At the end of 2018, the arrival of some 25,000 persons by sea arrivals and an additional 15,000 by land/air is foreseen. Notwithstanding the significant decrease in sea arrivals, the fragile protection and integration prospects in first countries of asylum and transit countries will remain unchanged and will continue to push towards the EU. The security situation in Libya, country of departure of the majority of migrants and refugees, will most likely continue to be volatile in 2019.The size of the movements across the Mediterranean will depend on an array of factors, including Italy's and EU's engagement with Libya. The Syrian crisis is expected to continue but Syrian arrivals are likely to remain low, since routes to Italy are difficult to travel. In 2019, between 20,000 and 40,000 sea arrivals are expected to arrive to Italian shores.
At the end of December 2018, the reception system totalled some 135.858 places. The abrogation of humanitarian protection is expected to have an impact on the reception system with an increase of negative decisions by the Territorial Commissions and of appeals lodged by asylum seekers and, consequently, longer stay in first line reception facilities. The reform of the reception system promoted by the new government establishes a two-tier reception system based on the first-line reception facilities for asylum seekers and the second-line facilities reserved exclusively for beneficiaries of international protection and unaccompanied minors. Asylum seekers will be accommodated, for the whole duration of the asylum procedure, in first-line reception centers and this will imply a return to large reception facilities with lower standards of services, particularly for persons with specific needs.
Since 2005, UNHCR has supported the Italian authorities in the monitoring of reception conditions. As of 1 July 2015, within RECEPTION Project, UNHCR further contributed to the establishment of a dedicated monitoring methodology to increase MoI's capacity at central level in ensuring accountability and harmonization of reception standards in line with new legal framework as per art 20 D.Lgs 142/2015.
In the context of the current AMIF-funded multiyear, UNHCR aims to continue to provide its technical support to the MoI by contributing to the activities of the established monitoring body, while actively participating in monitoring missions for testing the methodology and tools as well as in thematic training initiatives. A particular focus will also be dedicated to advocacy for the improvement of the reception standards and for the establishment of special services for persons with specific needs.
UNHCR is looking for qualified candidates to perform functions of Monitoring Experts, with possibility of immediate deployment.
a. Monitoring reception conditions
i) Monitor reception and detention conditions of asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection, in particular by taking part in monitoring activities aimed at the development of standardized monitoring methodology.
ii) Contribute to the development of ad hoc tools and guidelines on reception monitoring in coordination with competent authorities at central level and dedicated monitoring body, with a specific focus on services for persons with specific needs and the newly established detention system.
iii) Support UNHCR advocacy strategy on monitoring and more broadly on reception conditions and detention.
b. Training activities
i) Design and deliver training material in support to monitoring authority and local authorities.
ii) Provide support and on-the-job training to relevant actors and organize and/or participate in training events.
c. Support to co-ordination
i) Support the co-ordination of the RECEPTION project as required.
ii) Establish and maintain contacts with all relevant actors involved, in particular with the local authorities, the local Prefectures, the police and other public security forces, camp management and -operators, relevant NGOs, with the competent officials of the Ministry of Interior.
iii) Contribute to reporting exercises required by project activities.
iv) Contribute to the overall coordination mechanism with all the other UNHCR activities, namely: RSD, ACCESS, Specific Needs, integration, Child Protection and CBP activities - as required.
v) Represent UNHCR in relevant thematic initiatives on reception and monitoring related matters.
vi) Respect the confidentiality of any sensitive information and adhere to the UNHCR Code of Conduct.
vii) Undertake necessary UNHCR trainings.
viii) Perform other protection-related duties as required.
d. Monitoring and progress control
i) Regular compilation of periodic reports on reception conditions.
ii) Regular collection and consolidation of periodic and ad hoc reports and data.
Duty Station: Rome, Italy
Envisaged starting date: mid-February 2019
Duration: first three months (probationary), with possibility of extension up to 31 December 2019
Remuneration: UNOPS Local Individual Contractor Agreement (L-ICA, level 6)
Closing date for applications: 20 January 2019 at 23:59
Candidates must have the right to work in Italy.
To apply, please download the Personal History Form (PHF) and Supplementary Sheet at: http://italy.unhcr.io/land.php. Then signup/login and complete the online application form.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the assessment.
Shortlisted candidates will be assessed through a written test and an oral interview.
For application-related queries, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.