Job Title Assistant RSD Officer
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Fixed Term Appointment

Vacancy Notice JO/VA/2019/110
Position Number 10032791
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Amman
Position Grade National Category
Closing Date 2019-11-16
Organizational Context
The Assistant RSD Officer is a member of the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) team.  S/he is responsible for conducting RSD interviews to determine eligibility for refugee status, undertaking country of origin (COI) and other research related to the claim, as required, and drafting RSD assessments.  The Assistant RSD Officer provides counselling to asylum seekers and refugees on UNHCR's RSD procedures and on their status, rights and obligations in the country of asylum.  S/he may review RSD assessments of less experienced members of the RSD team, seeking the advice of a more senior RSD/Protection Officer on complex cases, and may assist in developing and implementing RSD training and other measures to enhance the quality and efficiency of RSD decision-making.  
Functional Statement
Accountability (key results that will be achieved)
- UNHCR’s RSD procedures are implemented in accordance with relevant UNHCR standards and policies, including policies related to age, gender, and diversity mainstreaming (AGDM).  
- Persons of concern have fair and transparent access to the RSD procedures.
- Fraud in the RSD process is identified and appropriately addressed.

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results) 
- Stay abreast of legal, political, security and other developments which impact on the protection environment, and in particular, on protection delivery through RSD.
- Assist in the development of the RSD strategy of the operation and in the annual planning exercise.
- Conduct RSD interviews and draft RSD Assessments in accordance with applicable standards and guidelines.
- Review and endorse RSD decisions and provide appropriate feedback and guidance to RSD staff.  
- Maintain accurate and up-to date records and data related to all work on individual cases.
- Provide counselling to asylum seekers and refugees.
- Assist in preventing and identifying fraud in RSD through oversight, advice and guidance to UNHCR staff, partners and persons of concern.   
- Assist in monitoring RSD trends and in compiling and analysing RSD statistics related to RSD case processing to identify and respond to developments or issues impacting on the efficiency or quality of RSD decision-making, and to propose remedial measures.  
- Conduct research on country of origin information (COI) and legal issues related to RSD and assist in maintaining a local repository of relevant information, guidelines and standards accessible to RSD staff in the operation. 
- Ensure that persons of concern, Government authorities and legal partners have accurate information on the RSD procedures, including UNHCR standards, policy and practice.
- Assist in developing and maintaining processes to ensure that persons of concern, Government authorities and partners have accurate information on the RSD procedures, including UNHCR standards, policies and practice.
- Assist in initiatives to advocate with and support Government authorities and legal partners to establish and strengthen fair and efficient RSD procedures and RSD decision-making.
- Assist in evaluating and projecting RSD staffing needs using the RSD Staffing Benchmarks.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)
- Decide and endorse RSD decisions. 
Required Competencies
Required Competencies: 
Managerial Competencies
- Judgement and Decision Making.
Cross-Functional Competencies
- Analytical Thinking 
- Planning and Organizing
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law, Political Science, International Relations or another related field plus minimum 1 year of relevant professional job experience, preferably in the area of refugee protection, human rights or international humanitarian law. Knowledge of International Refugee Law and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) may also be accepted. 
- Strong research and analytical skills.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
Desirable qualifications & competencies
Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:
- Working experience with procedures and principles related to RSD is highly desirable. 
- Experience as a decision-maker in UNHCR or Government RSD procedures.
- Experience in counselling asylum seekers or refugees.
- Experience in working with vulnerable or traumatized individuals. 
- Completion of UNHCR's RSD Learning Programme, COI Learning Programme, or Protection Learning Programme.
- Knowledge of additional UN languages.
Operational Context
Jordan neither is a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol, nor has any national legislation pertaining to the status and treatment of refugees. The 1998 MOU, as amended in 2014, is the guiding document between UNHCR and the Government and remains the legal basis for involvement with Persons of Concern (PoCs). UNHCR is thus responsible for Refugee Status Determination (RSD) procedures. 
 
The Assistant RSD Officer will be part of the RSD team, responsible for the adjudication and review of asylum claims, including first instance and other complex casework (e.g. appeals, reopenings, exclusion, cancellation, cessation, etc.). The incumbent will be responsible for producing high quality casework and reviews, ensuring adherence to procedural standards. The incumbent must also be flexible and ready to take on other responsibilities which fit the unit’s strategies. The incumbent should be able to carry out his/her day-to-day activities by working autonomously and as part of the team when it comes to unit-wide goals. 
 
Thorough understanding of UNHCR’s mandate and how RSD plays a key role in it is essential. As such, the incumbent should be well versed in UNHCR’s procedural standards, safeguards and protection guidelines. Similarly, the Assistant RSD Officer should demonstrate experience in case management, including the identification of protection concerns in addition to team management and managing resources. 

UNHCR Jordan remains committed to providing support and developing capacity of the various stakeholders, including Government officials, Academia, Judiciary, implementing and operational partners.  To that end, incumbent of the position may be required to assess, design, support and facilitate capacity development activities and to coordinate and facilitate their on-the-job capacity building activities.
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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.
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term "sexual exploitation" means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term "sexual abuse" means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term "sexual harassment" means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator's working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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