Assistant Representative (Programme), P5, Addis Ababa

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 16 Apr 2020


The Assistant Representative (Programme) will function under direct supervision of the UNHCR Representative. Advice and operational support may also be provided by the Director/Deputy Director of the Bureau or the Regional Representative and by other senior staff in the Bureau and in the support Divisions at Headquarters. The incumbent will advise and assist the Representative in the overall management of UNHCR's programme activities and issues of concern within the country operation in an effective and efficient manner which supports the Organization's mandate. The incumbent will also have direct working relationship/arrangement with the Head of UNHCR offices in the country operation. He/she will also have a responsibility to monitor, coach, and guide and intervene with the staff within the country.



  • UNHCR¿s country operation is designed to meet the needs of all persons of concern.
  • UNHCR¿s country operation has effective partners to meet the needs of all persons of concern.
  • UNHCR¿s country operation is technically sound and thus better able to meet the needs of persons of concern.
  • UNHCR has a workforce in the country that meets the current and future needs of the organization.
  • UNHCR provides a healthy, safe and respectful working environment for its workforce in the country.


  • Assist the Representative in the overall management of UNHCR¿s programme activities within the country of assignment in an effective and efficient manner which supports the Organization¿s mandate.
  • Verify the standards of assistance for project activities at country level, ensuring consistency with UNHCR's country strategy and policies, and their integration with protection functions.
  • Assist the Representative in developing contacts and networks with other government agencies, UN agencies, and NGOs to foster mutual cooperation and ensure that activities are coordinated and integrated to best effect.
  • Develop country-specific management tools for project monitoring and control; ensure the effective and efficient use of financial and material resources within the rules and procedures of UNHCR.
  • Manage personnel through regular performance appraisals, coaching, and assessments of staff training and development needs
  • Ensure that essential services for the general welfare of staff i.a. living and working conditions, health, education, recreation, etc. are in place. This includes the establishment of proper and efficient mechanisms to assist staff suffering from work-related pressure or post traumatic stress.
  • Play an active role in the Security Management Team (SMT) in the relevant country and the inter-agency security and contingency planning process; ensure that appropriate security measures and evacuation plans are in place to protect UNHCR staff; and that security guidelines and procedures as outlined by the Designated Offcial and UNDSS are complied with.
  • Report and provide recommendations/solutions to the Representative on political, socio-economic, and cultural developments that may effect the situation of refugees in the country.
  • Act as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the Representative as required.


  • Set and enforce parameters, criteria and deadlines for the design, review and report of operations.
  • Clear the submission of the country operations plan (including budgets, staffing levels and structures) as well as of funding submissions, appeals and report.
  • Negotiate implementing partner agreements.
  • Represent UNHCR in UN and other operations management and programmatic fora.
  • Enforce compliance with UNHCR¿s global strategies, protocols and guidelines.
  • Approve recommendations and advice on the technical capacity required of UNHCR and its partners.


  • Graduate (equivalent of a Master's) degree in Business Administration, Economics, International Law, Political Science, International Relations or a related field plus minimum 11 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 12 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 10 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.


  • Solid UNHCR experience from both the Field and Headquarters.
  • UNHCR specific learning/ training activities (i.e. Management Learning Programme, Protection Learning Programme).
  • Proficiency in local language(s) in the given region.
  • Knowledge of additional UN languages.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit their application online on the UNHCR Careers Page at by clicking on "Vacancies".

Closing date for applications: 16 April 2020 (midnight Geneva time).

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and
opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities
as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are
encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex,
national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.


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