By continuing to browse this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Read our privacy policy

Associate Statelessness Officer

Pretoria (South Africa)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Rights
    • Migration
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-20

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.

Candidates must be South African Nationals

Interested staff members should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS, UNHCR/AI/2020/1/Rev.2). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

In line with the RALS, the below category of candidates are eligible to apply for internally/externally advertised vacancies.

Group 1 candidates: Current NPO staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment are eligible to apply to advertised positions in the NPO category at their personal grade and one grade below or above, as Group 1 candidates.

External candidates: All other candidates are eligible to apply to positions in the NPO category as external
candidates, including GS staff members holding a university degree and fulfilling eligibility requirements, regardless of grade or length of service, who may apply to any vacant NPO position in their country of assignment for which they qualify. External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position. Interested internal candidates need to apply through MSRP ¿ Self-Service ¿ Recruiting Activities ¿ Careers (please search by JO number or by Location). Please update your personal profiles with all required information in order to be able to apply. Please consult the attached documents for further guidance on how to update the personal profile.

¿ Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter. For help with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website. ¿ Careers ¿ Career opportunities ¿ Other Opportunities ¿ Vacancies ¿ sort by Location or search by Job Opening number.

¿ Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email.

¿ Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

¿ The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

¿ UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms gender, disability, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

¿ UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General's Office (IGO) at [email protected] or through the online complain form at or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled ¿Online VA Query-your name and surname¿. Human Resources Pretoria SAMCO [email protected] Associate Statelessness Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Associate Statelessness Officer, under the direct supervision of a more senior protection colleague and in close cooperation with the DIP Statelessness Section, provides legal and policy support to Operations relating to statelessness, as well as guidance and advice on operational planning and practices to ensure that effective activities are undertaken to address statelessness  in the AoR.
The incumbent maintains close working relations with senior protection staff, and interacts at the technical level with colleagues of regionally based UN sister agencies, other intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organisations, embassies and academic institutions.

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.

- Provide advice to Regional Bureaux and Field Offices to ensure that operational and advocacy responses to statelessness reflect international standards and mainstream methodologies for responses to the problem of statelessness, including its prevention and reduction.
- Provide analysis and technical advice on nationality laws and statelessness determination procedures, operational responses, including to resolve protracted situations; guidance on methods of identification of stateless persons; civil status registration and documentation.
- Monitor the development of international law and doctrine on statelessness, nationality and related areas and developments in the field of nationality law.
- Advocate for proper interpretation of law and doctrine and promote protection principles and international law development of standards as relevant to the prevention and reduction of statelessness and the protection of stateless persons
- Provide quality legal support and protection advice on statelessness, draft position papers and guidelines on pertinent legal and operational issues.
- Advise on efforts to map statelessness situations and provide guidance in the formulation of strategies for the identification, prevention and reduction of statelessness and protection of stateless persons.
- With the support of the supervisor, handle individual cases and situations raising special questions of application or interpretation of international law, international standards on statelessness, including the two UN Statelessness Conventions, as well as refugee and human rights law.
- Prepare protection documents and policies in cooperation with supervisor.
- Participate in the development of project proposals and project implementation.
- Liaise with DIP, Divisions and Bureaux work units and external actors to enhance awareness of principles relating to statelessness.
- Produce and deliver quality training tools on statelessness and workshops.
- Engage with external partners and stakeholders, including governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and other relevant stakeholders on issues related to legal principles pertaining to statelessness and related international law.
- Help to build and maintain effective interfaces with stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing responses to statelessness. 
- Represent the Office on protection doctrine and policy in meetings within UNHCR and with external counterparts.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P2/NOB - 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Law, International Human Rights Law, or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
HCR Prot Lrng Pgr Statelessnes;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Not specified
At least 1year of experience in refugee issues/human rights/or nationality law/civil status issues. Experience with the UN and/or a Foreign Ministry.

Functional Skills
PR-Statelessness- Doctrinal issues on nationality and statelessness
PR-Statelessness- Principles and Procedures, operational arrangements/assistance
LE-Legal Research
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

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.

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

Managerial Competencies:
Judgement and Decision Making
Empowering and Building Trust

Cross-Functional Competencies:
Analytical Thinking
Planning and Organizing
Change Capability and Adaptability Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and oral interview. Closing date is the 20th January 2022
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.

What does it mean?

Click "SAVE JOB" to save this job description for later.

Sign up for free to be able to save this job for later.