Vacancy Announcement Financial services researcher

UNHCR is hiring a researcher to carry out an analysis on access to financial services for refugees in Bulgaria.  The overall objective of the assignment is to provide an analysis of the European and national standards on access to financial services pertaining to asylum-seekers and refugees. The analysis aims to identify gaps and conflicting legislative acts potentially preventing the equal access to financial services. It also needs to provide an overview of existing practice on the topic in Bulgaria in order to be able to provide concrete recommendations to address the identified gaps. These should be based on identified good practices in other European countries by types of financial services. The incumbent will analyze relevant European and national primary and secondary legislation acts pertaining to access to financial services by different service providers (banks, cooperatives, micro-credit providers etc.). The legal framework analysis shall look at discrepancies between European and national laws and the secondary legislative acts, as well as between various legislative acts on a national level hindering the access financial services for asylum seekers and refugees. It should also identify existing practice in Bulgaria and a number of good practices in other European countries and provide recommendations to remove the identified barriers. Relevant case law should also be included.

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Interested applicants should submit their Personal History Form (P11) and its supplementary pages (if applicable), accompanied by a Letter of Interest by 22 December 2020 to [email protected] with the subject line “Application for Financial Services Research”.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted.