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  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Ankara
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Administrative support
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-20

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Inter-Agency Coordination Assistant ( UNOPS)

Ankara (Turkey)

External candidates must be legally present in Turkey at the time of application, recruitment and hire. Non-Turkish citizens are required to submit a valid Turkish residence permit to be considered. Inter-Agency Coordination Assistant

1. General Background

Turkey continues to host the largest refugee population in the world, providing protection to nearly four million refugees and asylum-seekers. The majority of the refugees and asylum seekers live in urban areas or are integrated in Turkey¿s rural communities, less than 3% live in the Temporary Accommodation Centres in the Southeast.

The Government of Turkey leads the protection of and assistance to all persons of concern in Turkey. The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) provides an overall strategy for partners to support Turkey in developing and implementing its national refugee response strategy, as well as coordinate the response of various humanitarian actors.

The UN Country Team (UNCT) is under the overall coordination of the Resident Coordinator (RC). Through UNHCR, as the lead agency for the refugee response in Turkey, the country team closely follows the evolution of the Syria situation. Acknowledging the high cost borne by Turkey given the size of the refugee population and the duration of the crisis, the UN has offered and stands ready to provide further support as the crisis persists. Agencies associated with the 3RP in Turkey has sought to respond to the Syrian crisis in a timely, efficient and coherent manner.


2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

Responsibilities;
¿ Advising and assisting the RC Office on activities related to Turkey 3RP including coordination, communications, information management, administration, and liaising as needed with UNHCR as the lead agency for the Refugee Pillar of the 3RP.
¿ Assisting the RC Office and UNHCR with the oversight of communication flow between the UN agencies, government units and officials, NGOs and the diplomatic missions on UN¿s refugee response.
¿ Drafting written outputs such as correspondence, minutes and notes to the related UN agencies and other partners under the 3RP.
¿ Providing coordination assistance to RC Office and to UNHCR, where needed, on planning and execution of visiting foreign missions and field missions relating to the Syrian Emergency.
¿ Attending and contributing to planning mechanisms of the RC Office pertaining to the Syria Emergency.
¿ Providing assistance to operational and administrative aspects of the UN system and the RC Office with regard to the Syria Emergency.
¿ Supporting the RC Office and UNHCR in coordination of and liaising with other humanitarian organizations, development actors, donors and similar establishments with regard to the Syria Emergency.


3. Monitoring and Progress Controls

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Special Assistant to the Resident Coordinator and the Senior Inter-Agency Coordinator of UNHCR, the UN Coordination Assistant on Syria Response will work in the Office of the Resident Coordinator and will provide assistance to the Resident Coordinator, UNHCR and the  Syria Response Group, within the framework of the 3RP.


4. Qualifications and Experience

a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)

¿ Bachelor¿s degree in management, international relations, economics, development, social development or law.

b. Work Experience

¿ Minimum 2 years of previous relevant professional experience, in particular in provision of operational and administrative support (Advanced University degree and/or Master¿s degree may be considered towards work experience)
¿ Experience in coordination work will be an asset.


c. Key Competencies

¿ Excellent knowledge of Turkish and fluency in English.
¿ Good knowledge of UN administrative rules and regulations;
¿ Strong computing and IT skills: excellent command of office software, such as MS Office applications;
¿ Ability to extract, interpret, analyse data and resolve operational problems;
¿ Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
¿ Ability to identify priority activities and assignments; to adjust priorities as required;
¿ Good team-working skills;
¿ Cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality sensitivity and adaptability;
¿ Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
¿ Knowledge of the 3RP process and its relation to the RCO led processes around the UNDCS are an asset


Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

¿ Knowledge of other UN languages is an asset
¿ Familiarity with UN Coordination efforts is strongly required Please note that this position is offered under UNOPS LICA contract.

Only short-listed candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.

UNHCR/UNOPS  does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

The validity of the position is until 31 December 2019.

REMUNERATION
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. Local UNOPS  monthly fees are between TRY 5,808 and TRY 7,372 depending on relevant experience, dependency status and language proficiency. Please visit UNOPS portal to find out more about the organization and remuneration package.
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See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== Profile Statement
The incumbent is part of the inter-agency coordination unit with placement in the Resident Coordinator¿s Office (RCO). The Inter-Agency Unit was established in 2016 to support the development and implementation of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) Turkey chapter. The 3RP outlines the strategic priorities for all agencies working in support of the Government of Turkey response to the needs of refugees in Turkey. The content of the 3RP is to be read in conjunction with the strategy presented in the UN development Cooperation Strategy (UNDCS) to ensure that there is a clear linkage between the humanitarian and resilience interventions described in the 3RP and the longer term interventions outlined in the UNDCS.  For this reason the incumbent of this position sits with the RCO while having a reporting line within the UNHCR inter-agency unit.

The incumbent will be responsible for supporting the liaison between the 3RP development teams of UNHCR and UNDP and the UNDCS development team of the RCO. This function involves meeting preparation, invitation, minute taking and follow up as well as close collaboration with all RCO staff on regular tasks related to coordination. The incumbent will be asked to liaise with different actors including humanitarian and development partners as well as Government of Turkey focal points.

In this regard, very good drafting and communication skills in English and Turkish is essential.

Current Situation
Turkey continues to host the largest refugee population in the world, providing protection to nearly four million refugees and asylum-seekers. The majority of the refugees and asylum seekers live in urban areas or are integrated in Turkey¿s rural communities, less than 3% live in the Temporary Accommodation Centres in the Southeast.

The Government of Turkey leads the protection of and assistance to all persons of concern in Turkey. The Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) provides an overall strategy for partners to support Turkey in developing and implementing its national refugee response strategy, as well as coordinate the response of various humanitarian actors.

The Syria Response Group (SRG) is under the overall coordination of the Resident Coordinator (RC), UNHCR and UNDP. Through UNHCR, as the lead agency for the refugee response in Turkey, the SRG closely follows the evolution of the Syria situation. Acknowledging the high cost borne by Turkey given the size of the refugee population and the duration of the crisis, the UN has offered and stands ready to provide further support as the crisis persists. Agencies associated with the 3RP in Turkey have sought to respond to the Syrian crisis in a timely, efficient and coherent manner.

Working and living conditions
Ankara is an ¿A¿ category duty station which is the capital of Turkey. Population of Ankara is 5.4 million and it is located in Central Anatolian region. National and different international banks have offices in Ankara, and ATMs can be found all around the city. Very good health facilities can be found in Ankara as well as number of international schools.

Security Considerations
Ankara enjoys a relatively calm context underscored by a low crime rate. The Turkish Security Apparatus is experienced, well-resourced and effective. Burglary, petty theft are the most common crimes in the city. However, compared with recent years, there has been a relative decrease in street crimes. There is no direct crime threat against the UN in the Region. The current security levels in all of Turkey were raised in early 2016, however, Ankara duty station is Level 2 (low). There are no known direct threats towards the United Nations and its staff in the area but it is a potentially rapidly changing security environment. UN staff in Ankara are advised to take the necessary precaution in line with established security measures in general.  Area Security plans and Security levels are being updated.  As a result good security awareness is needed by individual Closing date of this vacancy is 20 July 2019.
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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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