Emergency Partnerships and Deployments Officer

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Geneva, Switzerland

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.


  • Manage internal and external emergency deployment mechanisms, including individualized follow-ups and deployment database management, in close collaboration with relevant colleagues in Headquarters divisions, Regional Bureaux and operations.
  • Chair the Human Resources cell meetings when required.
  • Develop/update UNHCR’s Deployment Management Strategy and its Partnership Strategy.
  • Regularly update Guidelines, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and relevant Information Notes related to emergency deployments.
  • Develop/update communication packages to the field on emergency deployments and partnerships.
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting of emergency deployments statistics.
  • Conduct regular analysis of emergency deployments, capturing lessons learned and providing recommendations for further improvements.
  • Ensure existing standby partnership agreements are relevant and up to date. Initiate revisions as required, in close collaboration with partners and relevant divisions.
  • Explore new partnerships in emergencies to enhance geographical and profile diversification.
  • Where appliable, manage Deployment Partnership Agreements in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  • Represent UNHCR in Standby Partnership Network consultations, working groups, International Humanitarian Partnerships, and other related forums.
  • Organize regular bilateral/multilateral consultations/meetings with Standby Partners to discuss priorities, needed profiles, opportunities, and challenges, in close coordination with relevant divisions, regional bureaux, and operations.
  • Regularly review the use of 'service packages' offered by Emergency Partners, collect good practices and lessons learned.
  • Ensure timely and accurate recording of in-kind contribution services by Standby Partners, in collaboration with relevant divisions.
  • Provide presentations on emergency deployments, emergency staffing and/or other support during the Workshop on Emergency Management (WEM), functional emergency rosters, and other occasions as required.
  • Participate in the WEM to conduct in-person individual consultations with emergency roster members.
  • Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Fields of Education:

  • Political Science; International Relations; Refugee and Forced Migration Studies;
  • Development Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies;  Security  Economics;or other relevant field.
  • Emergency Management Workshop - UNHCR;  HCR Protection Learning Program - UNHCR;
  • HCR Management Learning Program- UNHCR

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.

Source: https://unhcr.wd3.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/External/job/Geneva-Switzerland/Emergency-Partnerships-and-Deployments-Officer_JR2330021