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  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Beirut
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-27

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Assc Prog Officer

Beirut (Lebanon)

An internal candidate is defined as being a staff member currently holding an Indefinite or Fixed Term Appointment who has been appointed by the High Commissioner/Deputy High Commissioner or designated representatives through the AC, JRB or previous joint staff-management bodies. All staff members with indefinite or fixed term appointments are eligible to apply as long as they are nationals of the country where the position is located.

General Service staff, regardless of grade or length of service, with a university degree, may apply to any vacant NPO position in their own country of nationality for which they qualify in terms of prior professional experience, academic qualifications, language and other requirements for the post.

General Service staff with six consecutive years of UNHCR service since appointment, at the G-6 level and above at the time of application, but without a university degree, are eligible to apply for vacant NOA positions only.

External applicants, who should also be a national of the country, are all those individuals not yet appointed to a position through the AC or JRB process or previous joint staff-management bodies. External applicants for NPO positions must possess at least a first university degree. Associate Programme Officer

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT:
In Lebanon, over one million Syrian refugees live in over 1,700 locations scattered in various accommodation types all over the country, making it difficult to target them with essential services. Ensuring adequate protection, and finding durable solutions for the approximately 20,000 refugees of other nationalities (mainly from Iraq) is similarly difficult.

The 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 coordination in Beirut and in the field. It 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 the largest for the organization, with a total budget of over USD 463 million for 2018. Syrian refugees¿ response in Lebanon is now into its ninth year and it has reached an important junction towards sustainability and cost-efficiency, and hence it is imperative that it be aligned with changing needs and operational capacities, building on strengths of major actors and opportunities in the operation context of the country.

The incumbent receives guidance and reports to the Senior Programme Officer. He/she is expected to supervise some programme staff.  The incumbent should have a strong expertise on UNHCR¿s programme policies, rules and standards, with relevant experience on project and solid financial management.  S/he should possess a demonstrated technical capacity on FOCUS and MSRP.  S/he is expected to stay abreast of the challenges posed to the country by the political context, the UN and humanitarian reform and institutional developments.

UNHCR in Lebanon works with a number operational and implementing partners in meeting the needs of persons of concerns.  UNHCR has adopted many innovative approaches and reforms involving partners all aimed at enhancing financial accountability, efficiencies and managing for results.  UNHCR Lebanon Operation is decentralized, therefore Associate Programme Officer will play an important role in engaging with field-based programme teams to provide support and guidance to them on routine matters to support coherent approaches to programming across the operation.

Externally, the incumbent will work with different  national and international NGOs in addition to coordinating and working with different sectors experts and internal units within UNHCR, thus good communication and people skills are required. The person must have a demonstrated record of providing timely and appropriate technical advice on project management, assessment and implementation.  Moreover, he/she should have a firm understanding and sound expertise in coordination and monitoring. Understanding of CBI interventions and/or experience is an advantage
 

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
Accountability:
- The needs of persons of concern in the country are assessed and analysed in a participatory manner and using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective to form a firm basis for planning.
- IP agreements are established in a timely manner, regularly monitored and reported on in compliance with established guidelines and procedures.

Responsibility:
- Through a consultative process within the country and field visits, stay involved in the development of the strategies, methodologies, contingency plans that respond to new and emerging operational challenges for the country.
- Assist in ensuring that global strategic priorities (GSP) and regional priorities as well as information on projected resource availability guide the planning parameters.
- Provide inputs for developing the country operations plan in compliance with global strategic priorities and regional priorities as well as with annual programming/planning instructions.
- Assist in organizing a consultative process to ensure a consistent application of the organization's criteria and policies for the selection of implementing and operational partners.
- Assist in managing the development of a broad network of partners, good coordination practices and the development of partner capacities.
- Assist in training UNHCR as well as implementing partners (IP) staff in UNHCR standard procedures related to the Results Based Programme management.
- Undertake proper collection, monitoring and use of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyze UNHCR's performance, trends and target interventions.
- Undertake field visits to evaluate and improve the planning, programming, implementation and monitoring of assistance projects.
- Assist in implementing the establishment of sound monitoring processes, in reviewing final reports and on progress in order to advise on any corrective actions required or the need for additional resources to reach planned target levels.
- Apply UNHCR's corporate tools (e.g. Global Focus, Focus Client) to record data and assess the technical soundness of the operation and generate data for evidence-based decisions at the country-level.
- Assist in keeping donor representatives briefed on developments and assist in the development of funding submissions, appeals and reports.
- Assist in monitoring compliance to the organization's resource allocation framework, providing support and taking corrective action where required.
- Assist in ensuring compliance in issuance of audit certificates for Implementing Partners.
- Monitor the implementation of IP Risk Management techniques and tools.
- Perform other duties as required.

Authority:
- Provide inputs for the country operations plan (including budgets, staffing levels and structures) as well as prepare inputs for funding submissions, appeals and reports.
- Represent UNHCR in UN and other fora on programme and technical issues as delegated by programme senior management.
- Enforce compliance with UNHCR's global strategies, protocols and guidelines.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Business Administration, Law, Economics, Social Science or related field plus minimum 3 years of previous job 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.
- Excellent 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.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES:
- Completion of the UNHCR Learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position
- Good knowledge of UNHCR financial rules, procedures and processes
- Knowledge of UNHCR specific programmes (MSRP, Focus, etc.)
- Computer skills (in MS office)
- Knowledge of additional UN languages. For National Officer positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.

Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening. Closing date of applications is 27 March 2019 Midnight Geneva Time
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