Job Opportunity at UNHCR, Associate Programme Officer
This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants.
Procedures and Eligibility
Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS). Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment.
Duties and Qualifications
Associate Programme Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
- The Associate Programme Officer may be based in HQ, field/regional bureau, typically reporting to and be guided by the Program officer and may supervise a small team of local staff. He/she may refer to UNHCR’s Programme Manual (Chapter IV), UNHCR’s corporate and regional strategic priorities, operation plans and other relevant institutional rules and regulations for further guidance.
- The Associate Programme Officer will provide programmatic guidance and support with regard to the implementation of protection and solutions strategies within available resources. S/he will coordinate with the other sections/units to ensure harmonized programmatic approaches at all levels and throughout the UNHCR Operations Management Cycle. The incumbent will work in line with the overall UNHCR directions which crucially require working with partners, including with persons of concern, governmental institutions and the private sector, ensuring that programme management is approached as per UNHCR¿s Strategic Directions, Global Strategic Priorities (GSPs), Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), and corporate positions on SDGs.
- The incumbent is expected to work in line with the multi-functional team (MFT) approach as defined within the Program Manual, ensuring the participation of relevant stakeholders in all phases of the Program Management Cycle.
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.
- Support in assessing and analysing the needs of persons of concern in a participatory manner, using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective as basis for planning.
- Provide support on programmatic aspects of developing multi-year protection and solutions strategies and annual plans with corresponding priorities taking into account corporate priorities.
- Support Results Based Management and programme capacity in light of evolving requirements, programming approaches and gaps.
- Assist the planning process in compliance with planning parameters outlined in the Programme Manual and the planning instructions.
- Support the revision and analysis of plans, mid-year and year-end reports of UNHCR office(s) in the Area of Responsibility AoR), ensure quality assurance and compliance with established policies, guidelines, procedures and standards.
- Assist in the provision of overall direction to broaden partnerships with key stakeholders in order to maximize the protection and solutions response for persons of concern.
- Provide support to ensure a consistent application of the framework for implementing with partners, including the effective implementation of the policy on selection and retention of partners, management of partnership agreements, risk-based project performance monitoring, and risk-based project audits, among others.
- Contribute to ensure consistent and coherent monitoring approaches, tools and systems across the region, in line with global standards and polices.
- Actively contribute to UNHCRs programming of community of practice and continuously contribute to improvements of programming tools and processes.
- Oversee a timely and effective follow-up of internal and external audits observations and recommendations that relate to programmatic issues.
- Perform other related duties as required.
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
- Economics; Business Administration; Social Sciences; or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and/or Licenses
- Programme Management
- Certification Programme in Programme Management (CP-PM)
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
- Demonstrated experience in programme management including familiarization with the OMC and sound knowledge of Results Based-Management. Demonstrated experience in field operations, sound knowledge on the centrality of protection in programming, Joint Needs Assessments and the principles of targeting.
- Demonstrated experience in coordination within an inter-agency context and other actors, in a refugee or humanitarian context. Sound experience in program management training and capacity building activities.
- MG-Project Management
- PG-Results-Based Management
- PG-UNHCR’s Programmes
- PG-Stakeholder management and coordination with Implementing Partners (Gov/NGO/Corporate)
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
- 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.
Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening.
Knowledge of the local language (Kiswahili) is mandatory.
Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of it recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
Qualified female and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply
Shortlisted Candidates will be required to sit for a test
In case of difficulties with application process, please contact email: [email protected]
See below for this postion’s Operational Context
Tanzania hosts more than 246,745 refugees mainly from Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the refugee camps in Kigoma region, Dar es salaam urban, in Chogo, Kigoma villages and old settlements. As of 10th December 2021, there are two refugee camps (Nduta and Nyarugusu) in Kigoma region housing Congolese and Burundian refugees. Refugees in the camps rely on humanitarian assistance provided by the government of Tanzania, UNHCR, UNHCR partners and other national and international NGOs. In 2022 and beyond, UNHCR Tanzania will continue to work with the Government of Tanzania and humanitarian partners for the provision of protection and basic services to refugees and persons of concerns, delivered in accordance with minimum protection and assistance standards (including admission, non-refoulement, registration and documentation, assurance of basic security and other human rights standards). It will further continue to strive towards achieving international standards in the provision of basic needs and essential services such as shelter, health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene for refugees in the camps
Profile Statement for matching purposes
Under the direct supervision of the UNHCR Senior Programme Officer, the incumbent will need to demonstrate the capacity, skill set and competencies necessary to work in a challenging position with demonstrated leadership skills sufficient to lead discussions with government and NGO partners in planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of project activities in the refugee camps and urban areas. The operation gets funding from different donors for implementation of various programmes. This requires a lot of programme support and resource mobilization skills including skills in managing partnerships. A solid understanding of protection principles is key to understanding the programming needs of this particular operational context, given the complexities of the operation. Experience working in refugee operations, in coordination structures and in emergency planning will also stand the incumbent in good stead.
The candidate should possess excellent technical knowledge including UN Financial rules and regulations, experience in managing large-scale programmes with multiple Donor earmarking, experience in the emergency operations, experience in programme management/monitoring of complex operations, excellent reporting skills, knowledge of various Donor reporting requirements (including but not limited to EU, ECHO, PRM, etc). In the context of Tanzania operation, official language of communication is English. It is very valuable that the incumbent will be able not only to communicate but to comprehend documents, contracts and official government communications and understand the content of such correspondences.
- Experience working with UNHCR or any UN agency will be an added advantage
Please note that the closing date for the applications is Sunday 16 January 2022 (midnight Tanzania time).