Oct 05, 2018
FIELD ASSISTANT UNOPS GENERAL BACKGROUND The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. UNHCR recognizes the global need for a broader “cultural shift” from long-term care and maintenance to self-reliance and solutions-oriented planning and programming in its refugee operations. UNHCR’s operation in Dollo Ado and Bokolmayo Woredas - with the support from the IKEA Foundation since 2012 – serves as one of the key locations for UNHCR to implement a new type of programming which gives priority to activities that increase refugees’ self-reliance in order to decrease dependency on aid. The program is aimed at building refugees resilience in preparation for their eventual return to Somalia. The national, legal and policy environment in refugee hosting countries places varying degrees of restrictions on refugees' right to work and freedom of movement. In spite of these, refugees use different strategies to generate income, mostly through daily labouring jobs in the informal sector. The conditions necessary for refugees to earn an income that will make them self- reliant through circulation of capital in the area, do not yet exist. However, UNHCR is actively and creatively seeking opportunities for refugees to improve their income and to provide them with opportunities to gain and improve skills, which will help with their integration when they return to Somalia. Refugees will be supported to improve their livelihoods through skills training, paid employment, energy and business development. The refugee camps are in a transition phase from emergency to the recovery stage with a wide variety of income levels and energy needs in the camps. Successful businesses have developed through the sale and distribution of electricity and energy technologies. Small-scale independent energy providers have emerged providing electricity through independent diesel mini grids. The generation and distribution of electricity through these grids is inefficient and often safety is not of the required standard. There is scope for improvement of current systems and development of new electrical generating and distribution to support business and income generating activities. Energy for productive use has been a consistent request from refugees along with access to higher quality lighting and home charging systems. PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT Under the direct supervision of the Field Officer and the guidance of the Field Associates at UNHCR-Sub-Office Melkadida, the Field Assistant will undertake the following; At the Field Office in the camp Check the General Status of the Field Office; security of the entire office premises, talk to the guards to know about issues that may have emerged during the night/ weekend, office furniture and equipment, general cleanliness including the sanitation facilities. In Coordination with protection team, inform the POCs present at the Field Office that would be served for the day (please ensure that those with appointment having come previously and those with cases that require urgent action are given priority) Collaboration with ARRA Camp Management Office. Weekly briefing with the ARRA Camp Coordinator (suggest Mondays) to touch base on commonalities and update the ARRA team on new tasks including missions if any, planned activities and further collaboration required Routine Essential Services Monitoring Check on routine service provision in the camps, availability of partner staff at their work stations and cleanliness of the camps. Meeting with the Refugee Structures: Apart from the planned regular meetings with the structures, make regular visits to ensure you are well informed of what is on-going, as well update existing structures. Events and Meetings at the camp. Depending on invitations and plans received on a particular events (trainings/ workshops etc.) taking place in the camp, notify the Field Officer and attend representing the Office. Ongoing Projects at the Camp Level: (use the field verification and reporting template) Follow up on shelter construction activities in the camp. Ascertain progress against target as specified in the IP work plan. (Quality of the construction materials, construction design, and beneficiary selection as provided for in the PPA as well as existing SoP’s if any). Regularly visit the irrigation schemes (check the functionality of the pumps, records of pumping, inspect the canals to see whether there is no blockage/ cracks/ broken parts that imped free flow of water, talk to farmers as you see land usage i.e. land opening and planting). Prepare weekly reports and share with the Field Officer. Accountability The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles. Protection activities are guided by the UNHCR country protection strategy. The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches. Protection incidents are immediately identified and reported. Authority Prioritize persons of concern for interview, counselling and propose protection support for individual cases. Enforce compliance of local implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services. Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures. Submit individual payments request for persons of concern for approval. Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience Education: - A minimum of a high school diploma Job Experience: Minimum of 4 years experience relevant to the function. Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language. DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS AND KEY COMPETENCIES Working in challenging environments where the intense climate, logistic limitations and cultural differences create barriers towards accomplishment of goals. Working as a team player by contributing to the overall project strategy and intended outcomes. Proven coordination, planning and organizing skills Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English, Somali and Amharic Good computer skills Ability to apply technical knowledge in day to day work Learning and researching Ability to work in a multi-cultural team Willingness to work in Somali region Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, good report drafting ability. Highly motivated and efficient with excellent organizational skills, and ability to be innovative and 'think outside the box’ 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. 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