Deputy Representative P5

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  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Human Rights
  • Deadline:
    December 15, 2022



Standard Job Description

Deputy Representative Organizational Setting and Work Relationships Direct supervision and guidance is received from the Representative. Advice and operational support may also be provided by the Director/Deputy Director of the Bureau and by other senior staff in the Bureau (Head of Desk, Legal Advice Unit, and Resource Management Unit) and in the support Divisions at Headquarters. The incumbent will also refer to policies, standards, rules and regulations which are in force within UNHCR. Regular contacts with Representative and staff at Headquarters and in the field, to consult, discuss operational issues, and to seek common grounds for solutions on activities and programmes of importance to UNHCR and with persons on matters of great importance to UNHCR¿s programmes. These contacts may include heads of national/ international organizations, embassies, UN agencies, and high officials/ ministers in the national government. UNHCR is well integrated into the UN Resident Coordinator System. Decisions taken directly influence the design and operation of all of UNHCR¿s activities in the country of accreditation. Proposals will have a substantive effect on UNHCR¿s policy on a wide range of issues in the country programmes. Errors lead to significant damage to UNHCR¿s major objectives in terms of time, quality, and money in the country and will have a major negative impact on the safety of refugees and other persons of concern. The Office¿s overall credibility and the safety of its staff may also suffer. 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 – Provide legal protection advice and guidance on matters of doctrine and policy to Representative, the Heads of Offices and protection staff in the country. – Provide advice and support to offices in the country operation on specific issues/problems faced related to asylum, refugee protection and assistance, including access to territory, access to RSD and asylum procedures, non-refoulement adequate reception and the implementation of durable solutions, including developing a Protection Management Framework for each national office. – Provide legal and programme related advice and guidance to offices in the country on developing and maintaining fair and effective asylum regimes in accordance with international standards and norms, especially with regard to national asylum/refugee legislation and the building of local protection capacity. – Provide legal and programme related advice and guidance on matters relating to the issue of asylum and migration to the Representative and offices in the country with particular emphasis on the problems of trafficking and smuggling. – Provide guidance and leadership related to the implementation of the Age, Gender Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM) Participatory Assessments in sub-region and ensure the follow up on any identified gaps related to the reception and integration systems and structures in the region with relevant stakeholders. – Keep abreast of and analyse trends and key issues related to legal protection and assistance in the country, including preparing strategy and position papers with policy recommendations on specific protection, assistance and durable solutions related issues relevant to the country. – Directly supervise Protection and Programme sections and develop operations plan in accordance with the organizational policies and operational strategies. – Assist the Representative in the promotion of UNHCR strategic goals and objectives in the country, monitoring of the overall progress towards achieving them and in managing the Representation country office. – Ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to protect staff, and that the country operation complies with UN MOSS/MORSS staff security rules, guidelines and procedures. – Serve as OIC of the Country Office when the Representative is on mission or leave. – Any other duties as may be required or assigned by the Representative. – Represent UNHCR in the meetings and fora related to the functions. – Enforce local compliance with UNHCR¿s global protection, programme, finance and human resources and security policies and standards. – Authorize payments as per the organization¿s Delegation of Authority Plan (DOAP) and in accordance with UN/UNHCR rules and procedures. – Modify operational projects and reallocate funds, within the approved budgets and in respect of donor earmarking. – Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P5 – 12 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 11 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 10 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Business Administration; International Relations; Law; Political Science; Social Science; Human Resources Management; or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses HCR Learning Prog; HCR Managing Operatns Lrng Prg; HCR Protection Learning Prg; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential – A high level of skill in management of broad programmes, political decision making and negotiating. Desirable – Completion of UNHCR training programmes, such us Protection Learning Programme, Operations Management Learning Programme. – Knowledge of geo-political realities and their socio-cultural implications. Functional Skills *MG-Field Operations Management *UN-UN/UNHCR Inter-agency Policies, Standards, Programmes, and Partnerships *UN-UN/UNHCR Mandate and Global Strategic Priorities *PG-Programme Management (programme cycles and reporting standards) UN-Analysis of geo-political realities and their socio-cultural implications *MG-Political Decision Making (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. 

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Operational context

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Nature of Position:


As the Deputy Representative in a quickly evolving operation and context, the incumbent is expected to have a wide knowledge of UNHCR Programme, Resource Planning and Protection rules and procedures, to be able to advise on UNHCR ‘s regional comprehensive CCCM, Cluster, Durable Solutions and Programme strategies. The incumbent requires proven political acumen as well as excellent communication and negotiation skills to represent the office and engage constructively with a wide range of stakeholders and partners, including government counterparts at central and local levels, diplomatic community, UNCT, donors, civil society actors, and persons of concern. Deputy Representation will provide timely advice and overall guidance, in a variety of functional areas including CCCM, Shelter, Field, Information Management, Project Control, Administration and Programme, including capacity development and systematic monitoring and advocacy in regard to policy and practices. Seen current dynamics, the incumbent will need to possess strategic vision and the ability to seize opportunities to develop innovative and creative solutions to operational challenges, flexibility and team spirit as well as strong interpersonal skills to be able to lead effectively diverse teams. Given the managerial responsibilities, prior planning and strong resource management skills are required. Given the scope of the operation, the incumbent will need to have a considerable experience, in providing guidance to newly established functional teams and a demonstrated ability to understand and adapt to changing operational realities and to engage within emerging inter-agency coordination platforms, to be able to provide leadership in UNHCR ‘s protection response in the country. The incumbent must be a highly experienced senior officer with proven leadership, ability to forecast evolving situation as well as sound analytical skills. S/he must have experience in dynamic operations as well as in emergency settings. Knowledge of the Sahel context is an asset. Fluency in French is essential. Excellent working knowledge in English including strong drafting skills are also required.

Living and Working Conditions:


Living and Working Conditions: The position is based in Bamako, a D duty station with good accommodation, public facilities/services and availability of amenities. There are several supermarkets that have a good selection of local and imported products. Power cuts are frequent, making a generator necessary. UN Clinic and hospitals are available in the country. Hot and dry weather conditions during most of the year, with a rainy season between May and September. Road traffic accidents remain a pertinent risk to staff and roads are congested. Vehicle travel is difficult at certain times of the day due to traffic volume and accidents. Security: On a 1 to 6 overall security level scale, Bamako is at 4 (substantial) while the central and northern parts of the country are at 5 (high). The capital city is at the same security level as the Southern regions which is higher than those of the Western regions. Notwithstanding Bamako ‘s security level, staff are discouraged from using accommodations that are not recommended by UNDSS or renting apartments in unrecommended suburbs. All accommodations need to be approved, and residential security measures (RSM) implemented. The capital city ‘s security level 4 rating hides high levels of security threats related to terrorism and civil unrest. Past incidents and frequent security threats demonstrate that these threats remain a concern. The 2015 Bamako attacks on foreigners combine with regular communication by terrorist groups about their continuous intention to target the UN. Furthermore, with a long-lasting socio-political crisis, sporadic anti-MINUSMA and anti-French sentiments, demonstrations have become frequent in Bamako and other urban locations. They led to the 2020 blood-less military coup while the same actors of the M5-RFP and the civil society continue to organize demonstrations, in support of the military. Other forms of rallies and strikes are also frequent in Bamako. Even when they don ¿t turn violent, the civil unrest often causes disruptions in traffic. The UN staff remain potential targets of crime, armed assaults, and robberies. If previously the crime was especially in the outlying areas of the city, it now extends to all districts of Bamako, and especially to areas where expatriates reside, in particular during late hours. Road traffic accidents also represent a substantial threat in Bamako with scores of motorcycles using the roads often without respecting traffic rules. 

Additional Qualifications





BA: Business Administration (Required), BA: Human Resources Management (Required), BA: International Relations (Required), BA: Law (Required), BA: Political Science (Required), BA: Social Science (Required) 


HCR Learning Program – UNHCR, HCR Protection Learning Program – UNHCR, Programme Management (PM) 1 – UNHCR 

Work Experience

Annual Budget OL in Operation/Office, Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Workforce to Supervise, Working with Persons of Concern: Asylum Seekers, Working with Persons of Concern: Internally Displaced Persons, Working with Persons of Concern: Others of Concern, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees, Working with Persons of Concern: StatelessCompetencies

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

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Functional clearance

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance