The UNHCR Division of External Relations is recruiting
Associate Project Officer – Girba, Sudan
to work in the context of the Eritrean segments of a project called Telling the Real Story – Information campaign. (www.tellingtherealstory.org)
Telling the Real Story is an information campaign that mainly reaches out to Eritrean and Somali refugees in countries of transit and first asylum in Africa, with a view to inform them about the full scope of the perils and difficulties related to irregular onward movements to Europe. The information campaign enables concerned people to take an informed decision about their plans and about possible onward movements.
The objectives of Telling the Real Story are:
- Dispel rumours and counter smugglers’ narrative, expose their methods and undermine their credibility by using testimonials to illustrate the real dangers of irregular migration and clearly specify who qualifies for asylum and who doesn’t;
- Maintain and reinforce the 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 Head of Field Office, with technical supervision by the Project Manager and in close cooperation with other competent offices, will be responsible for the overall coordination and dissemination of the project in Eastern Sudan.
The Associate Project Officer will be responsible for the following:
- Dissemination of the project in refugee camps in Eastern Sudan;
- 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 Eastern Sudan;
- Provide refugees with information on services and opportunities available for refugees, “do’s and don’ts” and information on complementary pathways should they be made available;
- In close consultation with the UNHCR teams, he/she will work towards ensuring sustainability of the project through co-designing sustainable models for the project continuity with partners and UNHCR programme officers;
- Analyse existing data in order to provide operations information on trends and lead research into gaps in information concerning onwards movement;
- Through direct engagement with refugees, the Associate Project Officer will analyse existing trends, motivations for departure and misinformation provided within the community and by smugglers particularly related to current mixed migration developments;
- Develop real-time evaluation strategies of the campaign to enable the adjustment of ongoing activities and measure impact of activities;
- Drive engagement and awareness-raising activities through combining different communication ouptputs aimed at reframing the discourse to counter the narrative of the smugglers and inform the refugees of the full scope of dangers associated with irregular movement to and life in Europe;
- Hold regular awareness raising activities in the refugee camps intended for different segments of the population of concern. The activities will involve – and not limited to, distributing the children’s book in refugee schools, hold sessions with parents and guardians, screen testimonies, hold focus group discussions, organize community engagement sessions using a range of creative mechanisms such as theater, poetry, art, etc. targeting mainly the younger generation;
- Develop messages and create posters and other campaign materials in consultation with beneficiaries and the office;
- Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor
- Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in communication, 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, (written, oral, comprehension) including highly developed drafting skills;
- Field experience is an asset.
The Associate Project Officer will be stationed in Girba, Sudan.
Applications: Send a UN Personal History Form (P 11) and a motivation letter in English by 11 March 2018 to Ms. Christa Awuor Odinga at [email protected]. Kindly mention Associate Project Officer – Girba, Sudan in your email subject line.
Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
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