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Associate Field Officer

Tyre (Lebanon)

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.

Associate Field Officer

The Associate Field Officer is normally supervised by the Snr Field Coordinator or Field Officer or Head of Sub-Office/Field Office depending on the structure of the Office. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country/regional programme(s). UNHCR Manual, programme and protection objectives, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the incumbent.

The incumbent may supervise some support staff. S/he has daily contacts with staff in the various field offices and with the functional units at the Country/Regional Office. S/he also has close liaison with a range of local civilian and military authorities and counterparts in NGOs and UN agencies to discuss matters of common interest.

- UNHCR's policies, standards and procedures are constantly and coherently applied in the area of responsibility (AoR).
- The needs of persons of concern in the AoR are assessed and analysed in a participating manner and using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective to form a firm basis for planning.
- Protection incidents and gaps in assistance are immediately identified and addressed.

- Identify vulnerable groups or individuals who may need special attention or special arrangements and make recommendations on the needs of different groups of refugees.
- Assess protection and assistance needs of refugees and asylum-seekers in the region and monitor implementation of refugee assistance programmes.
- In co-ordination with implementing partners, handle the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
- Provide inputs for project submissions and periodic narrative and financial reports for the annual programme.
- Develop and maintain relations with local authorities ensuring smooth negotiations in all aspects of UNHCR's mandate for the benefit of refugees.
- Monitor the security situation in the area and intervene as appropriate with the local authorities.
- Undertake other relevant duties as required.

- Submit recommendation for protection interventions to the designated officer.
- Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
- Approve expenditures within the DOAP.

- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS)  in Law, Political Sciences or related fields plus minimum 3 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master¿s) plus 2 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 1 year of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- Field experience.
- Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

***For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.

- Computer skills.
- Knowledge of refugee law.
- Good knowledge of UNHCR's programmes.
- UNHCR Protection Learning Programme.
- UNHCR Operations Management Learning Programme.
- Knowledge of additional UN languages.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR Associate Field Officer 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. C001L2 - Accountability Level 2
C002L2 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 2
C003L2 - Communication Level 2
C004L2 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 2
C005L2 - Client & Result Orientation Level 2
C006L2 - Organizational Awareness Level 2
M003L2 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 2
X001L2 - Analytical Thinking Level 2
X007L2 - Political Awareness Level 2
X008L2 - Stakeholder Management Level 2 <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

For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage colleagues to read the country specific security and welfare profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Support Services - Duty of Care ( These profiles have been specifically designed to answer some of the key questions (on security conditions, medical provisions, staff welfare, living and working conditions) potential applicants might have before deciding to apply. Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care. This project is still in the pilot phase, and as such some of the information leaflets are being produced as we speak and might not be available yet. They will be soon, so keep checking. 

UNHCR¿s Field Office (FO) at Tyre has 51 staff members (four internationals and 47 nationals) and reports directly to the Country Office at Beirut.  FO Tyre is implementing the protection and assistance programmes and also plays an important role in coordination and leadership of the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) in the South.
The Associate Field Officer is supervised by the Head of Field Office. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country programme. The UNHCR Manual, programme and protection objectives, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the incumbent.
The Associate Field Officer will directly manage and supervise the FO Tyre Field Unit, including some support staff, covering the sectors of Shelter, WASH and/or Basic Assistance, and will need to lead, coordinate and manage UNHCR's strategy and interventions in these areas. S/he has daily contacts with staff in the various Sub/Field Offices and with the functional units at the Country Office. S/he also has close liaison with a range of local civilian authorities and counterparts in NGOs and UN agencies, including (co-)chairing the sector working groups, to discuss matters of common interest. There are around one million Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, which continues to be the highest refugee-hosting country per capita in the world. With no approved camps in the country, refugees are living in more than 2000 locations across the country. The Syrian refugee response is led by the Government and local actors, supported by the international community. As the designated lead agency in the refugee response, UNHCR has established a sector-based structure in Beirut and in the field. The structure brings together over 100 UN agencies, national and international NGO partners in identifying and agreeing on the strategic priorities to address the needs of Syrian refugees and other affected populations. The Lebanon national response falls under the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), whereby UNHCR guides the refugee response and UNDP facilitates the resilience and stabilization component.

The UNHCR operational response in Lebanon is one of the largest for the organisation, with a total budget of USD 463 million for 2018. Media and donor attention and the frequency of influential high-profile visitors are high. The Office currently has more than 600 staff located in Beirut, Zahle, Tripoli, Tyre, and Qobayat. Beirut, Mount Lebanon, Tripoli, Qobayyat and Zahle are classified as "B" family duty stations.  Tyr is classified as "C" family duty station.  All duty stations have education, health (private) and recreational facilities. The election of Michel Aoun as President in October 2016 ended a two and a half year political stalemate.  This, coupled with the removal of Extremist Armed Elements (mainly al-Nusra and ISIL) from the Eastern border area has resulted in an improvement to the general security environment in Lebanon.  The threat from Armed Conflict has dropped from High to Low and while the General Threat Assessment for Terrorism remains High, authorities have instigated joint preventative counter terrorism measures focused on tackling terrorism and organised crime networks in Lebanon. 

¿ There is a threat from terrorist attacks in Lebanon and these could occur at any time and any place, including areas frequented by large numbers of people such as malls or places of worship.  Lebanese authorities work to strengthen the inhibiting context with, amongst other things, highly visible security officials carrying out regular anti-terrorism operations across the country.  Terrorism attacks escalated from 2012 to 2014 with 44 incidents over the three year period.  Security authorities foiled various attacks in 2015 resulting in a reduction in the number of attacks to 9 with around 100 terrorism related arrests.  In 2016 there were only 4 attacks with the total number of terrorism related arrests reaching more than 535.  In 2017 there were no terrorist attacks and 560 terrorism related arrests.

Armed Conflict
¿ The security environment of Palestinian refugee camps is unpredictable and can deteriorate quickly leading to violent armed clashes.  Cross border incidents can occur, especially within 3-km of the border.  In some parts of the country (not generally frequented by UN personnel) unexploded ordnance poses a threat although de-mining activities are making progress. Civil Unrest
¿ There has been a decrease in the number of demonstrations over the last year.  While they can occur at short notice, most are planned with the vast majority being small and peaceful. 

¿ Remains at its lowest level since 2011 although there is still a risk from both petty and violent crime.  As part of the joint preventative counter-terrorist measures, security services have been focusing on organised crime.  Weapons remain easily accessible and personal disputes can sometimes quickly escalate into shooting incidents.  Celebratory gunfire used to be fairly common, although more recently authorities are prosecuting those who commit such acts, following a number of casualties from falling bullets.

¿ Although Lebanon does lie in an earthquake zone it has not experienced any major tremors in recent years.  Preparedness has improved recently through the national emergency response.

Specific Information:
Tyr ¿ Still technically in a state of war, the relationship between Lebanon and Israel is tense.  There is a high concentration of military activity in the area South of the Litani (SLR) with United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) peacekeepers enforcing the Blue Line between Lebanon and Israel.  Israeli warplanes conducting overflights into Lebanese airspace are not an unusual occurrence.  The Israeli government is increasingly concerned that Hezbollah is gaining a foothold in the Quneitra and Deraa governorates in southwestern Syria, thereby cementing bases along Israel¿s eastern border.

Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in the Add.4 to March 2018 Compendium is Wednesday 5 Septembe 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

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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: Tyre (Lebanon)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-05

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