UN Senior Registration Officer Jobs – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
(UNHCR)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy or
Assistant Representative (Protection).
Post Grade: P4
About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was
established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.
UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international
protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees
and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate
concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under
Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
Job Summary: The Senior
Registration Officer manages and oversees UNHCR’s registration procedures and
decision-making as well as related activities in the operation. The Senior
Registration Officer supports, advises and monitors registration, case
management, fraud control mechanisms, identity management, individual data
management and other related issues within the operation. In this regard, the
Senior Registration Officer is directly responsible for overseeing the
development and implementation of an operation-specific registration strategy
in compliance with overall protection objectives of the office, to ensure that
registrationis effectively used for the identification of specific protection
needs, for the management of operations, and for the achievement of durable
solutions. To achieve this, the Senior Registration Officer requires a strong
background in protection and refugee case management processes (i.e.
Registration, RSD, resettlement, protection interventions, assistance provision,
etc.), the ability to apply operational guidance and policies to practical
follow-up and implementation in the field and facilitating change in procedures
where gaps occur.
The Senior Registration Officer coordinates closely with the Protection,
Programme, Operational Data Management, Information Management and senior
management staff, as well as with key UN and international organizations, NGOs
and partners on the provision of quality population data for the delivery of
targeted protection or assistance interventions and programming and planning.
The Senior Registration Officer also liaises with other Registration operations
in the region, the Regional Registration Officer, the Bureau and the Identity
Management and Registration Section (IMRS) in DPSM to promote regional and
global consistency in Registration standards and population data management.
The launching of UNHCR’s new, online case and identity management applications
(proGres in Partnership and the Biometrics Identity Management System, BIMS)
will require extensive contribution from the Senior Registration Officer in
relation to both business input on usage of the tools and the deployment of the
tools to support continuous registration, data management and other
case-related activities.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Oversee the design of appropriate
    registration strategies and approaches for populations of concern in
    compliance with the protection strategy of the operation, ensuring that
    registration standards are met and that appropriate methodologies and
    technologies are implemented.
  • Plan, implement and monitor
    registration-related activities, as part of UNHCR’s normal planning cycle
    to ensure that provision is made for material and human resources to
    adequately support the process.
  • Ensure that operation-specific SOPs for
    all aspects of registration are in accordance with applicable standards
    and policies, including provisions for the protection of individual data
    and prevention and identification of fraud.
  • Monitor the design of appropriate
    procedures and systems for the assurance of quality registration data
    through the implementation of continuous registration and verification
    exercises, including the facilitation of additional data collection in
    accordance with operational programming and protection needs. 
  • Ensure that regular data quality and audit
    checks are conducted to monitor the accuracy of data collected and ensure
    procedures are implemented to respond to any identified data
    irregularities or fraud.
  • Coordinate registration activities between
    country and field offices to ensure data quality, standardization and
    consistency of data management.
  • Support the coordination of emergency
    preparedness and response measures relating to registration, including
    working with Headquarters to develop and implement appropriate resources.
  • Liaise with the Bureau and the IMRS as
    necessary to facilitate registration activities in the region.
  • Contribute to the development, enhancement
    and implementation of the online case and identity management applications
    (proGres in Partnership and BIMS).
  • Participate in or lead regional planning
    activities whenever registration-related activities are an important
    component of the overall strategy and protection framework.
  • Advocate with and support Government
    authorities and partners to establish and strengthen fair and efficient
    Registration procedures including the recognition of UNHCR identity and
    entitlement documentation and associated rights.
  • Establish linkages with protection staff
    to design, implement and monitor systems for appropriate case
    management  mechanisms of persons of
    concern requiring protection interventions;
  • Reinforce data management approaches and
    processing methodologies for efficient and accountable delivery of both
    material and cash-based assistance and other programming and protection
    needs.
  • Develop data sharing agreements in close
    cooperation with Protection colleagues and the Regional Registration
    Officer, ensuring they reflect UNHCR standards and policy, and are
    consistent regionally.
  • Provide technical support, training and
    capacity building for UNHCR and partner staff in registration
    methodologies, technologies and standards, to enable them to conduct
    registration activities and to manage registration and case related data
    on a continuous basis.
  • Support the country team to establish and
    strengthen internal capacity and/or that of government counterparts to
    manage registration and maintain population information.
  • Document and report on registration
    activities at the operation level, and report on the impact of support
    interventions to the management of operations.
  • Undertake other related functions as
    required.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • The operation has a clear and coherent
    Registration strategy which reflects UNHCR¿s country, regional and global
    priorities and objectives.
  • UNHCR’s Registration Standard Operating
    Procedures (SOPs) are implemented in accordance with relevant UNHCR
    standards and policies.
  • Persons of concern have fair and
    transparent access to registration procedures.
  • The integrity of UNHCR¿s registration
    procedures is ensured and refugee identities are secured over time through
    the implementation of case management and identity management tools.
  • UNHCR’s population database (proGres)
    remains a reliable, trusted source of personal information and protection
    needs of persons of concern to UNHCR.
  • UNHCR’s data sharing practices are in
    accordance with data privacy and data protection policies and guidance
    while continuing to serve operational needs.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR Senior Registration Officer job opportunity should hold a graduate
    degree (equivalent of Master’s) in social sciences, demography,
    statistics, information technology, geography, political science, law,
    business administration, humanities or a related field plus minimum eight
    years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Undergraduate
    degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 9 years or Doctorate degree
    (equivalent of a PhD) plus 7 years of previous relevant work experience
    may also be accepted.
  • Strong understanding of the principles and
    concepts of international protection and UNHCR.
  • Strong team building, managerial,
    planning, coordination and representation skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, particularly in
    data management and data dissemination, as well as excellent drafting
    skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working
    knowledge of another UN language.
  • Technical expertise in registration,
    individual case management and identity management systems, including
    proGres, in refugee and internal displacement situations.
  • Knowledge of UNHCR and interagency
    policies, standards, programmes and humanitarian operations in a variety
    of geographical locations and operational contexts.
  • Familiarity with planning, programming and
    implementation of registration operations at the field levels, including
    strategic planning, project development, budgeting and resource
    mobilization.
  • Personal Competencies:
    Accountability, Teamwork & Collaboration, Communication, Commitment to
    Continuous Learning, Client & Result Orientation, Organizational
    Awareness, Managing Performance, Managing Resources, Strategic Planning
    and Vision, Judgement and Decision Making, Analytical Thinking,
    Technological Awareness, Planning and Organizing
How to Apply:
All interested candidates who wish to join the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged
to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after
reviewing the job details.
Deadline: 11th April 2018
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