Consultancy on Statelessness

UNHCR RRNE is hiring a consultant with expertise in the areas of prevention and reduction of statelessness, and the protection of stateless persons.

Vacancy Announcement
Consultancy on Statelessness

General Background:

 In November 2014, UNHCR launched a Global Campaign to End Statelessness in 10 Years. The name of the Campaign is #IBelong, and its strategy is set out in a Global Action Plan, which contains 10 actions that need to be taken to end statelessness.

Within the framework of the Global Campaign, the UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe (UNHCR RRNE) has conducted Mappings of Statelessness in each of the countries in the region and developed accompanying National Action Plans (NAPs). The mappings analyse the respective countries’ national legal frameworks, practices and institutional capacities vis-à-vis the standards set out in the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and in the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.


Purpose and Scope of Assignment:

To assist UNHCR in supporting the respective governments and the national actors in addressing the gaps identified in the mappings, and implementing recommendations contained in the NAPs, UNHCR RRNE is hiring a consultant with expertise in the areas of prevention and reduction of statelessness, and the protection of stateless persons.

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Deputy Regional Representative and assist UNHCR RRNE with formulating advocacy messages and providing technical advice to the national actors in the region on the legal standards in these areas, and their application at national level. The consultant will also facilitate trainings on specific aspects of statelessness, such as the determination of statelessness and the prevention of childhood statelessness. The consultant will moreover assist UNHCR RRNE in expanding and strengthening its network of partners in this area, and contribute to other activities aimed at supporting the implementation of recommendations contained in the mappings and NAPs on ending statelessness in the Northern Europe countries.


Location and duration of the consultancy:

The duration of the consultancy is from 1 February to 31 July 2019. There is a possibility that the contract may be further extended.  The consultant will be based at the UNHCR RRNE in Stockholm.


Qualifications and experience:

Education

University degree in law, with specialization in international law, including a focus on international human rights law, and preferably the legal standards pertaining to nationality, the prevention and reduction of statelessness, and the protection of stateless persons.

Work Experience

At least four years of relevant professional experience, including on nationality and statelessness issues, or 2 years and a post-graduate university degree.

Key Competencies

– Knowledge of/familiarity with UNHCR’s policies related to statelessness
– Sound knowledge of the international, and preferably also the European practice and legal standards pertaining to nationality, the prevention and reduction of statelessness, and protection of stateless persons;
– Excellent legal research, analytical and drafting skills;
– Good oral communications and advocacy skills;
– Excellent knowledge of English, working knowledge of another UN language is an asset;


Applications and questions concerning the consultancy:

Candidates with the requisite qualifications are requested to submit their motivation letters and a CV to Kristina Savage ([email protected]) by 5 January 2019.

Questions concerning the consultancy can be sent in writing to the UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe ([email protected]).