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UNHCR-Settlement Planning Officer-P3-Quetta, Pakistan

Quetta, Pakistan
TORs – [Settlement Planning Officer] P3
Mission location
Pakistan, QUETTA
The Deployee will be reporting to: Senior Emergency Officer
6 months
Operational Context
The overall security situation in Balochistan Province is volatile with armed conflict and terrorism targeting security forces and other law enforcement agencies. Baloch insurgent groups continued attacking personnel of security forces, their alleged informants and workers working on CPEC related projects. This makes Quetta a high-risk environment and the incumbent must demonstrate the ability to overcome hardships and adapt to fast-changing volatile security situations, as well as able to live and work with staff from diverse backgrounds.
Quetta, a category E, non-family duty station, is the provincial capital of Balochistan.
International staff members are largely confined to one secured guest house where they are required to live, and the office which is located about 150 meters away, both within the Chaman Housing Scheme fully secured as per latest Security Risk Management measures and where most of the UN offices are located.
Living and working together in such confined quarters for extended periods of time can bring an additional degree of stress, and thus the prospective candidate should have strong interpersonal skills, and an ability to get on with colleagues of different backgrounds and opinions. A high level of sensitivity, tolerance, and flexibility is important.
Aim of the Mission
Working in coordination with other colleagues in Sub-Office Peshawar and Country Office Islamabad, s/he acts as focal point for maintaining effective coordination with any established settlement sector working group. In addition, s/he is responsible for the strategic management and monitoring of the implementation of settlement planning activities, and for collaboration with Administration, Finance and Programme on all programmatic issues within Balochistan Province. S/he shall be working closely with other sections on settlement and general infrastructure related activities and provides functional technical guidance to the team as well as to the technical experts in the Field.
The Settlement Planning Officer provides specialised support to the emergency response in designing and developing sustainable settlements to host new arrivals.  A settlement should take into consideration the spatial allocation of functions while addressing the needs of the population, the availability of resources, the enhancement of living conditions, the provision of services, enhancing transportation networks as well as provision of recreational spaces. The incumbent will therefore be expected to analyse a variety of settlement options urban, rural, formal or informal and ensure that spatial allocation of lands is decided in support of the protection, access to basic services, livelihoods, and socio-cultural life of displaced people and the host community. The incumbent will also participate and represent UNHCR in negotiations with national and local government authorities regarding land acquisition and site development works.
The Settlement Planning Officer will ensure that management of multi-sectorial assistance and services in new refugee settlements are handled effectively and efficiently among all the stakeholders, through a strong collaboration with other units and relevant staff. The Settlement Planning Officer will contribute in inter-agency coordination structures set up for settlement planning and land related issues within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).  The incumbent will also be coordinating with his/ her counterpart in the Sub-Office in Peshawar.  
The Settlement Planning Officer should maintain regular communication with the shelter and settlement team in HQ for technical advice, information, communication and access to updated global tools and resources.
Under the supervision of Senior Emergency Officer, the deployee will:
Technical Guidance
  • Conduct assessments and ensure selection of potential sites is done in accordance with the Master Plan approach to settlement planning taking into consideration protection concerns, national legislation, environmental considerations, appropriate density, and access to basic services including water, hydrological concerns, socio/economic issues, and cultural inclusion and HLP matters.
  • Ensure that settlement layouts respond to natural topography and drainage patterns of the site to reduce construction and maintenance costs.
  • Ensure that safe and equitable access to basic services is provided for both the displaced and host communities while making particular emphasis on meaningful inclusion of the site community groups (women, youth, elderly and persons with specific needs) in decision-making processes including through governance structures and sectorial focal points.
  • Work with the relevant technical, programme and supply colleagues in close coordination with implementing and other concerned parties to develop implementation modalities and work plans for the settlement plans. Provide technical inputs and advice to Programme in the process of Implementation Partner Selection and review of PPAs of all sector related partners and partners with construction related activities in their budget.
  • Provide support in Preparedness through the development of contingency plans for population movements. Develop and update agreed response strategies (MPAs and APAs) for refugee sites, including transition/exit strategy for site consolidation and closures within the AOR.
  • In close consultation with partners, conduct assessments, provide concrete initiatives and develop specific strategies to make sure that residential areas, key services and infrastructure are not susceptible to the risk of natural hazards such as flash floods and landslides.
Coordination and Leadership
  • Provide strong leadership in ensuring that UNHCR’s operation within the AOR is technically sound in the field of settlement planning to best meet the needs of POC.
  • Liaise with Government, line ministries and relevant authorities and counterparts to ensure strong coordination and partnership. Ensure that settlement plans are aligned with regional, national land use plans and planned developments.
  • Represent UNHCR in the process of site selection and land negotiations with the national government, local government, local community leaders and the landlords for the settlements within the AOR. In doing this, ensure that the risk of conflict linked to land tenure is addressed and mitigated while continuing to pursue actions that increase the security of tenure for displaced populations.
  • In line with UNHCR’s commitment, promote the integration of agreed priority cross-cutting issues (e.g. age, environment, gender, and human rights) in sector/inter-sector needs assessments, analysis, planning and monitoring are met.
  • Develop and implement Settlement plans in a consultative process with Senior Management, relevant technical colleagues (integrated multi-sectoral approach), implementing partners, and other relevant stakeholders. Maintain, support or complement existing coordination mechanisms.
  • Develop Settlement Master Plans in alignment with the UNHCR guiding principles of the Master Plan Approach to Settlement Planning. Ensure periodic updates on the Masterplan taking note of the expansion and densification of the settlement and develop plans for any settlement extensions.
  • Upload technical information and settlement plan updates on the SIP (settlement information portal), ensure shelter dashboards are populated with relevant settlement data, prepare mission reports and debrief.
  • Work together with implementing and operational partners to ensure the use of common standards and tools for information collection and data management, including in needs assessments and monitoring.
  • Working closely with Risk management, utilise adequate Project Management tools and conduct regular monitoring of settlement and infrastructure works so these are implemented according to plans and completed within designated timelines and budget, and ensure that this information is captured in the global monitoring and evaluation framework.
  • Provide support in advocating for the mobilization of resources, where applicable. Identify core advocacy concerns for the sector and contribute key messages to the broader multi-sectoral advocacy initiatives including coordinated inputs into donor proposals and multi-agency appeals.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with all functional units in UNHCR and relevant technical actors in the feasibility and technical assessments, planning and development of sites, including protection, environment, Health, Education, water and sanitation and, in order to inform the overall planning process, carry out appropriate assessments and mapping exercises such as environmental impact assessment, useable land area assessment, mapping of services, mapping of host communities, livelihood assessments, etc.
  • Ensure a rights-based approach in physical planning/ master plan, support to active participation of communities and promote community-based approaches in the planning and implementation of activities. 
  • Develop adequate reports and share information, both within the settlement planning stakeholders and with other sectors through inter-sector communication channels. Work on the reporting and monitoring through the provision of 4W, SIP and site monitoring information.
  • Promote and ensure the accountability to affected populations and the identification of durable solutions that also promote peaceful co/existence with the host communities.
  • Identify and maintain existing linkages between the shelter and settlement team with other actors and sectors.
  • Maintain a strong collaboration with the Shelter and Settlements Section in HQ.
  • Support and coordinate with the Associate WASH Officer in SO Peshawar, who has a background in site planning
  • Perform other related duties as required.
6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree Architecture; Urban Planning; Civil / structural Engineering; or other relevant field.
Essential requirements
Managerial and technical ability to guide a specialist team in emergency and/or protracted situations. Previous similar job experience in the humanitarian settlement planning / infrastructure field, knowledge of technical drawing software, GIS tools and an ability to produce technical plans, BQ’s, specifications and conduct training.
Personal Characteristics
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
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