Ended Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Associate

The Job

Ref.: YEMAD/HR/2018/26


Title of Position: Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Associate

Category / Level: UNOPS LICA-6          

Salary per Month: 1,973 US$ + other allowances 

Entry on Duty: ASAP                          

Duration: Till end of the year with possibility of extension                         

Location: Sub-Office Aden

Date of Issue:  29/10 /2018                           

Closing Date for Applications: 10/11/2018


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.


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.

Qualification Requirements

  • 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.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.


  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Stakeholder Management


  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.
How to Apply

Interested candidates must fill a Personal History (P.11) form and the supplementary Bio Data table (Excel). Completed P11 form and summary table should be submitted along with a motivation letter and CV by e-mail to the below email address.

The email subject line should clearly indicate Last Name, Title of the position and VA Ref. number stated on this announcement. Applications missing any of the above elements, and not duly completed, will unfortunately not be considered.

Senior Human Recourses Associate

E-mail: yemadhr@unhcr.org

Address: UNHCR SO Aden, P.O. Box 6090

Tel. contact: +967-2-231-441 

Fax: +967-2-234-406

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Shortlisted candidates will be requested to sit for a test. No late applications will be accepted. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

  • Employer: UNHCR
  • Category: Programs
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 29 October 2018
  • Deadline: 10 November 2018