Duties and Qualifications
Development Officer Profile
Grade : Mid (P3) and Senior (P4) Level Positions
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect and assist refugees and other persons of concern.
While UNHCR's primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, our ultimate goal is to help find durable solutions that will allow them to rebuild their lives in dignity.
However, the growing scale of the refugee crises has propelled forced displacement high on the global agenda. Humanitarian support alone is insufficient to lift displaced populations out of poverty, and such aid-focused strategies fail to facilitate long-term solutions or to help populations realize their development potential.
It is anticipated that development responses to forced displacement will grow in significance in future years due to the greater importance attached to reducing poverty in fragile and conflict-affected settings and addressing protracted displacement situations in a more sustainable manner.
recognizing that a sustainable solution to refugee situations cannot be achieved without international cooperation.
Within the context of the GCR, the role of the Development Officer is to support UNHCR's engagement and cooperation with host Governments and development agencies medium-term programmes.
taking into account and reducing the vulnerabilities of forcibly displaced persons. As such, the incumbent needs to have practical experience from, and an understanding of, development programs and processes, the interplay of different aspects of economic growth, governance, fragility and conflict.
Depending on the operating environment, the incumbent might need to have specific expertise in areas such as social protection, local governance and community development or private sector outreach.
and (iv) support the operationalization of multi-stakeholder and multi partnership approaches in line with relevant legal frameworks and in close coordination with national institutions.
Typical functions may include :
For country offices :
Supporting inclusive multi-stakeholder-multi- year planning
Strengthening and Managing Development Partnerships
Develop partnerships and networks with development cooperation actors to influence policy dialogue on institutional arrangements and programming with governments related to sectors, locations and programme content of consequence to UNHCR and persons of concern.
Support for evidence-based planning
In collaboration with the (regional / country office) economist (where relevant) :
Capacity building and knowledge management
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 practices and active participation in the Division of Resilience and Solutions , Development Partnerships Community of Practice; and,
Support training activities aimed at the capacity building of UNHCR and partner agency staff to achieve greater coordination, effectiveness and synergies between humanitarian and development interventions.
For Regional Bureaux :
Engage with regional bodies, such as IGAD, ECOWAS, etc. to identify and advocate for entry points for inclusion of forced displacement issues in development fora; and,
Identify, commission and / or contribute to analytical activities from a situational or regional perspective that build the conceptual framework and evidence base for comprehensive, development-oriented responses, including preparedness work, to forced displacement.
Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required :
For positions at the P3 level
Years or experience / degree level :
Experience : Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA / BS) in Development Economics, Development Studies, Political Science, Socio-Economic Development, International Relations or related field plus minimum 6 years of relevant (international) job experience.
Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master s), plus minimum 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus minimum 4 years.
Languages : Proficiency in English is required.
For positions at the P4 level
Years of experience / degree level :
Experience : Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA / BS) in Development Economics, Development Studies, Political Science, Socio-Economic Development, International Relations or related field plus minimum 9 years of previous work experience relevant to the function.
Graduate degree (equivalent of Master's) plus 8 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
Languages : Proficiency in English is required and knowledge of a second UN language (Arabic / Chinese / French / Russian / Spanish) at B2 is preferred.
The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.