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Deputy Representative P5

Yangon

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Yangon
  • Grade: Senior level - P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

Hardship Level

D

Family Type

Non Family

Family Type

Non FamilyDanger Pay

Residential location (if applicable)

Grade

PR5

Staff Member / Affiliate Type

Professional

Reason

Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted

No

Target Start Date

2022-11-21-08:00

Job Posting End Date

December 15, 2022

Standard Job Description

Deputy Representative Organizational Setting and Work Relationships Direct supervision and guidance is received from the Representative. Advice and operational support may also be provided by the Director/Deputy Director of the Bureau and by other senior staff in the Bureau (Head of Desk, Legal Advice Unit, and Resource Management Unit) and in the support Divisions at Headquarters. The incumbent will also refer to policies, standards, rules and regulations which are in force within UNHCR. Regular contacts with Representative and staff at Headquarters and in the field, to consult, discuss operational issues, and to seek common grounds for solutions on activities and programmes of importance to UNHCR and with persons on matters of great importance to UNHCR¿s programmes. These contacts may include heads of national/ international organizations, embassies, UN agencies, and high officials/ ministers in the national government. UNHCR is well integrated into the UN Resident Coordinator System. Decisions taken directly influence the design and operation of all of UNHCR¿s activities in the country of accreditation. Proposals will have a substantive effect on UNHCR¿s policy on a wide range of issues in the country programmes. Errors lead to significant damage to UNHCR¿s major objectives in terms of time, quality, and money in the country and will have a major negative impact on the safety of refugees and other persons of concern. The Office¿s overall credibility and the safety of its staff may also suffer. 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 - Provide legal protection advice and guidance on matters of doctrine and policy to Representative, the Heads of Offices and protection staff in the country. - Provide advice and support to offices in the country operation on specific issues/problems faced related to asylum, refugee protection and assistance, including access to territory, access to RSD and asylum procedures, non-refoulement adequate reception and the implementation of durable solutions, including developing a Protection Management Framework for each national office. - Provide legal and programme related advice and guidance to offices in the country on developing and maintaining fair and effective asylum regimes in accordance with international standards and norms, especially with regard to national asylum/refugee legislation and the building of local protection capacity. - Provide legal and programme related advice and guidance on matters relating to the issue of asylum and migration to the Representative and offices in the country with particular emphasis on the problems of trafficking and smuggling. - Provide guidance and leadership related to the implementation of the Age, Gender Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM) Participatory Assessments in sub-region and ensure the follow up on any identified gaps related to the reception and integration systems and structures in the region with relevant stakeholders. - Keep abreast of and analyse trends and key issues related to legal protection and assistance in the country, including preparing strategy and position papers with policy recommendations on specific protection, assistance and durable solutions related issues relevant to the country. - Directly supervise Protection and Programme sections and develop operations plan in accordance with the organizational policies and operational strategies. - Assist the Representative in the promotion of UNHCR strategic goals and objectives in the country, monitoring of the overall progress towards achieving them and in managing the Representation country office. - Ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to protect staff, and that the country operation complies with UN MOSS/MORSS staff security rules, guidelines and procedures. - Serve as OIC of the Country Office when the Representative is on mission or leave. - Any other duties as may be required or assigned by the Representative. - Represent UNHCR in the meetings and fora related to the functions. - Enforce local compliance with UNHCR¿s global protection, programme, finance and human resources and security policies and standards. - Authorize payments as per the organization¿s Delegation of Authority Plan (DOAP) and in accordance with UN/UNHCR rules and procedures. - Modify operational projects and reallocate funds, within the approved budgets and in respect of donor earmarking. - Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P5 - 12 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 11 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 10 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Business Administration; International Relations; Law; Political Science; Social Science; Human Resources Management; or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses HCR Learning Prog; HCR Managing Operatns Lrng Prg; HCR Protection Learning Prg; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential - A high level of skill in management of broad programmes, political decision making and negotiating. Desirable - Completion of UNHCR training programmes, such us Protection Learning Programme, Operations Management Learning Programme. - Knowledge of geo-political realities and their socio-cultural implications. Functional Skills *MG-Field Operations Management *UN-UN/UNHCR Inter-agency Policies, Standards, Programmes, and Partnerships *UN-UN/UNHCR Mandate and Global Strategic Priorities *PG-Programme Management (programme cycles and reporting standards) UN-Analysis of geo-political realities and their socio-cultural implications *MG-Political Decision Making (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power. As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

Deputy Representative oversees the operations management and inter-agency aspects of the operation. Solid experience at the Country Office level in leading the full spectrum of operation management such as strategic planning, programme/admin management and partnership/stakeholder management coordination is essential. The position requires a high degree of political sensitivity, adaptability, flexibility, agility and perseverance to support the operation in strategically maintaining/expanding UNHCR’s operational footprint and access to PoCs, tailoring operational responses faced with a series of unexpected and rapid changes in context, and maximizing human and financial resources to ensure most effective contribution to the protection of PoCs. Knowledge and experience in protection and solutions, including on statelessness issues as well as experience in emergency situations, is highly desirable. Proven managerial skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, respect to diverse culture and background, as well as ability to cherish staff development and well-being are a must. Further, the incumbent must be able to lead, counsel and empower the team in complex operating environment and difficult working conditions. Candidates with similar experience, including emergency situations, are considered an asset. Experience in the Asia and the Pacific region is also an asset.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):

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Desired languages

English

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Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

To view occupational safety and health considerations for this duty station, please visit this link:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

Nature of Position:

The security and protection situation in Myanmar continues to deteriorate with heightened tensions and clashes among armed actors nationwide, generating over 1.13 million new displacement since the evens of 1 February 2021 and bringing the total number of persons of concern to UNHCR in Myanmar to over 1.46 million. The operational challenges continue to proliferate, with increasing political complexities, sharpening logistical constraints and shrinking humanitarian space. Yet, UNHCR operation in Myanmar continues to stay and deliver, providing critical assistance and protection services. UNHCR leads both Protection Cluster and combined CCCM/Shelter/NFI Cluster, as well as co-chairs two area-based coordination platforms that links humanitarian and development interventions in northern Rakhine State and in the south-east. The second Level 2 emergency Myanmar was declared on 22 July 2022 for the period up to 21 January 2023. 

Deputy Representative oversees the operations management and inter-agency aspects of the operation. Solid experience at the Country Office level in leading the full spectrum of operation management such as strategic planning, programme/admin management and partnership/stakeholder management coordination is essential. The position requires a high degree of political sensitivity, adaptability, flexibility, agility and perseverance to support the operation in strategically maintaining/expanding UNHCR’s operational footprint and access to PoCs, tailoring operational responses faced with a series of unexpected and rapid changes in context, and maximizing human and financial resources to ensure most effective contribution to the protection of PoCs. Knowledge and experience in protection and solutions, including on statelessness issues as well as experience in emergency situations, is highly desirable. Proven managerial skills, communication skills, interpersonal skills, respect to diverse culture and background, as well as ability to cherish staff development and well-being are a must. Further, the incumbent must be able to lead, counsel and empower the team in complex operating environment and difficult working conditions. Candidates with similar experience, including emergency situations, are considered an asset. Experience in the Asia and the Pacific region is also an asset.

Living and Working Conditions:

All locations in Myanmar are classified high-risk duty stations (non-family with Danger Pay) since 01 April 2022 with a R&R cycle varying between six and eight-weeks. All staff members who apply to positions in Myanmar are encouraged to attend the duty of care webinars with security, medical, and staff welfare, where they have opportunity to ask any questions following which they have a possibility to withdraw the application.

Following the events of 1 February 2021, the security situation has been deteriorating across the country and two L2 Emergency situations were declared (30 March 2021 until March 2022, and 22 July 2022 until 21 January 2023).

In addition to causing displacement in several areas throughout the country, the situation is impacting supply chains, banking system and markets. Commodity prices (food, petrol, construction materials) have risen across the country, with significant increases for some basic commodities such as rice and oil. The banking system continues to suffer from bank closures, unpredictable business hours, and lack of cash. Staff are encouraged to bring enough money before coming in country or check with local HR/Admin prior to arriving in country. This again has had an impact on the ability of UNHCRs partners to implement humanitarian activities. Communication and access to information are increasingly challenging, coupled with frequent Internet disruptions and electricity cut.

In addition, Myanmar has experienced a couple of waves of COVID-19 pandemic, in an operational environment where effective medical attention

cannot be expected with very limited health facilities. Incumbent therefore is required to be in very good health condition given the general lack of medical facilities in country. No quarantine is required at arrival in Myanmar. However, a RTD test should be completed upon arrival and if the test result is negative, the traveler can leave the airport.

Furthermore, Myanmar is a country prone to natural hazards, including heavy rains and cyclones. Danger Pay is applicable in some parts of the country, including Yangon. The security level is substantial (4) in the country except Rakhine State which is moderate (3). There is a curfew from 12.00 am until 04.00 am with restrictions of movements.

The country had rapidly developed after several decades of being largely closed to international modern influences but since 1 February 2021, everything has come to a standstill.

Getting visa for Myanmar is a challenge. Visa process takes 8 weeks to several months due to the procedure changes at the counterpart ministries and will require starting functions under teleworking arrangement pending the issuance of the visa/travel. Staff entitlements cannot be released to staff before arriving to the duty station, and the salary of staff will be kept at the level of previous duty station/place of home leave until they reach the duty station. The incumbent requires abilities to effectively manage teams remotely, work independently and at a different time zone.  Depending on their function, and time zone, staff members might have to work early mornings or late at nights during teleworking to be aligned with Myanmar working hours. As per the new Policy on Flexible Work, teleworking outside the country of the official duty station could impact salaries/benefits and applicants need to get clear information about related entitlements prior to applying.

Additional Qualifications

Skills

Education

BA: Business Administration (Required), BA: Human Resources Management (Required), BA: International Relations (Required), BA: Law (Required), BA: Political Science (Required), BA: Social Science (Required)

Certifications

HCR Learning Program - UNHCR, HCR Protection Learning Program - UNHCR, Programme Management (PM) 1 - UNHCR

Work Experience

Annual Budget OL in Operation/Office, Number of Persons of Concern Served, Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Workforce to Supervise, Working with Persons of Concern: Internally Displaced Persons

Competencies

Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Leadership, Managing performance, Managing resource, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Stakeholder management, Strategic planning & visions, Teamwork & collaboration

UNHCR Salary Calculator

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Compendium

Bi-annual Compendium 2022 Part B – November 2022

Functional clearance

This position doesn't require a functional clearance
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