Fresher UN Best Interest Determination (BID) Associate Jobs – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Position No.: UNOPS-LICA-BID (004)
Vacancy Notice: UNHCR/UGANDA/LICA/002/2018
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was
established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.
UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international
protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees
and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate
concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under
Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
Job Summary: The Best Interest Determination (BID) Associate will greatly enhance the ability of
UNHCR to ensure that this casework is done in an expedited manner. BID
Management Overall BID co-ordination and management in Kampala is a Child
Protection activity, under the overall supervision of the Senior Protection
Officer (Community Based) Yoko Iwasa, and the direct supervision of the ICMC
BID Specialist in Kampala. The ICMC BID Specialist based in Kampala will
coordinate and monitor BID activities in Kampala. The ICMC BID Specialist will
support the Units with all activities including reviewing of BID reports, case
management and follow up and convening of the BID panel.The BID Associate will
present his/her cases in front of the BID panel, which meets on a monthly
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct BID casework including:
  • Conduct 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.
  • The incumbent will also ensure proper
    monitoring and followup of cases including updating proGres database and
    any internal monitoring and tracking systems are regularly updated with
    the necessary events.
  • 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
  • Generate BID forms from proGres;
  • Ensure that BID reports are in compliance
    with UNHCR protection principles as well as best international practice.
  • Present cases and attend BID panels on a
    monthly basis;
  • 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 monthly progress reports;

Key Performance Indicators: The BID Associate will be required
to prepare monthly quantitative progress reports during the assignment. A final
report covering the entire period of his/her assignment is compulsory. The
report shall contain a description of activities and the data collected
regarding of cases referred, number of BIDs and BIA conducted, number of BIDs
presented to BID panels, number of deferred BID cases and any follow ups on
case management that may have been carried out by the BID Associate.
 Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR  Best Interest Determination
    (BID) Associate job vacancy should possess an academic degree in relevant
    area (e.g. social work, child development, social science, education,
    public administration etc.);
  • At least two years of related 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.);
  • Excellent drafting skills in English is
    required. French and Swahili would be a great asset.
  • Knowledge of and/or preparedness to become
    familiar with and abide by UNHCRs principles, Code of Conduct and
    humanitarian goals;
  • Broad knowledge of the international legal
    framework governing refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons
    and statelessness;
  • Knowledge of UNHCR guidelines on refugee
    status determination and resettlement as well as UNHCR Best Interest
    Determination Guidelines.
  • Awareness of gender issues and how to
    apply a rights and community based approach to identify and respond to
    specific needs;
  • Excellent interviewing and counselling
    skills especially child interviewing skills highly desirable.
  • Excellent drafting and analytical skills;
  • Ability to conduct assessments and
    identify protection risks of individuals and groups;
  • Broad knowledge and 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;
  • Experience giving advice on resettlement
    guidelines / policy highly desirable;
  • Experience in the area of refugee
    resettlement conducting refugee resettlement assessments and submissions
    highly desirable.
  • Broad knowledge and awareness of the
    importance of preventing fraud and ways to mitigate risks.
How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are
encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions
after reviewing the job details.
Deadline: 23rd February 2018
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