Senior Resettlement Associate, Tapachula

  • Contract
  • Mexico

Snr Resettlement Associate – Temporary Appointment
Tapachula, Mexico
Salary Grade

Hardship Level
Family Location Type
Eligible Applicants
IMPORTANT NOTE: This position is advertised to internal and external applicants. Candidates must be legally present in Mexico at the time of application, recruitment and hire. Only candidates holding a valid work permit in Mexico will be considered eligible.

Duties and Qualifications
Senior Resettlement Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
A Senior Resettlement Associate position is typically located at Multi-Country Office, Branch Office or Field Office. 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 incumbent takes part in assessing cases for resettlement and conducting interviews as well as monitoring procedural compliance and quality of case submissions. The role of the Senior Resettlement Associate may involve managerial responsibilities in supervising, coaching and training junior staff, and assisting in implementing organisational objectives and priorities.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

– Assist in revising and implementing procedures for promoting the resettlement of persons of concern (PoC) as a protection tool, durable solution and in the context of comprehensive solution strategies
– Assist with preparing a strategy and budget for resettlement activities and monitoring expenditures.
– Assist in promoting and monitoring the implementation of UNHCR¿s global resettlement policies, procedures and guidelines.
– Propose the development and enhancement of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), policy and guidelines for resettlement practices.
– Assist in guiding and capacitating the country operation to prepare consistent and quality resettlement submissions.
– 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.
– Identify, interview, assess resettlement needs, and process persons identified for resettlement, following established procedures; undertake field missions as required.
– Provide support to 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.
– Assist the country operation with group resettlement procedures, including planning, profiling, logistical arrangements, verification and post-verification follow-up.
– Assist in assessing resettlement needs, preparing a strategy and budget for resettlement activities and monitor expenditures.
– Liaise with resettlement countries and partners on individual and group resettlement cases, when required.
– Assist in managing a process to ensure that PoC and partners receive up-to-date and accurate information on UNHCR’s resettlement policies and procedures.
– Ensure that PoC are kept informed of case status.
– Maintain accurate resettlement statistics as well as up-to-date records on individual cases. Prepare reports if requested.
– Assist/support / facilitate resettlement-related training when necessary.
– Contribute to a communications strategy that generates support for UNHCR’s operations from external partners.
– Decide and prioritize resettlement interviews of PoC.
– Provide counselling to PoC.
– Negotiate locally, as appropriate, with resettlement receiving countries on behalf of UNHCR.
– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G7 – 4 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education
Not applicable

Certificates and/or Licenses
International Law, International Relations
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Not specified

In-depth knowledge of UNHCR Resettlement policies and operational applications in different resettlement countries and situations.
Completion of UNHCR specific learning/trading activities (e.g., PLP and RSD/Resettlement Learning Programme, resettlement anti-fraud workshop)

Functional Skills
CO-Cross-cultural communication
PR-Resettlement Anti-Fraud Policy and Procedures
PR-Refugee Resettlement programs
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Position Competencies
Core Competencies
Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies
Judgement and Decision Making
Empowering and Building Trust
Managing Performance

Cross-Functional Competencies
Analytical Thinking
Planning and Organizing
Stakeholder Management
Language Requirements
Proficiency in English and Spanish is essential.
Additional Information
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No late applications will be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a technical assessment or written test and later on, invited for an oral interview.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).
See below for this postion’s Operational Context


Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of full vaccination, independently of contract type and duration.
Closing Date
The closing date for submission of applications is May 15th 2022 (midnight Geneva time).


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