- Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Location: Kabul
- Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
- Communication and Public Information
- External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
- Documentation and Information Management
- Closing Date:
Residential location (if applicable)
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
ReasonRegular > Regular Assignment
Remote work accepted
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Desired Candidate Profile
Major report writing for public institutions or a background as a journalist will be appreciated as the incumbent with such a background will be aware of what information to write that would be read by a wide public audience.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
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Nature of Position:
Under the overall guidance of the Representative and direct supervision of the Senior External Relations Officer and works with 2 other Associate Reporting Officers in the unit. The Reporting Officer contributes to production, editing and quality control of reports for the operation. By systematization and sharing of accurate and timely information, the Reporting Officer will be expected to promote the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNHCR operation in Afghanistan where the humanitarian needs are insurmountable.
Afghanistan is experiencing a humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale, exacerbated by the critical economic crisis, high levels of poverty, natural disasters (earthquakes, drought and floods) and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 24.4 million people – 59 per cent of Afghanistan’s estimated 42 million population - urgently require humanitarian and protection assistance according to the 2022 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP).
The Reporting Officer will be expected to establish close contacts with all UNHCR Sections in the 9 offices to gather and analyse information. He/she maintains effective professional relationships with a wide variety of donors, operational and implementing partners, UN agencies, and other stakeholders to gather, analyse and disseminate information about activities of UNHCR and its partners for example in Afghanistan implements large funding from traditional donor like the EU and other International Financial institutions like World Bank, Asian Development Bank and Aga Khan Foundation and GIz and special Trust Fund.
The Reporting officer will also assist the Executive Office in consolidating and analysing data on programme implementation and indicators from the various units such as Programme, Shelter, Cash Based Intervention, Protection and Solutions and Strategic Partnerships to facilitate the preparation of periodic reports, i.e., Situational Reports (SitReps), activity-specific reports, operational updates, thematic reports, and donor-specific reports as required. Close collaboration with the UNHCR 8 Sub/Field Offices n Afghanistan.
The candidate should have solid analytical skills, ability to work with large MFTs, diplomatic skills in engaging with Donors and other stakeholders through reporting, advocacy, resource mobilization.
Excellent communication skills required in handling reports Experience in previous large-scale emergency setting with multiple humanitarian actors will be useful. Previous evidence of ability to provide technical support, training, and clarification on UNHCR’s reporting policies and deadlines. Previous proven managerial competencies to support in the unit in the absence of the Senior External Relations Officer. Experience working in high-risk duty station is an added advantage given the difficult working and living conditions in Afghanistan.
Living and Working Conditions:
Afghanistan is a high-risk country with a very complex operational environment, characterized by uncertainty and frequent security incidents. Movement by all personnel is restricted, coordinated and monitored by the security officers. UNHCR in Kabul is located within the ICON Compound on the Supreme Road of the Police district 9. It occupies 40 MOSS compliant rooms for staff accommodation with each room having its own washroom and other facilities. Offices are within the ICON compound. No visits except in UN compounds and Embassies which is frustrating, stressful to cope. UNHCR and UN agencies jointly run JMS Level 1 medical clinic and satellite located in ICON. Staff members on special prescription should travel with sufficient quantity. Medical facilities in Kabul include German Clinic, French Medical Institute for Mothers & Children (FMIC) and Blossom Health Center.
Outdoor air quality is a health concern in Kabul. The degree of exposure and concentration of air pollutants can be detrimental to breathing problems, development of chronic diseases and deterioration of health status in individuals with chronic diseases. Air pollution contributes to comorbidities that are known to worsen outcomes among those infected with COVID-19. air pollution can impair lung development in infants and children; increase probability of preterm birth and delivery of newborns with low birth weight. Office provides air purifiers both in the office and accommodation. Health problems contributing to years lost to illness, disability, or premature death in the country include diet, tobacco use, high fasting glucose and high blood pressure; as well as environmental risks such as pollution and water-borne disease. Road crash, conflict, terror are major causes of injuries. Security situation is unstable, volatile, unpredictable with rise 2020-2022. A daily radio check is mandatory. All movements is strictly by Armoured Vehicle or by air. A 4 weeks R&R cycle is applicable for the duty station and staff are highly encouraged not to delay. Considering the serious restrictions on staff movement, it is crucial to demonstrate a record of maintaining a positive attitude whenever confronted with adversity and restraints in social life. Staff interested in the position should be mentally, psychologically, and physically fit and ready to face situations when required to be locked down in compound bunkers for an extended period due to security incidents.
CompetenciesAccountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Judgement & decision making, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Political awareness, Teamwork & collaboration
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