Senior RSD Associate

  • Secteur d'activité Fonction publique, Administration
  • Date d'expiration 22 Juin
  • Nombre de postes 01 poste ouvert


Title of Post:

Senior RSD Associate 

Post Number:



Algiers, Algeria

Effective date of assignment:

01/05/ 2020


General Service, G7

Type of contract:

Fixed term appointment 

Date of Issue:

23/03/ 2020

Closing Date:


Operational Context:

The Senior RSD Associate is a member of the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) team. Under the direct supervision of the RSD Officer, she assists in coordinating and monitoring all activities related to the processing of refugee claims. S/he reviews RSD assessments at first instance and endorse recommendations for cases with no specific complexity. S/he conducts appeal interviews and process appeal cases that have not been reviewed by him/her at first instance. S/he also process complex cases at first instance, especially cases raising exclusion concerns. S/he assists the RSD Officer in coordinating the RSD activities of the team and monitoring activities of the RSD staff. S/he assists in compiling and analysing information related to the RSD activities of the Operation, and in drafting related correspondence and reports.

S/he supports the resettlement activities of the office by participating to the identification of eligible cases, providing counselling, supporting RST missions and, if required, preparing resettlement registration forms (RRFs).

Organizational Context:

The Senior RSD Associate is a member of the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) team. S/he is responsible for supporting all activities related to the processing of refugee claims in the Operation. The incumbent provides counselling to, and responds to queries from, asylum seekers and refugees regarding UNHCR's RSD procedures, their rights and obligations, including towards the host authorities, and the status of the processing of their claims. In discharging these responsibilities, the Senior RSD Associate liaises closely with Registration, Community Services, Resettlement, and other Protection staff. The incumbent is responsible for conducting COI and other research related to RSD and maintaining the Operation's local repository of relevant information, guidelines and standards. S/he also assists in drafting RSD Assessments. The Senior RSD Associate assists in compiling and analysing information related to the RSD activities of the Operation, and drafts related correspondence and reports. The Senior RSD Associate may provide interpretation and/or translation services in cases for which s/he has the required language competencies. The incumbent normally supervises lower grade General Service staff within the functional Group.

Functional Statement:

Accountability (key results that will be achieved) :

  • UNHCR’s RSD procedures are implemented in accordance with relevant UNHCR standards and policies, including policies related to age, gender, and diversity mainstreaming (AGDM).
  • Persons of concern have fair and transparent access to the RSD procedures.
  • Fraud in the RSD process is identified and appropriately addressed.

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results) :

  •  Stay abreast of legal, political, security and other developments which impact on the protection environment, and in particular, on protection delivery through RSD.
  •  Assist in the development of the RSD strategy of the operation and in the annual planning exercise.
  •  Provide counselling to, and respond to queries from, asylum seekers and refugees, including in the context of the notification of negative RSD decisions.
  •  Maintain accurate and up-to date records and data related to all work on individual cases.
  •  Assist in preventing and identifying fraud in RSD through oversight, advice and guidance to UNHCR staff, partners and persons of concern.
  •  Systematically apply an age, gender and diversity (AGD) perspective in the performance of assigned functions.
  •  Conduct research on country of origin information (COI) and other issues related to RSD and maintain the Operation's local repository of relevant information, guidelines and standards accessible to RSD staff in the operation.
  •  Assist in monitoring RSD trends and in compiling and analysing RSD statistics related to RSD case processing.
  •  Assist in developing and maintaining processes to ensure that persons of concern, Government authorities and partners have accurate information on the RSD procedures, including UNHCR standards, policies and practice.
  •  Assist in initiatives to advocate with and support Government authorities and legal partners to establish and strengthen fair and efficient RSD procedures and RSD decision-making.
  •  Provide training for staff when required.
  •  Draft correspondence and reports relating to the RSD activities of the Operation.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results) :

  • Refer individual cases to other functional units in the Operation and/or external partners for appropriate follow-up, in accordance with established criteria. 
  •  Counsel individual asylum-seekers on the reasons for negative RSD decisions, in accordance with the RSD SOPs.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • Completion of Secondary School and advanced training/certification in Law, social work or a related field.
  •  Minimum 11 years of relevant professional job experience.
  •  Research and analytical skills.
  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  •  Fluency in French and working knowledge of English.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Working experience with procedures and principles related to RSD.
  • Knowledge of International Refugee Law and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles.
  • Experience in counselling asylum seekers or refugees.
  • Experience in working with vulnerable or traumatized individuals.
  • Completion of UNHCR's RSD Learning Programme, COI Learning Programme, or Protection Learning Programme.

Required Competencies:

Managerial Competencies :

  • Judgment and Decision making. 

Cross-Functional Competencies :

  • Analytical thinking.
  • Stakeholder Management.
  • Planning and Organizing.


External candidates:

External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at:

Submission of Applications:

If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit:

  •  Personal History Form duly filled and signed (please click on links below to download the form).
  •  Applications without Personal History Form will not be considered.

Interested applicants should submit their Personal History Form (PHF) and its supplementary pages (if applicable) by e-mail to by 06 April 2020 (Midnight Algiers Time).

No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees). 

UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality. 

Completed and relevant university education can count as maximum 50% of the required years of work experience 

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Senior RSD Associate


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