Associate Programme Officer
Application deadline 8 months ago: Monday 28 Mar 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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UNHCR MCO-Senegal will continue to work with the Governments of the eight countries under its purview and other partners for the provision of protection and durable solutions to refugees, asylum seekers, stateless persons and other persons of concerns, delivered in accordance with minimum protection standards (including admission, non-refoulement, registration and docu-mentation, assurance of basic security and other human rights standards). It will further contin-ue to strive towards achieving international standards in the provision of basic rights including access to durable and sustainable solutions
Under the direct supervision of Senior Programme Officer, the UN Volunteer will under-take the following tasks:
• 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; • Assist in ensuring that global strategic priorities (GSP) and regional priorities as well as information on projected resource availability guide the planning parameters; • Provide inputs for developing the country operations plan in compliance with global stra-tegic priorities and regional priorities as well as with annual programming/planning in-structions; • Assist in organizing a consultative process to ensure a consistent application of the or-ganization’s criteria and policies for the selection of implementing and operational part-ners; • Assist in managing the development of a broad network of partners, good coordination practices and the development of partner capacities; • Assist in training UNHCR as well as implementing partners (IP) staff in UNHCR standard procedures related to the Results Based Programme (RBM) management; • Undertake proper collection, monitoring and use of baselines, standards and indicators needed to measure and analyze UNHCR’s performance, trends and target interventions; • Undertake 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; • Assist in keeping donor representatives briefed on developments and assist in the devel-opment of funding submissions, appeals and reports; • Assist in monitoring compliance to the organization’s resource allocation framework, providing support and assisting in corrective action where required; • Assist in establishing and handling Implementing Partners Reports.
• The needs of persons of concern in the country are assessed and analysed in a participa-tory manner and using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective to form a firm ba-sis for planning; • IP (Implementing Partners) agreements are established in a timely manner, regularly moni-tored and reported on in compliance with established guidelines and procedures; • Inputs are provided for the country operations plan (including budgets, staffing levels and structures) as well as prepare inputs for funding submissions, appeals and reports; • Participate in UN and other fora on programme and technical issues as delegated by pro-gramme senior management; • Enforce compliance with UNHCR’s global strategies, protocols and guidelines; • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
• Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work inde-pendently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objec-tively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented. • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organi-zational rules and regulations. • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment. • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and abil-ity to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to es-tablish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent pro-jects/activities. • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious work-ing relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills;
programme management, monitoring and evaluation • Previous field experience is an advantage; • Familiar with UNHCR’s RBM approach and use of project/software is an asset; • Completion of the UNHCR Learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position; • Good knowledge of UNHCR financial rules, procedures and processes is an asset; • Knowledge of UNHCR specific programming tools (MSRP, Focus, etc.) is an asset. • Experience with UNHCR new RBM tool i.e Compass is also an asset
The assignment will take place in the nation’s capital, Dakar, a family duty station (Hardship classification A) with missions to the region. Dakar is a liveable city. The spontaneous reception and hospitality of the Senegalese are among the characteristic features of this West African country. The living conditions in Dakar are good, as well as the access to health services. The yellow fever vaccine is compulsory, and vaccination cards should be presented at the entrance. Vaccinations against Meningococcal Meningitis and Hepatitis A and B are also recommended. The basic drugs are available in pharmacies, but it is recommended to bring specific prescription drugs. According to ANSD/RGPHAE 2020 official estimates, the Dakar metropolitan area population reaches over 3,9 million people. The total population of Senegal is 16 705 608 inhabitants (ANSD 2020). Senegal is located on UTC/ GMT. Senegal has a warm climate and sunny days throughout the year that make it a comfortable duty station. Daytime temperatures are, on average, around 30°C. The rainy season is in the northern hemisphere’s summer/fall. The currency used in Senegal is called Franc CFA (XOF). On 1st March 2021, the average exchange rate is 1 USD = 535,913XOF. Many hotels, restaurants and businesses in Senegal accept the leading international credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, etc.). It is also possible to withdraw cash from automatic telling machines found in all the major cities. The accommodation facilities are in general good, and the choice is vast. It is possible to rent unfurnished and furnished accommodations from 450 to 2000 USD. UN Volunteers can also co-rent and share private concessions, which must comply with Minimum Operating Residential Security Standards (MORSS). Local taxis can easily arrange Transportation in town. A valid passport is required to enter Senegal and a negative COVID-19 test. ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) nationals are not required an entry visa. Citizens of other countries may be required an entry visa or long-stay visa. They should contact the closest Senegalese representation. Senegalese Embassies and consulates in various West African countries and other parts of the world issue visas before travel.