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Creation Date: 2014/07/03 21:50:26
Expiry Date: 2014/09/01
Ref. JB3070493

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Senior Resettlement Assistant - G5
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Job Description


A Senior Resettlement Assistant position is located at UNHCR Regional Office in Cairo, under supervision; the incumbent’s primary role is to assist the supervisor in effective resettlement delivery of a UNHCR Office in accordance with the UNHCR Resettlement Handbook, UNHCR Manual and relevant policy papers and publications. The Senior Resettlement Assistant provides important clerical and administrative support to resettlement operations and may as required take part in assessing cases for resettlement and conducting interviews. The incumbent maintains frequent contacts with his/her supervisor, relevant colleagues within the same Office or Offices under purview to exchange information and discuss issues on resettlement cases. Some contacts and communication at a working level are required with Embassy / Immigration Officials of resettlement countries, IOM as well as with other operating partners regarding resettlement issues.


- UNHCR’s resettlement policies and standards are correctly and coherently applied.
- Persons of concern are made aware of UNHCR’s resettlement procedures and have fair and transparent access to and participation in the resettlement process.
- Suspected fraud in the resettlement process is promptly reported.
- Carry out preliminary interviews and initial assessments, to process refugees for resettlement following established procedures.
- Prepare written documentation for resettlement submission; ensure that records / files of individual cases are updated in a systematic and timely manner.
- Assess and review individual resettlement cases and prepare individual / group submission for scrutiny by the supervisor.
- Provide persons of concern with up-to-date and accurate information on UNHCR’s resettlement policies and procedures.
- Comply with UNHCR’s standard operating procedures on resettlement, ensuring timely action on cases.
- Follow up on cases from time of submission to final decision and departure; ensure effective in-country communication on the status and follow-up on persons of concern being considered for resettlement.
- Assist in maintaining and updating 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.
- Provide administrative support for resettlement-related training activities, including organization of resettlement workshops and meetings as required.
- Maintain accurate resettlement statistics as well as up-to-date records on individual cases; assist in the preparation of reports.
- Draft / type routine correspondence to Field Offices / Regional Offices / Headquarters.
- 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 by reporting suspected fraud.
- Recommend eligible cases for resettlement consideration.
- Provide counselling to persons of concern.

Position Number: 10012558 - 10014465 - 10005159 - 10013065
Category and Level: Fixed-Term Appointment (FTA) for 1 year
Grade: G5
Date of Issue: July 03, 2014
Closing Date: July 20, 2014


Qualification Requirements:
- Job Experience: 4 years of job experience relevant to the functions
- Education: Completion of secondary education with certificate/training in International Law, International Relations or related fields required.
- Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

Desirable Qualifications and Competencies:
- Good knowledge of resettlement issues and UNHCR resettlement policies and operational applications.
- Completion of UNHCR specific learning/training activities (e.g., PLP and RSD/Resettlement Learning Programme, resettlement anti-fraud workshop).
- Required Competencies: Planning and Organizing - Analytical Thinking - Stakeholder Management.


Completion of secondary education. Certificate/training in International Law, International Relation

Job Details

  • Job Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Company Industry: Other
  • Requirements : Non-Profit Organization
  • Job Role: Legal
  • Employment Status: Full time
  • Employment Type: Employee
  • Number of Vacancies: 2

Preferred Candidate

  • Career Level: Mid Career
  • Years of Experience: Min: 3
  • Nationality: Egypt
  • Degree: High school or equivalent

Company Profile

Egypt continues to be both a transit country, as well as one that receives refugees. While it is signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol, domestic asylum procedures have yet to be developed. Meanwhile, UNHCR continues to carry out registration and refugee status determination processes (RSD).

In 2011-2012, UNHCR saw an increase in the registration of new asylum-seekers in Egypt, especially from Sudan and South Sudan. Accelerated RSD procedures were put in place for Sudanese asylum-seekers from Darfur, and the Office began individual RSD interviews for asylum-seekers from South Kordofan and Blue Nile State.

The deteriorating situation in the Syrian Arab Republic also increased the number of Syrians approaching UNHCR for registration. To date, close to 5,000 Syrians have been registered, although many more are reported to have arrived in Egypt.
More than 1,700 people of concern who fled the conflict in Libya in 2011 and are awaiting durable solutions remain at Saloum, at the Egypt-Libya border. UNHCR is providing them with food and essential services, as well as carrying out registration, conducting RSD and making referrals for resettlement. In early 2012, UNHCR was authorized by the Egyptian Government to set up a camp within the port area of Saloum where adequate shelter and basic services could be provided.