Deputy Director

Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Deputy Director

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The post is in the relevant Bureau/ Division at Headquarter or in a Regional Office covering a number of countries (sub-region). Regular contacts predominantly with the Desks/ Representatives on the management and coordination of Field Offices.  Contacts are related primarily to overseeing the day to day work of the Bureau/ Division or Sub-region under his/ her purview and assisting the Director in his regional management responsibilities, i.e. analysis and policy review, provision of orientation and support to field offices and constant monitoring of factors affecting delivery of assistance and implementation of the core mandate.

Contacts are mainly with Government representatives, NGO¿s, UN Agencies and implementing partners most directly involved with UNHCR in the delivery of protection and assistance to refugees and persons of concern to UNHCR.  The purpose of these contacts is to ensure proper coordination and a smooth provision of protection and assistance to all beneficiaries.

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
– Maintains up to date knowledge and analysis of all significant developments affecting UNHCR activities in region of responsibility, and carefully monitors such events and analysis of the countries covered in order to be able to assist in formulating of authoritative advice on policies and strategies for adequate preparedness and response.
– Assists the Director in ensuring coordination and consistency in policies, operations and core activities held in the HQ/Field/ Sub-region, in the areas of protection, resource management, external relations,  mainstreaming of thematic sectors (women/children, environment, education, training, etc.).
– In close consultation with Head of Desks/ Services/Representatives, review major operational problems or considerations and decide on an appropriate course of action or make recommendations to the Director or High Commissioner.
– On behalf of the Director, coordinates and supports the work of the Heads of Desk/ Services in their dealing with substantive departments/divisions and ensure cohesion in their activities, and through arbitration, assist in problem solving (not applicable to the posts in sub-region).
– Ensures the follow up by the Division/ Bureau on decisions, recommendations of SMC, ECOSOC, EXCOM, UN General Assembly, OCHA, European Union or key external partners, requiring specific actions and/or reporting.  Coordinates likewise with Headquarters departments/divisions, UNHCR¿s effective participation in such fora.
– In liaison with the Heads of Desk/ Services/Representatives, and PI where applicable, presents UNHCR¿s position on significant events to the media (e.g. press briefings, radio interviews) and diplomatic missions, other enquiries, visitors and institutions in order to increase awareness and understanding of UNHCR¿s activities.
– Generally works closely with the Director in formulating authoritative advice to the AHC, DHC and HC on UNHCR¿s strategies and activities in the relevant Division/ Region/ Sub-region.
– Acts as Office-in-Charge whenever the Director is absent (not applicable to the posts in sub-region).
– Participates in major meetings and conferences and articulate UNHCR¿s policies and positions of its core activities in the relevant Division/ Region/ Sub-region.
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For D1 – 17 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 16 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 15 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Business Administration; Economics; Political Science;
International Law; or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
HCR Learning Prog; HCR Management Lrng Prg;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Essential
– Minimum 17 years of previous work experience relevant to the function, of which 12 years should be in an International capacity.
Desirable
Not specified.

Functional Skills
IT-Computer Literacy;
UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures;
UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures;
UN-UN/UNHCR Human Resources Rules, Regulations, Policies and Procedures;
MG-UN/UNHCR Management Practices/Standards and Processes;
EX-Experience in an international capacity;
EX-Field experience with UNHCR and/or with other humanitarian organizations;
EX-Field experience in emergency and/or large-scale settings;
MG-7 years managerial experience;
(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.
C001L4 – Accountability Level 4
C002L4 – Teamwork & Collaboration Level 4
C003L4 – Communication Level 4
C004L4 – Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 4
C005L4 – Client & Result Orientation Level 4
C006L4 – Organizational Awareness Level 4
M001L4 – Empowering and Building Trust Level 4
M006L4 – Managing Resources Level 4
M005L4 – Leadership Level 4
M002L4 – Managing Performance Level 4
M004L4 – Strategic Planning and Vision Level 4
X006L4 – Policy Development & Research Level 4
X005L4 – Planning and Organizing Level 4
X008L4 – Stakeholder Management Level 4

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 the closing date for positions advertised in the September 2021 Compendium is Wednesday 20 October 2021 (midnight Geneva time).

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