Senior Development Officer
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Senior Development Officer
UNHCR's mandated responsibility for finding solutions to refugee situations has long required stronger cooperation with development partners and the inclusion of refugees within national development programmes. Notwithstanding the Office¿s efforts over many decades, the proportion of refugees and internally displaced persons in protracted displacement situations remains high. Moreover, the diminishing number of people who have found durable solutions constitutes a worrying trend that has persisted in recent years. In addition, the increasing scale of irregular migration, large scale refugee movements, and the costs of responding to humanitarian situations have also placed forced displacement high on the global agenda. These elements have further driven the realization that humanitarian support alone is insufficient to lift displaced populations out of poverty, enable solutions to their situations or assist them to realize their development potential.
Among the most significant humanitarian-development cooperation partnerships strengthened in recent years has been between the World Bank and UNHCR on forced displacement. In the eighteenth replenishment (2017-2019) of the World Bank¿s International Development Association (IDA) financing programme for least developed countries, an amount of US$ 2 billion has been included for those states receiving large numbers of refugees. The IDA 18 allocation follows the operationalization of a global concessional financing facility for Middle Income Countries (MICs) affected by large numbers of refugees. In addition, UNHCR has enhanced cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Within the context outlined above, the role of the Senior Development Officer is to steer and direct UNHCR's engagement and cooperation with development agencies implementing medium term programmes assisting local communities and refugees in countries with significant refugee populations. It is anticipated that these programmes will grow in significance in future years due to the greater importance attached to addressing protracted displacement situations by donor governments. The role will be pivotal to ensuring complementarity between UNHCR's protection work and the economic and social development objectives pursued by development partners and their government counterparts. It will therefore be important that the Senior Development Officer coordinates closely with UNHCR senior management within the local Country and Sub and Field Offices. For that reason, he/she will work under the overall supervision of the UNHCR Representative or his/her Deputy to ensure that (i) policy, operational and programme priorities are properly aligned between humanitarian and development agencies, and (ii) that reporting and information exchanges on key developments are established and maintained among all interested stakeholders.
- National/local partnerships with development cooperation agencies and their government counterparts established to ensure policy dialogue and programming for refugees and local communities is informed by protection concerns and objectives from the outset;
- Medium term economic and social development programmes addressing forced displacement incorporate protection and solutions perspectives for refugees during their planning, preparation and implementation;
- Agreed monitoring mechanism established with development partners to track the progress of medium-term development programmes addressing forced displacement towards improved economic and social outcomes for local communities and refugees.
- Provide technical leadership and support for relationship building with development co-operation agencies through the different stages of policy and programme identification, preparation, implementation and review.
- Develop partnerships and networks with development cooperation actors to influence the policy dialogue with governments on institutional arrangements sectors, locations and programme content of consequence to UNHCR and persons of concern. This would, in particular, focus on supporting the coordination of the in-country relationship with the World Bank and the implementation of the IDA 18 financing for the refugee and local communities sub-window.
- Cooperate with development partners to assist them in incorporating the concerns of refugees, returnees and others of concern to UNHCR into the design and implementation arrangements of projects and interventions in a manner that impacts positively on protection circumstances.
- Identify, commission and/or contribute to studies and analytical activities that build the conceptual framework and evidence base for comprehensive, development-oriented responses, including preparedness work, to forced displacement.
- Engage with governments, development partners (both multilateral and bilateral), and with the private sector and civil society (as appropriate) to identify opportunities for UNHCR to contribute to the design and implementation of monitoring systems to track progress towards agreed outcomes.
- Facilitate coordination and collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and experience sharing between UNHCR and development actors and across UNHCR operations globally by documenting and disseminating good practices.
- Support local training activities aimed at the capacity building of UNHCR and partner agency staff to achieve greater coordination, effectiveness and synergies between humanitarian and development interventions.
- Reflect UNHCR's positions on policy and programming issues as they relate to the protection and solutions of refugees with medium-term economic and social development programmes;
- Represent UNHCR in meetings and fora related to the functions of the post and present positions to development and government counterparts that incorporate the protection and solutions and perspectives of refugees;
ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Graduate degree (equivalent of Master's) in Law/International Law, Political Science, Social Science, Development, Economics, International Relations or related field plus minimum 8 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 9 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- Minimum 8 years of relevant professional experience;
- At least six (6) years of direct working experience with an international agency/organisation implementing development programmes, of which at least two (2) years in field operations, preferably with knowledge of, or experience in, local or area based economic development;
- Experience in primary data collection, quantitative research methods and results-based management;
- Proven coordination and or networking skills engaging both development and humanitarian actors, familiarity with development and humanitarian processes;
- Excellent policy and development programming skills and familiarity with results based management;
- Solid understanding of development context and related operational challenges as they relate to refugees, including institutional arrangements;
- Excellent communication skills including ability to communicate and disseminate information effectively to a broad background of stakeholders;
- Excellent analytical skills, and good research capabilities.
- Drafting skills.
- Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English, .
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Strong and up-to-date knowledge of development, state-building and peace-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations.
- Solid understanding of humanitarian operations, principles and coordination structures.
- Good grasp of refugee protection.
- Knowledge of additional UN languages.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR Senior Development 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. 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
M005L3 - Leadership Level 3
M004L3 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
X007L3 - Political Awareness Level 3
X005L3 - Planning and Organizing Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3 <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 (https://intranet.unhcr.org/en/support-services/duty-of-care.html). 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.
The operation in Chad is currently decentralized and the Branch Office in N¿Djamena retains the role of strategy provision and coordination of four Sub-Offices and their respective Field Offices. The position requires solid experience in design and set up of Development strategy in a long term refugee¿s context
The Senior Development Officer based in N¿Djamena reports directly to the Assistant Representative (Operations) and will be expected to support the Senior Management with the coordination of the country development strategy.
He will provide technical support and guidance on all aspects related to the programme. including assessments, planning, budgeting, technical orientations, legal and regulatory aspects, implementation modalities, monitoring and coordination.
The incumbent must have a solid experience in resilience and poverty alleviation programme.
The incumbent must have good experience in coordination of interagency programme with various stakeholders including Governement.
The incumbent must have a good expertise in rural developement.
He must have a previous work experience with World Bank financed projects or related..
The incumbent must also be well experienced in the design, implementation and follow up of social safety nets programme.
The incumbent must have a good sense of leadership and representation.
Given the considerable and diverse work load, it is important that the applicant be motivated, hard-working, organized and fluent in French (written and spoken), as all communications within the office and with external partners such as Government and humanitarian agencies are conducted in French. Working knowledge in English, especially written, is also required. Chad hosts some 400,000 people of refugees including Sudanese, Central Africans, and Nigerian, Congolese and other refugees and tens of thousands of Chadians who returned from CAR and are at risk of statelessness.
The majority of these refugees have sought asylum in Chad for more than ten years and are mainly housed in camps.
Refugees receive humanitarian aid as an urgent and immediate response to a humanitarian situation caused by the sudden departure of their country of origin.
UNHCR ensure protection through the provision of multi-sectoral assistance through water / sanitation, health / nutrition, education and livelihoods.
WFP provides food assistance.
For all refugees, most of whom have spent more than a decade in Chad without the prospect of repatriation, assistance strategies have been revised to take into account decreasing resources from one year to the next and to take into account the refugee capacity to return and to take care of themselves. Local integration, socio-economic empowerment and voluntary repatriation are considered as relevant and sustainable solutions.
As a result of decades of conflict, instability and underinvestment in the social sectors, associated with conditions of environmental fragility, a large part of Chad's population today lives in poverty and is exposed to threats of all kinds (food insecurity, malnutrition, lack of access to basic social services, natural disasters).
The fight against poverty is therefore a policy and a major strategy of the Government of Chad. It is based on a long-term vision of sustainable human development inspired by Chad's 2025 emergence vision. The focus is on identifying and strengthening the initiatives and productive capacities of all and on the structural factors that generate and perpetuate marginalization and exclusion in Chad.
In this sense, the Government of Chad is committed to strengthening the social protection of its citizens including refugees through the development of a National Strategy for Social Protection.
The UNHCR Chad operation is also working closely with WFP and others actors to develop an exit strategy for refugees based on the 2017 joint (UNHCR/WFP) targeting exercise.
The vision of the operation is to promote the socio-economic integration and empowerment of refugees wishing to stay in Chad.
The goal is the implementation of a multi-year, multi-component livelihoods and social protection program which take into consideration the opportunity of the partnership between the Government of Chad with the World Bank through the IDA 18 Project.
The IDA18 regional sub-window for refugees and host communities provides dedicated funding to help low-income countries hosting large numbers of refugees.
The IDA18 underpins the development approach to forced displacement, supporting commitments by host governments to enact policy change and address the social and economic dimensions of refugee situations
The IDA18 project provides a unique opportunity to address significant challenges in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Bank¿s twin goals to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity Development program that address the social and economic dimensions of humanitarian crises is urgently needed to complement a humanitarian response.
IDA18 financing for refugees and hosts is part of the Bank¿s effort to strengthen support in this area, putting a clear focus on policy change.
UNHCR Chad operation is an operation where a number of new UNHCR strategies are being implemented, including alternatives to camps, institutionalisation of Senior Development and promotion of self-reliance and livelihoods as early as an emergency situation occurs.
It is in the mist of the development of a 3 year Multiyear and multi partner protection and solutions strategy aiming to address critical development issues in refugee hosted areas, as a way to speed up the socio economic integration and empowerment of refugees and promote peaceful coexistence.
The incumbent will play an active role in the design and implementation of a development strategy in considering building the bridge between humanitarian and development schemes.
The Senior Development officer in N¿Djamena is responsible for the coordination of the design and implementation of the Development strategy in UNHCR Chad operation. It is an expensive city. Finding good accommodations remains a challenge. However there are a number of supermarkets where local and foreign goods are available and expatriates frequent a number of restaurants offering Lebanese, Chinese, French and other foods.
Malaria and Typhoid are common illnesses and preventative measures should be taken. The climate is hot, dry and dusty. There is a Western Union and several banks with ATMs. There is an international airport with daily flights out of Chad. R&R cycle 8 weeks. N¿Djamena is a category D non-family duty station with Level 2 security and there have been recent Boko Haram suicide bomb attacks. For safety reasons UN staff are advised to avoid congregating in groups of expatriates and frequenting restaurants, night clubs and pools used by expatriates.
While security in N¿Djamena is, at present, stable, due to criminality staff are discouraged from walking in the streets, taking taxis, staying out late at night and visiting public places alone. The incumbent will be required to work with other UN Agencies and partners on all aspects related to the operations in Chad.
French and Arabic are the official languages in Chad. French is the official working language of the Office but many reports need to be drafted in English. Therefore, the incumbent must possess strong skills in both French and English.
Geographical and gender diversity is welcome.
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).
- Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Location: N'Djamena (Chad)
- Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
- Peace and Development
- Refugee rights and well-being
- Closing Date: 2018-09-05