Migration & Humanitarian Specialist at UN Women, Istanbul, Turkey


Deadline: 26 April 2019

UN Women is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Migration & Humanitarian Specialist in Istanbul, Turkey. The duration of this post is 1 year.

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The Migration & Humanitarian Specialist will oversee the development of Migration & Humanitarian programmes, provide capacity building to Country Offices (CO) and Multi Country Offices (MCO), establish and strengthen partnerships, and develop relevant knowledge products on [thematic area].

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Migration & Humanitarian Specialist will perform the following functions-

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  • Oversee the development of programmes on Migration & Humanitarian actions to Country Office/ Programme Presence teams:
    • Oversee the development of regional programme documents on migration & humanitarian action.
    • Provide technical inputs to programme proposals from country offices.
  • Provide technical and capacity building support to Country Office/ Programme Presence teams and partners:
    • Provide substantive technical and policy support to country office, programme presence teams in developing and strengthening projects/programmes.
    • Develop, implement and monitor capacity building initiatives.
  • Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with stakeholders, regional/ international actors and development partners:
    • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of migration & humanitarian action.
    • Build and maintain close liaisons with relevant donors and other actors supporting efforts towards migration a& humanitarian action.
  • Manage the resource mobilization strategy for humanitarian action in the region:
    • Participate in the implementation, monitoring and periodic updating of the resource mobilization strategy on migration & humanitarian action in the region.
    • Provide technical support to field based presences in the region in mobilizing resources for the implementation of migration & humanitarian action.
  • Oversee the design of migration & humanitarian action in the region and the development of relevant knowledge products:
    • Provide policy recommendations and guidance to strategic planning and positioning on migration & humanitarian action.
    • Research, develop and present analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products on migration management, refugee response, peace, security, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian action.
  • Oversee the advocacy of humanitarian action through inter-agency coordination:
    • Work closely with and provide advice to regional/ national bodies and inter-agency groups that influence national policies related to migration & humanitarian action and where necessary represent UN Women.
    • Lead UN Women’s role in the inter-agency coordination on migration, humanitarian action (Syria Coordination Mechanism) in the region, inter-agency on displacement & migration, peace, security and disaster risk reduction.
  • Oversee knowledge building and sharing for humanitarian action:
    • Identify and disseminate lessons learnt and good practices in collaboration with country offices.
    • Ensure technical skills and knowledge are shared within and among COs and programme presences.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, gender, international relations, international development, international law or other social science fields is required.
  • First-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.
  • At least 7 years progressively responsible experience in designing and managing migration and/or humanitarian programmes.
  • 7 year’s experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors or civil society organizations nationality/internationally.
  • 5 year’s experience in policy analysis and strategic planning, within UN and/or national governments.
  • Substantive and technical experience in inter-agency thematic coordination.
  • Experience in strengthening gender responsive humanitarian and refugee response.
  • Experience on EU-funded projects is a strong advantage.
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset; and
  • Experience working in the region is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UN Women.

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