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Reintegration Officer job at UNHCR in MazarSharif


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Job Description

  • Organization: UNHCR – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Mazār-e Sharīf
  • Grade: Level not specified – Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DD&R)

Hardship Level

E (most hardship)

Family Type

Non Family

Family Type

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

– Familiarity with Peace-building (Fund), UNDAF, UN joint programming process and inter-agency collaboration.
– Experience in durable solution for IDPs and IDP and refugee returnees, reintegration and peaceful co-existence programmes
– Experience in coordinating with humanitarian/development agencies across different sectors and government counterparts in strengthening services in return and reintegration areas.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):


Desired languages


Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

To view occupational and health considerations for this duty station. Please visit this link https://wwwc.cdc.gov/travel

Job-Specific Occupational Safety and Health Considerations. (if applicable):

Nature of Position:

UNHCR provides international protection and finds solutions to the refugee situation in Afghanistan building upon the ongoing consultations within the context of the Support Platform for the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees (SSAR) and the Global Compact on Refugees. The people of Afghanistan have suffered from over 40 years of conflict. The region remains in flux; and return movements, and exponential internal displacement, particularly in the recent past leading up to 15 August 2021. Community resilience has been further weakened as many people face limited access to basic services. Limited coping mechanisms pushed millions of vulnerable people further into poverty, with potential implications for population movements within the region and further afield. In line with the changing context, UNHCR Afghanistan, since October 2020, put in place robust mechanisms to provide quality protection and solutions services for the forcibly displaced population (PoC: refugee returnees, internally displaced persons, refugees). These include (i) providing lifesaving assistance and (ii) sustaining lifesaving assistance by improving access to essential services to mitigate further displacement and build resilient communities through area-based, focus on Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration (PARRs) through inclusive engagement with diverse actors (e.g UN agencies, development actors, private sector, CSOs/CBOs etc.). within the overarching framework of area-based programming for forced displacement and building resilient communities, the envisaged focus is reinforcing field-level engagement with these actors and supporting FO in rolling out the joint program and or programming in many PARRs at AOR.

SO Mazar-I-Sharif covers the North, Northeast, and Bamyan areas of Afghanistan (10 provinces).  The region continues to witness complex and protracted conflict. Which often results in wide-scale civilian displacements. Overall, Sub-Office Mazar-Sharif contains different units that will continue to concentrate on protection and assistance through the scope of the cluster coordination as well as more specifically playing its role within the inter-agency and partnership platforms.  Mazar-e-Sharif Sub-Office responds to the critical situation and growing needs of IPDs and maintains its optimal operational level to implement the ongoing activities and continue its planned interventions in the AoRs. The focus is to coordinate, and advocate the for improvement of humanitarian access, establish network, support partners, capacity building, identify alternative solutions, and timely report.   It is of utmost importance for the operation to maintain a protective presence through qualified staff and regular partners. Enhance improvement of humanitarian access, strengthen coordination and information sharing among the team and stockholders, making direct contact with persons of concern, host communities, local authorities, and partners. In the operation applying the humanitarian cluster sys, we are the designated ‘cluster’ lead in three areas of conflict-induced displacement: emergency shelter, coordination and management, and protection. We are the ‘first port of call’ and ‘provider of last resort’. It is certainly a high need to have qualified staff leading Sectors, supporting the implementation, identification of gaps in the response, and having enough experience, qualifications, and capacity.

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, coordinated, and monitored by security officers. UNHCR sub-office Mazar in the city following all security and mitigation measures. Also, the Country office / Kabul is located within the ICON Compound on the Supreme Road of police district 9. During all movement between CO, SO, and FO the accommodation with each room has its own washroom and other facilities available. No visits except in UN compounds and Embassies which is frustrating, and stressful to cope with. UNHCR and UN agencies jointly run JMS Level 1 medical clinic and satellite located in ICON. S/M on special prescriptions should travel with enough medical facilities. Outdoor air quality is a health concern in general. The office provides air purifiers both in the office and accommodation. Road crashes, conflicts, and terror are major causes of injuries. The security situation is unstable, volatile, and unpredictable with a rise in 2020-2022. A daily radio check is mandatory. All movements are strictly by armored Vehicle or by air and no road. In a 4-week R&R cycle, the staff is highly encouraged not to delay. Considering the serious restrictions on staff movement, it is crucial to demonstrate a record of maintaining a positive attitude whenever confronted with adversity and restraints in social life. Staff interested in the position should be mentally, psychologically, and physically fit and ready to face situations when required to be locked down in compound bunkers for an extended period due to security incidents.

Additional Qualifications



BA: Development Management (Required), BA: Economics (Required), BA: Policy (Required), BA: Political Science (Required)


Work Experience

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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