Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
The consultant is expected to support the governmental asylum bodies in the implementation of the 2020 QAI report, which provided recommendations for strengthening and streamlining RSD at both first and second instance and reinforcing the asylum bodies, as well as any other relevant aspects of the work plans. Thus, the assignment will continue from the initial QAI Expert¿s inputs, utilizing the initial reports and work plans to be defined.
The consultant will also have to support the Government and UNHCR to address the concerns and complications that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic and policy measures, mainly relating to border closures and the necessary broadening of the diagnostic process and recommendations stage of the QAI consultancy. One of the main elements of the consultancy will be the capacity building, and the strengthening and streamlining of Registration for the backlog cases, and supporting considerations for registration related to new arrivals as needed. If it is decided to move toward a new registration and data management system for asylum claims, some aspects of this initiative will need to be supported by the QAI Consultant.
Finally, considerations related to the complementary protection resolution, newly announced in November 2020, will need to be incorporated into the support provided to the asylum system bodies as relevant.
General activities include:
Under the functional supervision of the UNHCR Senior Protection Officer in UNHCR San José, and in collaboration with UNHCR's Registration teams in the Operation and the Bureau (DIMA), the consultant is expected to:
Monitoring and Progress Controls:
Brief inception report detailing the consultant's understanding of the tasks and methodology to be employed, due after the first month of the contract ¿ along with deliverables 2 and 3.
Creation of organigram of the asylum entities related to registration
Creation of work- and data-flow of the current Registration and RSD process outlining the gaps and high-level business requirements for an enhanced registration system
The final product will ideally be full implementation of a new database and registration procedures, but is dependent upon other external factors. In all cases, a final report shall be submitted to specify/explain the work done, the continuous challenges and concrete recommendations for next steps after the consultation¿s completion.
The QAI Consultant will also send a brief report to UNHCR by the end of the first week of each month to report on the prior month, including an overview of the work carried out, challenges, recommendations, and any questions for discussion.
Potential Additional Deliverables:
will be defined once work plans are finalized, including Registration-RSD merged procedure tools, backlog implementation plan, and others.
Delivery Periodicity, as applicable:
Apart from the monthly reports, the general calendar and time frame will be discussed and agreed upon with the consultant.
As this is a project with and for the Government asylum institutions, it is possible that their prioritization of needs may shift during the period of this consultancy; in which case, alternative reports/documents may be requested in lieu of one of the aforementioned, but only in consultation with and advanced agreement of UNHCR and the Government entities involved.
Qualifications and Experience: