Oct 26, 2018
ASSOCIATE TECHNICAL COORDINATION OFFICER - Melkadida FTA ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida supports the needs of over 218,000 refugees from Somalia who are living in 5 camps in this remote area of Ethiopia, in an area with substantial food insecurity and vulnerability to drought and other climactic hazards. Ethiopia maintains a generous open-door policy and has recognized these refugees, primarily from south and central Somalia, on a prima facie basis. The technical team supports delivery in the areas of WASH, Irrigation Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environment, Shelter, and is furthermore engaged in supporting wider initiatives such as livelihoods and self-reliance support as Ethiopia, and specifically UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida, helps to implement the Ethiopian Government’s 9 pledges and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework. The incumbent, in addition to supporting general technical delivery, will also be crucial in ensuring compliance and implementation with UNHCR policies. The primary objective of the position is to lead the Technical Unit of UNHCR comprising of the sectoral specialists in Shelter, WASH, Environment, Irrigation Engineer, Civil Engineer as well as effective inter-sectoral coordination in support of their plan to provide sustainable improvements for the number of new arrivals entering Melkadida. The incumbent will work closely with the Field Officer as well as technical sector specialists and the team leaders on the ground, and will report to the Head of Sub-Office. The position will be based in UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida. Located over 960 km from Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, UNHCR Sub-Office Melkadida’s area of operation is a remote desert environment characterized by harsh climactic conditions, distance from established towns and cities or leisure activities, and with few locally available items for purchase. Nevertheless, UNHCR maintains a compound for the approximately 120 staff working in this location, including around 22 international staff, where facilities include two canteens, a gym, wireless internet, TV, and, accommodations in furnished guesthouse apartments. The Somali region is currently at security level 4 due to the proximity to the Somalia border and local concerns, and it is managed by an Area Security Management Committee chaired by UNHCR and supported by a Field Safety Officer and Field Safety Assistants. Security measures include daily curfew and radio checks, as well as convoy requirements / occasional movement restrictions due to prevailing conditions. Nonetheless, international and national staff are generally able to access all areas within the camps with no restriction, and the security considerations do not generally impede programme delivery. ACCOUNTABILITY UNHCR Sub-Office has support in the delivery of activities in specific sectoral areas of Shelter, Civil Engineer, Irrigation Engineer, WASH and Environment and promotes linkages between these areas. Strong coordination and leadership as well as overall technical guidance is provided to the Sub-Office. Coordination with key government and development counterparts is ensured to pursue the master plan approach country-wide and ensure the buy-in of the key government interlocutors (local authorities and line Ministries) as well as key development actors and donors. The technical integrity of the infrastructure inputs implemented in Melkadida, as well as effective monitoring and supervision is ensured. RESPONSIBILITY Coordinate, manage and support the technical team in Melkadida in a timely, cost-effective, inter-sectoral and adequate delivery of technical interventions and services to support operational needs. Review, identify and assess progress of UNHCR technical programs and initiate responses to address the gaps in collaboration and coordination with key UNHCR technical staff, operational partners and authorities. Participate in coordination meeting with various stakeholders including Governmental to ensure UNHCR’s interests and those of our POCs are adequately reflected and disseminate information to all stakeholders in a timely, efficient manner. Support the development of comprehensive multi-sector integrated settlement planning following the Master plan approach. Adapt standard technical coordination support and working environment that are consistent with the operational needs. Ensure effective information flow within and from the various technical units / operational locations. Support sector technical specialists to disseminate, promote commitment to and monitor compliance with UNHCR's global policies, standards and guidance on technical support in key UNHCR priority areas including settlement constructions, infrastructures, health and wash support etc. Support the office with HR planning and management to establish and maintain an efficient and skilled technical workforce that is capable of supporting on-going operations. Coordinate technical specialists establishing adequate shelter and infrastructural facilities for the refugee arrivals at the border entry points. Provide clear guidance on standards for shelter, settlement, WASH, environment, including minimum emergency standards to meet basic and essential needs. Coordinate and supervise regular assessments on environmental conditions in refugee-hosting areas. Compile, analyse and map information on shelter options in country taking into account relevant policies adopted by the Government. Ensure technical component reflects UNHCR minimum standards for the provision of emergency and other types of shelter assistance and is within the budgetary requirements. Ensure adequate monitoring and evaluation so that UNHCR’s technical interventions are produced in a technically sound and standardized manner and establish monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure that works are implemented according to plans and completed within the designated timeframe. Support senior staff to review the Government plans for development of facilities and advise on alignment of the planned services with best practice and international standards for such facilities. Provide advice related to the procurement of sector related responses or equipment, including the development of technical specifications for bid documents, technical evaluation of bids, review/inspection of the quality of products/works. Work in close coordination with all functional Units in UNHCR for issues related to protection, population of concern figures and assistance. Work in close collaboration with all relevant stakeholders including, local authorities, relevant partners and affected communities on issues related to the shelter and settlement programme. Provide support to technical specialists related to construction activities within the settlement among different sectors (such as WASH (water & sanitation), health, education facilities, environment, etc). Prepare mission report and debrief. AUTHORITY Guide, review and approve the development of settlement master plans and various strategies related to environment, water, sanitation. Review and approve the technical integrity of technical designs, bills of quantities. Represent UNHCR at various technical coordination meetings. Negotiate locally on behalf of UNHCR. Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all technical standard operating procedures. REQUIRED COMPETENCIES Managerial Competencies Empowering and Building Trust Managing Performance Judgement and Decision Making Cross Functional Competencies Analytical Thinking Planning and Organizing Stakeholder Management ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE - Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Civil-Engineering, Water and Sanitation Engineering / Water Resources Development and/or postgraduate degree in one of the Civil / Environmental/ Water and Sanitation Engineering disciplines or Public health Engineering or previous job experience relevant to the function. - Minimum 3 years of previous work experience in water/sanitary engineering, energy, environment or a related field dealing with large scale technical activities. - Demonstrated work experience in the technical sector. - Extensive knowledge and experience of working with local partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training. - Experience in working with Government counterparts. - Experience in coordination, implementation and monitoring in close collaboration with partners - Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language or local language, preferably Somali or Amharic *** For National Officer Positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essentials. Desirable Qualifications & Competencies Field experience in working with relevant governmental technical departments and various organizations in identifying, designing, delimiting, clearing and developing land allocated to establish site camps. Experience of implementing shelter and settlement and WASH projects in humanitarian context and large scale emergencies coordinating with operational partners governmental technical departments. Experience in designing and implementing a shelter & WASH strategy, including host family situations, collective shelter, settlement and camp settings, in emergency while considering the transition to more sustainable solutions. Knowledge of effective humanitarian coordination and engagement with Governmental authorities and other such actors. Ability to deal with multiple tasks in a courteous and service-oriented manner in a demanding working condition that often has short deadlines. Computer literacy in MS Office and other relevant software with special focus on design, technical drawings and GIS mapping. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS This vacancy is open for qualified Ethiopians only. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. UNHCR is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. IMPORTANT Applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send a motivation letter, the most recent factsheet and the new updated P11 Form through the online application system. Candidates may 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.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Melkadida Refugee camp, Ethiopia Full time