Deputy Representative P5

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Human Rights
  • Deadline:
    December 15, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

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. 

Desired Candidate Profile

Reporting to the MCO Representative position, which is based in Dubai, the incumbent of this post will mainly manage the day-to-day operations of the Riyadh office and assist in external relations and other activities in the KSA and the rest of the region.

Being responsible for several countries, MCO in Riyadh needs a profile with strong management capabilities coupled with solid external relations as well as relevant operational experience in the GCC region.

The candidate should desirably have work experience with GCC donors and other non-traditional humanitarian actors. S/he will also take primary supervision of the protection sector, providing policy guidance and advice, representing UNHCR at an appropriate level with external partners, and liaising with HQs and other relevant parties on policy matters.

Performance orientation, provocativeness and maturity are equally important and crucial to keeping the workforce together for better results in the operation. Given the particular nature of the geography and cultural peculiarities in Saudi Arabia, it is important that the incumbent has very good interpersonal skills and team spirit. Political awareness is of the essence since the incumbent will have external contacts predominantly with authorities, counterparts in other UN Agencies and NGOs.
Language Requirement: Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Arabic is mandatory. 

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

Arabic,

 

Desired languages

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Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

The security situation in Riyadh is assessed as relatively safe. There are no recent terrorist-related incidents reported in Riyadh during the last two years. Projectiles from Yemen have reached Riyadh several times since the beginning of the conflict but such attempts pose a low threat to Riyadh as most of the missile/drone attacks have been intercepted and resulted in minimal injuries/casualties. The criminality rate is assessed as minimal in Riyadh. According to KSA RSM, there are areas within Riyadh, where most of the crime-related incidents are usually reported on the local news media, that are not recommended for accommodation for UN personnel.

There are credible private health facilities that are accessible to all.

 

To view occupational safety and health considerations for this duty station, please visit this link:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

 

Nature of Position:

The UNHCR MCO in Saudi Arabia covers the operations in GCC region, namely Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Oman, as well as maintains a common ABC, and is responsible for integrated planning and operational support for the CO Kuwait, CO Qatar and NO in the UAE. 2023-2024 would be transitional years with changing relationship between the MCO Saudi Arabia and UNHCR offices in Kuwait and Qatar, which would potentially directly report to the MENA Bureau.

 

Being responsible for several countries, MCO in Riyadh needs a strong management capacity coupled with solid external relations as well as relevant operational experience in the GCC region.

As the Deputy Representative will be involved in external relations and fundraising activities, a core function of the MCO Saudi Arabia, s/he is expected to maintain close contact with offices in the region in order to serve and update donors’ information needs on all aspects of UNHCR programs and appeals. GCC donors are becoming much more sophisticated than ever before with most of them requiring rigorous reporting and monitoring of projects in the field. The MCO is the frontline relationship manager with an increasing number of GCC actors and the facilitator between such actors and UNHCR’s offices in the ground. The candidate should desirably have work experience with GCC donors and other non-traditional humanitarian actors. S/he will also take primary supervision of the protection sector, providing policy guidance and advice, representing UNHCR at an appropriate level with external partners, and liaising with HQs and other relevant parties on policy matters.

 

Reporting to the MCO Representative position, which is based in Dubai, the incumbent of this post will mainly manage the day-to-day operations of the Riyadh office and assist in external relations and other activities as outlined above in the KSA and the rest of the region.

 

Performance orientation, provocativeness and maturity are equally important and crucial to keeping the workforce together for better results in the operation. Given the particular nature of the geography and cultural peculiarities in Saudi Arabia, it is important that the incumbent has very good interpersonal skills and team spirit. Political awareness is of the essence since the incumbent will have external contacts predominantly with authorities, counterparts in other UN Agencies and NGOs.

 

Living and Working Conditions:

Riyadh is classified as an A Duty Station with a stable security situation, availability of international schools, and the possibility of renting private accommodation. However, there are some hardship elements that should be neglected. Hot and dry desert environments with extreme daily temperature fluctuations that last for 3 – 4 months per year, with two months of extreme temperatures of 46°- 50°Celsius present a hardship.

 

Despite the positive changes that Saudi society has seen over the past 2 – 3 years, social conditions remain challenging as a result of local, and strictly observed, norms. There are still sizeble issues related to the isolation of international staff in Riyadh, which are a result of culture, language and social norms. Restrictions are imposed on gender mix in certain activities. Whilst there is a strong push to remove many of the restrictive rules and imposed practices, there is still resistance to change from the more conservative parts of society and progress on this issue will take time.

 

Additional Qualifications

 

Skills

 

Education

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

Certifications

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

Work Experience

Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Workforce to SuperviseCompetencies

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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Compendium

Bi-annual Compendium 2022 Part B – November 2022 

 

 

 

 

Functional clearance

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance