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About UNHCR:

Afghanistan is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis and an increasing risk of economic collapse. Forty years of armed conflict, recurrent natural disasters –  including droughts and floods, increased poverty, food insecurity, failing health systems, and lack of shelters, compounded by COVID-19 –  have made most of the people in Afghanistan vulnerable to extreme protection risks.

Events after August 2021, in addition to the global economic impact of COVID-19, have severely affected the coping mechanisms of vulnerable population groups in the country, particularly internally displaced people. The prices of main food commodities in Afghanistan are significantly higher than in the first half of the year. An average food basket now costs more than 82 per cent of the average family income. It is anticipated that 95 per cent of Afghans are now facing food insecurity. Some 23 million people, over half of Afghanistan’ s population, are facing acute food insecurity.

UNHCR has put in place a  Preparedness and Response Plan to meet needs in this fast-evolving context to: (i) provide critical protection and life-saving assistance and prevent human suffering; (ii) ensure life-saving assistance by improving access to essential services and by creating a conducive protection environment to mitigate further displacement; and (iii) support building resilient communities through  area-based programming, in so-called Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration (PARR), in line with the whole-of-society approach.

UNHCR Afghanistan’s population of concern includes 3.7 million persons including refugees, refugee returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and members of the host communities.

Against the backdrop, UNHCR has been working to complement and support the de facto authorities in addressing the needs of IDPs through its coordinator role in the Afghanistan Protection, CCCM and ES/NFI Clusters as well as the provider of last resort. In particular, during emergency phases, UNHCR conducts joint needs assessments with other humanitarian actors and coordinates its responses. In addition, UNHCR is one of the key actors conducting Community-Based Protection Monitoring (CBPM) to assess the protection needs and concern of the IDPs and other POCs. In addition, for IDPs identified as most vulnerable, UNHCR provides assistance through its Persons with Specific Needs Programme. Under the “Whole of Community Approach” and to realize the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus, UNHCR also concentrates its effort to support durable solutions for IDPs, primarily in the Priority Areas of Return and Reintegration (PARRs). In the PARRs, IDPs benefits from a range of services and projects, including, among others, education, health, shelter, youth empowerment, livelihood opportunities, WASH, and infrastructure.

 

Job Description:

Work Description – General

 

Cash-Based Interventions (CBIs) are a dignified form of assistance, giving recipients the ability to immediately prioritize and address their specific needs such as food, shelter/accommodation, medication, livelihoods and other necessities. CBIs also directly complement community protection measures and support the local economy and can contribute to peaceful coexistence within and across communities as the funds distributed are used in local markets. In Afghanistan, UNHCR has a long history of delivering Cash-Based assistance to populations of concern in furtherance of the organization’s protection, assistance, and solutions strategies. Presently, the operation delivers multiple types of CBIs including Cash for Shelter Construction, Repairs or Rent, Cash for Basic Needs, Cash for Repatriation, Cash for Reintegration, Cash for Livelihoods, Cash for Energy among others. UNHCR adopts a whole-of-community approach and as such Cash-Based interventions are directed to a cross-section of the community including refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons, returnees, and members of the host community.

The incumbent is a member of the program section in a UNHCR (field) office, supervised by the Head of Field Unit. His/her work covers all CBI related aspects at the (field) office level, from the assessments to the cash distributions to the monitoring of CBIs. The incumbent is the UNHCR CBI person to refer to in the area covered by the office and ensures that CBIs are compliant with the technical guidance and objectives. S/he specifically supports the identification of new interventions, organizes and implements assessments, oversees the CBI partner’s activities, liaises with the local authorities, coordinates locally and monitors the general situation (ex. Markets, security, etc.). The incumbent in liaison with protection and other relevant units also plans and organizes distributions, follow-up budgets and ensures reconciliation, and alerts colleagues of challenges & complaints. S/he works in close coordination with the UNHCR Country Office in Kabul, under the directions and guidance of the Programme CBI Officer.

The incumbent is expected to work in line with the multi-functional team (MFT) approach as defined within the Program Manual, ensuring the participation of relevant stakeholders in all phases of the Program Management Cycle.

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 and Responsibilities

  • Manage the use, maintenance and technical support of databases used in the cash-based interventions.
  • Generate statistical reports based on the standard reporting formats and ad-hoc reports, charts and tables as required by the management.
  • Prepare and administer accurate lists of beneficiaries for the regular assistance through bank ATM/IRIS system in line with the procedures established by the office.
  • Assist in developing and administering UNHCR Regular CBI database.
  • Assist in the monthly reconciliation and refund process for the cash assistance project.
  • Assist in preparing detailed reports and breakdown of the cash assistance provided to the refugees.
  • Cross-check databases to ensure that all beneficiaries are active cases.
  • Keep cash lists updated and free of duplications and ensure delivery of cash assistance to beneficiaries in a timely manner.
  • Maintain relationships with partners to facilitate the flow of information between databases,
  • Assist with the training of internal staff and partners on how to use the database,
  • Execute best practice in data protection standards and help to positively influence others,
  • Troubleshoot issues with the database and work with internal teams to provide technical fixes,
  • Inform and act on the reports and messages that are received from various units on different vulnerable cases in respect to financial assistance.
  • Support in the co-ordination with different partners and focal points on lists of beneficiaries reflecting situation of cash assistance.
  • Undertake missions and field visits to bank service provider to monitor the cash project.
  • Represent UNHCR at the cash-assistance related meetings.
  • Liaise with internal stakeholders and partners.
  • Develop improvements to the database and related workflows.
  • Direct incidents and problems to the supervisor when they cannot be resolved at their level.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Job Requirements:

Education:

  • Completion of High School Diploma or higher

 

Language:                  

  • Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English

 

Certificate:                 

  • Information Technology, Database Management, Computer Science

 

Work Experience:

  • For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

 

Essential

  • Previous data management experience, preferable in CBI context. Excellent knowledge of computer software and database applications. Experience in Microsoft SQL Server (2005 or later).

 

Desirable

  • Knowledge of UNHCR programmes and activities. Experience in cash-based interventions, particularly in a refugee response context. Working experience in C# and ASP.net. Working experience with statistical software such as R, Python, Stata etc.

 

Functional Skills:

  • IT-Computer Literacy
  • DM-Database Management
  • EC-Statistical and modelling software
  • UN-UNHCR Operations, mandate, principles and policies
  • IT-Microsoft Server Technology
  • CB-Cash-based Programming/Managing/Planning

Core Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Client & Result Orientation

 

Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Stakeholder Management

Submission Guideline:

The management of the advertised openings in this announcement is in line with the provisions of the UNHCR Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS). The vacancies are open to eligible internal (Group 1 and Group 2) and external applicants.

 

  • Internal applicants (Group 1 and Group 2) are requested to submit their applications through MSRP – Self-Service – Recruiting – Careers or CLICK HERE . It is important that applicants update their fact sheets (languages, education and prior working experience) before submitting their applications.
  • External applicants are requested to submit their applications through the UNHCR website – www.unhcr.org – Career – Career Opportunities – Other Opportunities  or CLICK HERE . You will need to create an account as “New User” and then click on “My Account Information”. Complete the application and submit it.

 

Additional Information:

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for the competency-based interview.
  • The recruitment for this position shall be in line with the new Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS) policy.
  • Only applications submitted through MSRP will be accepted.
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for consideration

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