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Snr Repatriation Assistant

Zahle (Lebanon)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Zahle (Lebanon)
  • Grade: GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-24

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This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants. Senior Repatriation Assistant


The Senior Repatriation Assistant reports to the Repatriation Associate, Senior Repatriation Associate, Associate Repatriation Officer, Associate Protection Officer, Repatriation Officer or Protection Officer in a Field Office, Sub Office or Country Office. 

The Senior Repatriation Assistant is relied upon to contribute to the advancement of repatriation activities. The incumbent should implement the voluntary repatriation programme, in compliance with requisite standard operating procedures.  She/he should contribute to ensuring that all repatriation movements respect the principle of voluntariness and occur in safety and dignity, with the full participation and support of persons and communities of concern.



- Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to voluntary repatriation are applied.
- Repatriation/ return data records and electronic databases are up to date, securely maintained and in line with applicable SOPs.
- Age, Gender and Diversity as well as participatory approaches to repatriation are implemented.


- Interview candidates for voluntary repatriation and ensure that they make informed decisions on returns, based on up to date information on the conditions in the country of origin.
- Assist in proposing documents (including Voluntary Repatriation Forms) and ensure that refugees are provided with the appropriate documentation.
- Facilitate UNHCR's access and communication to/with individual and communities of concern, including through translation and cultural mediation.
- Participate in mass information activities aimed at informing refugee communities and other relevant stakeholders about the voluntary repatriation programme.
- Provide logistics and administrative support to voluntary repatriation border-crossing/return movements.
- Assist in assessing the specific needs of vulnerable categories of returnees during return movements and advise on responses.


- Interview candidates for voluntary repatriation and advise senior colleagues on their decision to return is voluntary.
- In line with the existing SOPs, advise senior colleagues on which individuals to register for further return processing.
- Enter information on voluntary repatriation into available databases, in line with SOPs.


- Education: Completion of Secondary School with post-secondary course works/certificates and/or diploma in International Law or International relation or Political science or a related field.
- Job Experience: At least 4 years of previous relevant job experience.
- Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)


- Communication skills.
- Computer skills.
- Good knowledge of UNHCR's protection mandate and operations. Please also note that Arabic and English are essential for this Job Opening. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training, etc.)

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. UNHCR has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment. Successful candidates will be subject to mandatory UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment clearance check prior to receiving an offer. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. Interested qualified internal and external candidates meeting the requirements of the Job Descriptions posted online can apply no later than 24 October 2019 Midnight Geneva Time.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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