Associate Programme Officer – UNHCR


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Job TitleAssociate Programme Officer (Governance Emergency Preparedness Assessment), NOB – Temporary Appointment, Kassala (2 Positions)
LocationKassala, Sudan
Hardship LevelE
Job ID33966
Salary Grade
Family Location TypeNon-Family
Closing Date06 March 2022

Eligible Applicants

This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants.

Procedures and Eligibility

Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS). Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment.

Duties and Qualifications

Associate Programme Officer (Governance Emergency Preparedness Assessment)


The purpose of this assignment is to take part in and support the qualitative emergency preparedness assessment of local authorities in Kassala and Gadaref states. The Associate Programme Officer will report to the Senior Programme Officer and the Head of UNHCR Kassala Office and will work with the UNHCR Sudan assessment team, including an international technical specialist. Under the guidance of the Senior Programme Officer, the Head of UNHCR Kassala Office and the international technical specialist, the Associate Programme Officer will be required to work closely with the local offices of the Commission for Refugees (COR), UNHCR implementing partners, and any other local stakeholders relevant to refugee and migration management. The Associate Programme Officer will work in both Arabic and English, will be required to provide translation/interpretation as well as produce written materials in English.


Working closely with the assessment team and under the guidance of the Senior Programme Officer / Head of UNHCR Kassala Office the Associate Programme Officer will:

  • contribute to the preparation of a time-bound workplan for the preparedness assessment;
  • identify the key stakeholders and prepare the stakeholders mapping and the contact lists;
  • be responsible for the communication with the stakeholders, arrange meetings and keep meetings records, maintain written correspondence if required;
  • translate assessment tools and briefing materials into Arabic language;
  • provide Arabic/English interpretation during meetings and workshops
  • conduct interviews with stakeholders and submit interview questioners and transcripts in English
  • be responsible for data collection, management and data presentation in English from all sources as identified by the assessment team. These will include both primary and secondary sources such as interviews with the stakeholders, and desk review (documentation analysis).
  • working closely with the assessment team contribute to qualitative data analysis
  • prepare basic visual data presentation such as Excel and Power Point graphics if required
  • contribute to the preparation of the written analytical assessment report in English
  • advise the international technical specialist and the Head of UNHCR Kassala Office on any new developments in the field and dynamics/factors that can impact the results of the assessment process
  • contribute to the identification of alternative preparedness and response strategies and preparation of the prioritized action plan towards preparedness capacity building and management of the situation
  • perform other tasks if required and requested by the Head of UNHCR Kassala Office

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

  • higher degree in Business Administration, Social Science, Economics, International Relations, or another relevant field
  • 3 _ 5 years of previous experience with qualitative research projects, including qualitative data collection, analysis and presentation is required
  • facilitation and moderation skills, must be capable to lead discussions with stakeholders
  • proven experience with conducting qualitative interviews, filling out questionnaires and presenting results
  • fluency in English (both speaking and writing) is essential
  • ability to provide interpretation during meetings
  • analytical skills, ability to write analytical reports in English
  • knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • time management and capacity to meet deadlines, ability to work overtime if required
  • experience with local governance systems and procedures in Sudan is desirable
  • previous experience working with humanitarian agencies will be an asset
  • visual data presentation skills will be an additional advantage

Core Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Client & Result Orientation
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Political Awareness

See below for this postion’s Operational Context

Sudan has a long-standing tradition of hosting refugees and has generously kept its door open for decades. It continues to host refugees from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Syria, Yemen, Chad, and other countries, including both protracted caseloads and new influxes such as from the Tigray Emergency. The humanitarian situation in Sudan is a complex mix of asylum-seekers, refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), stateless, Sudanese refugee returnees and IDP returnees. Sudan is also a source, transit, and destination country for mixed movements. In 2021 Sudan was hosting over 1 million refugees and 2.5 million IDPs. 70% of Sudan¿s refugee population lives outside of camps, representing a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF)-aligned approach. While refugees have been able to live within the host community – true assimilation remains challenging due to legal, political and economic barriers.

The East of the country, Kassala and Gadaref states, in particular, are prone to recurring and sustained refugee mixed flows from Eritrea and Ethiopia and have recently seen an increased influx. Since the outbreak of the conflict across the border more than 50,000 new refugees have arrived in eastern Sudan totalling the number of refugees hosted in Kassala and Gadaref to over 108,000 and over 67,000 respectively. In order to support the host community and local government authorities in localities most affected by the influx, UNHCR Sudan is undertaking the qualitative emergency preparedness assessment with the view of strengthening the preparedness and capacity of local counterparts to respond to refugee emergencies. The output will support knowledge generation in this area and lay the basis for longer-term development support.
Closing Date
The Closing Date for this JO is 06 March 2022.

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