Job Title: Judicial Engagement Expert Vacancy Notice: VN 17/2019 Position Number xxx
Location: Rome, Italy Position Grade: UNOPS L-ICA 6 Closing Date: 2019-04-15
Organizational Context

UNHCR is engaged in the Italian State RSD procedure in a number of ways, which include direct participation (with an advisory role) in the National Commission and (through designated decision-makers with full voting rights) in the Territorial Commissions (TCs), but also extend to other activities aimed at strengthening the overall quality, fairness and efficiency of the Italian asylum system.  

In this framework,UNHCR is willing to expand its engagement with the legal community, in particular with the magistrates, with a view to enhancing the accessibility andeffectiveness of judicial remedies against negative asylum decisions, and tobetter contributing, also at the judicial stage, to free, fair and efficientasylum procedures.

The strengthening ofthe UNHCR engagement with the judiciary and the legal community (JudicialEngagement) will also encompass aspects of the broader protection mandate infavor of asylum seekers and refugees, such as access to territory andprocedure, access to reception, transfer of responsibility under Dublin IIIRegulation, integration and entitlement to durable solution, and other nonRSD-related issues. It will also cover other persons of concern, and inparticular stateless persons, especially on issues such as the determination oftheir status, their entitlement to protection, and their access to socialintegration and citizenship.

The Judicial Engagement Expert, who will be a member of the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) team, will play a pivotal role in the process described above.

Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Protection Associate and the direct supervision of the Protection Associate - acting as Judicial Engagement focal point in the RSD team, the incumbent will:

  1. Monitor and share updates on the judicial procedures, trends and case law of the Italian Courts, both on RSD, and on other aspects of interest for refugees and interregional-protection beneficiaries, asylum-seekers, and statelessness persons;
  2. Identify gaps in terms of accessibility, quality, fairness and efficiency of the Italian judicial remedies for asylum-seekers, refugees or other international protection beneficiaries, and stateless persons; contribute to the design and implementation of strategies for filing them;
  3. In cooperation with lawyers and other stakeholders, identify suitable cases for possible judicial engagement action, including, when appropriate, Court interventions;
  4. When required, draft formal or informal documents providing, or instrumental to, legal analysis, legal opinions, legal memorandum or Court interventions;
  5. Contribute to the design and delivery or training on refugee law, asylum procedures, statelessness or other issues of UNHCR interest, for the judiciary, private lawyers and/or other components of the legal community;
  6. Stay abreast of development in in human rights, refugee protection and refugee status determination issues generally, both at international and national level, as well as with regards to country of origin information; with a special attention to judicial developments in these fields;
  7. Carry out, as may be requested by RO Rome, any other activities aiming at implementing UNHCR's protection mandate in Italy, including prevention of refoulement, with a specific attention to persons with specific needs, including UASC, victims of trafficking, SGBV and torture survivors.

Accountability and Authority

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.

 

 

 

Minimum Qualification and Professional Experience Required

ESSENTIAL

Completion of Secondary school.  Additional studies, certificate/training in International Law, Political Science or related field is required;

Minimum 6 years of relevant job experience relevant to the function of which at least 2 years of professional experience in litigation or Court procedures;

Relevant studies can be counted up to 50% of the required work experience;

Fluency in English and Italian.


DESIRABLE

Completion of University studies in relevant fields

Good computer skills;

Experience in RSD interviewing and assessment is an asset.

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