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New Job Opportunity United Nations at UNHCR Tanzania – Associate RSD Officer

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Jobs in Tanzania 2023: New Job Vacancies at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tanzania, 2023

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Associate RSD Officer
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
time type Full time
job requisition id  JR2311486
Standard Job Description
Associate RSD Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
Associate RSD Officer provides legal, operational and strategic support
on mandate or national RSD at global, regional or country operations
level. The position may be located at Headquarters (within the Division
of International Protection), in a Regional Bureau or in a Country
Office and reports to the RSD Officer or Protection Officer or other
staff with delegated authority, as appropriate.
incumbent provides advice and guidance on legal and procedural matters
related to RSD whether in the context of mandate RSD and/or national
asylum/RSD systems (as applicable), is responsible for conducting RSD
(where required), reviewing and providing advice on individual cases in
line with requirements under the RSD Procedural Standards.

incumbent is also responsible for contributing to the development of an
RSD strategy and, where required, methodologies to promote the
effectiveness of RSD as a protection tool and implementing broader
organizational objectives and priorities, in compliance with relevant
UNHCR standards and policies. Whether in the context of national or
mandate RSD, the incumbent provides advice and support to staff engaged
in RSD and related activities, monitors trends of RSD decision-making,
and conducts training and other capacity-development/strengthening
activities to promote consistency in RSD procedures and decision-making.
S/he contributes to developing and enhancing regional and global RSD
standards and policies, as necessary.

If based in a country
operation, the Associate RSD Officer advocates with and supports
Government authorities and legal partners in further developing their
capacities in line with the GCR and other key UNHCR planning

The Associate RSD Officer works closely with RSD
staff as well as staff responsible for registration, resettlement and
training activities. S/he also liaises with relevant focal points in
DIP, in particular within the RSD and PNS Sections and other HQ
Divisions as required.

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

– Provide legal/procedural advice
and support on RSD adjudication issues within the Area of Responsibility
(AoR). – Stay abreast of legal, political, security and other
developments relevant to mandate RSD, the protection environment,
including developments in relation to national asylum/RSD systems, as
applicable. – Support engagemnt with relevant national authorities and
structures in identifying and expanding opportunities in view of
developing or strengthening national asylum/RSD systems. – Support the
quality review of RSD Assessments in line with UNHCR policies/guidelines
related to mandate RSD and endorse RSD decisions as required. – Conduct
interviews and draft RSD Assessments including for complex/sensitive
cases per relevant standards and guidelines. – Provide ongoing coaching
as well as training on the inclusion criteria; principles/procedures
related to exclusion; cancellation/revocation; international
humanitarian law; human rights law; interviewing techniques and
credibility assessment/establishing the facts; and legal drafting. –
Provide training to other UNHCR units on the refugee criteria and
related issues as needed. – Assist with the development of a RSD
strategy and support senior management to ensure its full and effective
integration into the protection and solution strategy of the Country
Operations Plan. – Assist with developing/enhancing regional and global
RSD standards and policies, as required. – Assist with the design and
implementation of operation-specific SOPs for all aspects of RSD
operations in line with relevant standards/policies, including UNHCR’s
AGD policy and Forward Plan, ensuring the prioritisation of persons with
specific needs, or, if based in a Regional Bureau, provide support to
operations on the above. – Monitor trends and systematically compile
statistics related to RSD case processing. – Analyze key indicators of
the quality and efficiency of decision-making in RSD processing to
assess capacity and resource requirements of operations in the region or
the operation to which the RSD Officer is assigned. – Evaluate and
contribute to projecting RSD staffing and financial needs using the RSD
Staffing Benchmarks, and support allocation of appropriate human,
material and financial resources. – Contribute to identifying and
preventing fraud in RSD through oversight, advice and guidance to UNHCR
personnel, partners and persons of concern.

If based in DIP or a Regional Bureau:

Conduct support missions, as required. – Assess training needs in UNHCR
RSD operations and assist RSD Supervisors to provide coaching/capacity
building for UNHCR personnel and deployees under their supervision, in
coordination with the GLC as appropriate. – Maintain and manage a
consultative process with operations and other stakeholders in the
region. If based in a country operation, together with competent host
authorities and partners, contribute to developing processes aiming at
developing national institutional capacities and the timely
identification of international protection needs in line with the GCR
and other key planning considerations. – Perform other related duties as

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level For P2/NOB

3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years
relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience
with Doctorate degree

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Field(s) of Education
Refugee Law International Human Rights Law; International Humanitarian
Law; International Criminal Law; Social Sciences; or other relevant
field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and/or Licenses RSD Learning Programme Management Learning
Programme Protection Learning Programme (Certificates and Licenses
marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
3 years of experience working directly with procedures and principles
related to adjudicating individual asylum claims in RSD procedures.
In-depth knowledge of International Refugee Law, International Human
Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal
Law and ability to apply relevant legal principles in the RSD context,
including exclusion decision-making. Thorough knowledge of the
“Procedural Standards for RSD under UNHCR’s Mandate” and other
guidelines and standards governing UNHCR’s mandate RSD activities.
Experience in counselling asylum-seekers and individual case management.
Experience and demonstrated skills in refugee law training.

as a decision-maker in UNHCR or Government SD procedures is highly
desirable. Experience in providing legal representation to asylum
seekers in UNHCR or Government SD procedures. Experience in supervising a
team. Completion of the RSD Learning Programme and other UNHCR Learning
Programmes relevant to RSD. Training and coaching experience.
Experience in working with vulnerable or traumatized individuals.
Functional Skills MG-Political Decision Making PR-Individual Case
Management PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators
PR-Government Refugee Status Determination (RSD) procedures PR-RSD –
Principles and Procedures, operational arrangements/assistance PR-Human
Rights Doctrine/Standards PR-International Humanitarian Law LE-Draft
legal settlement agreements CO-Cross-cultural communication (Functional
Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English
and UN working language of the duty station if not English. For
National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language
of the duty station if not English and local language. For General
Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the
duty station if not English.

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



Desired Candidate Profile
The Associate RSD Officer will oversee the overall processing of RSD in
the Tanzania operation and at the same time be the expert responsible
for training government officials and UNHCR staff on RSD. In addition,
the desired candidate will be required to conduct appeal of complex RSD
cases and coordinate with the Bureau and Headquarters on complex RSD
cases. The candidate will also assist on general and legal protection
issues both in the capital and in the field and will be responsible to
supervise a few national protection staff in the general service
category. This will entail coordinating day to day reception and
response to refugee and asylum seeker issues. The ideal candidate should
be able to discuss issues with government counterparts in a tactful and
diplomatic manner in order to have refugee concerns addressed. The
candidate should have cogent interpersonal and managerial skills.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Desired language

Operational context
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
if you are a frequent traveler, it is important to visit your UNHCR’ s
medical service or contact them to make sure that you have all the
necessary inoculations for your potential new duty station, Dar es
Salaam. Some vaccinations (especially against certain hepatitis strains)
require boosters which can only be administered after a fixed period of
time has elapsed. Yellow Fever is not endemic in Tanzania. Even so, the
Ministry of Health requires all travelers to show a valid yellow fever
vaccination certificate. Dengue Fever and Malaria are present in much of
Tanzania, particularly in Dar es Salaam, but less so in Zanzibar.
Malaria is especially prevalent during the rainy seasons as the
mosquitoes that carry it are most active then. However, it does remain a
year- round problem. Discuss preventive options with a medical
professional as there are a variety of useful options to lower your
chance of contracting the illness. One of the simplest is to become a
fastidious applier of insect repellent – those containing DEET are the
most effective. You are encouraged to do your research to see which
option is best for you. Sleeping with mosquito nets is highly

Nature of Position:
The United Republic of
Tanzania, a country in East Africa with a population of 60 million
people and has been a significant refugee-hosting country in the region
for decades and has experienced the most recent influx of refugees from
Burundi in 2015. There are currently two refugee camps in Tanzania,
Nduta, hosting Burundian PWS, and Nyarugusu refugee camp hosting both
Burundians and Congolese PoCs. A small number of refugees, from
different nationalities, live on exceptional permits in Dar Es Salaam
and other urban areas. The total number of refugees is over 247, 000.

currently has one Country Office in Dar Es Salaam, one sub-office in
Kigoma, a Field Offices in Kibondo and Kasulu respectively, and a Field
Unit in Dodoma. UNHCR’s main counterpart from the Government of Tanzania
(GoT) on asylum matters is the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and its
Refugee Services Department (RSD). Rights and duties, treatment and
status of refugees and asylum seekers in Tanzania are governed by the
Refugees Act of 1998 and the 2003 Refugees Policy.

The Associate
RSD Officer will be based in Dar es Salaam, supervised by the Senior
Protection Officer and will provide legal, operational and strategic
support on mandate or national RSD at country operations level.
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Living and Working Conditions:
most popular areas for international staff are Masaki, Msasani
Peninsula and Oysterbay, collectively called “the Peninsula”. All are at
the coast and centrally located nearby shopping centers, schools,
restaurants, hotels and UN offices. There is a wide variety of housing
options: high- rise and low- rise apartments, townhouses and stand-alone
houses. Rental prices start from USD 1,200 per month for an apartment
and from USD 3,000 per month for a house – depending on the number of
bedrooms and the requirements. Word of mouth is the best way to get an
idea of current prices, so definitely seek your colleagues’ advice.
Mikocheni, Kawe and Mbezi Beach have beautiful homes with direct beach
access. Unfortunately, traffic congestion translates into long commuting
times from these places to more central areas. Upanga is a popular area
for young professionals. It is a fast- developing area, closer to the
city center. Nationally recruited staff members generally choose to live
across a wider swathe of the city, and so enjoy a broader range of
housing options – and equally, more flexibility in rental rates.
Preferred neighborhoods are Sinza, Tabata, Kimara, Tegeta, Temeke. Rates
are lower than on the peninsula.The position is located in Dar es
Salaam where the usual facilities for a regular family duty station are
available. There are suitable international schools, hospitals and
entertainment spots. There is is an international airport providing
link to other destinations nationally and internationally.

Additional Qualifications
BA: International Relations (Required), BA: Law (Required), BA: Political Science (Required)

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Work Experience
Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation,
Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering &
building trust, Judgement & decision making, Managing performance,
Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Policy research
& development, Teamwork & collaboration

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Functional clearance
This position doesn’t require a functional clearance
Job Posting End Date February 16, 2023


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