Job Vacancy: Assistant Field Officer

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Job Vacancy: Job title: Assistant Field Officer

Job description: Hardship Level C

Family Type Family

Family Type Family

Residential location (if applicable)

Grade NOA


Staff Member / Affiliate Type National Professional Officer

Reason Regular
Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted No

Target Start Date 2024-04-01

Job Posting End Date December 14, 2023

Standard Job Description

Assistant Field Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Assistant Field Officer is normally supervised by the Senior Field Coordinator or Field Officer or Head of Sub-Office/Field Office depending on the structure of the Office. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country/regional programme(s). UNHCR Manual, programme and protection objectives, Operations Plans, UN and UNHCR financial/budgetary rules and regulations will guide the work of the incumbent.
The incumbent does not normally have any direct supervisory role. S/he has daily contacts with staff in the various field offices and with the functional units at the Country/Regional Office. S/he also has close liaison with a range of local civilian and military authorities and counterparts in NGOs and UN agencies to discuss matters of common interest.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

– Assess the needs of persons of concern in the AoR and formulate project submissions in collaboration with district authorities and implementing partners.
– Promote and monitor the implementation of assistance projects.
– Report regularly on rate of flow of new arrivals and estimate expected influx based on interviews with persons of concern.
– In co-ordination with implementing partners, assist with the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
– Keep track of cases of detention; register applicants for voluntary repatriation and family reunion.
– Assist in the preparation of monthly sectoral reports and submit material for preparation of periodic project monitoring reports and year-end reports.
– Submit recommendation for protection interventions to the designated officer.
– Negotiate with local authority counterparts, partners and populations of concern.

– Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P1/NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Political Sciences

or other relevant field.

Certificates and/or Licenses
UNHCR Protection Learning Programme
UNHCR Operations Management Learning Programme
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Not specified

Field experience.
Knowledge of refugee law.
Good knowledge of UNHCR’s programmes.

Functional Skills
PG-UNHCR’s Programmes
PG-Stakeholder management and coordination with Implementing Partners (Gov/NGO/Corporate)
PG-Resource planning
IT-Computer Literacy
BU-PeopleSoft EPM/Budget
FI-ERP Financial Management (SAP, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Workday and other)
PG-Programme Management (programme cycles and reporting standards)
PG-Results-Based Management
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile The ideal Candidate should meet he following requirements;
1. Vast experience in Protection and Field functions.
2. Experience in high risk environment with harsh hardship conditions
3. UN/INGO Experience with good relationship skills with government authority and host community is highly desired.
4. UNHCR Experience dealing with Refugee operations is highly desired.
5. Local Language is an added advantage.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):



Desired languages



Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

To view occupational safety and health considerations for this duty station, please visit: .

Nature of Position:

The Calabar Field Office performs Liaison Functions with other UN agencies and State authorities to ensure effective implementation of the provisions of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees, advocate for the inclusion of refugees in State Government programmes and strengthen collaboration with State authorities and UN agencies. The field office also responds to the needs of urban and semi-urban refugees located in Calabar (2,154), Bakassi LGA (800), Akamkpa LGA (4,491) and just recently the area of responsibility for the field office was extended to refugees in Akwa Ibom State (1,620). The total refugees under the purview of Calabar field office is approximately 9,065.

Overall, the asylum space and protection environment in Akwa Ibom, Calabar and the surrounding host communities continue to be favorable for the Cameroonian refugees. Refugees continue to exercise their freedom of movement, access to livelihood opportunities and access to basic social services including access to education and health care. UNHCR current protection activities provided to refugees include Registration, Resettlement and Durable Solutions while assistance is primarily focusing on life-saving activities such as health, education, livelihoods and community development/empowerment, and peaceful coexistence.

The state has made commitments under the SDG framework and is supportive of the GCR roadmap.

Living and Working Conditions:

Calabar is a modern and developed urban working environment. It is a category A duty station. Infrastructure, entertainment, medical and schooling services are of a good quality and readily available. The city is adjacent to the Calabar and Great Kwa rivers and creeks of the Cross River (from its inland delta).

Calabar is often described as the tourism capital of Nigeria, especially due to several initiatives, which made the city the cleanest and most environmentally friendly city in Nigeria. Administratively, the city is divided into Calabar Municipal and Calabar South Local Government Areas. It has an area of 406 square kilometers (157 sq mi) and a population of 371,022 as at 2006 census.

Under Köppen’s climate classification, Calabar features a tropical monsoon climate (Koppen: Am) amidst a lengthy wet season spanning ten months and a short dry season covering the remaining two months. The harmattan, which significantly influences weather in West Africa, is noticeably less pronounced in the city. Temperatures are relatively constant throughout the year, with average high temperatures usually ranging from 25 to 28 degrees Celsius. There is also little variance between daytime and nighttime temperature, as temperatures at night are typically only a few degrees lower than the daytime high temperature. Calabar averages just over 3,000 millimeters (120 in) of precipitation annually.

Additional Qualifications

Skills Drafting Documents, PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD), PR-Assessment of IDPs Status, Rights, Obligation, PR-Climate change and disaster related displacement, PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordination, PR-Human Rights Doctrine/Standards, PR-International Humanitarian Law, Project and Program Management, PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators

Education Bachelor of Arts (BA): Law, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Political Science

Certifications HCR Protection Learning Program – UNHCR, Programme Management (PM) 1 – UNHCR

Work Experience

Competencies Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Judgement & decision making, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration

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Additional Information A written test may be conducted for this position followed by a competency-based interview. Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process

Functional clearance This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

Location: Calabar, Cross River State

Job date: Sat, 02 Dec 2023 05:43:19 GMT

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