Over 700,000 Rohingyas have fled violence across the border from Myanmar into Cox’s Bazar and the Chittagong Hill Tracts since August 2017. They have joined the over 300,000 Rohingyas who took refuge in Bangladesh in earlier - but smaller scale – crises. The majority of the forcibly displaced Rohingya have settled in Ukhia and Teknaf, two of Bangladesh´s poorest sub-districts (Upazilas).
In the current context, a short-term solution in the form of voluntary return of the refugees to Myanmar seems unlikely, certainly not in the numbers and within the timeframe initially hoped, and steps will need to be taken to support the national and local authorities as well as affected host communities for a protracted situation that respects the rights and needs of the Rohingya refugees and host communities.
Assistance from local authorities and the host population has been critical to respond to the increased need for assistance to the refugees. In this context UNDP and UNHCR stand ready to further support local authorities and the host population in delivering basic services. Therefore, the Host Community Support Specialist will provide appropriate support to the Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) in coordinating response to affected host communities under the Rohingya Refugee Response. Activities under the response will be appropriately coordinated and geared to the best interest of affected host communities, in support of local authorities’ and the refugee response. This will have specific emphasis on supporting the current efforts of various UN agencies and partners to ensure social cohesion among the refugees and host communities enabling an improved environment.
The Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) was established in 2017 in Cox’s Bazar to facilitate coordination among humanitarian actors working for a coherent response to Rohingya Refugees and affected Host Communities. It brings together a variety of UN and other agencies (national/ international NGOs and others) and the Cox’s Bazar based government authorities establishing close synergies between different entities. The main objective of the ISCG is to facilitate an effective, efficient and coordinated humanitarian response to the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar District. The ISCG is a repository of information and real time updates providing guidance and support to ISCG partners and sectors.
This is a position jointly funded by UNDP and UNHCR, and the person selected will be seconded to the ISCG, to directly support the Senior Coordinator of ISCG. Administrative support will be provided by UNDP, and liaison through the Head of UNDP office in Cox’s Bazar.
The incumbent be based at ISCG and will support the ISCG Senior Coordinator (SC) in coordinating the ISCG’s engagement with the affected host community within the Rohingya refugee response. He/she will also support the SC and the ISCG Secretariat in coordinating with the Dhaka-based SEG and UN Resident Coordinator’s Office on all matters related to affected host communities.