The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is hiring a Settlrment Planning Associate.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is an international organization with the mandate to assist persons in need of international protection; asylum seekers; refugees; statelessness; and internally displaced persons. The UNHCR operation in Mozambique has its main office in Maputo, field office in Nampula and sub office in Pemba.
On 11 March, Tropical Cyclone Gombe made landfall in Mozambique, significantly affecting the provinces of Nampula and Zambezia. The cyclone has affected over 736,015 people, with injuries and death reported. UNHCR is working closely with the local authorities, the various clusters, partners, displaced and host communities, and community leaders to assist those affected by the Cyclone Gombe, including 9,300 refugees living in Maratane refugee settlement and 18,000 individuals from host communities surrounding the settlement. This position will work directly in support to the Cyclone Gombe emergency response to 31st December 2022. The Settlement Planning Associate will be based in Nampula with frequent travel to Corane and Maratane Refugee/IDP camps and other Areas of Responsibility (AoR) under the field office. The working language in the UNHCR offices in Mozambique is English.
The Settlement Planning Associate works under the overall supervision of the Head of Office with technical support from Shelter Officer. S/he will be expected to provide support and advice on all technical matters including; settlement development, shelter and infrastructure for UNHCR and Partners under Nampula Field Office. The incumbent participates in maintaining effective coordination with any established settlement / shelter sector working groups. In addition, s/he provides technical expertise and support in monitoring of settlement planning and general infrastructure related activities in collaboration with other sectors within the AoR.
The Settlement Planning Associate provides support to more senior settlement planning colleagues in designing and developing sustainable settlements to host people of concern (POC) in UNHCR emergency and protracted operations. A settlement should take into consideration the risks associated with settlement locations, while addressing the needs of the population, the availability of resources, the amelioration of living conditions, service provision, enhancing transportation networks as well as recreational spaces. S/he will analyse variety of settlement options urban, rural, formal or informal and ensure that spatial allocation of land is decided in support of the protection, access to basic services, livelihoods, and socio-cultural life of displaced people and the host community.
S/he will develop all required documentation in area of responsibility. S/he will work closely with stakeholders on identification of shelter and NFIs needs and ensure that NFI identification / distribution is coordinated among all the actors.
The Settlement Planning Associate will be guided by UNHCR policies, UN Handbooks, Policy papers and priorities and will maintain contacts with local officials and implementing partners regarding shelter and other infrastructure conditions in refugee and IDP hosting areas.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
Education: Certificates and/or Licenses
Relevant Job Experience:
In line with the RALS, the below category of candidates are eligible to apply for internally/externally advertised vacancies.
External candidates: External candidates are candidates who are not in Group 1 or Group 2. They must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. The salary is linked to the salary for General Service category and is based on the experience of the selected candidate.
Submission of Applications:
In line with Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS, UNHCR/AI/2020/1/Rev.2) timeframe for filling of vacancies should in principle be reduced by half at each stage to expedite the filling of vacancies under accelerated Fast Track procedures.
▪ Interested Group 1 and Group 2 applicants need to apply through MSRP – Self-Service – Recruiting Activities – Careers (please search by JO number or by Location). Please update your personal profiles with all required information in order to be able to apply. Please consult the attached documents for further guidance on how to update the personal profile.
▪ Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter. For technical issues with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website. https://www.unhcr.org/careers.html – Careers – Career opportunities – Other Opportunities – Vacancies – sort by Location or search by Job Opening number.
▪ Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email.
▪ Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and do a competency based oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).
▪ The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
▪ UNHCR is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
▪ UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behaviour and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO) at email@example.com or through the online complain form at https://www.unhcr.org/php/complaints.php or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.
▪ UNHCR only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/.
▪ For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled “Online VA Query-your name and surname”. Human Resources Maputo firstname.lastname@example.org.