Title of Post: Associate CRRF Officer Vacancy Notice: VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT No: 19/HCR/KGL/VN/018 Post Number 10030684
Duty Station: Kigali Category and Level: NOB Closing date of application: 2019-04-26 Duration of assignment: Initially for a period of one year
Organizational Context

On 19 September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, calling for greater burden sharing by the international community to support the world’s largest refugee hosting states. The New York Declaration (NYD) called on UNHCR to develop and initiate the application of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in close coordination with relevant states and in collaboration with relevant UN agencies, applying a multi-stakeholder approach. The objectives of implementing the CRRF are to: (i) ease pressure on host countries, (ii) enhance refugee self-reliance, (iii) expand access to third-country solutions and (iv) support conditions in countries of origin for return in safety and dignity
The Government of Rwanda is one of the pilot countries to apply the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in 2018.The CRRF in Rwanda builds on the four commitments made by the government of Rwanda at a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on 20 September 2016 with 48 Heads of State including 17 from refugee hosting countries. The pledges were: (i) public launch of joint Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees-UNHCR livelihoods strategy, with a focus on graduating camp-based refugees out of assistance programs and increasing formal access to work opportunities, (ii) to ensure that 100% of refugees are in possession of valid refugee identity cards issues by the Government of the Republic of Rwanda (NIDA), (iii) to ensure that 100% of refugee students in secondary school and 50% in primary schools will be integrated into national education systems, (iv) to ensure that 100% of urban refugees will have the opportunity to buy into national health insurance systems.
The UNHCR Rwanda operation is also one of the multi-year multi-partner planning pilot and as such the country has developed a Multi-Year Multi Partner Protection and Solutions Strategy for 2018-2022. This strategy (MYMP) describes UNHCR’s contextual contribution to the CRRF and shape of the Operations programming. The MYMP and CRRF ensure a broader refugee response by engaging a wide array of stakeholders, including: national and local authorities; (ii) international, regional organizations and financial institutions; (iii) civil society partners (including faith-based, academia, media, and private sector); and (iv) refugees and host population. In line with the “whole of society” approach outlined in the NYD, the MYMP strategy and the CRRF call for building a strong nexus of both a development and humanitarian response to forced displacement.
Among the most significant humanitarian-development cooperation partnerships strengthened in recent years has been between the World Bank and UNHCR on forced displacement. In the eighteenth replenishment (2017-2019) of the World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) financing programme for least developed countries, an amount of US$ 2 billion has been included for those states receiving large numbers of refugees. The IDA 18 allocation follows the operationalization of a global concessional financing facility for Middle Income Countries (MICs) affected by large numbers of refugees. In Rwanda for instance the World Bank, in May 2018 embarked on a mission to assess Rwanda’s eligibility to the IDA 18 refugee sub window. In this vein the Bank has lent its support to the government to develop its strategy for refugee inclusion in the context of the CRRF. In addition, UNHCR has enhanced cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In the context of the increased focus on the development dimensions of refugee displacement, UNHCR Rwanda is increasing its capacity to effectively engage development actors including government agencies, international financial institutions, bilateral donors and NGOs.

Within the context outlined above, the position of the Associate CRR Officer was created to support the roll out of the CRRF in Rwanda. The Associate CRR Officer NOB will be based in Kigali and report to the CRR Officer/Senior Programme Officer. He would work closely with the International Associate CRR Officer (P2) and the CRR Associate (G6). The Associate CRR Officer support the various UNHCR sub and field offices in developing stronger partnerships with the local government and non-government agencies in seeking to strengthen efforts towards refugee inclusion and development in hosting districts. The incumbent would also be expected to contribute to and promote initiatives refugee inclusion in the context of the UN One Delivery in Rwanda.

Accountability

? Support is provided for the roll-out of the CRRF in the operation under area of responsibility (AoR), including various stages of planning, implementation and stocktaking
? Active engagement with and provision of guidance to the government and a broad range of other stakeholders is ensured.
? Existing partnerships are strengthened and new partnerships nurtured in support of the CRRF roll-out at country-level, particularly in hosting districts.
? The progress of CRRF roll-out at country-level is reported on, and advice on adapting response, partnership and other strategies provided where necessary.

Responsibility

? Assist in the development of effective relationships with the government particularly at sub-national levels in all refugee hosting districts. Key activities will include being part of planning processes, supporting government in identifying entry points for CRRF programming.
? Identify proactively support needs by government offices and other partners and tailor specific guidance, as needed in the various stages of the CRRF roll-out.
? In close collaboration with the Senior Development Officer/Senior Programme Officer, and other technical and Protection colleagues, support the local governments in developing models to ensure the integration of basic services within the government systems in the hosting districts.
? Assist the Senior Development Officer in monitoring and reporting on CRRF progress and giving updates for the Rwanda operation on the CRRF portal.
? Identify and enhance key partnerships needed to support refugee integration and investment in hosting districts.
? Support the continuous capacity building and learning of UNHCR staff in understanding and applying the CRRF approach.

 

 

 

Authority

? Represent UNHCR in meetings and fora related to the functions of the position.
? Coordinate planning, implementation, reporting and stocktaking activities, as agreed with the manager.
? Engage in short- and longer-term partnership development, and nurture engagement of development actors.

Minimum Qualification

? Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Social Sciences, Economics, Socio-Economic Development, Development Planning, Rural Development, International Relations and Political Science or other related fields.
? Minimum of 3 years of previous job experience relevant to the function (2 years with Graduate degree).
? Experience in development of partnerships with a variety of actors - including government and private sector.
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? Proven experience in planning, implementing, and monitoring programmes and managing multiple projects.
? Excellent drafting, presentation and reporting skills, including strong advocacy and negotiation skills in situation involving multiple actors and diverse interests.
? Excellent computer skills including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
? Excellent knowledge of English, including drafting and analytical capabilities.
? Empowering and Building Trust.
? Analytical Thinking.
? Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
? Planning and Organizing.

Desirable Qualification and Competencies

? Experience of working with development agencies and local governments on development planning.
? Experience of working on forced displacement issues, including with host communities in the country.
? Knowledge of the local context particularly in the six refugee hosting districts.
? Working knowledge of another UN language.

Operational Context

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.
UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). Should you be asked for a fee or a benefit at any stage of this process, please report your concern to UNHCR’s Investigation Service (inspector@unhcr.org).

RENUMERATION
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN Salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the international Civil Service Commission at: http://icsc.un.org.

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