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Resettlement Associate

Erbil (Iraq)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Erbil (Iraq)
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-25

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This position is advertised open to Group 1, Group 2, if applicable,  and external applicants.

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

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- 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. Competencies as defined in Job Profile Essential Language Requirement:

1. English
2. Arabic
3. Kurdish (Sorani or Kurmanji) Important Notes:

- Please update all academic and professional experiences before submitting applications (guidance notes are attached for ease reference).
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
- Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a eliminatory written test and successful candidates will be called for an oral interview.
- Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).
- The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
- Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Should you face any technical problems, please reach out to HR team by ( Iraq HR - [email protected]) within the window period of the vacancy notice.
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== While  resettlement  remains  essential  to  meeting  the  protection  needs  of  refugees  at  heightened  risk,  UNHCR  in  Iraq aims  to  enhance  access  to  existing  or  new  complementary  pathways  for  admission  of  refugees.  Specifically,  UNHCR aims  to  widen  safe  and  regula ted  avenues  available  to  refugees  when  durable  solutions  are  not  achievable  for  all members  of  a  refugee  population,  and  with  over  a  quarter  of  a  million  asylumseekers  and  refugees  registered  in  Iraq, alleviate  pressure  on  the  host  country.  These  pathways may  include  family  reunification,  scholarships  and  education programmes,  labour  mobility,  regional  labour  schemes,  community/private  sponsorship  schemes,  special  visa  and humanitarian  admission  programmes,  among  others.  The  Complementary  Pathways  Associat e  would  actively  engage in  and  contribute  to  expanding  and  streamlining  access  to  Complementary  Pathways  for  Persons  of  Concern  to  UNHCR.

The required experience:

In-depth  knowledge  of  and  past  experience in  case  management  of  any  of  the  following  types  of  Complementary Pathways  is  considered  a  significant  asset:  family  reunification,  third  country  scholarships  and  third  country education  programmes, labour  mobility,  regional  labour  schemes,  community/private third  country  sponsorship schemes, special  visa and  humanitarian admission  programmes.
Experience with Family  Reunification  case  management  and  processing  of  private  applications  to  third  countries is  essential;
Alternatively,  experience  providing  supp education  pathways  is  essential; ort  to  persons  of  Concern  to  UNHCR  on  third  country  labour  or Experience  in  providing  training  on  any  or  all  of  the  available  Complementary  Pathways  (and  UNHCR¿s  role  in facilitating them)  is  desirable;
Experience  and  ability  to  ensure  that  persons  of  concern  have  access  to  information  and  accurate  messages on  Complementary  Pathways  through  regular communication  is  desirable;
Experience  counselling  Persons  of  Concern  to  UNHCR  on  third  country  solutions  and  managing  expectation of  communities  and Persons  of  Concern  to  UNHCR  is  desirable;
Previous  experience  addressing  documentation  issues  faced  by  asylum seekers  and  refugees  during  cross border  travel  and  access  to  Embassies  of  asylum seekers  and refugees  is  desirable;
Experience  conducting  advocacy  and  liaison  with  third  country  counterparts  and  other  relevant  stakeholders,  in particular in the context of  third¿ country  solutions,  is  desirable.
Familiarity  with  ProGres  V4  is  desirable;
Previous  experience  maintaining  accurate cases  is  desirable e  and  current  statistics  as  well  as  up to date  records  on  individual
Demonstratable  understanding  of  the  need  to  monitor  for  and  report  integrity  issues,  and  data  protection safeguards  related  to  Complementary  Pathways  as  necessary  is  desirable;
Knowledge  of  UNHCR  anti-fraud procedures,  in  particular  in  the  context  of  Resettlement  &  Complementary Pathways is desirable.
Knowledge  of  UNHCR  systems  and  procedures,  in  particular  when  it  comes  to  protection,  education  and  livelihoods  is desirable Closing Date: 25 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.

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