UNV Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Officer at UNHCR Rabat, Morocco

The office of the High Commissioner for refugees in Rabat is seeking 1 UNV Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Officer 1 January 2008 - 30 June 2009

Potential applicants should be fluent in English, French and Arabic with proven track record of communication skills, including representation and negotiations skills, and handling of Office/ IT equipment.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

All applications should be addressed in writing to the following e-mail address : morra@unhcr.org or by sealed letter marked : “Application Post 10011279” to : UNHCR : 26, Avenue Tarek Ibn Zyad Quartier Hassan - Rabat

Closing date for receiving applications : 12 November 2008, 12:00.

Terms of Reference for
UNV Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Officer
At UNHCR Rabat, Morocco
1 January - 30 June 2009

Under the overall supervision of the Representative and the direct supervision of the Protection Officer (RSD Supervisor), the UNV RSD Officer will:

  1. Make recommendations for eligibility on refugee status. The RSD Officer will conduct interviews with asylum seekers in first instance and in appeal; assess the cases with regard to International Law and Country of Origin information; draft RSD Assessment Forms and timely formulate recommendations for decisions in accordance with UNHCR guidelines and international standards ensuring quality of decisions ;

  2. Systematically compile and ensure use of updated Country of Origin Information, which will serve as basis for the recommendation on the eligibility for refugee status;

  3. Update individual statistics so as the proGres database on individual cases;

  4. Provide legal and protection expertise in the framework of the RSD exercise, as necessary;

  5. Generate regular reports on the RSD activities carried out and submit them to the RSD Supervisor on a weekly/monthly basis as requested;

  6. Undertake any other RSD related tasks and activities as requested by the Supervisor.

Qualifications required:

a) University Degree in Law or related field, preferably human rights law or refugee law;
b) Working experience in Law or related field;
c) Experience in legal case work;
d) Attitude and aptitude: commitment to refugees and open to different cultures; flexibility; and ability to work in an UNHCR context in cooperation with Government/NGOs counterparts;
e) Basic knowledge of the countries of origin in Central, Eastern, Western Africa and Middle East;
f) Good analytical skills;
g) Computer literacy;
h) Fluency in spoken and written English and French. Arabic language is an asset;
i) Strong interpersonal skills.