Senior Development Officer, P4, Kyiv At UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

UNHCR’s mandated responsibility for finding solutions to refugee situations has long required stronger cooperation with development partners and the inclusion of persons of concern within development planning and programming instruments, including national development programmes. Due to a variety of factors, the proportion of refugees and internally displaced persons in protracted displacement situations remains high. Moreover, the diminishing number of forcibly displaced people who have access to so-called durable solutions constitutes a worrying trend that has persisted in recent years. The increasing scale of irregular migration, large scale refugee movements, internal displacement and the costs of responding to humanitarian situations have placed forced displacement high on the global agenda. Given the complexity and protractedness of many of today¿s forced displacement situations, often occurring in fragile contexts, awareness is growing that the humanitarian model of care and maintenance is unsustainable in the longer term and that forced displacement requires a development response to complement humanitarian assistance, address poverty and other development challenges in a sustainable and inclusive manner. The SDGs provide a yardstick for inclusive development based on the principles of Leaving No One Behind and Reaching the Furthest Behind First. It is also acknowledged that extreme poverty and human suffering associated with refugees and other forcibly displaced people need to be systematically taken into account existing when addressing development challenges and development prospects of host communities, countries, and regions.

The Global Compact for Refugees frames this new approach towards a more predictable and equitable responsibility-sharing, recognizing that more sustainable approaches to refugee situations cannot be achieved without the systematic engagement of a broader set of stakeholders, including development partners.

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 (2017-2020) of the World Bank¿s International Development Association (IDA), which provides financing for low-income countries, an amount of US$ 2.2 billion has been included for those states receiving large numbers of refugees (Sub-Window for Refugees and Host-Communities). The IDA 18 allocation follows the operationalization of a Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF) for Middle-Income Countries (MICs) affected by large numbers of refugees. In addition, UNHCR has enhanced cooperation with the private sector wing of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and bilateral development donor.

Within the context outlined above, the role of the Senior Development Officer is to support UNHCR’s engagement and cooperation with development agencies¿ medium-term programmes assisting local communities and UNHCR’s population of concern and the ability to leverage development partnerships to influence policy dialogue to enact institutional reforms toward improved protection environments, socio-economic inclusion, and self-reliance; taking into account and reducing the vulnerabilities of forcibly displaced persons. As such, the incumbent needs to have practical experience working with and an understanding of the interplay of different aspects of economic growth, governance, fragility and conflict, the main factors that influence the environment for inclusion and resilience for UNHCR¿s population of concern. Depending on the operating environments in the area of responsibility (AoR), the incumbent might need to have specific expertise in areas such as social protection, governance in fragile contexts, local governance and community development. It is anticipated that development responses to forced displacement will grow in significance in future years due to the greater importance attached to fragility and addressing protracted displacement situations. The incumbent will assist in identifying potential opportunities and ensure complementarity between UNHCR’s protection work and the economic and social development objectives pursued by development partners and their government counterparts. It will, therefore, be important that the Assistant Development Officer supports relevant UNHCR staff within the AoR to contribute to the Operation¿s efforts to (i) align policy, operational and programme priorities between humanitarian and development agencies, (ii) establish and maintain reporting and knowledge, and information exchanges on key developments among all interested stakeholders, (iii) assist relevant UNHCR staff to engage in development planning, programming and coordination processes with Government entities and development partners; and (iv) assist relevant UNHCR staff in developing, contributing to and coordinating multi-year and multi-partner transition strategies for protracted forced displacement situations.

In Country Operations, the Senior Development Officer will normally work under the overall supervision of the UNHCR Representative or his/her Deputy. In the Regional Bureaux, the Senior Development Officer will normally work under the overall supervision of the Bureau Director, Deputy Director, Head of External Engagement Service or Chief of External Engagement

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

For positions in Country Operations only

– Advise operations on practical research and analysis to interpret long-term political, economic and social trends that will enhance opportunities for solutions, resilience and inclusion for populations of concern to UNHCR as well as more sustainable approaches to refugee protection;

– Support the operation in planning for resilience and inclusion with a clear shared vision of longer term protection and solution outcomes for people of concern that takes account of host communities and leverages the roles, resources and capacities of development partners, including International Financial Institutions, Multilateral Development Banks, and Bilateral Development donors.

– Support the development of comprehensive multi-year protection and solutions plans/strategies (incl. Multi-Year Multi-Partner Strategies) for Persons of Concern to UNHCR and/or facilitate the inclusion of populations of concern into national and local development planning and programming instruments.

– Support and advise the operation in identifying, strategically articulating and capitalizing development and resilience opportunities, including through Government pledges and or pledges made by bilateral or multilateral development and/or peacebuilding partners.

– Provide technical leadership and support for relationship building with development co-operation agencies and peace and state-building agendas through the different stages of policy and programme identification, preparation, implementation and review.

– Develop partnerships and networks with development cooperation actors to influence the policy dialogue with governments on institutional arrangements related to sectors, locations and programme content of consequence to UNHCR and persons of concern. This would, in particular, focus on supporting the coordination of the in-country relationship with the World Bank and other multilateral development banks, especially where there is potential for specific funding directed towards UNHCR¿s persons of concern (e.g. WB IDA sub-window for refugees and host communities or the WB Global Concessional Financing Facility).

– Cooperate with development partners to assist them in incorporating the concerns of refugees, returnees and others of concern to UNHCR into the design and implementation arrangements of projects and interventions in a manner that impacts positively on protection circumstances.

– Identify, commission and/or contribute to studies and analytical activities that build the conceptual framework and evidence base for comprehensive, development-oriented responses, including preparedness work, to forced displacement.

– Ensure that development actors are provided relevant data to inform their planning, programming and advocacy around resilience for and inclusion of UNHCR persons of concern.

– Engage with governments, development partners (both multilateral and bilateral), and with the private sector and civil society (as appropriate) to identify opportunities for UNHCR to contribute to the design and implementation of monitoring systems to track progress towards agreed outcomes.

– 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 good 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 positions in Regional Bureaux only

– Provide support, as detailed in the above duties for a country SDO for countries without an SDO as specified in the operational context for this position.

– Support the Regional Bureau and country operations in analysing from a development perspective the potential components of longer-term situational solutions strategies, identifying the protection/resilience/solutions challenges, and the means to address these and possible regional opportunities for engagement.

– Support and advise the Regional Bureau and/or operations in identifying, articulating and capitalizing development and resilience opportunities, including through pledges made by regional partners, and regional development initiatives and programmes.

– Aggregate, analyse and package available knowledge and data from country operations to feed into regional and HQ policy, programme and advocacy efforts.

– Ensure support and coherence, where relevant, across operations in how they engage with development actors (e.g. messaging, policies, etc.).

– Interpret long-term political, economic and social trends from a situational or regional perspective that will define the opportunities for inclusion for populations of concern to UNHCR as well as more sustainable approaches to refugee protection management.

– Engage with regional bodies, such as IGAD, ECOWAS, etc. to identify and advocate for entry points for inclusion in development-related fora; and,

– Identify, commission and/or contribute to studies and 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.

– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P4/NOD – 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Development Economics; Development Studies; Socio-economic Development;

International Relations; Political Science; Law

or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

Not specified.

Relevant Job Experience

Essential

Six (6) years of direct work experience in a large international development institution in a relevant position and of which at least two (2) years in field operations. Preferably with knowledge of, or experience in, local or area based economic development, direct engagement in a technical sector such as education, WASH, social protection, health, energy. Practical experience working with and an understanding of the different aspects of economic growth, governance, fragility and conflict. Expertise related to the governance of specific multilateral development banks or bilateral development actors most relevant to the AoR.

Desirable

Experience with forced displacement. Experience in primary data collection, quantitative research methods and results-based management.

Functional Skills

*MG-Partnership Development

*IM-Knowledge Management

CL-Strategy Development and Monitoring

*SO-Critical Thinking and problem solving

*SO-Networking

*UN-Policy Advocacy in UNHCR

PG-Results-Based Management

*CO-Strategic Communication

*CO-Drafting and Documentation

PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

(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.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile

Proven record in strategic thinking, planning and decision making, and in proactively contributing to policy and programme development.

Previous experience of working within a large and complex humanitarian-development setting, where linkages and cooperation between humanitarian organizations and programmes and recovery and development organisations and programmes are fostered and leveraged to increase protection and solutions opportunities for IDPs, refugees and returnees.

Ideally, experience from working in an IDP context, and an emergency operation.

Previous experience of working in early recovery contexts is highly desirable.

Experience from liaising and engaging with development donors, and UN, civil society and private sector partners.

Knowledge of, and ideally practical experience from working with local or area-based programming/ local economic development/community based protection initiatives.

Previous experience from engaging with IFIs and multilateral development banks, notably the World Bank, IMF, EIB, and/or EBRD is highly desirable.

Good knowledge of UNHCR policies and guidelines in regard to development and early recovery work, and ability to apply these in operations.

Team player, proactive, forward looking and client and solutions-oriented, with a strong sense of responsibility and accountability for delivering according to the job description.

Excellent English communication and drafting skills, with attention to detail.

Supervisory experience is an asset.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):

Desired languages

Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

Nature of Position:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been working in Ukraine since 1994, initially facilitating the repatriation of Crimean Tatars and supporting the government of Ukraine in providing protection services and assistance to refugees and stateless persons. In 2014, UNHCR’s operation significantly expanded to assist people internally displaced (IDPs) from the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and IDPs and conflict-affected people from the Donbas. Following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, UNHCR has further scaled up its presence and operation across the country and now has offices in Kyiv, Dnipro, Vinnytsia, Lviv, Uzhhorod, Chernivtsi, Odesa, as well as in Donetsk and Luhansk, and is currently working with 20 implementing NGO partners operating throughout Ukraine. In line with its protection and durable solutions mandate for displaced and stateless populations, the Global Compact on Refugees and relevant Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) guidance, UNHCR – through its field offices and partners – supports the Ukrainian authorities to provide humanitarian services and assistance to those most affected and made vulnerable by the ongoing war, including by supporting people’s access to essential services, exercise of rights, inclusion in national services, and attainment of long-term and sustainable solutions. Within the inter-agency humanitarian response, UNHCR leads the coordination of the Protection, the Shelter/NFI and the Camp Coordination Camp Management (CCCM) Clusters.

While the war continues and leads to more civilian casualties, displacement and destruction of private homes and civilian infrastructure, the government is committed to advancing its recovery goals, set out in the National Recovery Plan adopted in 2022. To implement this, and facilitate the development of recovery-related programmes, more than 20 Sectoral Working Groups have been established, including one on the return and reintegration of refugees and IDPs, which UNHCR co-chairs. Given the strong government leadership and active role of national and local institutions, such as the Social Protection Departments, the context is also very conducive for humanitarian-development nexus programming.

Given the immense scale of destruction, significant investments by International Financial Institutions, reconstruction banks and the private sector in the recovery and reconstruction will be needed, and priority areas are already under development. Since humanitarian actors like UNHCR have been on the ground since the start of the war, and gained useful experience in implementing, for example, housing repair programs, multipurpose cash assistance, and legal aid programmes, a priority for UNHCR – as a cluster lead agency and operational agency – is to cross-fertilize this knowledge and foster humanitarian-development nexus approaches and programming, notably in the areas of social protection and housing.

Alongside ensuring access to humanitarian assistance, the UNHCR Ukraine Operation is thus focused on advancing protection, inclusion, and sustainable solutions for returnees and those who are internally displaced, and for the small community of refugees/asylum seekers and those at risk of stateless in country.

The Senior Development Officer, reporting to the Deputy Representative, is responsible for s actively contributing to strategic planning, both within UNHCR and within inter-agency fora, including in the UNCT’s development of a Cooperation Framework (or Transitional Framework). S/he ensures that UNHCR’s strategic directions, the UNSDCF and other mechanisms are aligned coherently to the goals of the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR), bringing together protection and solutions approaches with due consideration to the host communities and with social cohesion a priority. S/he liaises and closely cooperates with the UN Country Team, promoting durable solutions and advocating for and ensuring inclusion of UNHCR’s beneficiaries in key processes, such as the CCA and the UNSDCF. Specifically, s/he promotes the inclusion of asylum-seekers, refugees, stateless people, IDPs and returnees into national systems to ensure no one is left behind, closely working with the other UN Agencies to ensure complementarity and joint advocacy.

The Senior Development Officer liaises and develops close cooperation with the international financial institutions, especially the World Bank, IMF, EBRD and other relevant financial institutions, building on pre-existing relationships and cultivating new areas of cooperation, to ensure that the specific needs of IDPs, refugees and returnees are included in the broader development agenda. Specifically, the Senior Development Officer is responsible for identifying concrete and practical areas or projects for cooperation with the IFIs, which can help advance the protection of and durable solutions for IDPs, refugees and returnees.

The Senior Development Officer also engages with other key stakeholders, including civil society, development donors and the private sector to identify opportunities that will promote longer term solutions programming, supporting integration of those displaced into their local communities and promote social cohesion.

The Senior Development Officer support and practically guides the field offices to identify and promote opportunities for area based durable solutions programming. In doing this, s/he ensures that UNHCR leverages the available opportunities and resources to advance protection and solutions to forced displacement and sustainable returns, including through supporting into local and national systems and services.

Living and Working Conditions:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been present in Ukraine since 1994 but has increased its presence by a substantially larger scale up in the operation’s structure, staffing and response after the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The geographical presence within Ukraine has significatively expanded to deliver the emergency response. The functions in the country office are currently divided between Kyiv and L’viv, and new operational offices have been established in the central and western regions. UNHCR now has direct operational presence in Chernivtsi, Dnipro, Kyiv, L’viv, Odesa, Poltava, Uzhhorod and Vinnytsia as well as in Donetsk and Luhansk, which are currently not under the control of the Government of Ukraine. The current structure is the foundation for the 2023 structure, however it will be continuously reviewed and adjusted in response to the evolving operational environment.

The war in Ukraine has caused death and suffering on a dramatic scale and left at least 17.6 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and protection. At the end of January 2023, over 5.9 million people are estimated to be internally displaced, while 8 million refugees from Ukraine have been recorded across Europe, most of them women and children.

The massive destruction of civilian infrastructure, with the energy sector being particularly targeted in the fall of 2022, has made life unbearable for millions of people who have lost their homes and livelihoods, and has severely disrupted access to electricity, water, heating as well as critical services, including healthcare, education and social protection services. Humanitarian access continues to be hampered, particularly in areas in the East under the temporary military control of the Russian Federation.

Civilians remain exposed to serious risks to their physical security and integrity, particularly in eastern and southern regions of Ukraine. The risk of GBV, including sexual violence, is high particularly in areas of active hostilities. The separation of families is one of the problems most reported by protection actors, particularly following displacement. Populations displaced or affected by the war live in situations of deprivation, following the loss or damage of their housing, loss of incomes, and the lack of access to essential services, such as health care or education.

The Government of Ukraine maintains a strong lead role in responding to the needs of its population and UNHCR supports the Government and its central and local institutions to provide protection, shelter/housing, cash and in-kind assistance to people impacted by the war. Under the leadership of the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, UNHCR operates as part of the inter-agency humanitarian response, working in close coordination with local authorities and humanitarian partners. UNHCR is leading three clusters – Protection, Shelter and NFIs, and CCCM and is part of the Durable Solutions Steering Committee

The strategic orientation of UNHCR’s response is to reach people with specific vulnerabilities who remain in frontline and heavily affected areas with immediate relief while supporting displaced people and those who have remained in their homes, or returned, with protection advice, shelter support and cash assistance to enable their attainment of durable solutions.

Security:

The war in Ukraine continues to evolve and areas of Donetska, Luhanska, Khersonska and Zaporizka oblasts in the east and south of Ukraine are currently under the temporary military control of the Russian Federation. The most intense fighting is now concentrated in the east (Donbas) and south of the country. At the same time, long-range cruise missiles and UAVs have been hitting vital infrastructure across the country, including airports at the start of the invasion. The airspace is therefore closed for commercial traffic, leaving cars and trains the only means of transportation across and in and out of the country. Large scale attacks on critical energy and transportation infrastructure have also taken place since October 2022. This has led to frequent power outages, internet, and connectivity problems; coupled with the harsh winter conditions, these developments present an additional challenge to the operational and security environment and affect staff safety and wellbeing.

The UN has not been targeted and retains its impartiality and neutrality when delivering its mandate. However, the danger cannot be fully ruled out, and risks to personnel and dependents, assets, and programmatic activities remain extant.

Security threats and risk levels are being identified and reviewed through comprehensive Security Risk Management SRM processes. The highest residual risks, assessed at this moment in time, emanate from the international armed conflict threat factors and vary from high in non-contested areas, to very high and even extreme, for areas where open armed hostilities are ongoing. In this context, the humanitarian space has shrunk, making access to beneficiaries in contested areas difficult.

To determine if a risk is acceptable, the UNHCR Representative, Heads of Offices and Programme Managers, security staff, and personnel apply the concept, principles, and applicability of the SRM process as defined by the UNSMS. However, the minimal projected risk level in Ukraine is still assessed as “high” which should be strongly considered, and staff applying for positions in Ukraine should be ready to live and work in a very dynamic security environment in which unexpected events could be a daily occurrence. Air raids are common, and staff can be obliged to work from bunkers or underground carparks for several hours. Power and water outages are to be expected in places of residence and shops, restaurants and other services can be disrupted. Curfews are in place country wide. Mission travel must be authorized by the Representative or designated managers and security clearance is mandatory. When necessary, the security unit works closely with UNDSS to make sure that programme activities can go ahead using the SRM processes and procedures that have already been set up and approved by the Designated Official or the ASC. Considering the changing operational and security environment in the country, UNHCR is flexible to relocate its offices to locations that would better serve the delivery of its mandate to help people in need of protection and assistance.

Additional Qualifications

Skills

Education

BA: Development Economics (Required), BA: Development Studies (Required), BA: International Relations (Required), BA: Law (Required), BA: Political Science (Required), BA: Socio-Economic Development (Required)

Certifications

Work Experience

Competencies

Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Leadership, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Strategic planning & visions, Teamwork & collaboration

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Compendium

March 2023 Compendium – Part B

Additional Information

Functional clearance

This position requires Functional Clearance

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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.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Closing date of receipt of applications: 20 April 2023 (midnight Geneva time)

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