Assistant RSD Officer

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Application deadline 1 month ago: Friday 10 May 2024 at 23:59 UTC

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UNOPS IICA1Target Start Date

2024-07-01Job Posting End Date

May 18, 2024Terms of Reference

Experience in complex casework under various procedures (appeals, cancellation, cessation, reopening and exclusion) would be an asset. Familiarity with UNHCR’s Strategic Direction for RSD and related experience in implementing case processing modalities, developing RSD forms and training would be an asset. Experience as a decision-maker in UNHCR or Government RSD procedures is highly desirable.

This is an international position offered under an International UNOPS contract at level IICA 1, and therefore, the vacancy is open to applications of non-nationals of Trinidad and Tobago. Please note that the contract duration is initially until 31 December 2024, with possibility of extension subject to budget, performance and operational needs (if applicable).

Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

Levels of language knowledge: A1-beginner A2-elementary B1-lower intermediate B2-upper intermediate C1-advanced/proficient C2-fluent

Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test.Standard Job Description

Assistant RSD Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Assistant RSD Officer is a member of the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) team. S/he is responsible for conducting RSD interviews to determine eligibility for refugee status, undertaking country of origin (COI) and other research related to the claim, as required, and drafting RSD assessments. The Assistant RSD Officer provides counselling to asylum seekers and refugees on UNHCR's RSD procedures and on their status, rights and obligations in the country of asylum. S/he may review RSD assessments of less experienced members of the RSD team, seeking the advice of a more senior RSD/Protection Officer on complex cases, and may assist in developing and implementing RSD training and other measures to enhance the quality and efficiency of RSD decision-making.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties - Stay abreast of legal, political, security and other developments which impact on the protection environment, and in particular, on protection delivery through RSD. - Assist in the development of the RSD strategy of the operation and in the annual planning exercise. - Conduct RSD interviews and draft RSD Assessments in accordance with applicable standards and guidelines. - Review and endorse RSD decisions and provide appropriate feedback and guidance to RSD staff. - Maintain accurate and up-to date records and data related to work on individual cases. - Provide counselling to asylum seekers and refugees. - Assist in preventing and identifying fraud in RSD through oversight, advice and guidance to UNHCR staff, partners and persons of concern. - Assist in monitoring RSD trends and in compiling and analysing RSD statistics related to RSD case processing to identify and respond to developments or issues impacting on the efficiency or quality of RSD decision-making, and to propose remedial measures. - Conduct research on country of origin information (COI) and legal issues related to RSD and assist in maintaining a local repository of relevant information, guidelines and standards accessible to RSD staff in the operation - Ensure that persons of concern, Government authorities and legal partners have accurate information on the RSD procedures, including UNHCR standards, policy and practice. - Assist in developing and maintaining processes to ensure that persons of concern, Government authorities and partners have accurate information on the RSD procedures, including UNHCR standards, policies and practice. - Assist in initiatives to advocate with and support Government authorities and legal partners to establish and strengthen fair and efficient RSD procedures and RSD decision-making. - Assist in evaluating and projecting RSD staffing needs using the RSD Staffing Benchmarks. - Decide and endorse RSD decisions. - Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level For P1/NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education Law; Political Science; International Relations; or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses HCR RSD Lrng Programme; HCR Protection Learning Prg; HCR Cntry of Orig Inf Lrng Prg; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience Essential Minimum 1 year of relevant professional job experience, preferably in the area of refugee protection, human rights or international humanitarian law. Knowledge of International Refugee Law and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles. Desirable Working experience with procedures and principles related to RSD is highly desirable. Experience as a decision-maker in UNHCR or Government RSD procedures. Experience in counselling asylum seekers or refugees. Experience in working with vulnerable or traumatized individuals.

Functional Skills DM-Data Collection and Analysis PR-Counselling Asylum Seekers or Refugees CO-Drafting and Documentation LE-Legal Research PR-RSD - Principles and Procedures, operational arrangements/assistance SO-Research PR-Government Refugee Status Determination (RSD) procedures WB-Treatment of vulnerable/traumatized individuals (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language. For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

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CO-Drafting and Documentation, DM-Data Collection and Analysis, LE-Legal Research, PR-Counselling Asylum Seekers or Refugees, PR-Government Refugee Status Determination (RSD) procedures, PR-RSD - Principles and Procedures, operational arrangements/assistance, SO-Research, WB-Treatment of vulnerable/traumatized individualsEducation

Bachelor of Arts (BA): International Relations (Required), Bachelor of Arts (BA): Law (Required), Bachelor of Arts (BA): Political Science (Required)Certifications

HCR Country of Origin Information Learning Program - UNHCR, HCR Protection Learning Program - UNHCR, HCR RSD Learning Program - UNHCRWork Experience

RSDOther information

This position doesn't require a functional clearance Home-Based


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