Assistant Resettlement Officer. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


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Terms of Reference Assistant Resettlement Officer (UNOPS ICA) UNHCR Trinidad & Tobago UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a full time position within the R4V Sub-Regional Platform Team in the UNHCR Office in Trinidad and Tobago Title: Assistant Resettlement Officer Duty Station: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Duration: 1 year Contract Type: UNOPS International ICA1 (P1 Equivalent) Closing date: 19 April 2020 Start date: 1 May 2020 Organisational context The office in Trinidad and Tobago was opened in 2016, with one protection officer and has rapidly expanded to have a team of about 36 staff. The office is currently constituted of an even mix of international and national staff on a variety of contract modalities. There are approximately 16 international staff and 20 national staff in the operation. In 2018, the operation expanded to conduct registration for RSD under mandate in the country, taking over from the regional office which had previously conducted remote registration with the support of its main implementing partner. It continues to do RSD under mandate and has a community-based protection team which works on social cohesion in the country. The number of people registered by UNHCR tripled during 2018, and has so far registered, as of 31 December 2018, 10,855 persons, 75% (8,167) of these POCs are Venezuelans. The legal statuses are: 800 refugees, 9,983 asylum-seekers and 72 others of concern. Out of them, 6 ,511 (60%) were male and 4,344 (40%) were female. There are 890 (8.2%) children (under 8) registered with UNHCR. The majority of the registered population is of Venezuelan 1 nationality, with Cubans at the second largest proportion. Refugees live in urban and semi- urban areas. 1 As a result of that of lack of recognition of the right to seek asylum in the 1976 Immigration Act, persons in irregular situation, irrespective of their status as asylum-seeker or refugee, either because of overstay or illegal entry into the country are subjected to detention for the purposes of deportation. They are arrested in regular “exercises” undertaken by the police and/or the Immigration Division across the country, particularly in those areas which high concentration of foreigners. Persons are often then released after being put on an order of supervision, an alternative to detention document. Access to PoCs in detention is extremely challenging. Additional protection challenges include identifying and accessing persons in need of international protection and ensuring their effective protection from refoulement. In the absence of a functioning Government-run asylum systems or alternative legal pathways persons of concerns continue to live in a situation of legal limbo. This is making it exceedingly difficult for them to access basic services, including health and education, and obtain safe and dignified employment. The majority continue to live in the shadows, working in highly exploitative environments, suffering from discrimination and xenophobia. Within this evolving context UNHCR Trinidad and Tobago is exploring enhancing resettlement opportunities for persons at risk. For 2020, the operation was given 200 slots, 35 for Canada and 165 for Australia. The latter quota currently constitutes a priority for the office. Australia informed UNHCR that it might also be willing to increase the quota. The caseload will be constituted mainly of Venezuelan refugees, but also include other nationalities, with a variety of profiles. Resettlement processing until the end of 2018 was conducted remotely and through missions by ROW. The office is now taking ownership of this process. Processing from Trinidad and Tobago has started and a procedural framework for resettlement, including SOPs and identification/processing tools have been established. In order to meet the deadlines for the quotas for Australia and Canada, recruitment of trained and experience resettlement caseworkers is highly urgent. 2 The position Under supervision, the incumbent’s primary role is to assist in providing, in close coordination with concerned sections within UNHCR as well as external parties such as resettlement countries, IOM and NGOs, a continuous support to resettlement operations by ensuring that resettlement polices are correctly implemented and operations are supported in establishing comprehensive protection and solutions strategies. The Assistant Resettlement Officer takes part in assessing cases for resettlement and conducting interviews as well as monitoring procedural compliance and quality of case submissions. The Assistant Resettlement Officer does not normally have managerial responsibilities though it rests upon the supervisor of the post to make time specific arrangements subject to a given situation. Duties and responsibilities Accountability ▪ Resettlement delivery in the country is needs-based, non-discriminatory and prioritized for refugees most in need of this solution. ▪ ▪ UNHCR’s resettlement policies and standards are correctly and coherently applied. Persons of concern are made aware of UNHCR’s resettlement procedures and have fair and transparent access to and participation in the resettlement process. Fraud in the resettlement process is promptly identified and addressed. ▪ Responsibility ▪ Stay abreast of political, legal, social and economic developments that have an impact on the protection environment. ▪ Assist in implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for promoting the resettlement of persons of concern as protection tool and durable solution in the context of comprehensive solution strategies. ▪ ▪ Assist in promoting and monitoring the implementation of UNHCR’s global resettlement policies, procedures and guidelines. Assist in monitoring resettlement activities to ensure progress against targets, transparency and efficiency in case submissions and appropriate follow-up with resettlement countries and other key stakeholders. 3 ▪ ▪ Coordinate identification and referral mechanism of cases for resettlement considerations among units and external partners, review the referrals, provide pre- screening before scheduling the interview. Assess resettlement needs and process persons identified for resettlement following established procedures; conduct resettlement interview and draft RRFs; undertake field missions as required; provide counselling to individuals. ▪ ▪ ▪ Follow-up on the documentation of individual cases (regarding BID and MAF). Assist selection missions by resettlement countries to the country. Systematically apply an Age, Gender and Diversity perspective in all aspects of the resettlement process; comply with UNHCR policy and guidelines on HIV/AIDS. Assist in mitigating resettlement fraud through oversight (including in-country travel), advice and guidance. ▪ ▪ ▪ Participate, where appropriate, in country-level discussions with resettlement countries and partners. Assist in managing a process to ensure that persons of concern and partners receive up-to-date and accurate information on UNHCR’s resettlement policies and procedures. ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ Assist in the submission of up-to-date and accurate statistics, resettlement reports and needs assessments are submitted to management as required. Conduct RSD interviews and draft RSD Assessments in accordance with applicable standards and guidelines when operational needs require it. Maintain accurate and up-to date records and data related to all work on individual cases. Conduct research on country of origin information (COI) and legal issues related to RSD and assist in maintaining a local repository of relevant information, guidelines and standards accessible to RSD/RST staff in the operation. ▪ ▪ Provide counselling to asylum seekers and refugees. Perform other related duties as required. Authority ▪ ▪ Decide and prioritize resettlement interviews of persons of concern. Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, resettlement standard operating procedures. 4

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