Associate Project Officer

Country: Ethiopia
Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Closing date: 31 Oct 2020

Organisational context

To work in the context of the Somali segments of a project called Telling the Real Story – Information campaign. (

This is an information campaign that reaches out to Somali refugees and migrants with a view to inform them about the full scope of the perils and challenges related to irregular onward movement to Europe. The information campaign enables concerned people to take an informed decision about their plans and the pros and cons about possible onward movements.

The objectives of Telling the Real Story are:

  1. Countering the narrative of smugglers and inform segments of the Somali community of the full scope of dangers associated with irregular movement to and life in Europe;

  2. Maintain and reinforce an intra-community discourse on the dangers of irregular movement by countering the narrative of smugglers and undermining their credibility;

The Associate Project Officer, under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer and functional supervision by the Project Manager in Stockholm, and in close cooperation with other relevant offices, will be responsible for the overall coordination and dissemination of the project in Jijiga in the Somali region in Ethiopia.

Duties and responsibilities

The Associate Project Officer will be responsible for the following:

· Dissemination of the project in refugee camps in Jijiga;

· Take a lead role in establishing and nurturing partnerships with stakeholders, build networks with existing refugee associations and engage with celebrity supporters to expand advocacy activities in Jijiga;

· In close consultation with the Project Manager and Protection Officer, s/he will work towards ensuring sustainability of the project through co-designing sustainable models for the continuity of the project with partners and UNHCR Programme Officers and support the development of community empowement projects;

· Analyse existing statistical data in order to provide operations information on trends and lead research into gaps in information concerning onwards movement;

· Drive engagement and awareness raising activities aimed at reframing the discourse to counter the narrative of smugglers and inform the refugees of the full scope of dangers associated with irregular movement to and the challenges of life in Europe;

· Hold regular awareness raising activities intended for different segments of the refugee population. The activities will involve - and not limited to - distributing information education material in refugee schools, Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS), hold sessions with parents and guardians, screen testimonies, hold focus group discussions, organize community engagement sessions using a range of mechanisms such as theater, poetry, art, etc;

· In combatting misinformation by smugglers targeting children and youth, together with children and youth and members of the Youth Association, the Associate Project Officer will create and provide print or visual resources to encourage children and youth to think critically about messages from traffickers and smugglers, including by providing information on legal pathways and;

· Develop messages and create campaign materials;

· Counselling of individuals with specific needs with family members that left the camp on a secondary movement. Those individuals with specific needs could be referred by UNHCR staff, RCCs, and partners;

· Liaise with partners and refugee groups, which are already running awareness raising activities in the camps; and

· Carry out assessments in order to collect data on secondary migration and analyse data collected by UNHCR Jijiga (registration and/or resettlement colleagues) and other partners.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

· Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in communication, law, political science, international relations, migration studies or related field;

· Capacity to develop strategic communication visions;

· A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in public information, , migration management or related areas;

· Work experience in the field of refugee protection and assistance would be an asset. Knowledge of UN policies and procedures;

· Basic understanding of international refugee protection and UNHCR’s mandate;

· Conceptual and practical understanding of protection issues and approaches in humanitarian contexts, including the constraints, sensitivities and risks associated with such work;

· General familiarity with the regional mixed migration dynamics;

· Excellent analytical skills and strategic thinking;

· Experience of working with persons of concern;

· Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government counterparts;

· Excellent command of English and Somali, (written, oral, comprehension) including strong drafting skills and;

· Field experience is an asset;

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit an updated and signed UNHCR Personal History Form (P11) and a motivation letter in English by 31 October 2020 to Ms. Christa Awuor Odinga at

Applications without a P11 will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

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