The PDES Facebook page posted a note today indicating that there are 50+ professional jobs currently being advertised by UNHCR.
A few that deal specifically with statelessness issues caught my eye:
Senior Legal Coordinator (Statelessness), Geneva
"This is the most senior legal post relating specifically to statelessness within UNHCR, addressing issues for non-refugee stateless populations under a separate and independent mandate. As such, the post is responsible for the overall policy direction of UNHCR, for development and implementation of doctrine relating to statelessness, and is the principal officer making representations to external actors on the issue, including to senior government officials and the media. In exercising these responsibilities, the post oversees development of strategies to address statelessness as well as provision of technical advice and support (on civil status, nationality laws, legal status, solutions, etc.) to all protection staff and as needed to those representing protection issues on behalf of UNHCR, including senior management. The post supervises the Statelessness Unit in DIP and has direct or functional supervision of regional statelessness posts."
Senior Regional Protection Officer (Statelessness), Dakar, Senegal
"This post covers all 18 countries in West Africa. Only five are parties to each of the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Seven States, however, pledged to take steps to accede to the treaties at the 2011 Ministerial Meeting. There is one major protracted statelessness situation in the region, as well as potentially several smaller situations which have yet to be properly mapped. Many States have gaps in their nationality laws and/or policies which may cause statelessness. Of these, four pledged at the Ministerial meeting to undertake law reform to address such gaps. Limited awareness among policy makers and civil society of statelessness means that reliable data on numbers of stateless persons and their situation is lacking in all countries."
Regional Protection Officer (Statelessness), San Jose, Costa Rica
"This post covers all 35 countries under the responsibility of the Regional Bureau for the Americas. Of these States, only 14 are parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and seven to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Seven States pledged at the 2011 ministerial meeting to accede to one or both Conventions. Few States have statelessness determination procedures in place under the 1954 Convention, though five pledged in 2011 to establish such procedures. A number of States have gaps in their nationality laws and/or policies which might cause statelessness. Moreover, UNHCR is implementing operational responses to address the risk of statelessness in several States in the Caribbean. Lack of accurate baseline population data remains a challenge throughout the region."
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