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  • Posted: Apr 1, 2021
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  • UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. We work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. Since 1950, we...
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    Associate Government Liaison Officer

    Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

    The Associate Government Liaison Officer is usually located in country operations. S/he plays a crucial role in ensuring UNHCR's approach to the Government is consistent, strategic and coherent. UNHCR assists the Government on coordination, response delivery and protection issues. Typically, this involves joint coordination arrangements, partnership with various government departments in service delivery, and regular dialogue at all levels on refugee protection issues. The main aim is to ensure that UNHCR can fulfil its role to support the Government to lead the refugee response ensuring the protection of refugees and - in line with the GCR - promote the inclusion of refugees into national systems by coordinating with other actors - including development actors at the early stages of a refugee response and in mixed situations supporting the Government to prevent, respond to and resolve internal displacement while complementing and reinforcing national response efforts. This should be done in line with UNHCR¿s Mandate, the Global Compact for Refugees, the IDP policy, and agreed inter-agency commitments. More specifically, the incumbent advises the senior management on issues and processes concerning the relationship with the Government and related positioning, coordination, advocacy, information, resource allocation, fundraising, reporting, and communication with other UN agencies, NGOs, civil society actors, private sector, media and other relevant actors through strong engagement in humanitarian inter-agency processes, but also with a focus on development processes as they impact on UNHCR. The overall goal of the position is to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of UNHCR¿s leadership roles and responses to situations affecting people of concern to UNHCR (refugees, asylum-seekers, IDPs, stateless persons, returnees, host communities) through an open and transparent partnership approach with the Government.

    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

    • Participates in formulating and communicating UNHCR positions on Government-related matters on protection, assistance and inclusion of refugees, providing suggestions for briefing notes, talking points and issues papers for relevant discussions with the Government.
    • Provides suggestions for promoting UNHCR's policies and liaising with Government authorities on issues related to latest humanitarian and development processes.
    • Assists in establishing and coordinating country-specific coordination mechanisms for situations co-led by UNHCR and the Government. Where applicable, assists in supporting the development of country-specific refugee response plans (or refugee and migration response plan and refugee and resilience plan) and comprehensive responses.
    • Assists in ensuring the coherence of the work of the Multi-sector group (MSG) in accordance with the Government.
    • Assists in organizing and implementing capacity-building seminars or training programmes for target groups (government officials, etc.).
    • Responds to queries from Government Officials, NGOs, individuals, etc. and provides the information required or appropriately refers the queries elsewhere.
    • Assists the supervisor in preparation of statements that represent UNHCR's overall policies and which highlight specific area of concern, ensuring that the supervisor is prepared for meetings/missions by providing relevant information and establishing contacts.
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Field(s) of Education

    Political/Social Science,
    Economics;
    Law/International Law;
    Business Administration;
    or other relevant field.

    Functional Skills

    MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation;
    MG-Negotiation;
    CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
    MS-Networking
    TR-Training and Capacity Building of Governments/Implementing Partners/Refugee

    Language Requirements

    For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

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    Associate Education Officer

    Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

    The Associate Education Officer will support the roll-out of Refugee Education 2030, the Refugee Education Strategy, in line with the Global Compact on Refugees, which calls on States and relevant Stakeholders to contribute resources and expertise to expand and enhance the quality and inclusiveness of national education systems to facilitate access by refugee and host community children and youth to primary, secondary and tertiary education. Providing inclusive and equitable quality education is central to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Associate Education Officer will ensure UNHCR¿s programming is in line with the SDGs.
    Leveraging the growing global momentum, UNHCR is working to translate the objectives of the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) into impactful results, including through follow-up on pledges made through the 2019 Global Refugee Forum. Contributing to this global roll-out of the GCR, the Associate Education Officer, in collaboration with the Education Section in the Division of Resilience and Solutions (DRS), will provide technical support to UNHCR Country Office(s) and partners to advocate for and implement the objectives of Refugee Education 2030:

    1. Promote equitable and sustainable inclusion in national education systems for refugees, asylum seekers, returnees, stateless and internally displaced persons
    2. Foster safe enabling environments that support learning
    3. Enable learners to use their education toward sustainable futures

    The incumbent will act as a focal point for education in the area of responsibility (AoR) and, under the leadership of the supervising officer(s), support UNHCR¿s work regarding education and advocacy on all issues related to UNHCR education programmes and strategic directions. S/he normally works under the direct supervision of the Education Officer or Protection Officer and overall supervision of the Deputy Representative (Protection), depending on the office context. Under the general direction of the supervising officer(s), the incumbent will support the implementation of global level policies, including the UNHCR Education Strategy.

    The incumbent may supervise lower grade education staff.

    The Associate Education Officer may liaise with the Ministry of Education and with education coordination networks at national, provincial and district levels to improve the quality of refugee education. S/he will liaise with partners to assess the education context, to develop an implementation plan and to monitor the programme and assess impact. The incumbent will work in collaboration with in-country education partners to improve access to, and quality of, refugee education at all levels, both formal and non-formal and may liaise with partners for joint support for education access for refugee and host community children. The Associate Education Officer will develop innovative education approaches for emerging needs in refugee education, including attention to special needs, minorities, girls, pre-school education and non-formal activities. S/he will facilitate inter-sectoral linkages with programmatic areas including child protection, SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others.

    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

    • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on access to and quality of education and assist with the development of the education strategy.
    • Actively pursue opportunities to implement UNHCR¿s urban policy and support mainstreaming refugees within national education systems. Coordinate with relevant partners to support access to education for refugees and host communities.
    • Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to education for persons of concern (PoC).
    • Coordinate with partners and other actors in education to adapt the Education Strategy to the local context and ensure ownership.
    • Collaborate closely with partners to ensure coherent annual planning based on a longer-term strategy, and jointly monitor and assess implementation, providing advice on programme reorientation where necessary.
    • Provide technical advice and guidance on education issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance and recognition of education relevant documentation.
    • Implement education programmes in line with Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) standards and the child protection systems approach.
    • Facilitate inter-sectoral linkages with child protection, SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods/economic inclusion, environment, shelter and health, among others.
    • Provide inputs for the development of global/regional international education policies and standards.
    • Intervene in cases of denial of access to education with government and other relevant parties.
    • Identify and promote education activities that support durable solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
    • Assess needs for services of PoC, as related to education, and coordinate partners¿ responses.
    • Systematically promote and comply with the Age, Gender and Diversity policy and other priorities such as the guidelines on HIV/AIDS.
    • Advocate with authorities for respect of the right of PoC to an education and for their access to education services.
    • Coordinate with education networks and ensure that refugee education interests are understood and included in relevant policies and initiatives.
    • Participate in humanitarian and development sector working groups to support and ensure all refugee education support programming at country level is extended, amplified and reported against sector development goals. Humanitarian partners and funding serve system strengthening.
    • Assist the Country Office(s) to elaborate and implement strategies to address issues related to education access, quality and data, in cooperation with other UN agencies (UNICEF, UNESCO, WFP, etc.) and other key education stakeholders.
    • Undertake direct dialogue with Country Office(s) on the implementation of education programmes in line with strategic directions, integrated with SDG4 and Education Sector Plans, including with Ministries of Education/Higher Education, education partners and coordination networks (Global Partnership for Education, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) and Local Education Groups, etc.).
    • Foster and ensure inter-sectoral linkages and coordination with child protection, SGBV, gender, community services, livelihoods/economic inclusion and health, among others, and provide specialist advice for other sectors, to ensure that they fully integrate education related concerns in their planning.
    • Support and monitor the implementation of Global Refugee Forum pledges within the AoR.
    • Assist in the planning and coordination of UNHCR¿s role concerning education, representation of UNHCR at national consultations, representation of UNHCR¿s education strategy and policy to other UN bodies, NGOs, interlocutors, institutions and organisations within the AoR.
    • Identify training needs and train UNHCR staff, sister UN agency staff, NGOs, and Ministry of Education officials on refugee education priorities and identified topics.
    • Ensure active exchange of information and that best practices are identified, documented and disseminated both within the AoR and beyond.
    • Join joint assessment missions in emergencies to minimise the time refugee children and youth spend out of education (ideally a maximum of three months after arrival).
    • Prepare the drafting of education input in key internal and external documents and reports.
    • Identify gaps in education service provision and advocate with relevant authorities for service provision.
    • Ensure that best practices are identified, documented and widely disseminated.
    • Support the country education information management strategy through the collection of disaggregated data on PoC, and ensure the collection and dissemination of education information and best practices to enhance education delivery.
    • Undertake initiatives to build the capacity of communities and PoC to assert their right to education and access to quality education.
    • Promote and participate in initiatives to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen access to quality, certified education for refugees.
    • Contribute to a communications strategy that generates external support for UNHCR¿s education activities and the education rights of PoC.
    • Intervene with authorities on education issues.
    • Negotiate locally on behalf of UNHCR.
    • Make recommendations on individual education related cases.
    • Enforce compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of education services.
    • Approve individual payments to individual cases.
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Relevant Job Experience

    Essential:

    • Work experience in progressively responsible functions in education.
    • Demonstrated work experience in education programmes.
    • Field experience in education programme implementation and coordination in humanitarian and/or development contexts.
    • Experience working with Governments, Ministry of Education and other line Ministries.
    • Strong inter-personal skills in collaboration and coordination.
    • Excellent analytical skills and drafting skills.
    • Strong communications/presentations skills.
    • Demonstrated capacity to work with minimum supervision.

    Desirable:

    • Demonstrated work experience in refugee education programmes.
    • Knowledge and experience of UNHCR policies and standards.
    • Experience in the area of child protection.
    • Experience with educational research, teaching or education administration.

    Functional Skills

    • PR-Community Services-Communication/Development/Organization
    • PR-Community Services-Social Surveys/Assessment
    • PR-Community Services-Social Work/Counselling
    • *PR-Education Administration/Programme/Coordination/Techniques
    • PR-INEE (International Network for Education in Emergencies) standards and implementation
    • PR-Refugee Education programmes
    • *PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
    • MS-Research
    • TR-Training/Coaching/Facilitation
    • MG-Team Building Language Requirements

    For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

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    Communications Associate (On Replacement Capacity)

    Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

    The Communications Associate is normally supervised by a Communication Officer or other position as decided by the senior management in the area of responsibility. The supervisor provides the incumbent with regular guidance. The incumbent works quite independently on regular assignments with an oversight from the supervisor. S/he keeps frequent contacts with staff at various levels in the office and occasionally with staff at the same level in other duty stations and/or Headquarters; with media, local suppliers, NGO, implementing partners, embassies and UN agencies.

    The Communications Associates, depending on the organizational structure and location, may also be required to provide support in executing a range of communications activities in the fields of news and media relations, multimedia content production, social media engagement, video production, Goodwill Ambassadors and other influencers, public outreach and campaigns, fundraising, analytics and brand. The incumbents may also be required to help strengthen coordination and editorial planning in the area of responsibility, support advocacy, awareness-raising and digital fundraising efforts as well as strengthening analytics to inform the social media strategies and work plans.

    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

    • Support the implementation of communications strategies for countries, situations and special projects within the area of responsibility; help identify thematic priorities and target audiences to meet UNHCR¿s global, regional and country-level communications objectives of leading the narrative, generating empathy and mobilizing action for forcibly displaced and stateless people.
    • Monitor news and popular trends to insert UNHCR¿s messaging into ongoing conversations; identify key moments for proactive communications.
    • Help forge strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations who can help produce and promote UNHCR content, activities and messaging as well as provide research insights to improve communications; promote the work of engaged businesses and civil society actors.
    • Support the development of news-driven and authoritative content to lead the narrative on forced displacement and show UNHCR¿s impact (e.g. interviews, press releases, flagship reports, speeches), create emotive storytelling to generate empathy (e.g. stories, multimedia content) and mobilize action by signposting concrete steps people can take to help refugees (e.g. digital diplomacy, action-driven campaigns, fundraising).
    • Help ensure that content created reaches maximum impact by supporting the development of strategies for distribution from the outset, boosting the visibility of out content on relevant UNHCR channels and placing it on external channels.
    • Help monitor the implementation of communications projects and adjust accordingly.
    • Assist in research, preparation, editing and production of professional media and communications materials for target audiences and ensure their timely dissemination via UNHCR's communications channels, ensuring highest quality standards.
    • Continually maintain and upgrade communications skills, keeping abreast of emerging platforms and tools, and systematically reviewing media impact results and other measurement tools for learning purposes.
    • May be required to assist in implementation of campaigns, events and other initiatives in support of UNHCR's strategic objectives, including its need for a leading share of voice on refugee and related matters.
    • May be required to undertake missions and field trips with media and other official visitors in support of UNHCR and its work.
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Relevant Job Experience

    Essential:

    Excellent computer skills and knowledge of MS Office applications. Excellent drafting skills.

    Desirable:

    Experience implementing communications strategies. Professional writing and editing skills. Experience working on advocacy campaigns.

    Functional Skills

    1. CO-Digital content production
    2. CO-Editing
    3. CO-International Media Contacts
    4. CO-Journalism (incl. print, broadcast, photography, video, layout & graphics)
    5. CO-Video production for digital platforms (including news organizations)
    6. CO-Web publishing and content management
    7. MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation

    Language Requirements

    For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

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