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International Consultant for Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) exercise(Vacancy No KBO/VA/2020/001) Job Description
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Organizational context and General background of assignment:

The United Republic of Tanzania hosts the total of 235,659 camp-based persons of concern (POCs) as of 31st October 2019. The camp-based population comprise mainly of refugees and asylum seekers from Burundi (69%), Democratic Republic of Congo (30.8%) and others (0.07%). The camp-based refugees and asylum seekers are in three camps within the Kigoma Region namely; Nyarugusu (130,997), Nduta (72,911) and Mtendeli (31,751). Following the 20th meeting of the Tripartite Commission for the Voluntary Repatriation of Burundian Refugees in Tanzania on March 28th 2018, the three parties; United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Burundi, and UNHCR agreed to implement a work plan for the voluntary repatriation of 72,000 Burundian refugees between April 5th and December 31st 2018.

The Tripartite Commission met in November 2019 to discuss the same. UNHCR reiterates its position not to promote return at this time while the Governments of Burundi and Tanzania continue to move towards promoting returns. As of December 30th, 2018, the total of 57,861 (UNHCR Burundian Refugee Situation) Burundian refugees and asylum seekers were repatriated to Burundi. Repatriation was stalled in January 2019 and resumed in February with the total of 78,394 persons repatriated from September 2017 to October 2019. The high crude birth rate among the populations contributes to a 4% increase in the overall population. Women and children make up 79% of all persons of concern; with children alone accounting for 57%. Resettlement of both Burundians and Congolese refugees to third as a durable solution for refugees in the camps is also ongoing.

While the Government of Tanzania is committed to its international legal obligations to protect refugees and asylum-seekers, freedom of movement remains restricted, limiting the ability of refugees to become self-reliant. In 2018, access to territory and asylum for new arrivals from Burundi was further restricted following the closure of all 19 reception border entry-points by July 2018. Since the closure of the entry points, the Government of Tanzania has made efforts to mobilize returns to Burundi, livelihood opportunities were further restricted as a result of the closure of the common markets and some refugee-run businesses across the three camps. Despite the unpredictable protection environment, as well as the limited capacity and resources to stabilize and strengthen existing Programmes, UNHCR and refugee response partners in Tanzania continued to work together with the Government to provide critical protection and humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

UNHCR and WFP is seeking an experienced consultant to conduct a Joint Assessment Mission (JAM) following the UNHCR and WFP JAM guideline in the refugee operation in Tanzania. The main purpose of a JAM is to understand the situation, risks, capacities and vulnerabilities of refugees with regards to the food security and nutrition.

Preparations and secondary data analysis

· Plan the JAM process – develop detailed timeline and work plan;

· In coordination with the sector experts and other members of the JAM team write the JAM report;

· Liaise with HQ/regional bureau for technical support if necessary;

· Conduct and assist the secondary data review:

o Support the sector experts and feed into the secondary data collection review;

o Identify information to collect data using appropriate data collection methods; and

o Organise information in the information matrix (and update it throughout the JAM process).

· In collaboration with sector experts and senior management, identify the need for any in-depth assessments after review of secondary data and ensure their organisation, if any.

Field visit preparations

  • Develop qualitative data collection tools (information checklists, key informant interview questions, focus group discussion guidelines), debriefing format and analysis plan;
  • Lead/facilitate the JAM team preparation and training sessions; and
  • Finalise field visit itinerary and logistics arrangements (with the support of WFP and UNHCR staff).

During field visits

  • Supervise the field visit team leaders, logistics/administration support personnel;
  • Facilitate cross-sectoral daily debriefings;
  • Support teams to develop appropriate analysis-based findings during daily debriefings and analysis sessions;
  • Liaise with UNHCR/WFP security officers to ensure that security regulations are adhered to during the field visit; and
  • To ensure that key findings are captured and can be incorporated into the report.

Analysis, finalisation of JAM and JPA

  • To ensure finalisation of report and development of further recommendations.
  • Support the organization and facilitation of the presentation of JAM findings to senior management;
  • Lead the donor/partner debriefing, including preparation of the final PPT file;
  • Organise the JPA workshop (with UNHCR/WFP programme staff); and
  • Write the JPA based on the workshop for senior management approval.


A final JAM report, a PowerPoint presentation, and the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) including recommendations on actions to address the situation is to be submitted at the end of the consultancy. **


The consultant will report technically to the UNHCR Public Health Officer with overall supervision by the Head of UNHCR Field Office in Kibondo. Additionally, the incumbent will also work with UNHCR and WFP JAM focal points in the country operation and seek technical support and guidance from the senior regional / HQ nutrition and food security focal points of UNHCR and WFP.

Time Frame

The consultancy is for the duration of 2.5 months with a starting date as of 15th March – 31st May 2020.

Qualifications and Experience Required

The successful candidate will:

• Have a university degree or the equivalent, with advanced education in various related fields e.g. Nutrition, food security, public health, social science with a specific competency in humanitarian emergencies.

• Have experience in undertaking / leading field surveys, assessments (design and methodologies, field supervision and data analysis, and report write up).

• Participated in a JAM training and has experience from a previous JAM (preferably)

• Experience in working in refugee settings/humanitarian context is an added advantage

• Be fluent in English with excellent writing and presentation skills.

• Be fluent in French would be added value.

How to apply

Candidates are invited to send a motivation letter and UNHCR Personal History Form prior to the closing date of this vacancy to the email address below. Please include the title and vacancy number in the subject line.

Senior Human Resources Officer

UNHCR Representation Office

Dar es Salaam

Email: [email protected]

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