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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Assistant Programme Officer - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Vacancy: Assistant Programme Officer
Recruiting Company: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10022186
Reports to: Associate Field Officer
Vacancy Notice: 004/2014
Duty Station: Adjumani, Uganda

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. 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 be mainly responsible for ensuring that the needs of persons of concern in the country are assessed and analysed in a participatory manner using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective to form a firm basis for planning and as well as ensuring that Implementing Partner (IP) agreements are established in a timely manner, regularly monitored and reported on in compliance with established guidelines and procedures.

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.
Provide 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.
Support in organizing a consultative process to ensure a consistent application of the organization’s criteria and policies for the selection of implementing and operational partners.
Assist in managing the development of a broad network of partners, good coordination practices and the development of partner capacities.
Conduct proper collection, monitoring and use of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyze UNHCR’s performance, trends and target interventions.
Carry out routine field visits to evaluate and improve the planning, programming, implementation and monitoring of assistance projects.
Assist 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 UNHCR’s corporate tools (e.g. 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.
Offer technical support in keeping donor representatives briefed on developments and assist in the development of funding submissions, appeals and reports.
Assist in monitoring compliance to the organization’s 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 any other duties as assigned by the Associate Field Officer.

The ideal candidate for the Assistant Programme Officer in The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should possess a good University degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Law, Economics, Social Sciences or related field

 Skills and Experience:
At least two years’ experience in a related role preferably in an international capacity.
Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.
Very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.
Completion of specific training relevant to functions of the position
Exhaustive knowledge and understanding of UNHCR financial rules, procedures and processes
Knowledge of UNHCR specific programmes (MSRP, Focus, etc.)
Excellent computer literacy skills (in MS office)

All Interested candidates who meet the above criteria should submit their applications, under confidential cover, quoting the Post No addressed to:
The Senior Administrative/ Finance Officer,
UNHCR Representation in Uganda,
P.O. Box, 3813, Kampala, Uganda

Deadline: 20th March 2014