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

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: TEMP/061/18/04
Vacancy Notice: T/061/2018
Duty Station: 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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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;
  • 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 Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations UNHCR  Best Interest Determination (BID) Associate job
    vacancy should possess a Bachelor’s degree in relevant area (e.g. social
    work, child development, social science, education, public administration
  • At least two years of 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;
  • 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
  • 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
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and
    ability to work effectively in teams;
  • Ability to work in stressful situations
    and in hardship locations;
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
Deadline: 30th December 2018
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