Feb 132018

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 25 Feb 2018

General Background of the Project or Assignment:

In 2015 with the support of the European Commission – Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) funding, the Global Protection Cluster (GPC)’s Task Team on Law and Policy conducted a mapping exercise to capture up-to-date information on countries with IDP laws and policies or in the process of developing such laws and policies or other instruments for the prevention of, response to and solutions for internal displacement. This joint effort led to the launch of a global database on laws and policies on internal displacement in 2016 available at:

The global database on normative instruments for internal displacement currently covers 76 countries, and where relevant, specifies whether African States signed or ratified the Kampala Convention or the Great Lakes Pact. It also provides analysis of the content of the law or policy instrument adopted based on the minimum core elements necessary to regulate IDP protection described in the Brookings-Bern manual for law and policymakers. The database builds on and constitutes an evolution of pre-existing similar databases, such as the Georgetown Global Database.


Under the supervision of UNHCR (specifically the IDP Section in UNHCR’s Division of International Protection), the consultant will be responsible for providing analysis of national and sub-national normative instruments (currently 76 countries covered). Comparisons of national and sub-national normative instruments will be conducted by UNHCR. Among his/her duties, the consultant will:

• Review the laws and policies that are on the current global database, with a view to re-organizing and updating them based on established criteria.

• Provide updated analysis of the content of national and sub-national laws and policies on internal displacement recorded in the global database with the minimum core elements promulgated by the Brookings-Bern manual.

• Add new laws or policies that have been developed since the launch of the global database.

• Collect concrete examples on the implementation of the normative instruments.

Output: database on law and policy on internal displacement updated and reformatted with specific criteria.

Delivery date: by 31 May 2018.

Impact indicators: 100% of laws and policies on internal displacement are collected or reviewed and analysed with specific criteria.

Performance indicators: 76 countries reviewed.

This consultancy will have a direct impact as this review and update will provide IDPs, national and local authorities, academics and practitioners with an accessible and current online central repository of IDP specific laws and policy instruments alongside an analysis and comparison of these instruments


a. The final product (e.g., survey completed, data collected, workshop conducted, research documents produced specify):

  • Data collected and analysed

  • Database updated

  • Delivery Periodicity, as applicable: 2 months (31/05/2018) with weekly meetings (physically or over the phone) and regular email exchange (weekly delivery)

  • Work on the basis of time employed Yes



    University degree in law or international relations with possible specialization in international human rights law or international humanitarian law with 4 years, or 2 years and a postgraduate university degree.

    Required Experience:**

    A minimum of two to three years of relevant experience in humanitarian action or internal displacement


    Fluent English is required (speech, comprehension, reading and writing).

    Key Competencies


    • In depth knowledge of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, in particular of supranational standards relevant to IDP protection

    • Good understanding of national law and policy making processes on internal displacement

    • Ability to work autonomously

    • Effective writing in English

    • Demonstrated ability to undertake legal research and analysis is essential


    • Knowledge of database use

    • Knowledge of other UN languages a benefit

How to apply:


Interested applicants should submit the required documents listed below by e-mail to referring to Vacancy Number 06/FPS/DIP/2018:

  • Letter of motivation, addressing the personal requirements in the vacancy notice;

  • Completed UN Personal History Form (P11) signed, including testimonials/degrees/certificates;

  • The UN personal History Form is mandatory;

  • P11 forms are available on

  • Applications received without a P11 will not be considered


Geneva 08 February 2018

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