Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
While UNHCR has a long track record of promoting and protecting the HLP rights of refugees and other persons of concern, it has renewed its focus on the protection of HLP rights as a core component of its protection and solutions mandate in recent years. This consultancy will temporarily replace CSS’ current HLP specialist consultant while the latter is on TA to a field operation. The total duration of this consultancy is likely to be six months; for administrative reasons the 2019 segment will be under a follow-up contract or extension. Start date is approximate, depending on the departure date of the incumbent. The Consultancy is Home Based.
PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF ASSIGNMENT:
To support UNHCR to mainstream HLP throughout the different UNHCR areas of work and to identify, design, and catalyse appropriate responses to HLP-related issues that increase the achievement of resilience and solutions.
- To directly support field operations with expert advice and inputs on HLP problems and programmatic solutions and partnerships.
- To enhance UNHCR staff’s understanding of HLP rights and effective HLP programming for protection, resilience and solutions, by developing new or improving existing resources (checklists, guidance notes, monitoring, training materials, good practices, M&E frameworks, etc.) with which field staff can design appropriate responses to promote and protect HLP rights of persons of concern
- To support UNHCR’s leadership role in global-level processes to promote and protect HLP rights of persons of concern
The consultant will support UNHCR’s efforts on HLP rights at HQ, regional and field levels and in global forums in the following ways:
- Remotely (via telecons and email)
- Through participation at key meetings in Geneva and other locations when relevant
- Through short missions to UNHCR field offices in Africa, Middle East and Asia
For this consultancy period, support is planned in particular for Bangladesh, Burundi, Chad, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iraq, Myanmar, Niger, Philippines, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, possibly others as needed, and the Global Protection Cluster.
Assessment, analysis and programming
· Designing and/or undertaking comprehensive HLP-related assessments;
· Identifying needs for HLP responses, designing appropriate projects and supporting and advising on ongoing HLP programming (including M&E) of field offices;
· Ensuring relevant HLP issues are considered during preparations for voluntary repatriation / return processes;
· Reviewing the HLP aspects of UNHCR portfolios, policies, operational guidance and other strategic documents (focus on the organization’s shelter, livelihoods and out-of-camp approaches)
· Analysing existing or supporting the drafting of HLP-related legislation and policies;
· Assessing HLP information needs among persons of concern and developing key messages;
· Identify strategic advocacy points on HLP issues.
Strategy development, coordination and partnerships
· Mapping government departments, local authorities, and local and international organisations working on HLP issues;
· Recommending strategic partnerships with other UN agencies, humanitarian and development organisations or community-based organisations.
· Identifying opportunities for and support participation in global or regional efforts to promote and protect HLP rights of persons of concern;
· Supporting UNHCR’s participation in the HLP Area of Responsibility of the Global Protection Cluster;
· Supporting UNHCR’s global advocacy to influence development and peacebuilding portfolios (in particular those on governance and rule of law) towards programming that is more sensitive to forced displacement by taking HLP-related forced displacement angles into account;
· Lead UNHCR’s engagement with the Secretary-General’s Land and Conflict process.
Mainstreaming and capacity-building
· Supporting institutional capacity-building through the design and delivery of trainings on advanced HLP issues for UNHCR staff;
· Reviewing existing internal materials (operational guidance, checklists, training curricula, and so on) to ensure relevant HLP issues are adequately covered and considered.
Level of responsibilities required: Level B
MONITORING AND PROGRESS CONTROLS:
a. The final product (e.g., survey completed, data collected, workshop conducted, research documents produced specify): N/A
b. Delivery Periodicity, as applicable: Tasking, deliverables and periodicity to be agreed with supervisor at start of consultancy; likely to include remote and on-site field-operation support with resultant reports, proposals or other inputs; HLP guidance and training documents; and conference papers.
c. Work on the basis of time employed: Yes
d. If it is to result in a written product specify:
a. Number of pages: N/A
b. Language(s): N/A
c. Number of copies: N/A
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
HLP-related university degree (i.e. land administration, law or relevant social science – e.g. geography, political science, anthropology), preferably at least to Masters level.
b. Work Experience
- Relevant working experience on HLP issues of between 8 and 12 years, or between 6 and 10 years with a post-graduate university degree;
- Significant field experience in development, post-disaster/post-conflict and/or stabilization contexts, preferably with international organisations or in national technical cooperation capacity;
- Former experience with UNHCR strongly desired.
- Proven experience in strategy and programme development, grant writing, and project management in housing, land and property;
- Proven leadership and strong coordination and communication skills;
- Strong flexibility and ability to travel, possibly on short notice;
- Ability to work under pressure in remote locations and uncomfortable or difficult environments;
- Ability to work independently and with initiative, though also as part of an HQ team and (when in country-support mode) field teams;
- Excellent English speaking and writing skills; good working command of French or Spanish.
Interested applicants should submit the required documents listed below by e-mail to HQDRSVAC@unhcr.orgindicating “Roving Officer- Housing, Land and Property Expert” DRS/2018/014 in the subject of the email latest, 01 October 2018.
· Letter of motivation, addressing each of the personal requirements in the vacancy notice;
· A signed and completed UN Personal History Form (P11), including testimonials/degrees/certificates.
- The UN personal History Form is mandatory;
- P 11 forms are available on www.unhcr.org/recruit/p11new.doc
- All application received without a P 11 will not be considered