UN Jobs – Assistant Programme Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:            Assistant Programme Officer 
Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10007662
Vacancy Notice No.: 017/2017
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Head of Sub Office
Position Grade: NOA
About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was
established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.
UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner
for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to
refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard
refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning
issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of
the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
Job Summary: The Assistant
Programme Officer will receive indirect guidance from other sections and units
relevant to the country programmes. UNHCR Manual, programme objectives,
Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will
guide the work of the Assistant Programme Officer. S/he is also expected to
stay abreast of the challenges posed to the region by the political context,
the UN and humanitarian reform and institutional developments. The incumbent is
required to have basic conceptual knowledge of profession, be dynamic and able
to take higher responsibilities progressively. S/he is supervised, coached and guided
by the supervisor. The incumbent does not normally have direct supervisory role
over other staff. However, it rests upon the supervisor of the post to make
time specific arrangements subject to a given situation. External contacts are
predominantly with persons on subject matters of importance to Organizations
programme (example counterparts in other organizations or at working level in
national Governments)
Key Duties and
  • Through a consultative process within the
    country and field visits, stay involved in the development of the
    strategies, methodologies, contingency plans that respond to new and
    emerging operational challenges for the country.
  • The incumbent provides inputs for
    developing the country operations plan for overall compliance with global
    strategic priorities and regional priorities as well as with annual
    programming/planning instructions.
  • Provide support in organizing a
    consultative process to ensure a consistent application of the
    organizations criteria and policies for the selection of implementing and
    operational partners.
  • Provide support in managing the
    development of a broad network of partners, good coordination practices
    and the development of partner capacities.
  • Undertake proper collection, monitoring
    and use of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and
    analyze UNHCRs performance, trends and target interventions.
  • Undertake field visits to evaluate and
    improve the planning, programming, implementation and monitoring of
    assistance projects.
  • Provide support in implementing the
    establishment of sound monitoring processes, in reviewing final reports
    and on progress in order to advise on any corrective actions required or
    the need for additional resources to reach planned target levels.
  • Apply UNHCRs corporate tools (example
    Global Focus, Focus Client) to record data and assess the technical
    soundness of the operation and generate data for evidence-based decisions
    at the country-level.
  • Assist in keeping donor representatives
    briefed on developments and assist in the development of funding
    submissions, appeals and reports. 
  • Assist in monitoring compliance to the
    organizations resource allocation framework, providing support and taking
    corrective action where required.
  • Assist in ensuring compliance in issuance
    of audit certificates for Implementing Partners. – Monitor the
    implementation of IP Risk Management techniques and tools.
  • Performs other duties as required.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • The needs of persons of concern in the
    country are assessed and analysed in a participatory manner and using an
    Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective to form a firm basis for
  • IP agreements are established in a timely
    manner, regularly monitored and reported on in compliance with established
    guidelines and procedures.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR Assistant Programme Officer      job
    placement should hold a University degree or equivalent in Business
    Administration, Law, Economics, Social Science or related field
  • At least two years’ experience relevant to
    the function in an international Capacity
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working
    knowledge of another UN language.
  • Completion of specific training relevant
    to functions of the position
  • Extensive knowledge of UNHCR financial
    rules, procedures and processes
  • Knowledge of another relevant UN language
  • Knowledge of UNHCR specific programmes
    (MSRP, Focus, etc.)
  • Good computer skills (in MS office)
How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are
encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions
after reviewing the job details.
Deadline: 22nd September
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