Senior CRR Officer

Nairobi

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Senior CRR Officer

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
On 19 September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, calling for greater burden sharing by the international community to support the world¿s largest refugee hosting states. The New York Declaration called on UNHCR to develop and initiate the application of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in close coordination with relevant states and in collaboration with relevant UN agencies, applying a multi-stakeholder approach. The objectives of implementing the CRRF are to: (i) ease pressure on host countries, (ii) enhance refugee self-reliance, (iii) expand access to third-country solutions and (iv) support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity.

UNHCR, together with partners and with the lead of host country governments, is applying the CRRF in a number of roll-out countries in 2017. The aim is to measure initial progress and extract lessons learnt to inform preparations for the Global Compact for Refugees in the 1st half of 2018. The CRRF will, to the extent possible, build on and complement existing strategies, coordination and funding mechanisms, incorporating both humanitarian and development actors. In some countries, a joint CRRF Secretariat led by the government will be setup to coordinate the roll-out of the CRRF, including a mapping exercise and gap analysis among the first steps. The various steps in preparation for the CRRF roll-out at country-level will further inform the priority areas of engagement and indicators for initial progress (first benchmark: end-2017).

The New York Declaration and the CRRF stress the need to engage development actors in a sustainable response for refugees and host communities. The CRRF promotes inclusion of refugees in the delivery of national services, such as education and health, as well as national development plans and programmes, supporting these priorities were possible. The CRRF aims to bring on board partners into the refugee response, including those who have been less involved in refugee response, by mobilising their respective areas of expertise and interest to contribute to a broad-based response. The CRRF also incorporates emergency preparedness and response, as applicable at country-level.

The roll-out of the CRRF requires intensive efforts throughout pilot countries, including consultations with a broad range of internal and external interlocutors at national, regional and district levels ¿ in particular the various government offices which need to be involved as part of the CRRF roll-out. 

The Comprehensive Refugee Response (CRR) Officer will be critical in supporting the development and implementation of a comprehensive response at national, regional and district levels.  The incumbent will have extensive contacts with both internal and external counterparts and partners. Within UNHCR, the Officer will establish close working relations with the relevant staff working in the community services, protection, program and field sectors. Key external partners will include the CRRF secretariat, national, regional and district authorities, the UN and international organizations, UNHCR implementing and operational partners, International and Local NGOs, development agencies and other actors engaged in humanitarian and development initiatives in the relevant districts. The incumbent will be the key interlocutor with National and District Government Authorities and will have to identify and actively partner with other actors and structures potentially able to contribute to the strategies and solutions for refugees.

The incumbent normally works under the supervision of the Senior CRR Coordinator or the UNHCR (Regional) Representative or a senior Officer as delegated by the (Regional) Representative. 

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
Accountability
- Developing and Monitoring is provided for the roll-out of the CRRF in the operation under the area of responsibility (AoR), including various stages of planning, implementation and stocktaking.
- Active engagement in leading and providing guidance to the government and a broad range of other stakeholders is ensured.
- Existing partnerships are strengthened and new partnerships nurtured in support of the CRRF roll-out at country/regional level.
- The progress of CRRF roll-out at country/regional level is reported on, and advice on adapting response, partnership and other strategies provided where necessary.   

Responsibility
- Take leadership in supporting the government in the development of a CRRF strategy for the roll-out country or region concerned. Identify and respond to specific support needs within CRRF Secretariats or related government-led coordination platforms, as applicable.
- Strengthen the institutionalization of CRRF-oriented approaches within UNHCR, with various government offices at national/regional and district levels, as well as abroad range of development and humanitarian partners through support and participation in all planning and other processes in the various stages of the CRRF roll-out.
- Actively participate in the conceptual development and operational outline of the CRR roll-out, including the thematic and geographic areas of refugee response. Identify priority areas, partnerships, coordination/operational arrangements and opportunities for resource mobilization for the CRRF.
- Ensure targeted advocacy and messaging and provide operational guidance for its implementation in close coordination with the Task Team in HQ. Support and/or oversee the development and implementation of a communication and stakeholder engagement strategy, if necessary.
- Explore new and broaden existing partnerships with a broad number of partners and stakeholders on issues related to the roll-out and implementation of the CRRF, including the Government, civil society international and regional organizations, private sector, academia and other interlocutors, as outlined in the multi-stakeholder approach of the New York Declaration. Build on and strengthen existing structures, coordination and financing mechanisms where possible.
- Seek and follow up on collaboration opportunities with the World Bank, international financial institutions and other related actors in close collaboration with Sr. Development Advisers, where applicable.
- Facilitate the coordination and information flow between UNHCR, the CRRF Secretariat/ related coordination platform and all stakeholders involved in the roll-out of the CRRF at national and field levels. And stay abreast of the CRRF implementation at the country/regional level.
- Gather, analyse and disseminate information in the roll out country which have a bearing on UNHCR¿s role in the roll-out of the implementation of the pledges.
- Facilitate and support in the different stages of stocktaking in the CRRF roll-out, including identifying and synthesizing lessons learnt and good practices in collaboration with UNHCR Headquarters.

Authority
- Represent UNHCR in meetings and fora related to the functions of the position.
- Provide strategic direction to the CRRF roll-out in the given country/region, as agreed with the manager.
- Coordinate planning, implementation, resource mobilization, reporting and stocktaking activities, as agreed with the manager.
- Build and strengthen short- and longer-term partnerships, and nurture engagement of development actors.    

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Graduate degree (equivalent of Master's) in Economics, Law/International Law, Political Science, Social Science, and Development, International Relations or related field.
- Minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience.
- Solid operational experience in refugee matters, preferably in emergency and development context.
- Understanding of UNHCR's mandate and operations, including coordination with development actors and multi-partner frameworks/coordination mechanisms (e.g. UN, IFIs).
- Versatile experience on partnerships and stakeholder coordination.
- Excellent communication, writing and analytical skills.
- Excellent English language skills, including drafting skills.

(NB: In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of the UN working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Strong and up-to-date knowledge of development, state-building and peace-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations.
- Experience in the implementation of regional and national policy frameworks.
- Experience of working with national governments on development planning, development agencies and/or private sector.
- Experience in facilitating humanitarian and development actors¿ interactions.
- Experience in working in a Refugee Coordination Response context.
- Working knowledge of another UN language. C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 - Communication Level 3
C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
M005L3 - Leadership Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
X007L3 - Political Awareness Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3

Before applying to this position, we strongly encourage colleagues to read the country specific FAQs information leaflets which can be found  on the Intranet under Staff Resources > Duty of Care. The information leaflets are specifically designed to answer some of the key questions potential applicants might have before deciding to apply. 

The CRRF Officer is part of the team of the Special Envoy on the Somalia Refugee Situation in Kenya; the team is responsible for ensuring the implementation of CRRF in the  in the region, including developing relationships with a wide range of stakeholders to create the whole of society approach in the refugee response.

The Senior CRRF Officer will work under the overall supervision of the UNHCR Special Envoy with guidance and strategic direction provided by the Representative. The Senior CRRF Officer will closely collaborate with other CRRF support staff located in the UNHCR Operations in the region. The Task Team on Comprehensive Responses located in UNHCR Headquarters will provide guidance and support throughout the roll-out process of the CRRF pilots, including contributing to planning, stocktaking, messaging and cross-fertilization good practices. This will include facilitating co-ordination and collaboration and sharing knowledge, training, and experience between stakeholders.

The CRRF Officer will assist with the development and implementation of an engagement strategy for the CRRF in the region, including targeted advocacy and messaging. S/he will reinforce and nurture engagements with partners, and linkages with existing mechanisms, and reach out to new partners, with a focus on private sector, development partners, civil society, and financial institutions. S/he will support the establishment and implementation of the CRRF governance structure, including at national and local level.

S/he will represent UNHCR in meetings with the government and other stakeholders, under the guidance of the UNHCR Special Envoy on the Somalia Refugee Situation. This position will coordinate CRRF activities within the IGAD and areas covered by the South Sudan refugee situation. hence it is important that the incumbent is familiar with Eastern African region. Despite the security concerns mentioned below, Nairobi is a duty station for families.   It has good medical facilities.  Recreational facilities, schools and hotels are of international standards. Nice houses are available, as well as good banking facilities, unlimited access to communication means, such as internet, telephone Sim cards etc. There is no malaria in Nairobi, but cholera, malaria and yellow fever occur in other parts of Kenya. Politically instigated demonstrations and riots may occur at any time and they are relatively frequent.
Crime in Nairobi is high and physical violence is a common feature of break into residences, carjacking and robbery. A high sense of vigilance and alertness is required.

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in the September 2017 Compendium is Monday 6 November 2017 (midnight Geneva time).

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • International Relations
    • Legal - International Law
    • Refugee rights and well-being
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-13

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