Project Assistant, Case Management - (2 positions)
The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) operates world-wide with a target of providing resettlement opportunities to thousands of individuals each year. IOM provides a range of services and support to the USRAP including, but not limited to, case processing, migration health assessments, cultural orientation training, organized transportation and administration of a travel loan and collections program. The Department of Operations and Emergencies (DOE), specifically the Resettlement and Movement Division (RMM), has the organizational responsibility to provide direction, oversight and guidance to IOM’s global support to all resettlement programs.
Under the general supervision of the Chief of Mission, Moldova, and the direct supervision of the Project Associate, Case Management, RSC Eurasia, the Project Assistant is responsible for undertaking and guiding case management activities, with the following duties and responsibilities:
Core Functions / Responsibilities:
1. Undertake case management activities in an assigned area or areas, such as file integrity, program access, pre-screening, field team, adjudications support, scheduling or pre-departure services, and, as required, guide and monitor teams of Project Clerks andProject Assistants in organizing and completing case management activities in an assigned area.
2. Efficiently and effectively manage refugee case files and medical records, including, if assigned, verifying the creation of new case files, the timely and accurate distribution of case files, that all returned files are promptly filed, that the file tracking system is used to keep comprehensive track of files, and that files are scanned and transformed into travel packets as needed.
3. Undertake refugee form fill and casework interviews for the purposes of recording case histories and biographical information, including, if assigned, correctly entering data into the START and other databases, verifying information previously entered, such as biographic and family information, and, as needed, scanning, photocopying, attaching and filing documents, translating documents, and photographing applicants in accordance with established Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
4. In coordination with supervisors, organize and schedule refugee appointments, including, if assigned, running ad hoc reports, creating schedules in START or another database, entering schedule data, updating schedules, overseeing the issuance of notifications and confirmation of appointments, arranging interpretation services and assisting with circuit ride logistics.
5. In relation to the adjudication of refugee case files, as assigned, assist supervisors in supporting USCIS officers, conduct briefings for refugee applicants, ensuring accurate information is shared regarding timelines, expectations, fraud, malfeasance and case processing, and, as needed, provide interpretation during interviews, perform data entry, provide logistical support and notify refugees of results.
6. Verify START is updated as needed with refugee application data, biographical and other sensitive information such as interview dates, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) interview and fingerprint results, medical data and resettlement location preferences, and, if assigned, guide the activation of processes such as program access verification, security checks or assurances as required.
7. Utilizing reports, conduct regular quality assurance checks of case files and data in START to ensure the accuracy of all case information and the RSC’s compliance with all USRAP and RSC SOPs in relation to case files.
8. In coordination with supervisors, liaise as needed with other teams and units in RSC Eurasia and other RSCs. Provide regular reports on the work being accomplished within the team to supervisors and team members.
9. Train other Case Management team members as needed to efficiently and effectively manage refugee case files, conduct full refugee interviews, organize and schedule refugee appointments, update START, conduct quality assurance of files and case data and support the USCIS adjudication.
10. Undertake duty travel as needed to participate in refugee interview and USCIS adjudication circuit rides.
11. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the USRAP, SOPs and START, as well as the ability to remain professional, impartial and unbiased during all interactions with refugee applicants and colleagues.
12. Maintain the confidentiality and integrity of all RSC-related information by implementing control procedures in line with USRAP standards of conduct and data protection rules. Alert RSC management of any non-compliance to SOPs or codes of conduct by RSC staff members.
13. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.
Required Qualifications and Experience
Education and Experience:
• University degree in Social Science, Business Administration, or related field with at least three years of relevant professional experience; or,
• High school degree with at least five years of relevant professional experience.
• Experience working with UN, IGO's, international NGO’s would be an advantage.
• Experience in the field of project administration will be an advantage.
• Ability to use own initiative and work under pressure with minimum supervision
• Excellent computer skills - Word, Excel and Internet
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Attention to detail and ability to organize
• Self-motivated and objective driven
Thorough knowledge of English, Romanian and Russian. Working knowledge of Pashto, Dari or Ukrainian an advantage.
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
Values - all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:
• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
• Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators (Level 1)
• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
• Delivering results produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
• Managing and sharing knowledge continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
Internals of the Organization will be considered as first-tier candidates. This vacancy is also open to second-tier candidates.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.
Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.
How to apply:
Interested applicants are invited to send the Personal History Form and cover letter in English to: email@example.com
Please, indicate the position you are applying for and reference code in the subject line of your message.
Those candidates who have already applied in response to earlier advertisement will be automatically considered and do not need to apply again.
In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM only accepts the applications duly completed.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.