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Inter-Agency Coordination Associate, G6 [Temporary Appointment] FO Apartadó


  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Colombia
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Administrative support
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

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- Provide support to the Senior Inter-Agency Coordination Officer (Inter-Sector Working Group and Sector Gender Focal Points Network Coordinator) and bridge between the Inter-Sector and the Sectors/Sub-sectors as well as the Task Forces.
- Contribute to the implementation at the Sector/Sub-sectors level of the comprehensive coordination strategies and empowerment of coordination mechanisms in line with the Inter-Sector Coordinator vision, strategy and guidance.
- Provide support to the inter-Sector and Sectors/Sub-sectors Coordinators in the preparation of Inter-Sector and Sector/Sub-sectors strategies, work plans, budgets and other planning documents which will feed into the main Regional Refugee Response plan.
- Support to optimize complementarity between the Inter-Sector and Sectors/Sub-sectors activities by supporting building on a series of common processes.
- Support promoting consistency in coordination standards and capacity between/among Sectors/Sub-sectors.
- Ensure cross-cutting issues, including gender equality programming, are properly reflected in Sectors/Sub-sectors activities.
- Coordinate, identify, process and elevate relevant topics/issues to Senior Inter-Agency Coordination Officer, referring to UNHCR policy decisions and guidance, when needed.
- Coordinate quality, timely and effective support to the Inter-Sector and Sectors/Sub-sectors ensuring at the same time that gender equality and gender with age marker is part of the working/sub-working group¿s agendas and work plans.
- Act as the information management focal point for the Sectors/Sub-sectors under responsibility, with duty to collect and compile data on activities, analyse and present information on the sector activities in a concise manner, and support the Inter-Sector and Sector/Sub-Sectors Coordinators in writing of sector specific reports as narratives and info-graphics.
- Facilitate the flow of information between the Inter-Sector and Sectors/Sub-sectors, update and maintain the relevant pages at the UNHCR information sharing portal and other support coordination tools of Inter-Sector and Sectors/Sub-Sectors, including the calendar of meetings, uploading of documents, updating sector relevant information and member information.
- Support the Inter-Sector and Sectors/Sub-sectors coordinators in organizing presentations, events, workshops, trainings in line with Inter-Sector and Sector//Sub-sectors work-plans and strategies.
- Encourage consistency on Inter-Sector and Sectors/Sub-sectors coordination standards, minimize duplication and develop synergies between Inter-Sector and Sectors/Sub-sectors.
- Perform other related duties as required.


Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level
- Minimum 3 years of relevant experience with High School Diploma; or Bachelor or equivalent or higher.

Certificates and/or Licenses
- International Law
- International Relations
- Political Science
- Communication
- Social Science

Relevant Job Experience

- Knowledge of UNHCR and interagency policies, standards, programmes and humanitarian operations in operational context.
- Demonstrated coordination and inter-personal skills.
- Drafting skills and strong ability to collect, analyze, and communicate information in written/oral formats.

- Solid experience in humanitarian coordination (including but not limited to interagency coordination) is an asset.
- Emergency response experience is an asset.
- Previous experience in intersectorial collaboration is an asset.
- Strong computer skills ¿ with a preference for ability to use Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, etc. Some knowledge of data base design and management will be an asset.

Functional Skills
- IT-Computer Literacy
- DM-Database Design & Development
- CO-Drafting and Documentation
- EX-Experience in the corporate sector

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Competency Requirements

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

Managerial Competencies:
- Empowering and Building Trust

Cross-Functional Competencies:
- Analytical Thinking
- Planning and Organizing
- Political Awareness Language requirements
- Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station (Spanish).
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

Colombia is the country most impacted by the outflow of over 5.9 million Venezuelan refugees and migrants, hosting over 1.84 million Venezuelans, the majority of whom in an irregular situation or in the process of regularization. In addition, and despite the 2016 Peace Agreement, conflict and armed violence continue to uproot Colombians (an estimated 650,000 people newly displaced by the internal conflict since November 2016) and, in a growing and worrying trend, also Venezuelans and other nationalities.

In February 2021, the Government of Colombia issued a Temporary Protection Status (TPS) that is likely to benefit the 1.84 million Venezuelans already in Colombia as well as those who arrive through official border points over the next two years. The TPS provides a 10-year protection status and access to a full range of rights including healthcare, education, formal employment, and financial inclusion. However, xenophobia against Venezuelans has considerably increased in the last year, and it is projected to worsen with the introduction of the TPS. Misinformation and the perceptions that Venezuelans will take away job opportunities from Colombians, fuel general discontent and makes it even more difficult for refugees and migrants to secure a job. Nonetheless, UNHCR believes that TPS is a very promising pathway for addressing the vulnerable situation of Venezuelan refugees and migrants who are in an irregular situation. This situation continues to be exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which has had a devastating impact in Colombia, especially on refugees, migrants, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities.

The Inter-Agency Coordination Associate is a member of the Inter-Agency Coordination Unit, dedicated to the coordination of the humanitarian response to the situation of Venezuelans in Colombia, the Grupo Interagencial sobre Flujos Migratorios Mixtos (GIFMM). The GIFMM is co-led by UNHCR and IOM. In addition to Venezuelans, the GIFMM has recently taken on the coordination of the response to trans-continental movements of other nationalities, which is particularly relevant in the Uraba region on the border between Colombia and Panama and covered by the UNHCR office in Apartado.

The Inter-Agency Coordination Associate reports to the Head of UNHCR Field Office Apartado with a functional reporting line to the Senior Inter-Agency Coordination Officer. The incumbent receives regular guidance and advice from the supervisor. 

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.

To find out more information about UNHCR, please visit our website. This vacancy will close on 24th May 2022 at 23:59 (Geneva Time).
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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