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Investigation Associate

he ultimate aim of the IGO is to support the effective, efficient and accountable management of UNHCR operations and to play a positive role in upholding an environment of integrity in UNHCR by contributing to the maintenance of the highest standards of personal and professional conduct by UNHCR personnel, and all entities with contractual links to UNHCR.
The Investigation Service, working under the authority of the Inspector General has responsibility for carrying out investigations into possible misconduct within UNHCR, in a timely and appropriate manner and that findings are transmitted to the Inspector General.
Investigation work is highly confidential and sensitive and should always be dealt with an extremely discrete and professional manner despite any pressure outside the Investigation Unit.
The staff of the IGO is required to demonstrate respect for the principles governing the work of the IGO.  These include impartiality, objectivity and appropriate confidentiality, as well as high standards of professional competence and integrity.

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.

Duties
– Provide administrative support to the work of the Service in an effective manner.
– Perform witness function during investigative interviews resulting in Records of Interviews.
– Conduct searches over the internet and within UNHCR databases.
– Analyse large volume of unstructured data using specialized software provided and taught by the IGO.
– Research legal materials and jurisprudence in support of investigation reports for disciplinary action.
– Assist with the finalisation of Investigation Reports and supporting evidentiary information intended for disciplinary action.
– Draft routine confidential and sensitive investigation correspondence.
– Organise and prepare sensitive investigation missions.
– Assist in conducting other investigatory activities as required.
– Coordinate and assist in the planning and organisation of training activities.
– Generate statistical and analytical reports on investigative caseload for internal and external authorities as required.
– Monitor and perform as necessary other administrative functions for all professional staff of the IGO Unit, including coordination of mission travel arrangements.
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education
n/a
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Law;
Police/Law enforcement;
Public Administration;
or other relevant field.
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Essential:
Experience in data base management and the preparation of analytical/statistical reports. Proven competency to liaise professionally with senior managers, field staff and the staff of other functional units on highly sensitive and confidential issues. Ability to work independently without supervision.
Desirable:
Knowledge of MSRP and Focus. Knowledge of UNHCR rules and regulations. Knowledge of refugee protection principles. Prior experience in supporting investigation and/or audit functions

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Functional Skills
DM-Database Management;
FI-Auditing practical experience;
LE-International Criminal Law;
LE-International Law;
AD-Administration;
MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation;
(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.

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.

Position Competencies Competencies as defined in Job Profile

Language Requirements Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening.

Closing Date Closing date for submissions of applications is 05 June 2020

Financial Inclusion Officer

Duties and Qualifications
Financial Inclusion Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

Improving livelihoods through economic and financial inclusion is a key component of achieving protection and long-term solutions for the refugee situation. Economic inclusion contributes to the self-reliance and resilience of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, empowering them to meet their needs in a safe, sustainable and dignified manner, avoid aid-dependency, contribute to their host economies, and prepare for their future whether they return home, integrate in their country of asylum, or resettle in a third country.

Self-reliance is often contingent to the ability of forcibly displaced to have access to financial services such as loans and credit lines, savings accounts and payment services. Most forcibly displaced, in particular refugees, are today excluded from the formal financial sector, which means they lack a safe place to save and receive money, affordable ways to make payments, and access to loans to invest in a business activity or to smooth their consumption needs.

Ongoing global processes such as the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and the focus on the humanitarian-development nexus show the need for and benefit of taking a holistic approach which requires the engagement of a broad range of stakeholders, leveraging the value-add and strategic positioning of each of them.

In the area of financial inclusion, UNHCR engages with financial service providers (FSPs), specialized development agencies, and impact investors to facilitate the financial inclusion of refugees and other forcibly displaced. To make its planning and interventions effective in this area, UNHCR wishes to hire a Financial Inclusion Officer who will be working under the supervision of the Senior Financial Inclusion Coordinator based in HQ and in close collaboration with the Economic Inclusion Unit. The incumbent will have a broad range of tasks and responsibilities related to programs¿ design, monitoring and evaluation, partnerships¿ creation, and support of field operations. S/he will be responsible for supporting field operations with the screening and implementation of financial inclusion projects and partnerships; identifying new areas of work for UNHCR to promote access to finance for forcibly displaced in Africa and neighbouring countries; and establishing key partnerships with financial inclusion actors ¿ in particular investors, financial service providers and specialized development agencies.

S/he will promote awareness about the needs for access to finance for forcibly displaced and disseminate findings of UNHCR work in this area by planning and delivering on a research agenda and writing/editing relevant communication pieces and papers as needs arise.

S/he will establish and maintain close and effective partnerships with the financial inclusion sector, in particular investors, donors and financial service providers. S/he will also ensure UNHCR representation in appropriate regional coordination mechanisms and networks.
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.

Duties
– Identify new projects in the area of financial inclusion, support the planning and successful implementation of these projects through sustainable partnerships with relevant financial institutions, international lenders and development financial institutions.
– Document the impact of any project in financial inclusion, ensure acknowledgement for its relevance, and wide dissemination of its findings.
– Support the capacity strengthening of field staff involved in financial inclusion operations, particularly in relation to the identification of suitable financial institutions to partner with, data-collection and performance/outcomes monitoring.
– Support UNHCR field operations to raise awareness about access to finance for forcibly displaced within the financial community and to establish partnerships with qualified financial service providers.
– Provide technical guidance to UNHCR field operations engaged in partnerships with financial service providers.
– Train financial service providers and other key stakeholders in the industry about the financial needs of forcibly displaced by organizing workshops and focus groups with refugees in field operations in Africa and neighbouring regions.
– Identify and build solid partnerships with the financial sector, research institutes, competent technical agencies and others that can bring knowledge, know-how and networks in support of creating financial inclusion opportunities for forcibly displaced and hosting communities.
– Raise awareness about the needs of forcibly displaced in access to finance and on the work done by UNHCR in this area by writing/editing publications and presenting at key international events in the Africa region.
– Proactively seek new opportunities for effective shared value partnership building and resource mobilization amongst highly qualified financial institutions, as well as development actors and donors.
– Support the monitoring, reporting on measurement of results/impact of financial inclusion projects implemented by UNHCR or partners.
– Support the identification and assessment of technical assistance needs of refugees and selected financial institutions.
– Support creating training material for financial service providers (FSP) and delivery on them.
– Support selecting areas of intervention ¿ in line with UNHCR strategic objectives and in coordination with field operations – for implementing projects and fostering partnerships with the financial community.
– Decide on coordination with partners, the selection of FSPs with whom UNHCR will engage in multi-country programs.
– Support in reviewing project proposals coming from field offices and implementing partners to promote access to finance for forcibly displaced.
– Research and write/edit knowledge products pertaining to financial inclusion/resilience of forcibly displaced for publication.
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P3 – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Development Economics;
International Development;
or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
not specified;


Relevant Job Experience
Essential: Solid knowledge of the financial inclusion sector as evidenced by minimum 6 years of professional experience in the sector as researcher or provider. Practical experience in conducting needs assessments of microfinance clients and analysis of results. Proven experience of developing training materials, organization and delivery of trainings for microfinance and banking institutions. Professional experience with financial and social performance data collection and due-diligence of microfinance institutions. Proven knowledge of the financial and social performance standards of the microfinance industry.
Desirable: Experience with living and working on financial inclusion in Africa. Previous experience working with FDPs or migrants in the area of economic inclusion. Professional experience working for a microfinance investment fund or a financial service provider. Experience to support FSPs with improving their social performance management systems.

Functional Skills
MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
MS-Presentation
CO-Strategic Communication
CO-Public Speaking
IT-Computer Literacy
IT-MS Office Applications;
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
Essential: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
Desirable: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in French.
Position Competencies
C001L3 – Accountability Level 3
C002L3 – Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
C003L3 – Communication Level 3
C004L3 – Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
C005L3 – Client & Result Orientation Level 3
C006L3 – Organizational Awareness Level 3
M001L3 – Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
M003L3 – Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
M006L3 – Managing Resources Level 3
X001L3 – Analytical Thinking Level 3
X005L3 – Planning and Organizing Level 3
X006L3 – Policy Development & Research Level 3
Additional  Information
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.
Additional  Information
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).
Closing Date
Please note that the closing date for advertisements in the Add.2 March 2020 Compendium is Thursday 11 June 2020

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