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VA 40/2017: Associate RSD Officer (NO-B), FTA on Replacement Capacity, Bangkok


Organization : UNHCR
Type : Nonprofits / องค์กรไม่แสวงหาผลกำไร
Date : 15 Nov 2017
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Deadline : 28 / November / 2017

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Representation in Thailand


Vacancy Announcement No. 40/2017   

Internal/External Circulation


Position Title:

Associate Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Officer


Post Level:


Date Issued of the Vacancy Announcement:

15 November 2017


Post No.:


Report To:

Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Officer

Closing Date of the Vacancy Announcement:

28 November 2017



Protection Unit

Duty Station:

Bangkok, Thailand

Contractual Status:

Fixed-Term Appointment (on replacement capacity)



Availability of the Post    As soon as possible


The Associate RSD Officer is a member of the Refugee Status Determination (RSD) Unit.  Thailand is not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention and currently has no national legal framework for addressing refugee status or protection. Accordingly, at present UNHCR conducts mandate Refugee Status Determination (RSD) for its urban refugee population, although the Royal Thai Government (RTG) has committed to creating a regulatory framework for addressing refugee status and protection issues. 


In this evolving context, the Associate RSD Officer will directly support the RSD Officer in day to day management of UNHCR's RSD procedures and decision-making as well as related activities in the operation.  The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out supervisory responsibilities in the RSD procedure, as delegated by the RSD Officer, which may include responsibilities related to the reception and registration of asylum seekers and refugees, file assignment and scheduling of RSD interviews, coordination of the work of interpreters, reviewing RSD assessments of members of the RSD team and providing legal and procedural guidance and coaching, as required. 


S/he will be responsible for conducting RSD interviews to determine eligibility for refugee status, undertaking country of origin (COI) and other research related to the claim, as required, and drafting RSD assessments, in particular for complex cases. 


Given the RTG’s commitment to creating a regulatory framework for addressing refugee status and protection issues, it is critically important for the Associate RSD Officer to be able to liaise with government officials and civil society counterparts.  To that end, the Associate RSD Officer may liaise with Government authorities and other partners, such as legal aid counterparts, about issues related to UNHCR's RSD procedure and relevant UNHCR guidelines and standards related to RSD.  S/he may carry out training for Government authorities and other partners on legal and procedural issues related to RSD and provide technical advice regarding creation of national asylum procedures.


Under the overall guidance and supervision of the RSD Officer, the incumbent will contribute to the formulation of RSD strategy—and the larger protection strategy –for the Country office.






Accountability (key results that will be achieved)


Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)


Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)








­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Please submit your Motivation Letter, P.11 and Curriculum Vitae indicating the vacancy announcement number and position title to:


Applications will not be acknowledged.  Only the successful candidate will be notified the outcome of the selection process. 


UNHCR/P.11 and supplementary forms can be downloaded from:



Please note that the short-listed candidates are required to attend both written test and interview. 

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