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Field Associate

Jalalabad (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Jalalabad (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-03

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Office in Afghanistan invites qualified AFGHAN candidates to apply for the following vacancy:

Functional Title: Field Associate
Type of Appointment: Temporary Appointment
Grade: GL6
Duty Station: Sub Office Jalalabad with the position entails a roving element whereby the staff may be requested to move to areas where additional staffing resources are needed.
Issue Date: 19 July 2021
Closing Date: 28 July 2021

Organizational/ Operational Context:

The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has been facing a multitude of challenges as a result of protracted and ongoing conflict and insecurity (40 years) and frequent natural disasters drought/floods, now exacerbated by COVID-19. Some 42 percent of the population were facing severe acute food insecurity in early 2021, while nearly half of the population lived below USD 1 a day. Poverty and food insecurity are highest in rural areas, with women, children, the elderly, female-headed households and persons with disabilities the most vulnerable. COVID-19 is exacerbating this situation and under a worst-case scenario monetary poverty may have increased to 72 percent.

UNHCR Afghanistan¿s population of concern includes refugees, refugee returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and members of the host communities. There are 72,000 refugees living primarily in Khost and Paktika Provinces as well as in urban areas in Kabul, Herat and Kandahar. In addition, since 2002, UNHCR has facilitated the voluntary return of over 5.2 million registered Afghan refugees through the Voluntary Repatriation programme from Pakistan, Iran, and other countries. Moreover, there is an estimate 4.9 million IDPs in Afghanistan largely driven by conflict, insecurity, and natural disasters. Due to the intensification of conflict across the country, already 194,018 persons (28,868 households) have been displaced in 2021 (as of 17 June 2021).

Against the backdrop, UNHCR has been working to complement and support the Government in addressing the need of IDPs through its coordinator role in the Afghanistan Protection and ES/NFI Clusters as well as the provider of last resort. In particular, during emergency phases, UNHCR conducts joint needs assessments with other humanitarian actors and coordinates its responses. In addition, UNHCR is one of the key actors conducting Community-Based Protection Monitoring (CBPM) to assess the protection needs and concern of the IDPs and other POCs. In addition, for IDPs identified as most vulnerable, UNHCR provides assistance through its Persons with Specific Needs Programme (PSN) and Cash for Protection Programme (CFP). Under the ¿Whole of Community Approach¿ and to realize the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus, UNHCR also concentrates its effort to support durable solutions for IDPs, primarily in the Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration (PARRs). In the PARRs, IDPs benefits from a range of services and projects, including, among others, education, health, shelter, youth empowerment, livelihood opportunities, WASH, and infrastructure.

Work Description ¿ General
The Field Associate is a member of the Protection Unit in Sub Office Jalalabad, and may report to the Protection Officer, or the Head of Sub Office in the absence of the Protection Officer. Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with other UNHCR units, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the Field Associate performs his/her duties and responsibilities. The Field Associate works directly and in coordination with partners and with communities of concern through needs assessment, situation analysis, and field monitoring in identifying the protection risks  to persons of concern and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities while promoting peaceful co-existence. The incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for part of the field/protection and/or support staff and supports the application of field protection standards, operational procedures and practices in field work delivery. To fulfil this role, the Field Associate is required to pay regular field visits to concerned areas in the Eastern region. S/he is expected to actively and professionally take part in responding to emergency situations of the displaced populations in communities including in urban centres within the eastern Region, and in case of crowding situation of stranded persons with intention to flee in to Pakistan through Torkham border (following the border closure alert by Pakistan authorities). The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance field protection planning, programming, and results, form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a field protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC.

To maintain a flexible approach to respond to the evolving and fast-changing field and protection environment, the position entails a roving element whereby the staff may be requested to transfer to areas where additional staffing resources are needed.

The Community Field Associate will also closely work with the reintegration unit to evaluate the persons of concern needs, environment in the PARR areas and project that will be implemented under the `Co-PROSPER¿ strategy.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of Head of Office, the incumbent will undertake the following responsibilities:


¿ Monitor the situation in the AoR, collect data and other information relevant to UNHCR and report to the supervisor accordingly.
¿ Monitor the implementation of UNHCR programme including the delivery of all assistance items and monitoring of infrastructure.
¿ Undertake regular visits to various sites in order to assess needs of persons of concern, with particular attention to vulnerable groups.
¿ Keep regular contacts with local authorities and implementing partners as requested by supervisor.
¿ Act as interpreter when required.
¿ Contribute to the preparation of status and progress reports by providing info, preparing tables, etc.
¿ Assist in administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports and meeting authorized personnel and assisting them during field missions.
¿ Inform and act on the reports received on persons of concern within the refugee community or from the local authorities.
¿ In coordination with implementing partners, assist in the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
¿ Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
¿ Represent UNHCR in physical monitoring of projects.
¿ Perform other related duties as required.

Essential qualifications, skills and professional experience

¿ Completion of High School Diploma or higher

¿ Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English

Business Administration Law Political Science

Work Experience:
¿ For G6 - 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

¿ UNHCR learning programmes (PLP). Knowledge of MSRP.

Functional Skills:
¿ *IT-Computer Literacy
¿ EX-Field experience
¿ MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
¿ CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners,
¿ PG-Programme Management (project formulation, programme cycles and reporting standards)

Core Competencies
¿ Accountability
¿ Communication
¿ Organizational Awareness
¿ Teamwork & Collaboration
¿ Commitment to Continuous Learning
¿ Client & Result Orientation

Cross-Functional Competencies
¿ Analytical Thinking
¿ Planning and Organizing
¿ Stakeholder Management
Managerial Competencies
¿ Empowering and Building Trust

Additional Information:

Candidates will be required to sit for a test. Only candidate who score 50% of the total marks will be invited for oral interview.

Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be invited for written test. 

The recruitment for this position shall be in line with the new Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS) policy.

Only applications submitted through MSRP will be accepted.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for consideration
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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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