8 Jun 2016

UNHCR Job Vacancy : Graduate Researchers

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In 2015 the Republic of Ghana committed to accede to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. This commitment is in line with the “Abidjan Declaration of Ministers of ECOWAS Member States on the Eradication of Statelessness” that also recognized the importance and urgency of obtaining concrete information on the causes of statelessness and obstacles to acquisition of nationality by stateless persons. In Ghana there is a lack of data and assessment on the scale of the situation of statelessness in terms of size, risk, geographical spread, and the profile of the affected population (including its demographic composition with data disaggregated by sex and age).

Purpose and objectives of the study

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the UNHCR Representation in Ghana are seeking to recruit a qualified researcher for a three-month period in order to carry out the background study on statelessness in Ghana (consultancy). The research work and final study will be reviewed by CHRAJ and the UNHCR Representation.

The overall purpose of the study on statelessness is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the legal, policy and administrative frameworks as well as the processes/practices impacting on access to nationality in Ghana with the ultimate aim to identify the causes, risk factors and consequences of statelessness and to recommend measures or actions necessary to prevent and/or reduce statelessness in Ghana.

Expected Deliverables

Through Research And Survey/focus Group Discussions a Study Report Including

    • An analysis of the legal, policy, administrative and institutional frameworks as well as practices impacting on access to nationality, proof of nationality and statelessness with a view to identify gaps, causes and risk factors in Ghana;
    • An analysis of the consequences of statelessness in Ghana with regards to employment, education, voting rights, access to justice, freedom of movement, property ownership, and healthcare;
    • An initial identification of groups that may be stateless, or at risk of statelessness (considering geographical location and profile, including demographic composition, birth registration rates, and protection needs);
    • A brief analysis of the overall situation of populations identified at risk of statelessness or as being stateless;
    • Recommendations on measures for the prevention and reduction of statelessness in the Ghana contexts, including protective measures to reduce the risk of statelessness among protracted refugees opting to remain in Ghana, and;
    • List of contacts of key organizations both governmental and non-governmental, as well as persons who provided substantial information in the course of the study and who play or could play a role in addressing statelessness in Ghana


Please see the full version of the ToR on the UNHCR Ghana website for the full scope and deliverables expected.

Qualifications And Experience

  • Ph.D. or Advanced university degree (Master or equivalent) in law and/or international human rights;
  • Previous experience in complex legal questions relating to nationality laws, including analysis of conflicts of laws;
  • At least 6- 8 years’ research experience in the area of human rights law, nationality, and statelessness;
  • Sound knowledge of civil law systems, common law, and ECOWAS legal and policy frameworks;
  • Good understanding of the statelessness concepts;
  • Ability to mainstream anthropological, sociological and historical analysis into the study on questions on nationality and statelessness;
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical and drafting skills; and
  • Knowledge of spoken and written French is highly desirable.

How to Apply

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