Development Officer

Job Description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is currently seeking experienced Development Officers with skills and capacities to:


  • Support inclusive multi-stakeholder, multi-year planning by advising on long-term political, economic and social trends that will enhance opportunities for solutions, resilience and inclusion for populations of concern to UNHCR, taking into account capacities of hosting Governments and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Strengthen and manage partnerships with development actors to influence policy dialogue, and support relationship building with development agencies.
  • Support evidence-based planning, such as ensuring development actors are provided relevant data to inform their planning, programming and advocacy around resilience for and inclusion of UNHCR persons of concern.
  • Support capacity building and knowledge management through the sharing of knowledge and experience between UNHCR and development actors, as well as internal capacity-building efforts on humanitarian development interventions.


UNHCR leads efforts to protect people forced to flee wars and persecution around the world, providing life-saving aid, including shelter, food and water to ensure their basic safety, rights and dignity. With 16,803 women and men working in 134 countries, we work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of over 70 million forcibly displaced people worldwide and the communities hosting them.


It is anticipated that development responses to forced displacement will grow in significance in future years due to the greater importance attached to reducing poverty in fragile and conflict-affected settings and the need to address protracted displacement situations in a more sustainable manner.


While UNHCR’s primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees, our ultimate goal is to help find durable solutions that will allow them to rebuild their lives in dignity. In the context of the Global Compact for Refugees, the role of the Development Officer is to support UNHCR’s engagement and cooperation with host Governments and development agencies on their medium and long-term programmes and policy priorities. The goal, in support of the Global Compact for Refugees, is to support host governments, local communities and UNHCR’s populations of concern by leveraging development partnerships for socio-economic investments in host areas. Likewise, to influence policy dialogue to enact institutional reforms toward improved protection, resilience and solutions and work for the inclusion of refugees and other populations of concern into national services and development plans and to enhance both refugees and host community socio-economic opportunities.

Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 20 September 2020 on the UNHCR career page, by clicking on the ”Vacancies” tab and entering job ID 21144.

Personal Specification

To qualify for a position at the P3 level, we seek candidates who have 4 – 6 years of relevant experience, depending on the degree. For positions at P4 level, the professional experience required is 7 – 9, depending on the degree. Please see job description for more details.



Education, Government, IGO & NGO




Job Level

Mid-Senior Level