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Assistant RSD Officer -NOA

Job Type: Full time | Company: United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees | Location: Tripoli, Libya | Date posted: 10-09-2017

Title of Position:                       Assistant RSD Officer

Contract Type and Level:          Temporary Appointment, NOA

Location:                                  Tripoli, Libya

Effective date:                          as soon as possible

Duration:                                  Three Months (Renewable)

Closing Date:                          17 September 2017

 

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

 

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. 

 

FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT

 

Accountabilities

·         UNHCR’s RSD procedures are implemented in accordance with relevant UNHCR standards and policies, including policies related to age, gender, and diversity mainstreaming (AGDM). 

·         Persons of concern have fair and transparent access to the RSD procedures.

·        Fraud in the RSD process is identified and appropriately addressed.

 

Responsibilities

·         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 all 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.

 

Authorities

 

·        Decide and endorse RSD decisions.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE and COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

 

 

·        University Degree in Law, political science, international relations or another related field.

·        Minimum 2 years 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.

·        Strong research and analytical skills.

·        Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·        Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.

·        Judgement and Decision Making

·        Analytical Thinking

·        Planning and Organizing

 

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES

·        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.

·        Completion of UNHCR's RSD Learning Programme, COI Learning Programme, or Protection Learning Programme.

·        Knowledge of another official UN language.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

·        Interested and qualified applicants should send their English applications along with an updated UN Personal History Form (P.11) www.unhcr.org/recruit/p11new.doc , and an updated CV to LBYTRHR@unhcr.org. Applications received after 17 September 2017 will not be considered.

·        Please indicate the title and location of the position in the subject of the email when you submit your application.

·        Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

·        Only nationals can apply to this position.

 

REMUNERATION

 

 

A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the Office of HR Management of United Nations.

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