Вакансия: Refugee Status Determination Associate

Kindly be informed on the vacancy announcement for the Refugee Status Determination Associate (RSD) in the Representation Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Moscow.

Duration of the contract is one year (fixed-term appointment) and assignment date would be 01 August 2018.

Relevant standard job description is attached for your reference.

Interested candidates matching the criteria should send their CV (P11 forms for UN staff) and motivation letter to the following address: rusmovac@unhcr.org .The deadline for applications is 03 June 2018.

Kindly note that only short listed candidates will be contacted and may be required to sit for a written test for this Job Opening.


(When finalised and approved by the Post Manager(s), e-mail to HQPC00)

Date of Classification (1): August 2012 (STANDARD)    


Position No: 10029375

Position Title:   Refugee Status Determination Associate

Position Grade:  G-6

Position Location : Moscow, the Russian Federation

Functional Group(1) : 2.2.c

Supervisor Position No., Title & Grade: 10003863,Senior Protection Officer, P4

CCOG Code (1) :  2.G.02

Job Code (1) : 000424

Job Profile (1) : 00000424

Job Function (1) : PRT



2.1 ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT. Define the role of the position within the team, describing its leadership role, if any, it’s external/internal work relationships or contacts, the contextual environment in which it operates and the scope of supervision received, and where applicable, exercised by the incumbent. 

The 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 RSD Associate 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 RSD Associate liaises closely with Registration, Community Services, Resettlement, and other Protection staff.  The RSD Associate 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 may also assist in drafting RSD Assessments.  The RSD Associate assists in compiling and analysing information related to the RSD activities of the Operation, and in drafting related correspondence and reports.  The RSD Associate may provide interpretation and/or translation services in cases for which s/he has the required language competencies. 

2.2 FUNCTIONAL STATEMENT. Describe the accountabilities, responsibilities and authorities associated with the position. 

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.
  • — 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. 

2.3 REQUIRED COMPETENCIES, which illustrate behaviours that are essential to achieving deliverables described above, and that are critical to successful performance. All jobs require the staff to abide to the Values and Core competencies of UNHCR.  Where applicable, select a maximum of six Managerial and  of three Cross-Functional Competencies. (Note that the Performance Appraisal and Management System (PAMS) allows for up to five Cross-Functional Competencies to be selected by the staff member and the supervisor. 

Code Managerial Competencies

1.  M001 Empowering and Building Trust

2.  M002 Managing Performance

3.  M003 Judgement and Decision Making

4.  M004 Strategic Planning and Vision

5.  M005 Leadership 

6.  M006 Managing Resources

Code Cross-Functional Competencies

1.  X001 Analytical Thinking

2.  X002 Innovation and Creativity

3.  X003 Technological Awareness

4.  X004 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

5.  X005 Planning and Organizing

6.  X006 Policy Development and Research

7.  X007 Political Awareness

8.  X008 Stakeholder Management

9.  X009 Change Capability and Adaptability

2.4 ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.  Define the educational background, the relevant job experience and the language(s) that are essential to perform the work of the position.

  • — Completion of Secondary School and advanced training/certification in social work or a related field. 
  • — Minimum 6 years of relevant professional job experience.  
  • — Research and analytical skills.
  • — Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • — Excellent knowledge of Russian and English languages.

2.5 DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES.  Describe any experience or knowledge that would be an asset, such as: UNHCR Learning Programmes, other training, additional languages, Field/HQs experience, etc.

  • — 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.