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Assistant Resettlement and Complementary Pathways Officer, UNOPS - IICA-1 (2 positions)

Le Port | Port of Spain | Trinidad

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Le Port | Port of Spain | Trinidad
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Human Settlements (Shelter, Housing, Land, Property)
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-06
This is an international position offered under a International UNOPS contract at level IICA 1 and therefore the vacancy is opened to applications of not nationals of Trinidad and Tobago. Assistant Resettlement and Complementary Pathways Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The position for Assistant Resettlement and Complementary Pathways Officer may be based in Field Offices, Country Operations, Regional Bureaux or Headquarters.

The incumbent's primary role is to assist resettlement and complementary pathways activities in his/her Area of Responsibility (AOR). Under supervision, the incumbent assists in providing, in close coordination with concerned sections within UNHCR as well as external parties such as resettlement and complementary pathways countries, IOM and NGOs, a continuous support to resettlement and complementary pathways operations by ensuring that polices are correctly implemented and operations are supported in establishing comprehensive protection and solutions strategies.

The Assistant Resettlement and Complementary Pathways Officer takes part in assessing cases for resettlement and/or complementary pathways, conducting interviews as well as monitoring procedural compliance and quality of case submissions.

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.

- Stay abreast of political, legal, social and economic developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
- Assist in implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for promoting the resettlement of persons of concern as protection tool and promoting access to complementary pathways for admission in the context of comprehensive solution strategies.
- Assist in the development of country resettlement and complementary pathways for admission strategy and annual planning exercise.
- Assist in promoting and monitoring the implementation of UNHCR¿s global resettlement and complementary pathways policies, procedures and guidelines.
- Assist in guiding and capacitating the country operation to prepare consistent and quality resettlement submissions, as well as to promote and facilitate access to complementary pathways for admission to third countries.
- Assist in monitoring resettlement activities to ensure progress against targets, transparency and efficiency in case submissions and appropriate follow-up with resettlement countries and other key stakeholders.
- Identify, interview, assess resettlement needs, and process persons identified for resettlement following established procedures; undertake field missions as required; provide counselling to individuals.  
- Assist selection missions by resettlement countries to the country.
- Identify, interview, and referrer accordingly persons identified with potential to access complementary pathways for admission following established procedures; undertake field missions as required; provide counselling to individuals.  
- Systematically apply an Age, Gender and Diversity perspective in all aspects of the resettlement and complementary pathways for admission process; comply with UNHCR policy and guidelines on HIV/AIDS.
- Assist in mitigating resettlement or complementary pathways related fraud through oversight (including in-country travel), advice and guidance.
- Assist the country operation with group resettlement procedures, including planning, profiling, logistical arrangements, verification and post-verification follow-up.
- Maintain regular contact and close cooperation with resettlement countries and partners to ensure effective resettlement delivery and adherence to adequate protection and resettlement standards.
- Participate, where appropriate, in country-level discussions with resettlement and complementary pathways countries and partners.
- Assist in managing a process to ensure that persons of concern and partners receive up-to-date and accurate information on UNHCR¿s resettlement policies and procedures, as well as on complementary pathways for admission opportunities and procedures.
- Assist in the submission of up-to-date and accurate resettlement and complementary pathways statistics, reports and needs assessments to management as required.
- Identify and recommend relevant training activities of UNHCR staff and implementing partners.
- Assist in communication with communities¿ activities ensuring that persons of concern are made aware of UNHCR¿s resettlement and complementary pathways procedures and have fair and transparent access to and participation in the processes.
- Participate, where appropriate, in country-level discussions with resettlement and/or complementary pathways countries and partners.
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

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
International Law;
International Relations;
Political Science;
Social Sciences;
or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Not specified;

Relevant Job Experience
Not specified.

Diverse field experience. Ability to understand and implement UNHCR¿s policy and global strategic priorities, such as AGDM, IDP, Statelessness, and HIV/AIDS, in the area of responsibility at appropriate level. Good IT skills including database management skills.

Functional Skills
UN-UN/UNHCR Mandate and Global Strategic Priorities
IT-Computer Literacy
DM-Database Management
PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
PR-Assessment of IDPs Status, Rights, Obligation
PR-Statelessness- Principles and Procedures, operational arrangements/assistance
MD-HIV/AIDS situation management
PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
(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. All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and/or cross-functional competencies. The six core competencies are listed below.

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

Managerial Competencies
Empowering and Building Trust

Cross-Functional Competencies
Analytical Thinking
Planning and Organizing
Political Awareness Please note that fluency in English is essential and Spanish is desirable for this job opening. Please note that this position is offered under a contract at International UNOPS - IICA-1, for an initial period of until 31 December 2022. Extension subject to operation needs, funds and performance

Only short-listed candidates will be notified, and might be requested to sit a test. No late applications will be accepted.

Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

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.

UNOPS does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, 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, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== UNHCR has had a presence in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) since 2016, with a current workforce of 33 in 2022. Despite being a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, T&T has no refugee legislation and is yet to establish its own asylum system. As of 01 January 2022, there were a total of 3,588 refugees and 21,630 asylum-seekers from 30 countries of origin hosted in T&T. In the current legal and political context of T&T, UNHCR implements the strategic use of RSD under its Mandate for resettlement and protection purposes, as resettlement continues to be one of the most effective protection tools for the most vulnerable refugees. For 2022, the operation has a confirmed resettlement quota of 280 for the USA, Canada and Australia. The resettlement caseload will be constituted mainly of Venezuelan refugees, but will also include other nationalities, with a variety of profiles.

The Assistant Resettlement Officer is a member of the Protection Unit and will be supervised by the Associate RSD Officer and will be expected to contribute towards meeting the operation¿s resettlement quota by conducting resettlement interviews and preparing high-quality RRFs in a timely manner in accordance with the SOPs. The Assistant Resettlement Officer is expected to complete 4 resettlement interviews and draft 4 RRFs per week; following up on cases from time of interview to final decision and departure; liaising closely with the reviewer in MCO-P and with other operating partners regarding case specific issues; maintaining accurate resettlement statistics and up-to-date records on individual cases on proGres; assisting in mitigating resettlement fraud by promptly reporting suspected fraud; participating, where appropriate, in country-level discussions with resettlement and complementary pathways countries; alerting supervisor to any protection issues or challenges arising; performing other related duties as required. The closing date for submission of applications is 06/07/2022 (Midnight Geneva time).
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