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UNHCR Representation in China

Vacancy Announcement

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) invites applications for the below post.

Functional Title: Head of Sub-Office

Position No.: 10004622

Contract/Grade: Fixed Term Appointment, NB

Duty Station: Hong Kong SAR, China

Entry on Duty: 01 January 2022

Duration: One year (extendable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds)

Application closing date:  28 October 2021 (before 23:59 Beijing time)

General Background

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to provide protection (including assistance) and seek durable solutions for millions of refugees around the world. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. 

Operational Context 

UNHCR’s presence in Hong Kong SAR dates back to 1979 with the arrival of Vietnamese boat people. Subsequently the office undertook refugee status determination (RSD) until March 2014, when the Hong Kong SAR Government started its Unified Screening Mechanism (USM) to assess claims for non-refoulement protection. Such claims are lodged by persons not having the right to enter and remain in Hong Kong SAR, on the basis that removing them to another country would expose them to a risk of torture or persecution. Persons who indicate that they will face the risk of persecution upon return to their country will not be removed until a final determination of persecution risk is reached under the USM. UNHCR continues to work with all stakeholders to ensure all Persons of Concern to UNHCR receive adequate protection and assistance, as well as to seek durable solutions for refugees. 

The Head of Sub-Office in Hong Kong SAR will be supervised by the UNHCR Representative in China who defines work objectives and provides regular advice and guidance. S/he will liaise with Government, diplomatic and civil society partners in the territory, as well as engage directly with the refugee and USM claimant community, representing the office in external meetings and events. Working closely with the Senior Protection Officer in Beijing and the Senior Protection Associate in Hong Kong, s/he will review substantiated USM claims to pursue solutions for them, as well as provide technical advice and training to support the authorities in developing and implementing the USM in line with accepted international standards. The incumbent will also coordinate with the Head of the Private Sector Partnerships unit on office management issues and donor engagement.   

Duties

  • Monitor and report on the implementation of refugee conventional responsibilities and international obligations of the local authorities Vis a Vis the population of concern to UNHCR within the given geographical area; based on local situations/developments make appropriate recommendation to the UNHCR Representative/HoSO.
  • Advocate and promote UNHCR standards concerning the treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and returnees as well as IDPs, where applicable; Advocate, promote and encourage the concerned authorities and local opinion makers to uphold established UNHCR standards that have become the international norms.
  • Ensure that the basic needs of the concerned population are properly assessed with the participation of the beneficiaries themselves, the host governments and/or the competent Implementing partners and/or UNHCR itself.
  • Subject to the needs, ensure that the planning, formulation and budgeting of identified assistance projects are done as per UNHCR programme cycle; upon approval of assistance project, ensure the timely implementation and rigorous monitoring of identified assistance activities
  • Ensure through the subordinate staff that deadlines for monitoring and reporting of UNHCR operational activities (i.e. include assistance as well as Administrative) are met on a regular basis.
  • Manage UNHCR resources, both human, financial/material, at an optimum level for the wellbeing of the concerned population and the UNHCR staff.
  • Ensure that security measures of UNHCR office (and residential, where ever applicable) compounds are always up to date; any security breaches and/or potential security threat should be reported immediately to competent UN security coordinator in the country.
  • Ensure that staff welfare, both in terms of working and living conditions, are maintained at a satisfactory level within the constraints in the operational area; this requires remaining current in health and medical facilities locally available and evacuation options available in a moment of medical urgency.
  • Guide, coach and advocate the subordinate staff to maintain highest standards of conduct and behaviour thorough one’s own practice and deeds.
  • Prepare and submit regular reports, both verbally and written, to the UNHCR Representative/HoSO. In the event of substantial telephone conversation that leads to specific action or non-action, it should be recorded and share with the other party.
  • Any other responsibilities/functions deemed necessary or as delegated by the UNHCR Representative of the country in order to meet the level of the services in the organization.
  • Represent UNHCR in inter-agency fora and with local authorities in the AOR.
  • Enforce compliance with UNHCR’s global protection, programme, finance, human resources and security policies and standards.
  • Submit project proposals for assistance to refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR Representation or Sub-Office in coordination with local authorities and NGOs.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications (marked with an asterisk* are essential)

  • 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant work experience with Graduat degaree; or 1 year relevent expereience with Doctorate degree.
  • Field(s) of Education: Economics; International relations; Law; Management; Political Science; Personnel Administration; or other relevant filed.
  • Certificates and/or Licenses: HCR Learning Programme; HCR management learning Programme.
  • * In-depth knowledge in aspects of UNHCR mandate and its Field level application. Applied knowledge of protection principles, operational arrangements/standards in relation to protection, assistance, UNHCR office management and staff administration. Should be conversant in the current priorities in the organisation and existing mechanisms within the organisation to implement those priorities.
  • Desirable: Working experience both in UNHCR HQ and/or a Regional Office and the Field.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relvant UN language or local language.

Functional skills (marked with an asterisk* are essential)

  • *IT-Computer Literacy
  • *IT-MS Office Applications
  • *HR-Staff Management
  • *UN-UN/UNHCR Interagency Policies, Standards, Programmes, Partnerships, Humanitarian Ops
  • *UN-UN/UNHCR Mandate and Global Strategic Priorities
  • *MG-Field Operations Management
  • *MG-Office Management
  • *PR-International protection concepts and principles

Competency Requirements

Core competencies

  • Accountability; Communication; Organisational Awareness; Teamwork & Collaboration; Commitment to Continuous Learning; Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies

  • Empowering and Building Trust; Judgement and Decision Making; Leadership; Managing Performances; Managinig resource; Strategic Planning and Vision.

Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking; Planning and Organizing; Political Awareness.

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Applicants who wish to be considered for this vacancy should send their (I) Letter of Motivation, (ii) CV, and (iii) signed Personal History Form (available at <http://www.unhcr.org/hk/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/10/UNHCR_Personal_History_Form_October-2017.zip>) by email to [email protected] with subject “Head of Sub-Office (Post No. 10004622)” no later than 23:59 Beijing time, 28 October 2021.

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Note:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Only those short-listed for interviews will be notified and invited for written test and interview.
  • UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
  • Emails sending from domain @126.com, @163.com and @qq.com will be blocked in UNHCR account.

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UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Position: Protection Intern

Contract Duration: December 2021 to May 2022, 6 months

Duty Station: Country Office Beijing (CO Beijing)

Closing Date: 27 October 2021

Background

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN Refugee Agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include asylum seekers, refugees, returnees, stateless people and internally displaced persons. Its interventions in the areas of protection, shelter, health and education have been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.

The UNHCR Office in China was established in 1979. Although China has been party to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol since 1982, it has no law comprehensively governing asylum. In the absence of national refugee legislation, UNHCR continues to register asylum seekers, conducts individual refugee status determination under its mandate, seeks durable solutions for refugees, and provides direct assistance to the refugee population in mainland China.

The Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress adopted an Exit-Entry Administration Law on 30 June 2012, which came into force on 1 July 2013. This domestic law includes a provision (Article 46) regarding the treatment of refugees, which foresees, inter alia, the possibility for persons of concerns to legally reside in China on the basis of a temporary identification to be issued by the authorities. UNHCR has been advocating for implementing regulations concerning Article 46 as well as working on building the capacity of the Government of China to implement its obligations under the 1951 Geneva Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.

Building public awareness on refugee issues and the work of UNHCR has been core area of work for UNHCR Beijing Office, with the great contributions of the Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Yao Chen, and via the social media platform Weibo.

UNHCR will continue to work with all stakeholders in China to ensure persons of concern receive adequate protection and assistance as well as to seek durable solutions for refugees.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

The interns will work under the guidance and supervision of the Registration Associate and will be based in the UNHCR office in Beijing. S/he will perform the following tasks:

  • Schedule registration appointments;
  • Receive and counsel applicants seeking asylum in China and facilitate the registration procedures;
  • Conduct registration interviews for new asylum seekers;
  • Create individual physical files for newly registered asylum seekers;
  • Assist the Protection team to organize and coordinate with interpreters the interview scheduling, and translation of claims and transcription of protection/Refugee Status Determination (RSD) interviews etc.;
  • Assist in delivering RSD decision notifications
  • Generate the monthly statistical report;
  • Monitor and respond to email queries from refugees/asylum seekers, and update relevant information into the proGres database;
  • Data entry of information concerning documents issued, protection interviews, assistance, and counselling into the proGres database;
  • Filing of relevant correspondences related to individual cases;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Required competencies

  • Strong interest in international humanitarian field;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Professional and detail-oriented;
  • Good team player;
  • Strong awareness of cultural diversity and confidentiality requirements;
  • Respect for humanity and a commitment to international public service.

Essential Minimum Qualifications

  • A recent graduate (completed studies within 1 year of applying for this internship) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university;
  • Completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in international relations, law, social sciences or other related areas;
  • Fluent in English, proficiency in other languages i.e. French or Arabic is a plus;
  • Firm commitment to a full-time internship of six months.

Important:

  • The aim of the internship is to provide professional experience in an international organization which is related to and supplements studies or interests in international relations, public international law or other related areas;
  • The internship provides an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural intergovernmental organization;
  • UNHCR will provide a food and transportation allowance for interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party.
  • The internship program is not connected with the recruitment process; nevertheless, UNHCR is willing to provide reference and a fair performance evaluation of the internship for his/her contribution to UNHCR’s work.

If you possess the above qualifications and are interested in the internship position, please submit your application with a Motivation Letter, a CV and the completed Personal History Form to [email protected], and indicate in the subject line “Internship Application – Protection” by 27 Oct 2021.


 

UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

Position: Administration Intern

Contract Duration: 15 November 2021 – 15 April 2022

Duty Station: Country Office Beijing (CO Beijing)

Closing Date: 28 October 2021 (before 23:59 Beijing time)

Background

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN Refugee Agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

For over 70 years, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylum-seekers. Its interventions in the areas of protection, shelter, health and education have been crucial, healing broken pasts and building brighter futures.

The UNHCR Office in China was established in 1979. China has been party to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol since 1982, but the Government has not yet developed domestic asylum legislation. Therefore, UNHCR registers asylum seekers, conducts individual refugee status determination under its mandate and seeks durable solutions for refugees. UNHCR also strives to provide direct assistance to the refugee population in mainland China notably because refugees do not have access to Government subsidized services for health and social services. However, the assistance budget is limited and can only partially cover basic needs such as food, shelter, and prioritized medical care.

Recently the Government established the National Immigration Administration (NIA) under the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) to oversee all refugee-related matters. Its creation is expected to encourage the Government to consider a greater engagement in asylum and refugee protection.

Building public awareness on refugee issues and the work of UNHCR has been another core area of work for UNHCR Beijing Office, with the great contributions of the Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Yao Chen, and via the social media platform Weibo.

UNHCR will continue to endeavour working with all stakeholders in China to ensure persons of concern receive adequate protection and assistance as well as to seek durable solutions for refugees.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

The intern will work directly with the UNHCR office, under guidance and supervision of Admin focal person, and s/he will perform the following tasks:

  • Assist in receiving office visitors at the reception;
  • Assist in receiving, diverting telephone calls of the office general line and verifying phone records with Staff;
  • Assist in collecting and registering incoming and outgoing office mail correspondence and diplomatic pouch and maintaining records;
  • Assist in maintaining staff attendance record and leave plan;
  • Assist in organizing meetings and conferences;
  • Assist in obtaining information and quotations regarding procurement;
  • Assist in maintaining office supply storage and records;
  • Assist in processing documents in relation to official travel;
  • Assist in translating documents;
  • Assist in maintaining admin and finance files;
  • Assist in drafting Request for Proposals, Terms of Reference, Recommendations and other related documents for procurements covering UNHCR’s operations in China;
  • Assist in submission and filing of Value-Added TAX refund on quarterly basis;
  • Undertaking other duties as required by the supervisor.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • A recent graduate (completed studies within 1 year of applying for this internship) or current student in a graduate/undergraduate school programme from a university;
  • Completed at least two years of undergraduate studies in accounting, international relations, law, political science, administration, sociology, etc.;
  • Strong interests in international humanitarian field and eager to learn;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Professional and detail-oriented at work with team spirits;
  • Strong awareness of cultural diversity and confidentiality requirements;
  • Respect for humanity and a commitment to international public service;
  • Fluent in English, proficiency in other languages i.e. French or Arabic is a plus;
  • Firm commitment to a long-term full-time internship.

Important

  • The internship provides an opportunity to work in a multi-cultural intergovernmental organization;
  • UNHCR will provide a food and transportation allowance around 711 USD per month for interns who do not receive financial support from an outside party.
  • The internship program is not connected with the recruitment process; nevertheless, UNHCR is willing to provide reference and a fair performance evaluation of the internship for his/her contribution to UNHCR’s work.
  • This internship can be extended up to 8 months with satisfactory performance.

Other Requirements

Interns are required to complete mandatory UNHCR training before commencement of the internship.

If you possess the above qualifications and are interested in the internship position, please submit your application with (I) Letter of Motivation, (ii) CV, and (iii) signed Personal History Form (available at <http://www.unhcr.org/hk/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2017/10/UNHCR_Personal_History_Form_October-2017.zip>) by email to [email protected], and indicate in the subject line “Internship Application – Admin” by 23:59 Beijing time, 28 October 2021.

*Please note that emails sending from domain @126.com, @163.com and @qq.com will be blocked in UNHCR account.


Note:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Only those short-listed for interviews will be notified and invited for written test and interview.
  • UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
  • Emails sending from domain @126.com, @163.com and @qq.com will be blocked in UNHCR account.