Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 16 Dec 2018
The Chief of the Civil Society Section leads a section within the Partnership and Coordination team whose main focus is on strengthening and deepening UNHCR’s engagement with international and national civil society actors, including sports organisations, faith based organisations, refugee-led organizations, volunteer organisations, local actors and more traditional non-governmental organizations. The incumbent heads a team whose responsibilities encompass civil society, NGO and sports partnerships. Under the leadership of the incumbent, the team is responsible for drafting UNHCR’s civil society engagement strategy and ensuring that it is implementable within existing resource constraints.
The Chief of Section is responsible for establishing an annual work plan, ensuring outreach is pursued and for allocating responsibilities within the team. The section will also provide a first point of entry to actors from these fields that wish to strengthen the cooperation for the benefit of refugees and others of concern. In relation to all partnerships, under the overall guidance of the Head of Service, the incumbent is accountable for trying to foster internal coherence in its approach to both well established and new partnerships. The Chief of Section supervises a Senior Partnerships Officer, who is directly involved in organizing annual consultations with civil society and NGOs; and another Senior Officer in charge of UNHCR’s sports partnerships.
In addition to formal activities, the position also maintains an informal network of contacts at a variety of levels within civil society organisations.
In line with the High Commissioner’s Strategic Priorities, the key functions are to: promote and support at global and field levels UNHCR’s partnerships with civil society actors, as well as other key stakeholders, including strategic bilateral partnerships and specific partnership dialogues;
ensure civil society actors can contact and access UNHCR appropriately, provide information and facilitate contact with other UNHCR entities;
explore, promote and coordinate bilateral and multilateral partnerships within non/traditional actors interested in improving the humanitarian response and/or the overall protection environment for persons of concern;
analyse partnership developments, trends and expectations, including within social media, and propose and implement partnership strategies in support of UNHCR’s policy and practice; and
support UNHCR’s efforts to strengthen coordination and partnership in emergency response.
The Civil Society Section maintains a strong liaison function with different Divisions and relevant units and operations, with support from and to the Executive Office. This position operates in an internal environment in which UNHCR’s partnership work is spread across a number of different entities at HQs and the field. The Service does not handle implementing partnership issues, but promotes other aspects of partnership and relationship management with the aim of enhancing complementarities with other organisations at a more strategic level.
Direct supervision and guidance is provided by the Head of Service whose functions also span managing relations with all UNHCR’s partners as well as providing advice and guidance to the senior management on strategic priorities within the inter agency landscape and representing UNHCR at various fora. Advice and operational support may also be provided by the Director of External Relations and by other senior staff in Divisions at Headquarters. The incumbent will also refer to policies, standards, rules and regulations that are in force within UNHCR.
ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) in Developmental Studies, International Relations, Law, Political Science, Public Administration, relevant Social Sciences or related fields Plus minimum 11 years of professional job experience with progressively responsible functions in UNHCR with a broad range of operational and managerial assignments in the Field and at HQs. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of BA/BS) plus 12 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 10 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
- Excellent knowledge of English (written/oral/comprehension).
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Broad knowledge of UNHCR policies and procedures.
- Ability to represent and speak on behalf of the Organization.
- Strong inter-personal and communication skills (notably negotiation skills).
- Excellent English drafting ability.
- Working knowledge of another UN language an asset.
How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit their online application on the UNHCR career page by clicking on the ‘international vacancies’ tab here: https://www.unhcr.org/careers.html.
Deadline for applications: Sunday, 16 December 2018 (midnight Geneva time).
To view all UNHCR vacancies, go to http://www.unhcr.org/careers.html.
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.