Associate Field Officer, Homs, Syria

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR in Homs

Hardship Level: E (most hardship)

Family Type: Non Family

Family Type: Non FamilyDanger Pay

Residential location (if applicable): Grade: NOB

Staff Member / Affiliate Type: National Professional Officer

Reason: Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted: No

Target Start Date: 2023-03-30-07:00

Job Posting End Date: January 29, 2023

Standard Job Description: Associate Field Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Associate Field Officer is normally supervised by the Snr Field Coordinator or Field Officer or Head of Sub-Office/Field Office depending on the structure of the Office. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country/regional programme(s). UNHCR Manual, programme and protection objectives, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the incumbent.

The incumbent may supervise some support staff. S/he has daily contacts with staff in the various field offices and with the functional units at the Country/Regional Office. S/he also has close liaison with a range of local civilian and military authorities and counterparts in NGOs and UN agencies to discuss matters of common interest.

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

  • Identify vulnerable groups or individuals who may need special attention or special arrangements and make recommendations on the needs of different groups of refugees.
  • Assess protection and assistance needs of refugees and asylum-seekers in the region and monitor implementation of refugee assistance programmes.
  • In co-ordination with implementing partners, handle the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
  • Provide inputs for project submissions and periodic narrative and financial reports for the annual programme.

  • Develop and maintain relations with local authorities ensuring smooth negotiations in all aspects of UNHCR’s mandate for the benefit of refugees.
  • Monitor the security situation in the area and intervene as appropriate with the local authorities.
  • Submit recommendation for protection interventions to the designated officer.
  • Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
  • Approve expenditures within the DOAP.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P2/NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Law, Political Sciences or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

UNHCR Protection Learning Programme.

UNHCR Operations Management Learning Programme.

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

Essential

Field experience.

Desirable

Knowledge of refugee law.

Good knowledge of UNHCR’s programmes.

Functional Skills

IT-Computer Literacy

PG-UNHCR’s Programmes

(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: Knowledge of refugee law. Good knowledge of UNHCR’s programmes. Field experience with UNHCR and/or other humanitarian operations

Shortlisting criteria: A.tRelevance of the work experience and education of the candidates B.tLanguages of the candidates C.tQualifications D.tCompetencies, and E.tOverall performance of the candidates

Shortlisted candidates will go through the eliminatory written test (2). Passing threshold for the written test is 60%. Only passing candidates will be given the chance to sit for the oral interview.

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

Desired languages: Arabic , English

Operational context: Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:: Nature of Position:: The Associate Field Officer is supervised by the Head of Sub Office, Homs. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sectors and units to the Syria programme(s). The incumbent will supervise 1 National Officer – NOA, and 3 General Service staff under Sub Office Homs. S/he will supervise and monitor returnees and internal displacement projects and assistance, and advice and make recommendations on the needs to the Head of Sub Office. S/he has daily contacts with staff in the Sub Office and with the functional unit at UNHCR offices in Syria. S/he also has close liaison with range of local authorities in Homs, Hama and Idleb Governorates, and community leadership, and counterparts in NGOs and UN agencies to discuss matters of common interest.

Living and Working Conditions:: Additional Qualifications: Skills

FO-Operational activities in hardship duty stations

Education

BS: Law, BS: Political Science

Certifications

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

Work Experience

Field Operations

Competencies: Analytical thinking (Good – 4), Leadership (Good – 4), Organizational awareness (Acceptable – 3), Teamwork & collaboration (Acceptable – 3)

UNHCR Salary Calculator: (link)

Compendium: Shortlisted candidates will go through eliminatory written test (2). The passing threshold for the written test is 60%. Only the passing candidates will be given the chance to sit for the oral interview.

Functional clearance: This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

Tags: abuse of power, community leadership, displacement, gender inequality, inequality, occupational safety, political science, programme management, refugee assistance, refugee law, refugees