UNHCR Repat Officer Jobs in Kenya

UNHCR Repat Officer Jobs in Kenya

Procedures and Eligibility

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Organizational Context

The Repatriation Officer is a focal point for voluntary repatriation and related issues in a country office or sub-office, and reports to the Senior Repatriation Officer, Assistant or Deputy Representative or, as appropriate, Head of Office or the Representative.

The incumbent has direct supervisory responsibility for repatriation staff, which may include staff within the functional groups of repatriation and reintegration.

She/He works closely with protection, programme and field staff and ensures operational standards and practices in repatriation in the area of responsibility.

The Repatriation Officer is relied upon to ensure the advancement of repatriation activities.

The Repatriation Officer should ensure that the country operation has an effective voluntary repatriation programme, in compliance with requisite standard operating procedures and in line with regional and comprehensive solutions strategies.

She/he should contribute to ensuring that all repatriation movements respect the principle of voluntariness and occur in safety and dignity, with the full participation and support of persons and communities of concern.

Functional Statement


  • The voluntary repatriation strategy is implemented as part of a comprehensive solutions strategy which meets the needs of refugees and is in line with international legal principles, including the voluntariness of return and return to and in conditions of safety and dignity.
  • Return movements for refugees are organized with the full participation and support of persons and communities of concern and other relevant stakeholders, and in coordination with Government authorities both in the country of asylum and origin.
  • Instances of refoulement are immediately identified and brought to the notice of Senior Management.
  • Age, Gender and Diversity as well as participatory approaches to repatriation are implemented.

  • Implement activities in accordance with the voluntary repatriation strategy, with a view to ensuring that the return is voluntary and takes place in safety and dignity.
  • Liaise with other UNHCR country offices and other key partners in the region to ensure appropriate cross-border cooperation and a harmonized voluntary repatriation process.
  • Monitor the implementation of the voluntary return operation through consultations, regular field visits and monitoring tools, suggesting amendments to the plan as necessary.
  • Gather and analyse data related to return movements and conditions in areas of return for planning, evidence-based advocacy and protection interventions.
  • Ensure that specific needs of vulnerable categories of returnees are duly addressed during the return movement.
  • Monitor and advise implementing partners on activities related to return.
  • Actively participate in inter-agency coordination processes and mobilize partners' political and financial support, to ensure complementary interventions to voluntary repatriation/return programmes.
  • Supervise staff and exercise effective managerial oversight, guidance and support.
  • Mainstream AGD in all areas of work and ensure the full participation of returning refugees in matters relating to their own protection.
  • Comply with UNHCR's policy priorities, such as those related to persons with particular vulnerabilities.
  • Implement initiatives that build the protection capacity of the local governments, partners and civil society as well as refugees in asserting their rights in situations of return.
  • Implement an effective system to assess conditions of return.
  • Assess needs of persons of concern; plan and secure adequate human and financial resources for voluntary repatriation operations through inclusion into the country operation plan.
  • Identify, monitor and advise implementing partners on on-going activities related to return.


  • Participate in the design and implementation of the voluntary repatriation strategy.
  • Draft and regularly update Voluntary repatriation related SOPs, in close consultation with UNHCR staff and partners, including refugee representatives.
  • Authorize expenditure on projects and individual payments for voluntary returns.
  • Represent UNHCR with relevant external partners in-country and across the border, as applicable
  • Initiate interventions with relevant counterparts across
    the borders to address incidents at all stages of voluntary repatriation and to ensure safe and dignified movements.

    Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required
  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law/International Law/Social Sciences or related field plus minimum 6 years of relevant experience. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

    Desirable Qualifications & Competencies
  • Work experience in large returnee operations is an asset.
  • Diverse field experience desirable.
  • Ability to understand and implement UNHCR's policy and global strategic priorities, including as related to AGDM, IDPs, Statelessness, and HIV/AIDS, in the area of responsibility where applicable at appropriate level.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills.
  • Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, MLP.
  • Knowledge of additional UN languages.

    This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR Repatriation Officer positions. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position.

    Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

    Position Competencies

  • C001L3 - Accountability Level 3
  • C002L3 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
  • C003L3 - Communication Level 3
  • C004L3 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
  • C005L3 - Client & Result Orientation Level 3
  • C006L3 - Organizational Awareness Level 3
  • M001L3 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
  • M006L3 - Managing Resources Level 3
  • M003L3 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
  • M002L3 - Managing Performance Level 3
  • X001L3 - Analytical Thinking Level 3
  • X004L3 - Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
  • X005L3 - Planning and Organizing Level 3

    Additional Information

    For those people applying for High Risk Duty Stations, we strongly encourage them – before deciding to apply- to read the country specific security and welfare country profiles which can be found on the Intranet under Support Services - Duty of Care (https://intranet.unhcr.org/en/support-services/duty-of-care.html).

    Ensuring staff are better informed is part of the increased attention UNHCR is paying to Duty of Care.

    Staff after having applied to High Risk Duty Stations will have access to country specific information webinars with Field Safety Section (FSS) and Staff Welfare Section (SWS) colleagues and provided with a tool to test their psychological preparedness for serving in High Risk Duty Stations.

    Applicants who applied for a position in a High Risk country will receive, after the deadline for applications has expired, a joint invitation from the Staff Welfare Section (SWS) and the Field Safety Section (FSS) to participate in these webinars.

    During the Webinars, latest updates on security and well-being will be provided, and FSS and SWS will address questions raised by participants.

    Applicants are highly encouraged to benefit, when applicable, from all measures as they provide most up-to-date security and well-being information helpful to assess staff’s readiness to serve in a High Risk Duty Station.

    A Staff Welfare Officer will also be available, if and when required, to discuss with interested applicants the results of the psychological preparedness tool as well as readiness for assignment in High Risk Duty Stations.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 16th April 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Repat Officer Jobs in Kenya

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