UN Senior Development Officer Career Jobs – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:             Senior Development Officer
Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Kampala,
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 Senior
Development Officer is to steer and direct UNHCR’s engagement and cooperation
with development agencies implementing medium term programmes assisting local
communities and refugees in countries with significant refugee populations. It
is anticipated that these programmes will grow in significance in future years due
to the greater importance attached to addressing protracted displacement
situations by donor governments. The role will be pivotal to ensuring
complementarity between UNHCR’s protection work and the economic and social
development objectives pursued by development partners and their government
counterparts. It will therefore be important that the Senior Development
Officer coordinates closely with UNHCR senior management within the local
Country and Sub and Field Offices. For that reason, he/she will work under the
overall supervision of the UNHCR Representative or his/her Deputy to ensure
that (i) policy, operational and programme priorities are properly aligned
between humanitarian and development agencies, and (ii) that reporting and
information exchanges on key developments are established and maintained among
all interested stakeholders.
Key Duties and
Provide technical leadership and support for
relationship building with development co-operation agencies through the
different stages of policy and programme identification, preparation,
implementation and review.
Build partnerships and networks with development
cooperation actors to influence the policy dialogue with governments on
institutional arrangements sectors, locations and programme content of
consequence to UNHCR and persons of concern. This would, in particular, focus
on supporting the coordination of the in-country relationship with the World
Bank and the implementation of the IDA 18 financing for the refugee and local
communities sub-window.
Cooperate with development partners to assist
them in incorporating the concerns of refugees, returnees and others of concern
to UNHCR into the design and implementation arrangements of projects and
interventions in a manner that impacts positively on protection circumstances.
Identify, commission and/or contribute to
studies and analytical activities that build the conceptual framework and
evidence base for comprehensive, development-oriented responses, including
preparedness work, to forced displacement.
Actively engage with governments, development
partners (both multilateral and bilateral), and with the private sector and
civil society (as appropriate) to identify opportunities for UNHCR to
contribute to the design and implementation of monitoring systems to track
progress towards agreed outcomes.
Facilitate coordination and collaboration and
the sharing of knowledge and experience sharing between UNHCR and development
actors and across UNHCR operations globally by documenting and disseminating
good practices.
Support local training activities aimed at the
capacity building of UNHCR and partner agency staff to achieve greater
coordination, effectiveness and synergies between humanitarian and development
Key Result Areas:
Reflect UNHCR’s positions on policy and
programming issues as they relate to the protection and solutions of refugees
with medium-term economic and social development programmes;
Represent UNHCR in meetings and fora related to
the functions of the post and present positions to development and government
counterparts that incorporate the protection and solutions and perspectives of

Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR
Senior Development Officer job placement should hold a graduate degree
(equivalent of Master’s) in Law/International Law, Political Science, Social
Science, Development, Economics, International Relations or related field;
At least eight years of relevant professional
At least six (6) years of direct working
experience with an international agency/organisation implementing development
programmes, of which at least two (2) years in field operations,  preferably with knowledge of, or experience
in, local or area based economic development;
Experience in primary data collection,
quantitative research methods and results-based management;
Proven coordination and or networking skills
engaging both development and humanitarian actors, familiarity with development
and humanitarian processes;
Excellent policy and development programming
skills and familiarity with results based management;
Broad knowledge and understanding of development
context and related operational challenges as they relate to refugees,
including institutional arrangements;
Excellent communication skills including ability
to communicate and disseminate information effectively to a broad background of
Excellent analytical skills, and good research
Excellent English language skills, including
Extensive knowledge of development,
state-building and peace-building in fragile and conflict-affected situations.
Broad knowledge and understanding of
humanitarian operations, principles and coordination structures.
Good grasp of refugee protection.
Fluency in second UN language.
Accountability, Teamwork & Collaboration, Communication,
Commitment to Continuous Learning, Client & Result Orientation,
Organizational Awareness, Empowering and Building Trust, Leadership, Strategic
Planning and Vision, Judgement and Decision Making, Political Awareness,
Planning and Organizing, Analytical Thinking, Stakeholder Management
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: 6th
November 2017
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