- Organization: UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Location: Afghanistan
- Grade: Level not specified – Level not specified
- Occupational Groups:
- Refugee rights and well-being
- Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DD&R)
E (most hardship)
Non FamilyDanger Pay
Residential location (if applicable)
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
ReasonRegular > Regular Assignment
Remote work accepted
Target Start Date
Job Posting End Date
February 16, 2023
Standard Job Description
Reintegration Officer Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The incumbent works with senior staff members to provide policy advice and technical support relating to the assistance of urban, rural and camp based refugees in a country of asylum or returnees in a country of origin, the host communities and IDPs in their achievement of sustainable solutions. The job requires direct contact with the target population in assessing needs and considering aspects of age, gender and diversity mainstreaming in planning, the needs of host communities and political and socio-economic context. The staff member could represent a UNHCR office in developing a (re)integration strategy and an inter-agency programme in collaboration with the Government, UN agencies and other stakeholders. The staff member also works closely with UNHCR’s Programme, Protection and Technical units to ensure that UNHCR Operation in a concerned country reflects the (re)integration strategy of its programme components and that UNHCR’s protection principles are reflected in the strategy. The staff member is directly supervised by Snr. Programme Officer, Snr. Reintegration Officer or Head of Sub-Office and receives guidance and advice on technical matters from the Branch Office/ Bureau and relevant Units at HQ, especially, DPSM/OSTS. 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 – Stay abreast of the challenges posed by the local political, economic and socio-cultural context impacting on reintegration and/or local integration opportunities and advise the country-office senior management ; stay abreast of UNHCR and UN policies on durable solutions, reintegration, local integration, peace-building and UN joint programming. – Participate in inter-agency programming processes, namely joint needs assessments, CCA/UNDAF, national development plan, or other joint programming, at national and sub-national levels, which lead to broader national or area-based recovery and development plans; ensure the inclusion of reintegration and local integration needs into these plans. – Manage a consultative process within the office and with external partners to draft UNHCR¿s reintegration and/or local integration strategies and to ensure their harmonization with broader national or area-based development plans. – Participate in UNHCR¿s operation¿s planning; advise on activities to meet basic needs, improve socio-economic self-reliance of persons of concern, build peaceful coexistence between persons of concern and host communities and sustainable solutions; and ensure the inclusion of reintegration and/or local integration priorities into the country operation plan. – Develop and maintain strategic partnership with development agencies, bilateral agencies, civil societies and the private sector to bring area-based development programmes to communities hosting persons of concern. – Participate in inter-agency coordination meetings on early recovery/transition projects and represent UNHCR when appropriate. – Promote global/UNHCR¿s policies, guidelines and standards on durable solutions, peace-building and joint programming with Office and partner staff. – Liaise with the Division of Programme Support and Management/Operational Solutions and Transition Section (DPSM/OSTS) and other relevant offices at HQs and provide inputs into global policies, standards and indicators related to durable solutions and peace-building. – Conduct training activities aimed at building the capacity of UNHCR and partner staff to achieve durable solutions, peaceful coexistence and effective partnership. – Monitor durable solutions and peace-building activities, collect and analyze data on the status of persons of concern in order to inform durable solutions programmes and evidence-based advocacy. – Organize evaluations and/or reviews of UNHCR¿s reintegration programmes in order to allow for informed revisions of operational priorities including exit strategies. – Participate in inter-agency joint project proposals and advocate for financial support to reintegration and/or local integration of persons of concern. – Supervise staff and exercise effective managerial oversight, direction, guidance and support. – Represent UNHCR at the appropriate level in negotiations with government offices and development agencies on their engagement in transition/development programmes at the country level and in areas hosting persons of concern as well as on the inclusion of reintegration and local integration priorities into recovery and development plans. – Clear the reintegration and/or local integration components of the country strategy and operation plan before submission to senior management. – Initiate inter-agency consultations, partnerships and joint project proposals to further UNHCR re(integration) priorities. – Enforce compliance of country operation with global policies, guidelines and standards on durable solutions, transition and peace-building. – Enforce global and UNHCR¿s standard and indicators in reviewing the country operation reintegration/local integration/transitional solutions¿ programmes. – Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Economics, Development Studies, Political Sciences, Policy Studies or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Not specified Relevant Job Experience Essential Field experience in reintegration/local integration situations. Desirable Familiar with Peace-building (Fund), UNDAF, UN joint programming process and inter-agency collaboration is desirable. Experience with development agencies is an added value. Functional Skills PR-Durable Solutions – Peace-building (Fund) PR-Refugee Reintegration (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements 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.
Desired Candidate Profile
Candidate should experience working in a complex environment.
Candidate should have managerial experience and experience in representing UNHCR in meetings and negotiations with governmental offices and development agencies.
Candidate should have excellent coordination skills, including working in an interagency context.
Candidate should have previous experience in managing solutions related activities, including working in an IDP setting
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
Staff interested in the position should be mentally, psychologically and physically fit and ready to face situations when required to be locked down in the compounds and the bunkers for the extended period due to incidents.
All international staff benefit from R & R (Rest and Recuperation) that is currently on a 4-week cycle for the entire country.
Access to healthcare facilities in Afghanistan is constrained by shortage of doctors, medical equipment, and poor standards of care. There is a general lack of sufficiently trained health workers and quality medicines in both public and private medical facilities. For basic medical support, UNHCR staff have access to UNAMA clinic, which provides basic health care support. In rare cases, Nangarhar public hospital, may be utilized as the first line of support. Therefore the staff assigned to the duty must be in good health. Candidates with conditions requiring regular treatment or medical supervision should be appropriately advised. Banking facilities and ATM machines are available within the bank premises and other public locations. A limited number of banks accept international debit/credit cards.
Nature of Position:
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Sub-Office, the candidate will undertake the following responsibilities:
Identifying the avenues for UNHCR engagement through analysis of various frameworks (e.g. UN Transitional Engagement Framework, UNSDCF, donor strategies, global and regional frameworks including SSAR, GRF, CRRF etc) and designing/implementing tangible programme in PARRs.
Support the roll out and implementation of SSAR support platform core group Afghanistan priorities.
Support managing a consultative process within the office and with external partners on Reintegration programming, including the Priority Areas of Return Reintegration (PARRs) to ensure the harmonization with broader national or area-based development plans.
Participate in or lead inter-agency programming processes, namely joint needs assessments, CCA/UNDAF/TEF, national development plan, or other joint programming, at national and sub-national levels, which lead to broader national or area-based recovery and development plans; ensure the inclusion of reintegration and local integration needs into these plans.
Design and conduct training activities aimed at building the capacity of UNHCR and partner staff to achieve durable solutions, peaceful coexistence and effective partnership.
Monitor reintegration, solutions and peace-building activities, collect and analyze data on the status of persons of concern in order to inform programmes and evidence-based advocacy.
Lead, or participate in, inter-agency joint project proposals and advocate for financial support to reintegration and/or local integration of persons of concern.
Living and Working Conditions:
Afghanistan is a high-risk country with a very complex operational environment, characterized by uncertainty and frequent security incidents. Movement by all personnel is restricted and closely coordinated and monitored by the security officers. All international staff are accommodated in MOSS compliant shared compounds and/or UNHCR rented guest houses.
Generally, the living conditions are characterized by physical and social isolation; Jalalabad is category E, non-family duty station where there is little entertainment available. International staff members live in the guest house conjoining the office compound where the minimum standards of UNHCR-provided accommodation are. Daily radio check is required from 19:00-21:00
Visits to restaurants, other social venues or in friend’s houses are prohibited except in UN compounds and Embassies. The situation is frustrating and increases stress making it difficult for some colleagues to cope with this type of life.
Considering the serious restrictions on staff movement, it is crucial that the incumbent demonstrates maturity and a positive attitude whenever confronted with adversity and restraints in his/her social life.
BA: Development Management (Required), BA: Economics (Required), BA: Policy (Required), BA: Political Science (Required)
CompetenciesAccountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Managing performance, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Strategic planning & visions, Teamwork & collaboration
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