Resettlement Associate (Local Individual Contractor Agreement, UNOPS, L-ICA – 6) – 36652

Website United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Eligible Applicants
<p>This position is advertised open to Group 1, Group 2, if applicable, and external applicants.
Duties and Qualifications
Resettlement Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
A Resettlement Associate position is typically located at Multi-Country Office, Branch Office or Field Office. Under supervision, the incumbent’s primary role is to assist in providing, in close coordination with concerned sections within UNHCR as well as external parties such as resettlement countries, IOM and NGOs, a continuous support to resettlement operations by ensuring that resettlement polices are correctly implemented and operations are supported in establishing comprehensive protection and solutions strategies. The incumbent takes part in assessing cases for resettlement and conducting interviews as well as monitoring procedural compliance and quality of case submissions. The role of the Resettlement Associate may involve managerial responsibilities in supervising, coaching and training junior staff, and assisting in implementing organisational objectives and priorities.

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.

– Interview, assess resettlement needs, and process persons identified for resettlement, following established procedures; undertake field missions as required.
– Where applicable, review and assess special resettlement cases and prepares individual submissions for presentation to resettlement countries; keep offices informed on the status of special resettlement cases; liaise with offices on case processing and provide advice as required.
– Comply with UNHCR¿s standard operating procedures on resettlement, ensuring timely action on cases.
– Follow up on status of cases from submission to departure; ensure effective in-country communication on the status and follow-up on persons of concern (PoC) being considered for resettlement; ensure that records on individual cases are kept up-to-date.
– Provide PoC and partners with up-to-date and accurate information on UNHCR¿s resettlement policies and procedures.
– Assist in monitoring the quality of submissions, providing the concerned staff with basic guidance and advice.
– Manage, maintain and update proGres or Consolidated Online Resettlement Tracking System (CORTS) database and provide technical support.
– Coordinate travel and departure arrangements for refugees accepted for resettlement.
– Organize logistical support for governments undertaking resettlement missions.
– Maintain accurate resettlement statistics as well as up-to-date records on individual cases; assist in the preparation of reports.
– Assist with preparing a strategy and budget for resettlement activities and monitoring expenditures.
– Provide administrative support for resettlement-related training activities.
– Systematically apply an Age, Gender and Diversity perspective in all aspects of the resettlement process; comply with UNHCR policy and guidelines on HIV/AIDS.
– Assist in mitigating resettlement fraud through oversight (including in-country travel), advice and guidance).
– Recommend cases that are eligible for resettlement consideration.
– Provide counselling to PoC.
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education
Not applicable

Certificates and/or Licenses
International Law;
International Relations;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Not specified
Good knowledge of UNHCR Resettlement policies and operational applications in different resettlement countries and situations. Completion of UNHCR specific learning/training activities (e.g., PLP and RSD/Resettlement Learning Programme, resettlement anti-fraud workshop).

Functional Skills
CO-Cross-cultural communication
PR-Refugee Resettlement programs
PR-Resettlement Anti-Fraud Policy and Procedures
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Core Competencies
Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies
Judgement and Decision Making

Cross-Functional Competencies
Analytical Thinking
Planning and Organizing
Stakeholder Management

Language Requirements

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.

Position Competencies
Competencies as defined in Job Profile.
Additional Information
Nature of the Position:

The Resettlement Associate is a member of the Protection Unit and reports to the Resettlement Expert. The incumbent will be based in Gambella and will support the protection delivery to over 358,000 South Sudanese refugees settled in Okugo, Jewi, Kule, Nguenyyiel, Tierkidi and Pinyudo camps. Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, the Resettlement Associate will work directly with communities of concern to interview cases referred by the Protection Unit for resettlement consideration, following laid down and established SOPs and guidelines on resettlement. The incumbent will generate RRFs to be reviewed by the Resettlement Expert until such a time the cases are of high calibre to be referred for review to RO Addis Ababa. The incumbent will be responsible for their own cases, providing timely feedback to RO Addis Ababa and RB Nairobi on case reviews. The incumbent will ensure that all relevant proGres database entries are made.

In addition, the incumbent will also assist in updating all proGres entries, especially for departures and resettlement counselling as necessary. The incumbent will also assist in disseminating informational materials on resettlement and have dialogues with members of the refugee community to discuss the same.

The incumbent will assist in complementary pathway activities as necessary.

The incumbent will be in charge of the Resettlement file tracking and file management system and ensure that strict adherence to the filing SOPs, in efforts to mitigate potential fraud.

The Resettlement Associate will neither take part in case identification nor conduct full BIDs/BIAs.

Living and Working Conditions:

Gambella is a non-family duty station. Adequately furnished guesthouses for staff are provided. The incumbent can live in the provided guest house but can also opt to live in commercially rented apartments within the town. There are limited banking facilities and limited medical facilities. There are daily commercial flights between Addis Ababa and Gambella.

The diversity of topography in Ethiopia has resulted in a wide variety of climate in the country. The climate in Gambella is classified as tropical. The hottest season of the region is March/April and temperatures may rise up to 45 °C, followed by a long rainy season. Road network within the region is often affected by the heavy rainfall during the rainy season. The average annual temperature in Gambella is 27.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1148 mm. Remoteness, isolation and limited entertainment in social life are the factors to be also considered prior to applying.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, training, or any other fees).
Knowledge of Local Language in Nuer is desirable.
Additional relevant skills with computer literacy and drafting skills are mandatory, and knowledge of proGres software is desirable.
An eliminatory or complementary written test for shortlisted candidates may be conducted which will be followed by competency-based interview.
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing Date
The Closing Date for Submission of Application is Monday 16 May 2022 (Mid Night Ethiopia Time).

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