The crisis in Syria has so far forced two million Syrians to flee their country and register as refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. More than 50 per cent of Syrian refugees are children. A further 4.25 million people are currently internally displaced within Syria. The fact that more than six million Syrian people are forcibly displaced, prompted UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, to call the Syria crisis "the great tragedy of this century".
UNHCR is leading the humanitarian response to the refugee crisis in each of the surrounding countries. With an average of almost 5,000 Syrian refugees fleeing into neighbouring countries every day, UNHCR seeks applications to a range of functional profiles to continue providing humanitarian aid to refugees and host communities.
Vacancies/Functional profiles for the Syria Situation
Applicants are invited to apply to functional profiles. The location of duty will be determined by UNHCR. The positions will be at the P-2, P-3 and P-4 level respectively (to be determined by UNHCR).
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Functional profiles will be used to fill positions at the P2, P3 or P4 levels. The eligibility requirements therefore vary and are explained in detail in the actual profiles. However, the essential minimum requirements for all profiles are as follows:
- University degree, at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
- Four years of relevant working experience in the respective functional area;
- Excellent knowledge of English and at least one other UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish). Additional languages are an asset;
- Ability to work in a multicultural team;
- Ability to be deployed within four to six weeks of being offered a position with UNHCR;
- Willingness to serve in conflict zones and deep field locations;
- Willingness to serve in different countries.
The majority of positions filled through the functional profiles are expected to be in non-family or hardship locations.
Shortlisting and offer of employment
Shortlisted applicants may be considered for an initial Temporary Appointment (a fixed term contract of six months with no expectation of renewal) within any of the countries currently affected by the Syria situation, including Syria itself (i.e. a non-family duty station).
UNHCR may also approach shortlisted external applicants to serve in any other operation globally deemed necessary.
Appointment will be subject to satisfactory medical examination; verification of references and language skills; and certification of valid diplomas.
For positions related to the Syria situation, selected applicants will be contacted by UNHCR directly.
Selected applicants must be able to take up their assignment by 1st January 2014.
Furthermore, UNHCR expects to advertise a number of RSD and Resettlement positions in early 2014 that are required for the Syria emergency. Should internal applicants not be identified for such positions, these will be considered for filling by shortlisted external applicants that have applied to these Functional Profiles.