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Offre d’emploi à ONG UNHCR : Repat Officer
Job Title Repat Officer
Job ID 14721
Location Maroua, Cameroon
Salary Grade P3
Hardship Level C
Family Location Type Non-Family
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
The Repatriation Officer is a focal point for voluntary repatriation and related issues in a country office or sub-office, and reports to the Senior Repatriation Officer, Assistant or Deputy Representative or, as appropriate, Head of Office or the Representative. The incumbent has direct supervisory responsibility for repatriation staff, which may include staff within the functional groups of repatriation and reintegration. She/He works closely with protection, programme and field staff and ensures operational standards and practices in repatriation in the area of responsibility.
The Repatriation Officer is relied upon to ensure the advancement of repatriation activities. The Repatriation Officer should ensure that the country operation has an effective voluntary repatriation programme, in compliance with requisite standard operating procedures and in line with regional and comprehensive solutions strategies. She/he should contribute to ensuring that all repatriation movements respect the principle of voluntariness and occur in safety and dignity, with the full participation and support of persons and communities of concern.
– The voluntary repatriation strategy is implemented as part of a comprehensive solutions strategy which meets the needs of refugees and is in line with international legal principles, including the voluntariness of return and return to and in conditions of safety and dignity.
– Return movements for refugees are organized with the full participation and support of persons and communities of concern and other relevant stakeholders, and in coordination with Government authorities both in the country of asylum and origin.
– Instances of refoulement are immediately identified and brought to the notice of Senior Management.
– Age, Gender and Diversity as well as participatory approaches to repatriation are implemented.
– Implement activities in accordance with the voluntary repatriation strategy, with a view to ensuring that the return is voluntary and takes place in safety and dignity.
– Liaise with other UNHCR country offices and other key partners in the region to ensure appropriate cross-border cooperation and a harmonized voluntary repatriation process.
– Monitor the implementation of the voluntary return operation through consultations, regular field visits and monitoring tools, suggesting amendments to the plan as necessary.
– Gather and analyse data related to return movements and conditions in areas of return for planning, evidence-based advocacy and protection interventions.
– Ensure that specific needs of vulnerable categories of returnees are duly addressed during the return movement.
– Monitor and advise implementing partners on activities related to return.
– Actively participate in inter-agency coordination processes and mobilize partners’ political and financial support, to ensure complementary interventions to voluntary repatriation/return programmes.
– Supervise staff and exercise effective managerial oversight, guidance and support.
– Mainstream AGD in all areas of work and ensure the full participation of returning refugees in matters relating to their own protection.
– Comply with UNHCR’s policy priorities, such as those related to persons with particular vulnerabilities.
– Implement initiatives that build the protection capacity of the local governments, partners and civil society as well as refugees in asserting their rights in situations of return.
– Implement an effective system to assess conditions of return.
– Assess needs of persons of concern; plan and secure adequate human and financial resources for voluntary repatriation operations through inclusion into the country operation plan.
– Identify, monitor and advise implementing partners on on-going activities related to return.
– Participate in the design and implementation of the voluntary repatriation strategy.
– Draft and regularly update Voluntary repatriation related SOPs, in close consultation with UNHCR staff and partners, including refugee representatives.
– Authorize expenditure on projects and individual payments for voluntary returns.
– Represent UNHCR with relevant external partners in-country and across the border, as applicable
– Initiate interventions with relevant counterparts across the borders to address incidents at all stages of voluntary repatriation and to ensure safe and dignified movements.
ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
– Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law/International Law/Social Sciences or related field plus minimum 6 years of relevant experience. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
– Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.
(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES
– Work experience in large returnee operations is an asset.
– Diverse field experience desirable.
– Ability to understand and implement UNHCR’s policy and global strategic priorities, including as related to AGDM, IDPs, Statelessness, and HIV/AIDS, in the area of responsibility where applicable at appropriate level.
– Good IT skills including database management skills.
– Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, MLP.
– Fluency in another UN language an asset.
C001L3 – Accountability Level 3
C002L3 – Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 – Communication Level 3
C004L3 – Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 – Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 – Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 – Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M006L3 – Managing Resources Level 3
M003L3 – Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M002L3 – Managing Performance Level 3
X001L3 – Analytical Thinking Level 3
X004L3 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
X005L3 – Planning and Organizing Level 3
For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage colleagues to read the country specific security and welfare profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Staff Resources (Duty of Care). These profiles have been specifically designed to answer some of the key questions (on security conditions, medical provisions, staff welfare, living and working conditions) potential applicants might have before deciding to apply. Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care. This project is still in the pilot phase, and as such some of the information leaflets are being produced as we speak and might not be available yet. They will be soon, so keep checking.
Previous experience on and knowledge of IDP populations;
Experience in implementing field protection at the point of delivery;
Experience in conducting AGDM and participation in multi-functional assessment teams;
Demonstrated drafting skills in English;
Demonstrated ability to manage a large team and coordinate with other Field Offices;
Sensitive political context requires ability to work collaboratively with government counterparts;
Consensus teambuilding and cultural sensitivity needed as the team is diverse;
Work experience in large returnee operations;
Diverse field experience desirable.
Since the beginning of 2017, the political, economic and social situation in Cameroon has been marked by the resurgence of the terrorist movement of Boko Haram in the Far North region. Suicide bombings mainly perpetrated by women and children increased particularly in Mayo Sava and Logone-et-Chari departments. Reports of refoulement continued to be received post facto during the first half of 2017, with authorities invoking national security reasons for the forced return of Nigerian nationals living in border areas, including asylum-seekers and refugees, without the possibility for UNHCR to verify status nor the voluntariness of returns. A reported 4,317 Nigerian refugees were thus forcibly returned to Nigeria by Cameroonian security forces, and in one instance, jointly with Nigerian forces. From April 2017-June 2017, a new wave of movement of self-organised/spontaneous returns by refugees from Minawao camp was observed, with a total of 13,091 Nigerian refugees returning to Nigeria. UNHCR does not support these returns, given the precarious humanitarian and security situation in many areas of origin and has continued to sensitise refugees in Minawao camp about the risks of spontaneous return. UNHCR also continues to advocate vigorously for the admission of refugees into Cameroon and respect for the principle of non-refoulement. This was further highlighted during the visit of the AHC-P in July 2017 where he met with the Ministers of Territorial Administration and External Relations, as well as the Secretary General of the Presidency. The High Commissioner also met with the ministers during his mission in December 2016.
235,913 Cameroonians are also displaced in the Far North region, a considerable increase to the number of IDPs a year ago which was at 181,215. UNHCR Maroua continues to coordinate the overall humanitarian response for both the refugee and the IDP operations.
WORKING AND LIVING CONDITIONS
Logistical challenges due to the security situation, long distances to cover and poor road conditions in some areas exist as well. The Security situation is rather precarious at the moment and thus staff who have experienced critical stress as a result of earlier security incidents or who have indicated their anxiety about insecure environments should have a discussion with the Career Management Officer or the Staff Welfare Section prior to applying. The Cameroonian security forces guarantee the safety of humanitarian workers, refugees and property assigned to the Operation.
For every movement, UNHCR Missions are strictly submitted to the respect of security instructions and are accompanied by military escorts.
The Far North Region is classified under level 3 (moderate) except the Nigerian border area which is classified under level 4 (important) UNHCR staff regularly work along this 30 km strip (classified under level 4) along the Nigeria border in the Far North Region (Mayo Tsanaga, Mayo Sava, Logone and Chari) for activities such as border monitoring, verification, pre-registration and transfer of the refugees to the camp.
Cameroon has three international airports namely Yaounde Nsimalen Airport, Douala international Airport and Garoua international Airport. These are the main airports of entry into the country but other multiple entry points by sea and land exist around the country. Except citizen of Chad and Mali, every visitor to Cameroon requires an entry visa before travel.
Please note that the closing date for all vacancies in the Add.1 to the September 2017 Compendium is Tuesday 9 January 2018 (midnight Geneva time).
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