Associate Programme Officer

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    2 weeks ago
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  • Deadline:
    December 8, 2022


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Mission and objectives

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950, by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. In addition to 2.6 million of internally displaced persons, mainly, living in south/central Somalia, as of 31 August 2021, Somalia is hosting 27,184 refugees and asylum seekers in need of a durable solution. The active refugee population in Somaliland is approx. 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers as of 31 August 2021. Most of the refugees live in urban centres in Somaliland and Puntland. The majority of refugees and asylum-seekers originate from Ethiopia mainly from Oromo ethnicity while the rest are from different nationalities such as Eritrea, Yemen, Syria, and other nationalities.


UNHCR opened the Field Unit in Kismayo in 2015. The office, in cooperation with the other government and non-government partners, has been engaged in voluntary repatriation of refugees mainly from Kenya, protection activities and reintegration activities as well as response to internal displacement and drought response. Kismayo is a return destination for many Somali refugees in Kenya and so far, over 55,000 refugees have returned to Kismayo. Moreover, Kismayo hosts over 124,607 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in numerous camps. In addition, Kismayo is prone to emergencies due to rains/floods and armed conflict. This context has resulted in many humanitarian agencies and government institutions to engage in protection and assistance delivery as well as reintegration activities. The operation started a durable solutions project in 2021 with the intention to settle 12,500 households. The humanitarian actors work under strict security conditions due to security challenges in Jubaland state

Task description

•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; • Support in assessing and analyzing the needs of persons of concern in a participatory manner, using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective as basis for planning. • Support Results Based Management and program capacity in light of evolving requirements, programming approaches and gaps. • Assist the planning process in compliance with planning parameters outlined in the Program Manual and the planning instructions. • Support the revision and analysis of plans, mid-year and year-end reports of UNHCR office(s) in the Area of Responsibility AoR), ensure quality assurance and compliance with established policies, guidelines, procedures and standards. • Oversee a timely and effective follow-up of internal and external audits observations and recommendations that relate to programmatic issues. Provide inputs for developing the country operations plan in compliance with global strategic priorities and regional priorities as well as with annual programming/planning instructions; • Assist in organization’s a consultative process to ensure a consistent application of the organization’s criteria and policies for the selection of implementing and operational partners; • Assist in training UNHCR as well as implementing partners (IP) staff in UNHCR standard procedures related to the Results Based Program (RBM) management; • 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 to advise on any corrective actions required or the need for additional resources to reach planned target levels; • Assist in keeping donor representatives briefed on developments and assist in the development of funding submissions, appeals and reports; • Assist in monitoring compliance with the organization’s resource allocation framework, providing support and assisting in corrective action where required;

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in programme management, monitoring and evaluation. • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development; • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment; • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines; • Sound security awareness; • Have affinity with or interest in UNHCR, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Law, Economics, Development, Social Science or related field.

Competencies and values

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Kismayo is the administrative center of Jubaland regional State. The state has been experiencing insecurity due to heavy presence of Al Shabaab (AS) armed group. However, there has been improvement in areas where ATMIS has a presence, including Kismayo town, though minor targeted attacks by AS members have been reported in these areas too. Middle Juba and some parts in Lower Juba are still scene of AS presence limiting access of humanitarian agencies and assistance to these areas. UNHCR Field Unit Kismayo office is located in United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) compound, 1KM away from Kismayo airport. UNHCR FU Kismayo has 6 prefabs for accommodations and 4 prefabs for office space. FU Kismayo will install additional 2 combined prefabs for mini conference space and 2 prefabs for accommodation in the first half of 2023. The staff work in prefab offices. In average three colleagues are sharing one office container. Missions by international staff to the field need armed escort and national security officer. However, this is not a requirement for the field missions by national staff. Staff reside at the UNHCR Prefabs within the UN compound. The single rooms container are furnished and include en suite bathroom, air condition, desk, fridge, bed, kettle, TV with DSTV satellite connection, Wi-Fi access, and closet. UNHCR staff have a washing machine for personal laundry in UNHCR facility. UNSOS has laundry services at cost. There is a Health clinic inside the UN compound managed by UNSOS providing basic health service for the staff and available round the clock. Staff only depend on the food, vegetables and beverages (mostly imported) provided by restaurant located in the UNSOM compound run by Ciano (an international company). Ciano also runs a bar (called Tukul) offering basic beverages and hot drinks. Social activities inside the compound are limited. Beside gym, staff can walk, gather at the Tukul, watch TV, etc. They can also play football and volleyball. Staff are required to respect a curfew and are encouraged to use “buddy-system”. Movement of international staff outside the compound in free time is strictly prohibited. Staff travel by UNSOS flights from Kismayo to Mogadishu and connect by either Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Air, Uganda Airways and Qatar Airways. There are also UNHAS and UNSOS flights from Kismayo to Mogadishu, but regularity of the flights cannot be guaranteed. UNHCR staff have access to internet as well as PAMA. They are also issued with a portable Modem for emergency use.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

This UNV assignment is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19 with WHO approved vaccine, unless the UNHCR Medical Service approves an exemption from this requirement on medical grounds