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Migration and Displacement Advisor


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Nairobi
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Migration
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-08
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP's policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

As part of the GPN, the Crisis Bureau has primary oversight over Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Migration and Displacement, Integrated Recovery Solutions, Disaster Risk Reduction and Mine Action. The CB ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes and assists UNDP partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.

Within the Crisis Bureau, the Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility (RSHM) Team has special responsibility to lead UNDP’s corporate policies and programmatic engagement on integrated recovery solutions, including stabilization and mine action (SP output 3.3) and human mobility, including forced displacement (SP result 3.4). The RSHM team also serves as focal point for the global partnership with relevant UN Agencies such as UNHCR and IOM.

The Migration and Displacement Advisor will be based at the UNDP Resilience Hub for Africa in Nairobi. The Resilience Hub was established in Nairobi, in 2019 as a thematic hub, with a mandate on integrated resilience, covering 46 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Hub works in an integrated fashion, leading and supporting regional initiatives, as well as UNDP Country Offices in policy and programming across the areas of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, Governance and Peacebuilding, Migration and Displacement and Technology.

The Resilience Hub Reports to the UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa in Addis Ababa; its direct clients are UNDP Country Offices (COs) and regional institutions – i.e., the African Union Commission (AUC) and Regional Economic Communities (RECs). Yet the main beneficiaries of its work are the people of the African continent, especially the most vulnerable.

The Resilience Hub has developed a Resilience Strategic Offer for Africa, which includes, amongst other programmes, the Human Mobility for Africa’s Development Programme, aimed at harnessing the development potential of people on the move, in the continent, and at building resilience amongst vulnerable people, including migrants and forced displaced populations. Under the Human Mobility for Africa’s Development programme, the Resilience Hub has also strengthened its partnership with UNHCR on supporting the Sudan-South Sudan Solutions Initiative, and with IOM on free movement of persons in the EAC region. The Resilience Hub is also part of the Africa Climate Mobility Initiative (ACMI) leading on the Women Forum initiative.  

As part of the Regional Service Center for Africa (RSCA), the Resilience Hub plays a critical role in supporting the Regional Bureau for Africa in the implementation of the Africa Promise: the UNDP Renewed Strategic Offer for Africa, as well as the Regional Programme for Africa (RPA).

Job Purpose and Organizational Context
The Migration and Displacement Advisor is the lead expert in the Migration and Displacement knowledge domain.  S/he is based in the Resilience Hub for Africa in Nairobi and reports to the Resilience Hub Manager and the GPN’s Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility Team Leader. He/she provides intellectual and strategic leadership as well as technical guidance on migration and displacement issues in the Africa Region, and represent UNDP in the wider humanitarian-development nexus, including with regional entities, the UN system, bilateral partners, external experts, etc. In collaboration with other Advisors and Specialists in the Resilience Hub, HQ, Country Offices, Global Policy Centers, and rosters of external advisors, s/he is responsible for leading the provision of technical expertise and policy and programme advisory services to Country Offices in Africa, the implementation of the regional programme, and, where appropriate, with key governments in the region, the World Bank, UN and external partners. S/he responds to requests from Country Offices and supports the implementation of the Human Mobility for Africa’s Development Programme, under the guidance of the Resilience Hub Manager, and in collaboration with corporate support providers. S/he advances the credibility and recognition of UNDP’s capabilities on development approaches to migration and displacement and associated community of practices in particular the Poverty, Resilience, Governance, Environment and Climate Change, and Gender Communities of Practice. S/he also works in collaboration with other colleagues at the Resilience Hub for Africa, the Regional Service Center for Africa in Addis Ababa, the Dakar Hub for Western and Central Africa and the Finance Sector Hub in Pretoria to advance resilience building in the continent.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Substantive leadership and quality assurance of policy advisory services on migration and displacement in the Africa Region
  • Identify entry points and/or pivotal considerations for integrating migration and displacement issues within regional and country-specific strategies for achieving the SDGs and Agenda 2063: The Africa we want;
  • Work with the Regional Bureau for Africa’s Country Advisors to ensure relevant, timely and multi-disciplinary response to Country needs for policy services on migration and displacement taking into account regional and global commitments;
  • Provide sector specific and technical policy advice for both development and crisis situations with emphasis on development approaches for migration and displacement;
  • Contribute to developing the capacity of national counterparts in support of achieving the Strategic Plan, the RBA Africa Promise, the SDGs, the Africa Union Agenda 2063 and other internationally agreed development goals as it relates to the migration and displacement knowledge domain;
  • Provide substantive inputs in the development of UNDP’s policies for the thematic area and contribute to the formulation of global policy products on migration and displacement
  • Provide substantive inputs in the development of policy and regional programmes on Resilience, contributing from the specific angle of migration and displacement.
  • Serve as the UNDP focal point in, and contribute to the UN Opportunity and Issue-Based Coalition 7 (OIBC7) on migration and displacement, under the Africa Regional Collaborative Platform.
2. Coordination and delivery of technical assistance, policy development and programme support on migration and displacement to governments and UNDP Country Offices in Africa
  • Facilitate the engagement of Africa regional policy advisors / technical experts who are part of the SDG Integrator cadre for advisory services in migration and displacement, as per scoping agreements;
  • Contribute to quality assurance and standard setting in the:
    • Delivery of services with Policy and Programme Support Advisors in the Regional Hub and HQ advisors;
    • Prioritization, planning and fielding of missions, in collaboration with other GPN teams, for assessment and programmatic design and follow-up at country level in Africa, and other regions, as required; 
    • Substantive caliber, coherence, and results-focused programme development and regular reporting of results achieved in Africa.
  • Advise on resource mobilization/financial assistance as required and coordinate approvals as required
  • Provide support to COs and work across partners and regional Hubs, in RBA and RBAS, to implement the Human Mobility for Africa’s Development programme, including the programmatic components developed in partnership with UNHCR, IOM, ACMI and other partners.
  • Drive the design and implementation of the ACMI Women Forum, in partnership with UNWomen.

3. Substantive leadership for content development and curation of tools and resources on migration and displacement, from across UNDP’s network of expertise

  • Provide technical expertise on the content development for regional/CO knowledge products on development approaches to migration and displacement  through the analysis of data, case evidence, and research findings in accordance with corporate standards;
  • Contribute to the identification and scoping of technical issues warranting collaboration with HQ and regional teams to research, develop and share knowledge-based tools, such as policy positions/practice notes/concept papers and other research-based products to influence/advance policy dialogue in the migration and displacement knowledge domain and present UNDP’s knowledge assets and capabilities at global and regional forums;
  • Work closely with policy teams in HQ to advance research, testing and roll-out of newly commissioned policy/business development initiatives, by providing the Africa regional perspective/specificities as well as experience-based insights on what is of most practical value for national counterparts and regional leaders in Africa;
  • Design and deliver training on programming tools including by developing training packs for COs in Africa to facilitate innovation learning, foster and encourage policy innovation and continuous improvement to enhance programme delivery on migration and displacement.
  • Contribute to the development of tolls and guidance notes on resilience building for Africa, mainstreaming issues related to migration and displacement.

4. Knowledge management and community of practice networking on migration and displacement in Africa and across other regions

  • Contribute to the continuous analysis, documentation, codification of regional results/lessons learned in Africa;
  • Review regional data in Africa, case evidence and research findings to distill pivotal lessons for UNDP globally;
  • Advocate and enable South-South facilitation of exchanges and experiences sharing where valuable;
  • Support the capacity development of UNDP staff in application of tools and practices on migration and displacement;
  • Development and strengthening of linkages with poverty, resilience, peacebuilding and governance community of practice, both inside and outside of the UN system.
  • Develop knowledge products, research and analysis and think pieces on issues related to migration and displacement in relation to Africa’s resilience building agenda.

5. Representation, advocacy, and partner engagement for effective policy positioning on migration and displacement in the Africa region

  • Advocate the application of ground-breaking development approaches for migration and displacement, especially as an integrated approach to achieving the SDGs/Agenda 2063, in various regional and country fora with a view to deepen related political commitment and related reforms;
  • Provide technical advice on relationship management of regional partners including the Africa Union Commission, SADC, IGAD, ECOWAS, EAC, ICGLR and other Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and regional organisations, and resource mobilization in line with UNDP’s priorities and corporate guidelines;
  • Support the Resilience Hub Manager in mobilizing resources for the Africa’s work on human mobility and, more specifically, for activities under the Human Mobility for Africa’s Development programme.
  • Suport the Resilience Hub Manager in managing the partnership with development partners, the AUC, the RECs (i.e., SADC, IGAD, ECOWAS, EAC and others), other UN Agencies and other partners.
  • Provide technical advice on mobilizing and fostering external partnerships behind regional initiatives;
  • Manage the building of strategic alliances and partnerships, especially with key think tanks and non-governmental organizations in Africa;
  • Ensure UNDP Representation at inter-agency meetings, academic conferences, donor consultations and other events;
  • Participate in and contribute to the Resilience Hub for Africa standing and ad-hoc meetings, as well as the RSCA Inter Practice Coordination Group (IPCG).

Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

Within the Nairobi Resilience Hub, the Advisor reports to the Resilience Hub Manager and the Team Leader for Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility (CB). The Advisor is part of the senior management Resilience Hub.

Achieve Results:

  • Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact. 

Think Innovatively:

  • Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems. 

Learn Continuously:

  • Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences.

Adapt with Agility: 

  • Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands. 

Act with Determination:     

  • Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results.

Engage and Partner:

  • Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration.

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

  • Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 
Business Direction & Strategy -    Strategic Thinking:

  • Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.
  • Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.

Business Development - Knowledge Generation:

  • Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need.

Business Management - Results-based Management:

  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Business Management - Partnerships Management:

  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Agenda 2030: Prosperity - Recovery Solutions and Human Mobility:

  • Forced displacement including durable solutions.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Master's degree, preferably in international development, migration and/or development, law, international affairs, business administration, development economics, or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in either public (national or multilateral, including UN) or private (academia, non-governmental sector, corporate) sector, with increasing level of responsibility.
  • Proven track record and leadership experience in the UN System related to migration, displacement, and situations of crisis and fragility.
  • Excellent negotiating and communication skills and ability to mobilize support from a wide range of partners (public, private, academic, civil society, business community leaders).
  • Proven track record of management and resource mobilization skills.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential;
  • Fluency in French is highly desirable.
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
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