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Assistant Durable Solutions Officer

Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
    • Refugee rights and well-being
    • Administrative support
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-17

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

Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS).

Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment.

Assistant Durable Solutions Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Assistant Durable Solutions Officer can serve as a focal point for solutions related issues in a region, and reports to a more senior Protection, Resettlement or Durable Solutions staff.  The incumbent may have supervisory responsibility for durable solutions staff. 

The incumbent is relied upon to ensure the implementation of a durable solutions strategy, and to contribute to ensuring a conducive environment leading towards finding durable solutions. S/he works closely with protection and programme staff.  Fostering an environment to enhance partnerships is a critical element of the work, as are activities designed to strength the involvement of refugee communities and their hosts in the design and implementation of solutions strategies.

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.

Operational context

Assistant Durable Solutions Officer in Ukraine supervises a team of 3 people, responsible for the direct implementation of the activities aimed to facilitate local integration in the country: advocacy for access to social rights, multiple Community Based Initiative programs, community-based protection work, community support initiatives, education programs, and livelihoods.

The duties in this position include the provision of technical support and guidance to 4 national NGO Partners that operate in 5 different regions of Ukraine and do direct case management with asylum-seekers and recognized refugees in Ukraine.

The incoming candidate will report to the Senior Protection Officer. Previous experience with mandate RSD, resettlement, VolRep, community-based protection, advocacy interventions and ensuring accountability to affected populations is desirable, as is previous managerial experience.

The incumbent will be responsible for identification of and engagement with a number of operational partners in line with the GC and to ensure whole of community approach to refugee integration. Engagement with the private sector has also been identified as a strategic priority for the operation. Working with a wide range of actors in this context requires a results-oriented approach to work, balanced with good people and solid communication skills.

Asylum-seekers and refugees in Ukraine receive no state support; social assistance pressure lies with UNHCR and its NGO Partners. UNHCR Ukraine is engaging with different state actors to ensure that access to social rights is available to asylum-seekers. While this is a long-term engagement, UNHCR implements cash assistance programs in Ukraine to support the most vulnerable population. The incumbent will work closely on the roll-our and management of the relevant CBI tools, which requires solid proGres V4 skills.

In line with the overall direction of the Protection Unit work, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the incumbent works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. To perform these duties successfully, people-oriented communication style, genuine curiosity to learn, creativity and flexibility are among the core personal values essential to this work. Ukraine hosts refugees from different regions of the world, with various cultural backgrounds and educational levels, all of them bringing their unique contribution to the Ukrainian society. Respect for diversity, cultural sensitivity and open-mindedness are the prerequisites for successful performance of the required functions in Ukraine.

- Provide counselling to refugees and other persons of concern (POC) to identify the most appropriate durable solution and to enable them to make a well-informed decision.
- Interview candidates for voluntary repatriation and prepare documentation for their return.
- Interview and prepare Resettlement Referral Forms (RRF), in line with Resettlement SOPs.
- Interview candidates for local integration and prepare the appropriate documentation for onward submission to local authorities or partners.
- Assist in updating the electronic database for resettlement, voluntary repatriation and local integration, in line with Standard Operating Procedures.
- Process documentation to ensure that POC receive the documents required for their durable solutions in a timely manner.
- Prepare statistical and ad-hoc reports to ensure accurate information is available and shared with relevant offices and partners.
- Interview and advise on the appropriate durable solution to be provided to POC. Prepare documents relating to durable solutions.
- Enter information into available database, in line with SOPs.
- 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
Political Science;
Social Science;
International Relations;
or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Not specified.

Relevant Job Experience
Good knowledge of refugee issues and Human Rights doctrine. Very good reporting and writing ability.
Diverse field experience. Knowledge of ProGress database software.

Functional Skills
*IT-Microsoft Office Productivity Software;
*MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation;
(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, including in particular when supervising others, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties by demonstrating no tolerance for sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, abuse of power, harassment including sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation and abuse. As individual workforce members and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and take these issues seriously by speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources, as well as, when required/appropriate, report, for corrective action to be taken, whilst considering a victim-centered-approach.

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. Competencies as defined in Job Profile Fluency in English, Ukrainian and Russian languages is required. Written test will be administered for shortlisted candidates.

In case of questions regarding the application process and/or vacancy details, please contact the HR Unit at Deadline for applications: 17 June 2021 COB.
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