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Field Officer – Kismaayo, Somalia 43 views

Hardship Level

E (most hardship)

Family Type

Non Family with Residential Location

Family Type

Non Family with Residential LocationDanger Pay

Residential location (if applicable)

Nairobi (CO), Kenya



Staff Member / Affiliate Type



Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

December 15, 2022

Standard Job Description

Field Officer Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Field Officer is normally supervised by the Snr Field Coordinator or Head of Sub-Office/Field Office depending on the structure of the Office. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country/regional programme(s). UNHCR Manual, programme and protection objectives, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the incumbent. The incumbent normally supervises some support staff and may supervise lower grade professional staff. S/he has daily contacts with staff in the various field offices and with the functional units at the Country/Regional Office. S/he also has close liaison with a range of local civilian and military authorities and counterparts in NGOs and UN agencies to discuss matters of common interest. 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 – Prepare project proposals; draw up plan of operation for implementation, including institutional arrangements for budgets. – Assess refugee needs in the various fields of assistance and make recommendations for the establishment of projects, adjustment or discontinuation of existing projects and advise the Head of Office accordingly. – Closely monitor the implementation of projects under the geographical area of responsibility and ensure the provisions under the agreements signed with the implementing partners are being adhered to. – Regularly prepare written reports on the implementation of projects and the situation in the sites. – Maintain good working relations with local government officials, implementing partners and other agencies in the area. – Report immediately on any security problems that may occur affecting programme, beneficiaries and the smooth running of the operation. – Provide assistance to UNHCR Technical advisers and consultants as well as visitors visiting project sites. – Represent UNHCR in the Field. – Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern. – Approve expenditures within the DOAP. – Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Law, Political Sciences or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses UNHCR Protection Learning Programme. UNHCR Operations Management Learning Programme. (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential Field experience. Desirable Knowledge of refugee law. Good knowledge of UNHCR¿s programmes. Functional Skills IT-Computer Literacy PG-UNHCR’s Programmes (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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Nature of Position:

The Field Officer in Kismayo Field Unit (FU) reports to the Head of Sub Office Mogadishu and manages the Field Unit Kismayo. The incumbent also works closely with the cluster leads and relevant units (protection, program and supply) in Sub Office Mogadishu and Representation Office in Mogadishu. The incumbent supervises the UNHCR team in FU Kismayo including one International UNV, one Field Associate, one Protection Associate, one Field Security Associate, one Senior Field Assistant and one Senior Admin Assistant. The office has two AVs and a Driver (supervised by the Senior Admin Assistant). The incumbent assesses the needs of people of concern to UNHCR, prepares plans of operation and proposes projects in the geographic area of her/his responsibility. The incumbent monitors all the operational activities under FU Kismayo and makes sure projects are implemented in accordance with the project descriptions and work plans stipulated in the PPAs and contracts. She/he facilitates the voluntary repatriation of refugees from Kenya to Kismayo through coordination with the concerned UNHCR offices to arrange the return convoys/flights; reception of returnees in the Kismayo waystation; and provision of voluntary return package through UNHCR ‘s partners. The incumbent monitors the political, security and weather conditions as well as population movement in the geographical area of her/his responsibility and ensures coordinated response to internal displacements and emergencies in terms of protection and assistance. She/he makes sure UNHCR FU Kismayo leads the sub national protection cluster and co-leads the CCCM cluster as well as participates in other clusters to coordinate humanitarian response. The incumbent represents UNHCR in the ASMT (Area Security Management Team) in Kismayo and regularly attends its meetings. Since Kismayo is a tense location in terms of security and conservative cultural practices, having experience of working in a similar environment and having good conflict resolution skills are desirable for the incumbent.

Living and Working Conditions:

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 AMISOM 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 4 prefabs for accommodations and 2 prefabs for office space with another office rented from UNSOM in the same location. 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 international 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. 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, Kenya Airways, Turkish Air, Uganda Airways and Qatar Airways. There are also UNHAS 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.

Additional Qualifications


MG-Field Operations Management


BA: Law (Required), BA: Political Science (Required)


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

Work Experience

Annual Budget OL in Operation/Office, Number of Persons of Concern Served, Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Workforce to Supervise, Working with Persons of Concern: Internally Displaced Persons, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees, Working with Persons of Concern: Returned IDPs


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Managing performance, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration

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