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

 

Job Title:    RSD Officer

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Position No.: 10033671

Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External vacancy notice 005/2021

Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda

Grade: NOC

 

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:  In addition to participating in the RSD
eligibility process as observer, the RSD Officer will play a key role in
supporting the Governments’ RSD capacity development and should demonstrate
substantive experience and seniority in this regard. The function requires
expertise on Refugee Law and procedural matters related to RSD including
conducting exclusion assessments whether in the context of UNHCR mandate and/or
national asylum systems. Legal training and knowledge of the national law is a
requisite. Other important skills include, developing RSD strategies, drafting
legal opinions, analytical reports and related advocacy materials and funding
proposals. Knowledge of the languages commonly spoken by refugees in Uganda is
an advantage.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Provide
legal/procedural advice and support on RSD adjudication issues within the Area
of Responsibility (AoR).

·       
Stay
abreast of legal, political, security and other developments relevant to
mandate RSD, the protection environment, including developments in relation to
national asylum/RSD systems, as applicable.

·       
Engage
relevant national authorities and structures in identifying and expanding
opportunities in view of developing or strengthening national asylum/RSD
systems.

·       
Undertake
quality review of RSD Assessments in line with UNHCR policies/guidelines
related to mandate RSD and endorse RSD decisions as required.

·       
Conduct
interviews and draft RSD Assessments in complex/sensitive cases per relevant
standards and guidelines.

·       
Provide
ongoing coaching as well as specialized training on the inclusion criteria;
principles/procedures related to exclusion; cancellation/revocation;
international humanitarian law; human rights law; interviewing techniques and
credibility assessment/establishing the facts; and legal drafting.

·       
Provide
specialized training to other UNHCR units on the refugee criteria and related
issues as needed. Contribute to the development of the RSD strategy and support
senior management to ensure its full and effective integration into the
protection and solution strategy of the Country Operations Plan.

·       
Contribute
to developing/enhancing regional and global RSD standards and policies, as
required.

·       
Support
the design and implementation of operation-specific SOPs for all aspects of RSD
operations in line with relevant standards/policies, including UNHCR’s AGD
policy and Forward Plan, ensuring the prioritisation of persons with specific
needs  if based in a Regional Bureau,
provide support to operations on the above.

·       
Monitor
trends and systematically compile statistics related to RSD case processing.

·       
Analyze
key indicators of the quality and efficiency of decision-making in RSD
processing to assess capacity and resource requirements of operations in the
region or the operation to which the RSD Officer is assigned.

·       
Contribute
to the evaluation and projection of RSD staffing and financial needs using the
RSD Staffing Benchmarks, and support allocation of appropriate human, material
and financial resources.

·       
Contribute
to identifying and preventing fraud in RSD through oversight, advice and guidance
to UNHCR personnel, partners and persons of concern.

·       
Together
with competent host authorities and partners, develop processes aiming at
developing national institutional capacities and the timely identification of
international protection needs in line with the GCR and other key planning
considerations.

·       
Perform
other related duties as required.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate for the United Nations RSD Officer job opportunity should hold
an Undergraduate degree in International Refugee Law, International Human
Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, Social
Sciences or other relevant field is required.

·       
Minimum
of 6 years of previous job experience relevant to the function is required.

·       
3 years
of experience working directly with procedures and principles related to
adjudicating individual asylum claims in RSD procedures is required.

·       
In-depth
knowledge of International Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law,
International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law and ability to
apply relevant legal principles in the RSD context, including exclusion
decision-making is required.

·       
Thorough
knowledge of the “Procedural Standards for RSD under UNHCR’s Mandate”
and other guidelines and standards governing UNHCR’s mandate RSD activities is
required.

·       
Experience
in counselling asylum-seekers and individual case management. Experience in
refugee law training is required.

·       
Knowledge
of English is required.

 

Competencies

Core Competencies

·       
Accountability

·       
Communication

·       
Organizational
Awareness

·       
Teamwork
& Collaboration

·       
Commitment
to Continuous Learning

·       
Client
& Result Orientation

Managerial
Competencies

·       
Empowering
and Building Trust

·       
Managing
Performance

·       
Judgement
and Decision Making

·       
Strategic
Planning and Vision

·       
Leadership

·       
Managing
Resources

Cross – Functional
Competencies

·       
Analytical
Thinking

·       
Planning
and Organizing

·       
Policy
Development and Research

 

Desirable
Qualifications & Competencies

·       
Experience
as a decision-maker in UNHCR or Government SD procedures is highly desirable.

·       
Experience
in providing legal representation to asylum seekers in UNHCR or Government SD
procedures is desirable.

·       
Experience
in supervising a team. Completion of other UNHCR Learning Programmes relevant
to RSD is desirable.

·       
Training
and coaching experience and experience in working with vulnerable or
traumatized individuals is desirable.

·       
Certificates
or additional licenses in RSD Learning Programme, Management Learning Programme
and Protection Learning Programme is desirable.

·       
Knowledge
of additional UN languages is desirable.

 

How to Apply:

All interested
Ugandan nationals 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.

 

Click Here

 

Deadline: 23rd March 2021

 

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