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Dep Representative

Lima (Peru)

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.

Deputy Representative P5

Direct supervision and guidance is received from the Representative. Advice and operational support may also be provided by the Director/Deputy Director of the Bureau or the Regional Representative and by other senior staff in the Bureau (Head of Desk, Legal Advice Unit, and Resource Management Unit) and in the support Divisions at Headquarters.  The incumbent will also refer to policies, standards, rules and regulations which are in force within UNHCR.

Regular contacts with Representative and staff at Headquarters and in the field, to consult, discuss operational issues, and to seek common grounds for solutions on activities and programmes of importance to UNHCR and with persons on matters of great importance to UNHCR's programmes. These contacts may include heads of national/ international organizations, embassies, UN agencies, and high officials/ ministers in the national government.

Decisions taken directly influence the design and operation of all of UNHCR's activities in the country of accreditation. Proposals will have a substantive effect on UNHCR's policy on a wide range of issues in the country programmes. Errors lead to significant damage to UNHCR's major objectives in terms of time, quality, and money in the country and will have a major negative impact on the safety of refugees and other persons of concern. The Office's overall credibility and the safety of its staff may also suffer.

- The protection framework in the country ensures availability and quality of asylum, operating systems and search for solutions for all categories of concern.
- UNHCR's policies and standards are applied consistently within the country operation to ensure quality protection for populations of concern.
- Resources are commensurate with operational objectives and are allocated and managed effectively to meet country operational objectives.
- UNHCR provides a healthy, safe and respectful working environment for its workforce in the country.

- Provide legal protection advice and guidance on matters of doctrine and policy to Representative, the Heads of Offices and protection staff in the country.
- Provide advice and support to offices in the country operation on specific issues/problems faced related to asylum, refugee protection and assistance, including access to territory, access to RSD and asylum procedures, non-refoulement adequate reception and the implementation of durable solutions, including developing a Protection Management Framework for each national office.
- Provide legal and programme related advice and guidance to offices in the country on developing and maintaining fair and effective asylum regimes in accordance with international standards and norms, especially with regard to national asylum/refugee legislation and the building of local protection capacity.
- Provide legal and programme related advice and guidance on matters relating to the issue of asylum and migration to the Representative and offices in the country with particular emphasis on the problems of trafficking and smuggling.
- Provide guidance and leadership related to the implementation of the Age, Gender Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM) Participatory Assessments in sub-region and ensure the follow up on any identified gaps related to the reception and integration systems and structures in the region with relevant stakeholders.
- Keep abreast of and analyse trends and key issues related to legal protection and assistance in the country, including preparing strategy and position papers with policy recommendations on specific protection, assistance and durable solutions related issues relevant to the country.
- Directly supervise Protection and Programme sections and develop operations plan in accordance with the organizational policies and operational strategies.
- Assist the Representative in the promotion of UNHCR strategic goals and objectives in the country, monitoring of the overall progress towards achieving them and in managing the Representation country office.
- Ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to protect staff, and that the country operation complies with UN MOSS/MORSS staff security rules, guidelines and procedures.
- Serve as OIC of the Country Office when the Representative is on mission or leave.
- Any other duties as may be required or assigned by the Representative.

- Represent UNHCR in the meetings and fora related to the functions.
- Enforce local compliance with UNHCR's global protection, programme, finance and human resources and security policies and standards.
- Authorize payments as per the organization's Delegation of Authority Plan (DOAP) and in accordance with UN/UNHCR rules and procedures.
- Modify operational projects and reallocate funds, within the approved budgets and in respect of donor earmarking.

- Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) in Political Science, Social Science, International Relations, Law, Business Administration, Human Resources Management, and/or other relevant fields plus minimum 11 years of previous work experience relevant to the function at professional level, with more than 10 years in international capacity. Senior positions in a large governmental or international agency. Extensive knowledge of UNHCR operations and services. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 12 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 10 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- A high level of skill in management of broad programmes, political decision making and negotiating.
- Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

- Completion of UNHCR training programmes, such us Protection Learning Programme, Operations Management Learning Programme.
- Knowledge of geo-political realities and their socio-cultural implications.
- Knowledge of additional UN languages.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR Deputy Representative P5 positions. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. C001L4 - Accountability Level 4
C002L4 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 4
C003L4 - Communication Level 4
C004L4 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 4
C005L4 - Client & Result Orientation Level 4
C006L4 - Organizational Awareness Level 4
M001L4 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 4
M002L4 - Managing Performance Level 4
M006L4 - Managing Resources Level 4
M005L4 - Leadership Level 4
M003L4 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 4
M004L4 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 4
X005L4 - Planning and Organizing Level 4
X001L4 - Analytical Thinking Level 4
X008L4 - Stakeholder Management Level 4 <p>The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.</p>
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== The incumbent requires:
¿ Hands-on experience in operations with programme experience, excellent inter personal skills and the ability to interact with high and medium ranking government officials and other stakeholders. 

¿ Strong analytical analytical thinking, including identifying, defining and analyzing information, situations and problems to find viable solutions and propose changes as necessary.

¿ Ability to manage a young local team and coordinate with other Field Offices.

¿ Multi-agency coordination and dealing with the public

¿ Must have previous emergency managerial experience with excellent command in Spanish and English. ¿ At the end of 2015, Peru officially reported 700 asylum seekers in total. They were 4,500 at the end of 2016 and became 36,000 at the end of 2017. The dramatic increase has been determined by the constantly growing influx of VEN nationals. In the beginning of 2018, the influx has continued unabated with an average of 800 new asylum applications per day registered by the Special Commission for Refugees (CEPR). By the end of June 2018 numbered over 125,000 (highest number of asylum seekers from Venezuelan in one single country worldwide). VEN nationals who are arriving in an increasingly vulnerable condition (SGBV, women heads of households, etc.). If this pace continues, Peru may have over 200,000 asylum seekers from Venezuela by the end of the year.

¿ The main entry point into Peru is now the northern border with Ecuador (Tumbes). A certain percentage of the VEN nationals arriving in Peru move onwards to reach Chile (in 2017 about 60,000 VEN nationals left Peru entering Chile from Tacna). The influx of VEN nationals from Ecuador continues unabated at the pace of approximately 1000/2000 per day. ¿ The authorities have reported that at the end of June 2018, the VEN nationals in Peru number in total approximately 350.000. The government estimates that the VEN nationals in Peru will number between 700,000 and 1M by the end of 2018. In addition to the possibility of applying for refugee status, Peru also offers an alternative migratory solution (Temporary Residence Permit ¿ PTP) through which the migratory status of over 33,000 VEN nationals has been already regularized.

¿ UNHCR established an initial presence in the country with a NOA in September 2017 which has been strengthened with the arrival of an international staff in January 2018. In early April, the L2 Emergency has been declared and an emergency team has been deployed.

¿ UNHCR is responding to the influx directly and in support to the Government of Peru (e.g. to the Special Commission for Refugees to deal with the asylum backlog and strengthen registration procedures) and through an inter-agency effort co-led together with IOM, and also working closely with the civil society (partners). The cooperation with IOM is being increasingly consolidated within the framework indicated by the Secretary General who has stated that the UN response to the VENSIT will be under the joint leadership/coordination of UNHCR and IOM. ¿ In addition to Lima, UNHCR is focusing on the entry and exit points (Tumbes and Tacna) while also attending to protection risks and needs along the routes from Tumbes to Lima (Piura and Trujillo) and from Lima to Tacna. UNHCR has already established a presence in Lima, Tumbes, and Tacna. The Office in Tumbes will be a UNHCR/IOM Office. Also in Tacna, UNHCR will offer the same arrangement to IOM

¿ The Operation foresees an Office with at least 15 international staff in regular positions, Lima is a modern city with a great variety of commercial, economic, cultural and industrial activities.

February is the hottest month in Lima with an average temperature of 24°C and the coldest is August at 17°

Possibility of renting private accommodation. This is a category ¿A¿ family duty station.

The Security Level for Lima is LOW.

The most frequent crimes nationwide are violent assaults in the streets, robberies in hotels, restaurants and malls. During the night, criminals attempt to break car windows at traffic stops to snatch whatever valuable; the route to Lima¿s Jorge Chavez International Airport is one of the selected targets.

Peru is a highly seismic country with the possibility of an earthquake at any time.

No vaccinations are required for travel to the country, but it is important to verify endemic areas. Related to the Zika virus, Peru has not presented local cases of the virus, but it is expected to appear in the upcoming months.

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in this Flash Vacancy is Thursday 23 August 2018 (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: Lima (Peru)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-23

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