Family Reunification Expert – (Ndjamena, Chad)


Chad, one of the largest refugee hosting countries in Africa, currently offers protection to around 524,417 refugees mainly originating from Sudan (Darfur), Central Africa Republic, Nigeria and other countries. As of 30 October 2021, Chad hosts approximately, 211,243 refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) and 374,084 Sudanese refugees. To date, the total number of refugee children is about 285, 549, accounting for more than half of the total refugee population.

The majority of Central African refugees reside in refugee camps located in the south of Chad while the majority of the refugees from Sudan live mostly in camps in the East of Chad. Only about 1% of the entire refugee population in Chad live in N’Djamena and other urban centers and host villages.

Many refugees leave behind family or get separated from their family in the course of flight. This often causes emotional and psychological hardship due to prolonged family separation. Refugees often have a difficult time accessing family reunification (FR), particularly children who are trying to reunite with parents, siblings or other relatives in another country.

More capacity to assist families both in the country of asylum as well as the destination country (in Europe, the US, etc.) is needed to increase access to this safe and legal durable solution. The enhancement of FR for refugees is also in line with the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) which promotes the expansion of third-country solutions, including FR, through innovative solutions and partnerships.

In mid-2019, UNHCR’s Office of the Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean Situation rolled out the Central Mediterranean Family Reunification project (FR project). The FR project focuses on providing FR legal assistance – in addition to protection services and case management – to children at-risk and their families in third countries with direct legal assistance in order to facilitate successful, high-quality completion of FR applications. The increased capacity in each operation will also work to strengthen the overall mechanisms to identify refugees who could potentially benefit from FR, specifically through improved data collection. be done in line with UNHCRs Mandate and the Global Compact for Refugees (GCR).

Functional Statement:

Screen cases of children at-risk with family ties to identify cases for the project based on pre-defined criteria (i.e., secondary specific needs, status of the family member in the third country, etc.) in coordination with other units such as Registration and Child Protection units.

• Identify and provide support required for any Family Reunification cases (whether through BIAs/BIDs, referrals to IRAP or logistical interventions, punctual interventions, and logistical support any other way on the case,

• Centralize FR activities through close collaboration with the UNHCR colleagues in different units across the operation in Chad.

Coordinate with embassies and other UNHCR operations to assist at-risk children with cross-border family reunification procedures.

• Coordinate with refugee communities ( outreach activities), partners, embassies, and other UNHCR operations to support case identification, capacity building, and advocacy for family reunification.

• Cooperate with partners and other UNHCR operations to identify vulnerable cases and to support cases already under consideration for FR.

• Coordinate with IRAP to facilitate the interview the child’s family members abroad by providing access to telephone service or other support as required.

• Support and closely follow up on FR and sponsorship processes for UASC, youth and adults that are already underway.

• Work closely with the regional operations including the Central Mediterranean Office for the Special Envoy’s (OSE) Child Protection Officer to assist and bolster FR identification and coordination.

• Contribute to Chad operations in updating relevant SOPs on FR by incorporating suggested inputs from within the office, DIP and Central Mediterranean OSE.

• Provide training for those who work in the front-line dealing with UASC (COR, UNHCR, implementing partner) to enhance their knowledge on the process and requirement for family reunification.

• Establish regular bilateral meetings or working groups with key embassies as a means of advocacy and follow-up on individual family reunification cases.

• Inform destination country colleagues of approved FR cases to ensure adequate support or punctual interventions are provided, if needed, during departure and arrival procedures.

• Inform PI colleagues of departures if appropriate, as well as Miles4Migrants if travel support is needed.

• Perform other duties as requested by the Office.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

University degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law, Political Science, International Relations or another related field

Three years of experience in a relevant field, including drafting of strategic documents

Basic knowledge of Family Reunification programs in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and/or a strong interest to work closely with these programs;

Excellent research, drafting and analytical skills;

Ability to work effectively in stressful situations and in hardship locations;

Demonstrated knowledge of Refugee law, Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles and provide related training or team coaching

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in teams and to collaborate with partners;

Excellent knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and ProGres.- ability to work with proGres- both v3 and v4 (or rapidly learn it) and other computer and technological equipment will be an asset

Language Requirements

Fluency in written and spoken English required.

B2 level in French is essential for this deployment while Arabic is desirable


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