UN High Commissioner for Refugees Asylum Appeals Backlog Project Jobs in Kenya

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Asylum Appeals Backlog Project Jobs in South Africa

Background & Context

The UNHCR and the Government of South Africa have agreed to put resources together and prioritise the eradication of these outstanding cases.

The prioritised cases are ring fenced and would be processed as a once off appeals backlog project (ABP). The purpose of ring fencing these backlog applications for adjudication is to ensure that the normal daily processing of RAB appeal applications continues unhindered.

To date the total “unfounded” cases awaiting an appeal hearing total 147,794 from 81 countries. Out of this number, 80 500 is the old backlog located around 2011, that requires special prioritization.

The top twenty countries represent 99% (146,438) of the total volume. 13 countries in the top 20 are from countries not known to be refugee sending countries with the total of 96,935 applications, whilst seven countries in the top 20 are known to have some form of international protection need (49,503).

Within the above cases there are different categories that may require particular considerations informed by the readiness of each file for adjudication by the RAB.

There needs to be a process design that incorporates the process flow for circumstances where a file is incomplete and not ready for adjudication as well as a process flow when files are ready for adjudication.

The categorisation of similar or same asylum claim will allow the department to determine responses tailor-made for each case.


  • Under the supervision of UNHCR, the incumbent service provider will also consult closely with relevant counterparts at the DHA and the RAB.
  • An Advisory Group will be formed of representatives from these bodies to whom the service provider will report at agreed intervals.

    Project activities will include:

  • Conduct of a desk stop study, inter alia, current and future legislative framework, current and proposed future asylum procedure at all levels, written analyses of previous (2000-2001 and 2005-2008) backlog projects in South Africa with lessons learned, all documentation drafted to date in relation to the backlog project, other relevant publications relating to study of asylum management and backlogs in other states and regions with similar asylum
  • Visits to DHA and RAB main offices in Pretoria as well as regional Refugee Reception Centres to consult with government officials and fully understand current and proposed asylum procedure, operational flows, administrative mechanisms, quality assurance, challenges and successes to date, etc.
  • Present drafts of project plan to Advisory Group - from initial proposed structure through to the detailed project plan and implementation – and incorporate comments.
  • Contribute to presentation of final project plan and implementation at a public launch.
  • Other activities as required.

    Minimum qualifications and professional experience required
  • The Appeals backlog is a specialized project and will require a consultant or consultancy that maintains a high level of security and confidentiality of information.
  • The incumbent service provider must at a minimum have qualifications at an expert level.
  • An expert, more generally, is a person or entity with extensive knowledge and ability based on research, experience and occupation training in this particular area and is able to show they have the education necessary to be an expert in the field.
  • The incumbent service provider must have the following experience and qualifications
  • Basic university degree and relevant work experience of between 8 and 12 years OR postgraduate university degree and relevant work experience of between 6 and 10 years
  • Project management experience (compulsory)
  • Process design and development (compulsory)
  • Policy and legislation (ability to interpret)
  • Excellent drafting and report writing skills
  • Experience in field of refugee management will be an added advantage
  • Fluency in English

  • The Consultant or consultancy will be based in Pretoria, South Africa.
  • The incumbent will be based at RAB offices but will be required to occasionally work in/from the UNHCR office and different DHA Refugee Reception Centers.

    How to Apply:
  • Interested candidates are invited to send a motivation letter and a completed Personal History Form (or Fact Sheet, if internal) prior to the closing date of this vacancy to the address below.
  • Please include the position title and vacancy number in the subject line.
  • Send your applications to rsaprhr@unhcr.org
  • For more information and job application details, see; UN High Commissioner for Refugees Asylum Appeals Backlog Project Jobs in Kenya
  • Only short-listed candidates will be notified

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