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Inter-Agency Coordination Officer

UNHCR

Beirut, Lebanon

Procedures and Eligibility

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.

Duties and Qualifications
Inter-Agency Coordination Officer

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
The Syria Regional Response Plan 6 (RRP6) outlines future needs for 1,500,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2014. Led by UNHCR, the plan is the result of a coordinated effort between UN agencies, national and international NGOs and partners. Establishing the coordination mechanism is of particular importance in organizing the adequate response to the influx of Syrians as Lebanon is a country with limited resources, including in vital sector, to cope with influx of this magnitude.
In order to spearhead the UN/Government and international actors and to ensure that the coordination and implementation mechanism for the emergency response plan are in place, UNHCR Lebanon established a coordination structure within the UN system led by UNHCR covering eight sectors: protection, basic needs, education, food security, health, shelter, water and sanitation (WASH) and social cohesion and livelihoods.
The Inter-agency Officer, under the supervision of the Assistant Representative (Coordination), and in coordination with the senior management of the Branch Office ensures that there is predictable leadership and accountability in all sectors or areas of activity. The aim is to ensure a more coherent and effective response by mobilizing groups of agencies, organizations and NGOs to respond in a strategic manner across all key areas of activity.

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT
Accountability
- UNHCR's participation in inter-agency coordination for broader humanitarian response is enhanced and ensured.
- Inclusion of key refugee partners for all sectors, respecting their respective mandates and programme priorities, sectorial group participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government has undertaken under international human rights law.
- Responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.
- Adequate contingency planning and preparedness for new emergencies is in place.

Responsibility
- Support the Senior IA Coordinators to ensure coordinated support is provided to country teams for strategic planning, assessment, monitoring and analysis of the Syria crisis, effectively monitor the implementation of the sector strategies and the country response plan as well as management of on-going rolling assessment.
- Advise and provide guidance on the organization and periodicity of situation reports.
- Support the Senior IA Coordinators on maintaining a dialogue with donors on the overall funding/resource status of the humanitarian programmes, organizing periodic meetings with donors as well as preparing appropriate briefing materials for visiting delegations.
- Support the Senior IA Coordinators in all aspects related to inter-agency and partner communication with a focus on NGO partnerships. This includes inter-agency and inter-sector meetings as well as regular meeting with the relevant NGOs forums.

Authority
- Represent the inter-agency coordination in meetings as necessary.
- Ensure adequate monitoring mechanisms are in place to review impact of the sectorial working group and progress against implementation plans.
- Ensure adequate reporting and effective information sharing (with OCHA support), with due regard for age and sex disaggregation.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS).
- At least 6 years (5 years with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master¿s)) of experience in progressively responsible functions in coordination.
- Field experience in programme implementation and coordination.
- Knowledge of refugee protection principles and framework.
- Good knowledge of the UN system, its operational procedures and exposure to provision of support services in an International Organization.
- Excellent computer skills and knowledge of MS applications.
- Excellent drafting and writing skills.
- Excellent knowledge of English.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
- Knowledge of Arabic language.
- Working experience in refugee settings.
- Experience with operational research, teaching or administration.
- Experience in the area of child protection.
- Demonstrated expertise in community services, community development/organization, social work, social surveys/assessment, counselling, or related areas.
- Exposure to UNHCR specific training/learning activities.
- Knowledge of other relevant UN languages.
Position Competencies
C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3


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