Field Associate

Country: Iraq
Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 14 Jul 2021

ORGANIZATIONAL SETTING, WORK RELATIONSHIPS and OPERATIONAL CONTEXT:
The Field Associate is normally supervised by the Field Officer and performs a variety of functions related to Field activities within the office. The supervisor defines general work objectives and provides necessary advice and guidance. The Field Associate may supervise some General Service support staff.
S/he should have experience in liaising with partners, authorities, and other stakeholders as s/he should keep frequent internal contacts with staff members in the same duty station to exchange information, to establish understanding of respective needs; to ensure provision of services and resolution of problems and with the external contacts generally with officials of national and international institutions, leaders of the refugee community, local population and/or Implementing Partners (IPs) on subject matters which may be of importance to the Organization.
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:

  • Monitor the situation in the AoR, collect data and other information relevant to UNHCR and report to the supervisor accordingly.
  • Monitor the implementation of UNHCR programme including the delivery of all assistance items and monitoring of infrastructure.
  • Undertake regular visits to various sites in order to assess needs of persons of concern, with particular attention to vulnerable groups.
  • Keep regular contacts with local authorities and implementing partners as requested by supervisor.
  • Act as interpreter when required.
  • Contribute to the preparation of status and progress reports by providing info, preparing tables, etc.
  • Assist in administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports and meeting authorized personnel and assisting them during field missions.
  • Inform and act on the reports received on persons of concern within the refugee community or from the local authorities.
  • In coordination with implementing partners, assist in the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
  • Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
  • Represent UNHCR in physical monitoring of projects.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Minimum Qualifications:
  • Years of Experience / Degree Level:
  • Minimum 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher.
  • Certificates and/or Licesnces:
  • Business Administration;
  • Law;
  • Political Science.
  • (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
  • Relevant Job Experience:
  • Desirable:
  • Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position. UNHCR field experience.
  • Functional Skills:
  • *IT-Computer Literacy
  • EX-Field experience
  • MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
  • CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners,
  • PG-Programme Management (project formulation, programme cycles and reporting standards).
  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
  • Lanuage Requirements:
  • Knowledge of English and Arabic is mandatory.
  • Required Competencies:
  • Core Competencies

  • Accountability

  • Communication

  • Organizational Awareness

  • Teamwork & Collaboration

  • Commitment to Continuous Learning

  • Client & Result Orientation
    Managerial Competencies:

  • Empowering and Building Trust
    Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking

  • Planning and Organizing

  • Stakeholder Management

Eligibility:
Internal candidates (Group 1 and Group 2):
Interested staff members should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignments of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS) (UNHCR/AI/2020/1/REV.2 dated 16 March 2021). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit. Internal candidates are Group 1 and vetted group 21 candidates.
Group 1: comprises current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment who, at the date of the deadline for application, are serving in the country of the vacancy at the grade of the position or one grade below or above.
Group 2: Group 2 comprises candidates from the categories listed below after completion of one cumulative or continuous year of service in the country of the vacancy. The Group 2 status will be confirmed by DHR or the HR/Admin in the relevant country, as applicable:

  • Current locally recruited UNHCR staff members holding a temporary appointment
  • Former locally recruited UNHCR staff members who held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment (within 2 years of separation for males and 5 years for females)
  • National United Nations Volunteers currently working for UNHCR
  • National UNOPS and individual contractors currently working for UNHCR
  • Current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment applying to a position in the same category two grades above the staff member’s personal grade
  • Current UNHCR staff members in the International Professional category holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment
  • Current UNHCR staff members in the NPO category holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment.
  • Current locally recruited female staff members from other UN system Organizations holding the equivalent of an indefinite or fixed-term appointment.
    Externals: are candidates who are not in Group 1 or Group 2.
    Remuneration:
    A competitive compensation and benefits package are offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org
    Assignment on Replacement Capacity:
    The selected candidate will be deemed to be in a replacement capacity until the lien is relinquished or until the regular incumbent returns to the position

In order to be considered as group 2 candidates, the applicants must be vetted at the time of applications. To be considered for Group 2 status, candidates must apply for an open call through the following link: https://www.unhcr.org/iraq-jobs/entry/11409/ and go through the vetting process. Vetting process takes around 8 weeks.

How to apply:

Submission of Applications:
If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your letter of motivation, updated / signed Personal History Form through the online portal at https://www.unhcr.org/iraq-jobs/.
The Personal History Form and its supplementary sheet can also be downloaded from the portal. No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for an eliminatory written test and oral panel interview. Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.



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