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Snr Sector Coordinator (NFI)

Damascus (Syria)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Damascus (Syria)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-29

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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.

Senior Sector Coordinator (NFI)

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
The NFI Sector Coordinator will report directly to the Senior Operations Manager  and also will be a part of the Snr management team and represent UNHCR in the sector activities of NFIs with UNHT. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections of UNHT and units relevant to the country/regional programme(s). UNHCR Manual, programme and protection objectives, Operations Plans, Regional Response plans, UNCT/HT and UNHCR regional and country plans will guide the work of the incumbent.

The incumbent is expected to have daily contacts with actors in other UN agencies, UNHCR FOs in the country and the region, with the functional units at the country and Bureu. 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.

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT.
Accountability
- UNCT/UNHT operations response plan in the area of responsibility is designed and coordinated as a part of UNCT/UNHT operational plan to the response to the current situation.
- UNHCR's operations in the area of responsibility (AoR) are designed to meet the needs of persons of concern.
- An effective monitoring system of the field operations is in place resulting in better service to the persons of concern.
- A coherent and effective response in relation to Non Food Items (NFIs) is ensured by mobilizing groups of agencies, organizations and NGOs to respond in a strategic manner across all key activities.

Responsibility
- Lead the process of preparation of the sector project response plan and project proposals in close coordination with all actors of UNHT/UNCT.
- Prepare project proposals; draw up plan of operation for implementation, including institutional arrangements for budgets for the sector as needed according to the established guidelines and procedures for the sector.
- Assess needs in the various fields of assistance and make recommendations for the establishment of projects, adjustment or discontinuation of existing projects, in close coordination with Field Offices and all actors of the area of responsibilities.
- Establish and maintain appropriate coordination mechanisms in all activities related to distribution of assistance to the persons of concern.
- Ensure appropriate coordination with all partners (including national and international NGOs, UN, IOM and other international organizations), through establishment/maintenance of appropriate sectorial coordination mechanisms, including working groups at the national and, if necessary, local level.
- Secure commitments from partners in responding to assessing the needs and filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the sectorial group, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues where necessary.
- Coordinate with national/local authorities, state institutions, local civil society and other relevant actors (e.g. peacekeeping forces) and ensure appropriate coordination and information exchange with them.
- Ensure that sectorial group participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards related to contents of packages and distribution procedures.
- Ensure that responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant IASC principles.
- Monitor the implementation of projects under the geographical area of responsibility and ensure the provisions under the agreements signed with the implementing partners are being adhered to.
- Regularly prepare written reports on the implementation of projects and the situation in the sites.
- Maintain good working relations with local government officials, implementing partners and other agencies in the area.
- Report immediately on any security problems that may occur affecting programme, beneficiaries and the smooth running of the operation.
- Provide assistance to UNHCR Technical advisers and consultants as well as visitors visiting project sites.
- Undertake other relevant duties as required.

Authority
- Chair meetings of the NFI Sector.
- Approve the final proposal on the sector plan activities in line with UNCT/UNHT strategy.
- Approve the core relief item strategy of UNHCR for endorsement by the Representative of UNHCR and and/or Headquarters.
- Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
- Enforce compliance of staff and partners with global policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of Core Relief Items (CRIs).
- Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and sector contributions for overall humanitarian funding considerations.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Graduate (Equivalent of Master's) degree in Economics, Business Administration, Logistics or related fields. Undergraduate (Equivalent of a BA/BS) degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the graduate degree.
- Field experience.
- Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Diverse field experience.
- Good IT skills including database management skills.
- Training on Cluster Coordination (Shelter Cluster Coordination training or Coordination and Leadership training).
- Applied knowledge in UNHCR programme management, Project formulation, its programme cycles and reporting standards.
- Previous exposure to cluster approach, preferably both at the global policy level and at field implementation approach.
- Expertise in planning, formulation, implementation, monitoring and reporting on humanitarian operations. 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
M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3
X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
X004L3 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
X008L3 - Stakeholder Management Level 3

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.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Please note that the closing date for vacancies in this addendum is Thursday 29 October 2020 (midnight Geneva time).

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