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Assistant High Commissioner (Protection) in the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees at the level of Assistant Secretary-General

The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) presents its compliments to the Permanent Missions to the United Nations and has the honour to request the nomination of candidates for the position of Assistant High Commissioner (Protection) in the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.

The Assistant High Commissioner (Protection) reports directly to the High Commissioner, assisting and guiding him in the promotion and exercise of the Office’s protection mandate. He/she holds oversight responsibility for UNHCR’s global protection activities and for the development of protection policy and doctrine implemented through programme delivery, ensuring effective functional links between Headquarters-based protection services and field operations.

Further information on the position is provided in the terms of reference. Further information on UNHCR is available in the Secretary-General’s Bulletin ST/SGB/1998/9 and on the following website: http://www.unhcr.org/
In soliciting nominations for this position, UNHCR is seeking an individual with:

▪ High-level expertise in refugee, human rights and humanitarian law;
▪ Expert knowledge of asylum policy and practice at the national and global levels;
▪ Demonstrated experience in the conceptualization and development of policies with particular reference to refugees and displacement;
▪ In-depth knowledge of the protection dimension of humanitarian operations, including with regard to addressing protection challenges and solutions at the field level;
▪ Knowledge of contemporary migration issues and their relationship to asylum and refugees;
▪ Knowledge of the humanitarian reform process and its impact on protection;
▪ Well demonstrated negotiating and diplomatic skills in the bilateral and multilateral contexts;
▪ Well-developed skills in the field of advocacy and partnership building;
▪ Strong leadership, team building and management abilities.

In order to ensure a wide pool of candidates for this position, UNHCR would welcome any nominations to supplement the Secretary-General’s own search and consultations. UNHCR would especially welcome nominations of female candidates.

In accordance with the policy for the nomination of candidates, the Secretariat wishes to outline that it is the responsibility of the nominating Government to ensure that each candidate it nominates has not been convicted of, or is not currently under investigation or being prosecuted for, any criminal offence, or any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law. In the case of nominees who have been investigated for, charged with or prosecuted for any criminal offence but were not convicted, the nominating Government is requested to provide information regarding the investigation(s) or prosecutions concerned. The nominating Government is also requested to certify that it is not aware of any allegations against its nominated candidates that they have been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any acts that amount to violations of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

Individuals who are either nominated by Member States or who seek to serve with the United Nations in any individual capacity will be required, if short listed, to complete a self attestation stating that they have not committed, been convicted of, nor prosecuted for, any criminal offence and have not been involved, by act or omission, in the commission of any violation of international human rights law or international humanitarian law.

All nominations should include the curriculum vitae of the candidates and must be received by UNHCR by 10 March 2014. Nominations may also be sent to: Recruitment.AHC-P@unhcr.org

The Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees takes this opportunity of reiterating to the Permanent Missions to the United Nations the assurances of its highest esteem.