Policy Associate (G-6)

UN High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 20

Position description

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) employs 11,500 staff members in 128 countries. For over half a century, UNHCR has helped millions of people to restart their lives. They include refugees, returnees, stateless people, the internally displaced and asylumseekers.

The UNHCR Regional Representation for EU Affairs in Brussels (RREUA) is seeking a candidate to fill the vacancy of the following position Policy Associate (G-6) - Position PN 10002892.

The Policy Associate will be part of the Policy and Legal Support Unit (PLUS) within RREUA. S/he will work under the supervision of the Senior Policy Officer. Advice may also be provided by relevant functional units at Headquarters. External contacts are with a broad range of partners and stakeholders, with a particular focus on liaison with the European Parliament as well as NonGovernmental

Organisations (NGOs) in Brussels in order to assist in promoting/implementing UNHCR’s objectives and activities.

The incumbent will have the authority to help propose which key contacts/counterparts to approach and which activities to prioritize for policy/advocacy initiatives and assist implement all aspects of an outreach and advocacy strategy involving the European Parliament, NGOs and other key actors as well as develop relations with the European Parliament, NGOs and key agencies based in Brussels.


  • Follow European Parliament meetings and hearings and prepare relevant notes to keep the Senior Policy Officer and other colleagues informed;
  • Facilitate engagement with contacts in the European Parliament;
  • Assist in maintaining relationships and programmes with NGO Partners based in Brussels;
  • Assist in the development of policy and initiatives on identified priority issues, such as family reunification, etc. and monitor the development of these policies and practices;
  • Assist in reporting quickly to keep colleagues abreast of key developments at EU level;
  • Contribute to organising the implementation of seminars or training programmes for target groups (key officials, parliamentarians etc.);
  • Help in the preparation of high level missions to Brussels, including through drafting relevant parts of speeches, talking points and background materials;
  • Help with relevant parts of the drafting of speeches, talking points and other materials for senior colleagues participating in events in Brussels or elsewhere on EU-related matters;
  • Assist in responding to queries from the European Parliament, NGOs, individuals, etc. and assist with providing the information required or appropriately facilitate the referral of queries elsewhere;
  • Keep abreast of key EU-related developments relating to asylum policy;
  • Assist in arranging meetings, both internal and external, some involving high-ranking officials, and contributes to the taking of minutes and/or notes of meetings of interest to the Unit;
  • Seek and disseminate information and analysis;
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Completion of secondary education and post-secondary certificate/training in European studies, international relations, law, politics or a related field;
  • Six years of work experience in a related field;
  • Thorough knowledge of the European Institutions and their structure and functioning;
  • Thorough knowledge of computers and modern office procedures;
  • Information handling and coordination skills.

Desirable qualifications & competencies

  • Working knowledge of other European languages, preferably French.

Contract period

Fixed-Term Appointment of 1 year renewable.

Start date is early January 2019.

Application instructions

Interested candidates must fill in the Personal History (P.11) form in English, including the Letter of Interest section, which can be obtained at www.unhcr.org/recruit/p11new.doc, The completed Personal History form are to be submitted together with a CV, by Sunday, 2 December 2018 at 24:00 to [email protected] with ‘Policy Associate’ and the candidate’s surname in the subject.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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