Assistant Statelessness Officer, NOA, Eswatini – Individual Contract

Closing date:

Eligible Applicants

Candidates should be Eswatini nationals or have legal residency in the country. All candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position.

Procedures and Eligibility

  • Interested internal candidates need to apply through MSRP ¿ Self-Service ¿ Recruiting Activities ¿ Careers (please search by JO number or by Location). Please update your personal profiles with all required information in order to be able to apply. Please consult the attached documents for further guidance on how to update the personal profile.
  • Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter. For help with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website. ¿ Careers ¿ Career opportunities ¿ Other Opportunities ¿ Vacancies ¿ sort by Location or search by Job Opening number.
  • Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email.
  • Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees). \
  • Shortlisted candidates might be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview.
  • The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.
  • UNHCR is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
  • UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General¿s Office (IGO) at or through the online complain form at or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.
  • UNHCR only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
  • For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled ¿Online VA Query-your name and surname¿. Human Resources Pretoria

Duties and Qualifications

Assistant Statelessness Officer

  • Provide advice to SAMCO to ensure that operational and advocacy responses to statelessness reflect international standards and mainstream methodologies for responses to the problem of statelessness, including its prevention and reduction.
  • Provide analysis and technical advice on nationality laws and statelessness determination procedures, operational responses, including to resolve protracted situations; guidance on methods of identification of stateless persons; civil status registration and documentation.
  • Monitor the development of international law and doctrine on statelessness, nationality and related areas and developments in the field of nationality law.
  • Advocate for proper interpretation of law and doctrine and promote protection principles and international law development of standards as relevant to the prevention and reduction of statelessness and the protection of stateless persons
  • Provide quality legal support and protection advice on statelessness, draft position papers and guidelines on pertinent legal and operational issues.
  • Advise on efforts to map statelessness situations and provide guidance in the formulation of strategies for the identification, prevention and reduction of statelessness and protection of stateless persons.
  • With the support of the supervisor, handle individual cases and situations raising special questions of application or interpretation of international law, international standards on statelessness, including the two UN Statelessness Conventions, as well as refugee and human rights law.
  • Prepare protection documents and policies in cooperation with supervisor.
  • Participate in the development of project proposals and project implementation.
  • Liaise with SAMCO work units and external actors to enhance awareness of principles relating to statelessness.
  • Produce and deliver quality training tools on statelessness and workshops.
  • Engage with external partners and stakeholders, including governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations and other relevant stakeholders on issues related to legal principles pertaining to statelessness and related international law.
  • Help to build and maintain effective interfaces with stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing responses to statelessness.
  • Represent the Office on protection doctrine and policy in meetings within UNHCR and with external counterparts.
  • In coordination with MoHA provide a project management role for the civl registration and documentation exercise launched by the government.
  • Perform other related duties as required.**Minimum Qualifications:** Education & Professional Work Experience
  • Years of Experience / Degree Level:
    For NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree.
  • Field(s) of Education:
    International Human Rights Law;
    Or other relevant field.

Certificates and/or Licenses:
HCR Prot Lrng Pgr Statelessness.
Relevant Job Experience:

  • Experience in statelessness, refugee issues/human rights/or nationality law/civil status issues. Experience with the UN and/or a Foreign Ministry.
  • Experience in legislative drafting
  • Training on statelessness

Functional Skills:
PR-Statelessness- Doctrinal issues on nationality and statelessness;
PR-Statelessness- Principles and Procedures, operational arrangements/assistance Legal Standards on Statelessness;
LE-Legal Research;
LE-International Law;

Position Competencies

Core Competencies:
Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation
Managerial Competencies:
Judgement and Decision Making
Empowering and Building Trust
Cross-Functional Competencies:
Analytical Thinking
Planning and Organizing
Change Capability and Adaptability

Language Requirements

Language Requirements:
Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

Additional Information

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview.

Closing Date

Closing Date: 19 March 2022

How to apply

For a full job description and to apply, interested candidates are requested to visit the UNHCR career page at – click on the Vacancies tab and enter job ID 34516.

Recruitment as a UNHCR staff and engagement under a UNHCR affiliates scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

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