevant interpreters and rooms are available to conduct scheduled RSD interviews.
  • Act as a backup to facilitate liaison with Refugee Affairs competent authorities for the joint issuance of RSD decisions personal and other relevant documents, when appropriate.
  • Act as a back up to provide counseling to persons of concern who inquire about their cases through email or telephone call. Alert and follow-up on cases with supervisor regarding any relevant protection concerns and RSD fast-tracking. Act as a backup to handle the RSD desk.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

In Law,Human rights,related field

Required experience
24 Months
Experience remark
  • Previous experience in human rights advocacy, refugee matters, humanitarian work.
  • Completion of UNHCR specific learning/training activities an asset
  • Computer software literacy essential. (word, excel, power point). Advanced ability to type
  • Ability to work independently while also able to work well with others
  • Ability to work under pressure and with frequent deadlines
  • Ability to handle emotionally stressful issues (e.g. issues relating to torture, rape, executions etc.)
  • Ability to effectively and compassionately work with traumatized individuals
  • Good knowledge of RSD issues and UNHCR RSD policies and operational applications an asset.
Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise
Protection of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs
Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Building Trust, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call for to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 23 September 2021
Associate Protection Officer Int. Specialist UNHCR Djibouti
VMAM Code
DJIR000197-10561
Open

Associate Protection Officer

Associate Protection Officer

International Specialist
Host entity
UNHCR
Country
Djibouti
Location, Country
Djibouti (DJI)
Language skills
English
French
Arabic
Expected Starting Date
Immediate
Duration
until 31 December 2021
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.
Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Protection Officer in Djibouti or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Through relationships with persons of concern, authorities and network of partners stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice to senior management.
  • Ensure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concerns are reflected in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, minority groups such as sexual minorities and persons living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Utilize the IDPs footprint during the planning process;
  • Coordinate the promotion of international refugee law principles and standards and also IDP legislation or policies ensuring that all sectors and clusters fulfill their responsibilities mainstreaming protection;
  • Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of programmes ensuring that identified protection needs, including an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approach, are adequately addressed;
  • Provide policy guidance and operational support to UNHCR and partners on all protection related issues;
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to internal and external interlocutors; ensure legal assistance is accessible to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documents to persons of concern (civil documentation, in particular birth certificates);
  • Monitor, and assist with the intervention in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners;
  • Assist in the coordinated implementation and oversight of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities;
  • Ensure that durable solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement are sought and provided to the largest possible number of persons of concern;
  • Ensure through direct action and advocacy with more senior protection staff that the necessary resources are allocated to enable protection activities to identify and address protection and assistance gaps;
  • Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and SGBV, and solutions approaches;
  • Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among populations of concern, authorities and host communities;
  • Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with persons of concern, host communities, local authorities and partners. In operations applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute to ensuring that the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in an AGD-compliant strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations;
  • Contribute to the Protection team's information management component which: provide disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary;
  • Ensure participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches are included in, strategies and plans in the country operation;
  • Support persons of concern to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection.
Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments
  • University degree in Law, International Law, International Relations, Social Sciences, Political Sciences or related field.
Required experience
24 Months
Experience remark
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with refugees and/or other people of concern in a protection capacity required
  • Field experience.
  • Commitment to help persons of concern and willingness to cooperate with counterparts.
  • Knowledge of UN policies and procedures;
  • Good analytical skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural setting;
  • Ability to live and work in the difficult and harsh conditions of developing countries is essential.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Desirable: valid national driver’s license and proven ability to drive manual gear 4x4 over rough terrain; (if not applicable, delete)
  • Sound security awareness;
Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Arabic(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise
Protection of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs
Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. Application deadline: 24 September 2021