4 Fresher UNHCR Jobs – Best Interest Determination (BID) Associate at Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS)

Organization: Hebrew
Immigration Aid Society (HIAS)
Funding Source: The Office of
the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Kampala, Kyangwali,
Kyaka II and Nakivale, Uganda
Reports to: Resettlement
Officer and Field Team Leader
About HIAS:
HIAS protects
refugees—including women and children, and ethnic, religious, and sexual
minorities—whose lives are in danger for being who they are. Guided by our
Jewish values and history, we help refugees rebuild their lives in safety and
advocate to ensure that all displaced people are treated with dignity,
regardless of ethnicity, religion, or place of birth.
About UNHCR Project:
The Office of
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Hebrew
Immigration Aid Society (HIAS) are implementing a joint project whose focus is to
increase the capacity of UNHCR to conduct Best Interest Determinations (BIDs)
for children in the context of refugee resettlement. Efforts to streamline and
harmonize the Best Interest Determination (BID) process in Uganda and to use it
as a broader child protection tool can only be successful if there are adequate
resources dedicated to this activity and full cooperation between the Community
Services Section and the Protection Section, including the Resettlement Unit.
Job Summary:  The Best Interest Determinations Associate
will provide support in the refugee settlements will greatly enhance the
ability of UNHCR to ensure that this casework is done in an expedited manner.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Carry out interviews with refugee children and other
members of the family to determine the best interest of the child and complete
Best Interest Determination (BID) and, when appropriate, Best Interest
Assessment (BIA) reports.
Conduct home visits with refugee families as part of
the BID process.
Provide counselling to refugees, explaining the BID
and BIA processes, prospects, and problems involved in the processes.
Ensure proper monitoring and follow-up of cases
including updating proGres database and any internal monitoring and tracking
systems are regularly updated with the necessary events.
The incumbent will implement Child Protection
policies, BID and BIA procedures, and existing SOPs (including fraud prevention
SOPs) with guidance from respective Community Service, Protection and
Resettlement colleagues.
Work closely with relevant child protection partners
to include all the information available on the child in the BID report;
Generate BID forms from ProGres;
The incumbent will ensure that all BID reports are
in compliance with UNHCR protection principles as well as best international
Attend BID panels on a monthly basis and present
Conduct additional assessment on BID cases as per
recommendation by the BID panel;
Prepare BID Addendum for BIDs which were completed
more than one year ago;
Prepare and submit monthly progress reports;
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidates for the UNHCR BID Associate
jobs must hold a relevant academic degree in relevant area (e.g. social work,
child development, social science, education, public administration etc.);
At least two years’  work experience in relevant work area (e.g. as
a social worker, child counsellor, community development worker, educator,
conducting social assessments, individual case advocacy, assisting with family
reunification, working with refugees in a resettlement context etc.);
Working knowledge of and/or preparedness to become
familiar with and abide by UNHCR’s principles, Code of Conduct and humanitarian
Comprehensive knowledge of the international legal
framework governing refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and
Detailed understanding and knowledge of UNHCR
guidelines on refugee status determination and resettlement as well as UNHCR
Best Interest Determination Guidelines.
Broad awareness of gender issues and how to apply a
rights- and community-based approach to identify and respond to specific needs;
Keen awareness of the importance of preventing fraud
and ways to mitigate risks.
Excellent interviewing and counselling skills
especially child interviewing skills-highly desirable.
Excellent drafting and analytical skills;
Possess the ability to conduct assessments and
identify protection risks of individuals and groups;
Understanding of mental and physical development of
children as well as International Convention on Child Rights.
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work
effectively in teams;
Ability to work in stressful situations and in
hardship locations;
Significant experience giving advice on resettlement
guidelines / policy – highly desirable;
Prior experience in the area of refugee resettlement
– conducting refugee resettlement assessments and submissions – highly
Languages required, spoken and/or written, and level
of fluency:
English language fluency. Fluency in other relevant
language (e.g. French, Swahili) would be a great asset.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified applicants should send a CV and cover letter to: HIAS Kansanga,  info@hiasuganda.org
NB: Please clearly indicate “Best Interest
Determination (BID) Associate
– Uganda” in
the subject line. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. These positions
are open to Ugandan nationals only.
Deadline: 4th November 2015
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