The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees worldwide and find durable solutions for them. Established in 1950, 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, until they can return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. Today nearly 17,000 personnel work in 132 countries helping and protecting millions of refugees, returnees, internally displaced and stateless people.
Through this call, the UNHCR Representation for Central Europe is looking for qualified candidates interested in performing tasks of the Digital Expert consultancy position.
Namely, since the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, refugee support networks and websites facilitating offers of help have proliferated on social media platforms. Among many well-intentioned initiatives, it is however not easy to spot malicious content being posted online and efforts flag concerning content are limited. Against this backdrop, Ukrainians and among them, women and girls in particular, have expressed that they feel extremely vulnerable when seeking assistance –including housing and jobs-, yet their growing financial insecurity after months of protracted displacement leave them with little option but to keep using these channels and, when doing so, to take some risks.
UNHCR has recently launched a project that aims at enhancing digital safety for refugees who seek assistance online, working closely with refugees. This project will focus on reinforcing refugees’ capacity and skills to self-protect when online, and to detect and flag malicious content, and strengthening safeguards adopted by online platforms.
Application deadline: 22 August 2022
Please see the details of this opportunity in the PDF below: