Head of Field Unit

Announced Date:  2019-09-02
Last Deadline:  2019-09-12
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Organization: UNHCR
City: Kabul
Job Location: Kabul
Job Category: Admin-Clerical
Vacancy No: 10017874
Employeement: FullTime
No of Job(s): 1
Experience: 1 year
Education: University Degree
Contract Duration: Fixed term
Salary Scale: As per Organization salary scale
Nationality: Afghan
Gender: Male/Female
Deadline: 2019-09-12
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About UNHCR

Within the regional framework of the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR), UNHCR continues to facilitate a protection and solutions dialogue through Tripartite and Quadripartite platforms. During the 30th Tripartite meeting held in Islamabad on 18 June 2019, a further commitment was made by the Governments of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Pakistan to ensure that repatriation takes place gradually, voluntarily, in conditions of safety and dignity. The Government of Afghanistan committed renewed efforts towards sustainable reintegration and development. To support these commitments, the Government has formally endorsed the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in 2018, which supports multi-stakeholders in its efforts to address the root causes and drivers of displacement in countries of origin by:

Whole of society approach to foster stronger partnerships between government’s line Ministries, UN agencies, development actors, the private sector, NGOs, financial institutions and civil society
 Enhancing refugee returnees and IDPs reintegration and self-reliance

Supporting conditions in places of origin for return in safety and dignity

The position is under direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Operations Manager in Kabul on issues concerning programme, protection, external relations, etc. Advice and operational support may also be received from other senior staff and support units at the Country Office.

The incumbent represents UNHCR at the field level on subject matters of importance to UNHCR’s programmes with the local authorities and other agencies in the field.

While the functional responsibility of a Head of Field Unit will remain the same despite its grade level, the other parameters (therefore the depth and breadth of the competencies) such as the size of the population of concern to UNHCR, their specific legal/security concerns, volume of assistance, number of operational / Implementing partners and the size of the Office (i.e. number of UNHCR staff and their grade levels) will determine the appropriate grade level. The operational autonomy also depends upon the same parameters/competencies. The Field Unit managed by the incumbent has no other professional position and less than 6 General Service positions. The supervisor exercises substantive oversight and provides regular guidance, direction and support to the incumbent.

Job Description

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Operations Manager in Kabul,  the incumbent will undertake the following responsibilities:

Accountability:

  • The Convention concerning the treatment of asylum seekers, IDPs, refugees, returnees and the stateless, where applicable, is disseminated to the local authorities.
  • UNHCR policies and standards are applied consistently in the Area of Responsibility (AOR) to ensure quality protection of populations of concern.
  • A healthy, safe and respectful working environment is provided to the workforce in the AOR.

Responsibilities:

  • Monitor and report on the implementation of refugee conventional responsibilities and international obligations of the local authorities vis-à-vis the population of concern to UNHCR within the AOR.
  • Advocate and promote UNHCR standards concerning the treatment of persons of concern.
  • Ensure that the basic needs of the concerned population are properly assessed with the participation of the beneficiaries themselves, the host governments and/or the competent Implementing partners and/or UNHCR itself.
  • Subject to the needs, ensure that the planning, formulation and budgeting of identified assistance projects are done as per UNHCR programme cycle; upon approval of assistance project, ensure the timely implementation and monitoring of identified assistance activities.
  • Ensure through the subordinate staff that all deadlines for monitoring and reporting of UNHCR operational activities are met on a regular basis.
  • Manage all UNHCR resources, both human, financial/material, at an optimum level for the wellbeing of the concerned population and the UNHCR staff.
  • Ensure through the subordinate staff that all deadlines for monitoring and reporting of UNHCR operational activities are met on a regular basis.
  • Manage all UNHCR resources, both human, financial/material, at an optimum level for the wellbeing of the concerned population and the UNHCR staff.
  • Ensure through the subordinate staff that all deadlines for monitoring and reporting of UNHCR operational activities are met on a regular basis.
  • Ensure through the subordinate staff that all deadlines for monitoring and reporting of UNHCR operational activities are met on a regular basis.
  • Manage all UNHCR resources, both human, financial/material, at an optimum level for the wellbeing of the concerned population and the UNHCR staff.
  • Ensure that all security measures of UNHCR office (and residential, where ever applicable) compounds are always up to date; any security breaches and/or potential security threat should be reported immediately to competent UN security coordinator in the country.
  • Ensure that staff welfare, both in terms of working and living conditions, are maintained at a satisfactory level within the constraints in the operational area.
  • Guide, coach and advocate the subordinate staff to maintain highest standards of conduct and behaviour thorough one’s own practice and deeds.
  • Prepare and submit regular reports, both verbally and written, to the UNHCR Representative/HoSO. In the event of substantial telephone conversation that leads to specific action or non-action, it should be recorded and share with the other party.
  • Any other responsibilities/functions deemed necessary or as delegated by the UNHCR Representative of the country in order to meet the level of the services in the organization.
  • Represent UNHCR in inter-agency fora and with local authorities in the AOR.
  • Enforce compliance with UNHCR’s global protection, programme, finance, human resources and security policies and standards.
  • Submit project proposals for assistance to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR Representation or Sub-Office in coordination with local authorities and NGOs.

Job Requirement

Essential qualifications, skills and professional experience

Education:

Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Business Administration, Management, Law, Political Science, International Relations, Economics or a related field.

Language:                 

Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

Work Experience:    

Minimum 1 year of previous work experience relevant to the function. Knowledge of UNHCR mandate and its Field level application.

Computer Skills:

Basic computer skills and working knowledge in MS office software.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:

Applied knowledge of protection principles, operational arrangements/standards in relation to protection, assistance, UNHCR office management and staff administration.
Working experience in UNHCR.
UNHCR Specific learning/training activities (i.e. Learning Programme in Management & Operations).
Proficiency of the language(s) that are used within the AOR.
Knowledge of additional UN languages.

Submission Guideline

Staff members who wish to be considered for this position should send their factsheet, P.11 form along with a motivation letter by email to afgkahr@unhcr.org

PLEASE REFER TO PPAL REGULATION No.16-22 on eligibility to apply (IOM/49-FOM/50/2012 dated 15 June refers).

Applicants should clearly indicate the Title of the Position and Vacancy Notice Number: IVN/EVN/AFG/KBL/19/016 Please note that applications which do not have the post title and/or vacancy number on top of the envelope shall not be CONSIDERED.

Candidates will be required to sit for a test.

Due to the volume of applications only short listed candidates will be invited for interview.

Former UNHCR General Service staff members, having held an Indefinite or FTA appointment for an uninterrupted period of at least one year may apply for internally advertised vacancies at their previous grade or equivalent or one grade above, if the seniority requirements are met, for a period of two years following separation.

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for consideration

EXTERNAL CANDIDATES

External candidates should submit a letter of motivation along with a duly completed Personal History Form.

Late applications will not be considered.

Submission E-mail

afgkahr@unhcr.org