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About UNHCR:

Having entered the fifth decade of their displacement, Afghan refugees constitute one of the largest protracted displacement crises of our time. Over the years, the region has remained in flux and return movements have been interspersed with waves of emigration, sporadic flows of refugees, and exponential internal displacement. COVID-19 has pushed millions of vulnerable people further into poverty, with potential implications for population movements within the region and further afield. Hundreds of thousands remain further afield, notably in Germany, other European Union Member States and Turkey.

Between 2002 and 2020 an estimated 7 million Afghans have returned to Afghanistan, with more than 5.2 million being refugees who have voluntarily repatriated with UNHCR’s assistance. Refugee returns during the last three years have been far lower than in previous years, with 2,147 Afghan refugees returned from Pakistan (1,092), Iran (939), and other countries (116) in 2020, the lowest return figure that could be attributed to the deteriorating political, security and economic situation in Afghanistan and the impact of COVID-19. These returns have taken place against a backdrop of increased internal displacement due to conflict and natural disaster. OCHA, estimates that overall, nearly five million persons have been displaced since 2012 and have not returned to their place of origin.

Despite strong political will to achieve peace in Afghanistan, uncertainties result from the current political context, including the significant delays in the intra-Afghan peace negotiations and the withdrawal of US troops as part of the US/Taliban negotiations. There are currently two elements constituting the international military forces in Afghanistan: the US Operation Freedom with 2,500 troops, which were recently reduced from 4,500 troops on 15 January 2021 with a possible complete withdrawal by May 2021; and the NATO Resolute Support with fewer than 12,000 troops from dozens of nations involved in a non-combat mission of training and advising the Afghan security forces.

There are 72,445 refugees living in Afghanistan. Most of this group were displaced from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 2014 and settled in areas of Khost and Paktika provinces. A small number (approximately 380 people) reside in urban areas of Kabul and other cities. Refugees constitute one of the most vulnerable populations in the country. They face significant legal challenges due to the fact that that the National Law on Asylum still has not been enacted.

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. These include the Inaugural Meeting of the Core Group of the SSAR Support Platform (7 October 2020), the 7th Meeting of the SSAR Quadripartite Steering Committee (1 October 2020), and the High-Level Meeting on the SSAR Support Platform (6 July 2020).

While ongoing security challenges remain significant, there is also an opportunity at present for Afghanistan’s gradual progression on the path towards peace and stability, which could pave the way for the long-awaited solution of voluntary repatriation. UNHCR will expand the Priority Area of Return and Reintegration (PARR) from 20 to 40 areas in 2021. Full, explicit and impactful inclusion of returning refugees into national development planning and programming is essential to enable their sustainable reintegration which will in turn solidify and fortify the broader peacebuilding, reconciliation and stabilization efforts, the integral linkages between timely, inclusive and forward-looking planning for return and reintegration and the three overarching pillars of Afghanistan’s National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF II) for 2021-2025, as well as relevant implementation mechanisms, including the National Priority Programs (NPPs):

  1. Peacebuilding: ensuring that the imperative of voluntary return and reintegration is firmly embedded in relevant peace processes and any subsequent agreement with a view to enabling returning refugees to become part of cohesive and harmonious communities and to

participate in peacebuilding and reconciliation efforts.

  1. Market-building: capitalizing on the human capital, skills and assets acquired by refugees in host countries to support market-building efforts and address human resource gaps, including through return of qualified individuals, private sector investments or opportunities for regional connectivity; and
  2. State-building: advancing inclusion of the displaced in development processes, planning and programmes; with particular focus on enhancing absorption capacity and delivery of quality services and ensuring rights through targeted humanitarian, development, and peace (triple nexus) investments in priority areas of return and reintegration, building resilience of communities as a whole; in full alignment with the strategic long-term approach to peacebuilding outlined by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Job Description:

Within the adopted Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) framework, UNHCR has assumed lead and co-lead responsibilities of three out of 11 clusters to strengthen system-wide preparedness and technical capacity to respond to humanitarian emergencies ¿ namely for Camp Coordination and Camp Management, Shelter and Protection.
The Global CCCM Cluster, co-led by UNHCR (for conflict) and IOM (for natural disasters) at the global level, brings together UN agencies, NGOs and international organizations working on themes related to the management and coordination of camps and camp-like settings (including formal camps, informal settlements, evacuation/reception/transit centers, collective centers and other communal settings) in humanitarian response.
The work of the Global CCCM Cluster covers three broad areas: i) operational support (including rapid response in emergencies; multi-sectorial assessments, analysis and strategy development; programme design and delivery; information management; adherence to the Humanitarian Programme Cycle; innovation in humanitarian response; inter-agency collaboration); ii) providing a global platform for advocacy; and iii) developing global policy, practices, guidance and tools in relation to management and coordination of displacement in camps/sites.
The Assistant CCCM Cluster Coordination Officer usually reports to a more senior CCCM or Protection colleague depending on the office structure.
The incumbent will be in regular contact with services providers (shelter, wash, protection, health, nutrition, GBV, child protection) local authorities (Camp management, Camp administration), IDPs and donors.

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
– Assist the supervisor in ensuring that UNHCR delivers on its commitments and accountability as co-lead of the Global CCCM Cluster, which in turn is able to support preparedness and provides the technical capabilities needed for timely, effective and well-coordinated interagency humanitarian response to needs of management and coordination in camp and camp-like settings.
– Provide advice for decision-making and operational responses relevant for CCCM at country-level and throughout the life-cycle of a crisis, ensure they are tailored to the country/regional context (such as guidelines, protection considerations).
– Ensure staff and partners at country level are able to access guidance as well as the necessary tools, resources and support to recognize and respond effectively to the protection needs/risks of crisis-affected populations in the context of communal (camp and camp-like) settings throughout the cycle of a crisis.
– If requested, represent UNHCR in inter-agency cluster processes, establish and maintain appropriate contacts with other UN agencies, NGOs and other actors so as to foster effective mechanisms to facilitate collaboration and exchange of information on IDP situations.
– Partner with other humanitarian actors to contribute to the planning and evaluation of IDP cluster approaches to Camp Coordination and Management, ensuring that latest lessons learnt and best practices are widely disseminated for replication.
– Monitor the living conditions of people of concern (PoC), define gaps and prioritize needs.
– Maintain effective collaboration and communication with PoC, partners and key stakeholders, in line with the Global CCCM Cluster strategic framework.
– Ensure clarification of roles and responsibilities amongst stakeholders in the site, for maintenance of site infrastructures with a focus on sustainability and community/local government ownership.
– Support maintaining site information management systems and monitor service provision including cross-cutting services such as prevention and response to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), health, psychosocial support and HIV among others in all sectors according to agreed guidelines, standards and indicators.
– Work with NGO and government partners to promote the use of a community-based approach to camp coordination and management and age, gender and diversity analysis in planning, evaluation and monitoring to ensure respect for the rights of all and gender equality.
– Represent UNHCR within interagency coordination bodies and at meetings on issues related to the displacement management in and out of camps and camp-like settings.
– Support camp management agencies and local authorities as they facilitate the search for durable solutions for the displaced population.
– Perform other related duties as required.

Job Requirements:

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P1/NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Law;
Political Science;
Economics;
International Relations;
Business Administration;
Social Science;
or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
CCCM Cluster Coordination;
Camp Coordination & Camp Mgmt;
HCR Coordination Lrng Prog;
HCR Management Lrng Prg;
Tri-Cluster Knowledge and Coordination Skills Training;
Emergency Mgmt Workshop;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Essential: Knowledge of camp and campsite-based monitoring. Competent use of MS office.
Desirable: Good and timely reporting. Strong sense of personal integrity. Attention to detail and ability to work in difficult environment.

Functional Skills
MG-Coordination
PR-CCCM Technical Guidelines and Standards
CL-Camp Coordination and Camp Management
CL-Cluster Information Management Tools, Resources and Approaches
PR-Country Operations applying the Cluster Approach
CO-Drafting and Documentation
TR-Training – Virtual and face to face
PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
(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.

Submission Guideline:

The management of the advertised openings in this announcement is in line with UNHCR Recruitment and Assignment Policy (RAP).

The vacancies are open to eligible internal and external applicants.

  • Internal applicants are requested to submit their applications through Workday – Menu – Career. It is important that applicants update their Profiles (languages, education and prior working experience) before submitting their applications.
  • External applicants are requested to submit their applications through the UNHCR Careers –  Careers (myworkdayjobs.com). You will need to create an account as “New User” and then click on “My Account Information”. Complete the application and submit it.

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