United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR*)*
UNOPS Vacancy Announcement
Vacancy Notice No.: IICA/KEN/NBI/21/001
Title of Post
Associate Resettlement Case Officer
Initially up to 31 December 2021
01 July 2021
Type of Contract
Date of Issue
07 June 2021
Branch Office Nairobi
20 June 2021
Organizational Context (role of the position within the team, describing its leadership role, it’s external/internal work relationships or contacts, the contextual environment in which it operates and the scope of supervision received, and where applicable, exercise by the incumbent)
Overall Operational Context
The UNHCR Operation in Kenya is dealing with a mixed refugee situation which includes refugees who have been in the country for decades (protracted refugee situation) and continued new arrivals. At the same time, UNHCR facilitates solutions for refugees (voluntary repatriaton, resettlement and socio-economic inlcusion). Nairobi hosts around 81,000 persons of concern which includes around 29,000 children. Refugees and asylum-seekers are from a variety of nationalities and backgrounds. UNHCR works closely with the Government of Kenya in all activities including protection, registration and RSD.
A significant number of resettlement referrals to the US are expected during 2021 and 2022 as well as referrals to other resettlement countries. At Nairobi BO, the number of referrals to the US for 2021 is 900 and this is an increase from the previous year. Branch Office Nairobi also intends to boost its response to the deferral cases. This position is required in order to assist the Branch Office in Nairobi meet these increased resettlement targets.
The resettlement unit in Nairobi currently consists of 1 P3 Resettlement & CP Officer, 1 P2 Associate Resettlement Officer (JPO) , 1 NOA Assistant Resettlement Officer, two 5 GL staff, two G4 staff.
This proposal concerns the deployment of a Resettlement case officer through UNOPS to the UNHCR Branch Office for Kenya.
The Branch Office for Kenya continues to face an extraordinarily large workload. In order to meet its resettlement targets, the Resettlement Unit requires ongoing assistance from a UNOPS L1 to ensure continuity of operations and quality assurance. UNHCR Branch Office for Kenya will implement or continue to implement a number of resettlement initiatives in which the Resettlement case officer will have an active role**.**
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Resettlement & CP Officer at the UNHCR Branch Office for Kenya, the Case Officer will:
• Interview refugees, undertake necessary action / assessments to finalise the resettlement assessment, and complete RRFs for cases deemed by the office to meet the resettlement criteria;
• Complete Resettlement Referral Forms (RRFs) to meet agreed targets in Nairobi. The incumbent of the position will be expected to complete between 6 to 8 RRFs per week;
• Liaise with other functional units with UNHCR and partner agencies to ensure necessary action is taken / assessments made to finalise documentation on resettlement submissions;
• Conduct preliminary assessment for identification of cases for potential resettlement if requested;
• Draft BIAs for resettlement processing;
• Fulfil other resettlement related duties as directed by the supervisor.
Monitoring and Progress Controls
The incumbent will be required to prepare UNOPS evaluations on key performances.
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience
· University degree in relevant area (e.g. international law / refugee law, political science, social sciences – preferably in social work etc.) and thorough understanding of the principles of refugee law and UNHCR’s mandate;
• Minimum two years work experience in relevant field (e.g. Assisting refugees in a resettlement context, case advocacy, assisting with family reunification, identifying resettlement needs, etc.) - required.
• Professional experience in the area of refugee law or advocacy on behalf of refugees - required;
• Professional experience writing detailed submissions on complex issues related to refugee law or refugee matters – required;
• Experience conducting refugee status determinations and resettlement assessments – required;
• Experience drafting resettlement submissions – desirable;
• Experience drafting BIAs - desirable;
• Fluency in English language, strong drafting skills - required.
• Knowledge of and/or preparedness to become familiar with and abide by UNHCR’s principles, code of conduct and humanitarian goals - required.
• Knowledge of the international legal framework governing refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and statelessness - required.
• Knowledge of UNHCR guidelines on refugee status determination / resettlement. - required;
• Awareness of gender issues - required.
• Knowledge of rights and community-based approach to identify and respond to specific needs - desirable.
• Awareness of the importance of preventing fraud - required.
• Awareness of ways to mitigate risks - desirable.
• Respect for diversity. Ability to work in a multicultural environment. Adherence to the principles of transparency, confidentiality and fair treatment of refugees - required.
• Excellent interviewing and counselling skills - required;
• Ability to conduct assessments and identify protection risks of individuals and groups - required;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in teams - desirable;
• Ability to work in stressful situations and in hardship locations - desirable;
• International/field experience – particularly with NGOs or UN agencies working with refugees in countries of refuge – highly desirable.
• Working knowledge of ProGres – essential;
Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position- desirable.
How to apply
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:
Interested and qualified persons can view and apply for the position on the UNHCR Jobs Portal through the following link:
Please quote Reference: IICA/KEN/NBI/21/001. Applications received via other means or after the deadline will not be accepted.