Refugees and asylum seekers living in Khartoum face serious challenges in obtaining their basic rights according to the 1951 Refugee Convention and the Sudanese asylum legislation. This includes various aspects of documentation such as work permits, refugee/asylum seeker ID cards, birth and marriage certificates, as well as access to public services and the Sudanese legal system. Registration and documentation of refugees and asylum seekers plays a vital role in ensuring the enjoyment of rights and access to services. In Sudan, registration is conducted jointly by UNHCR and the Commissioner of Refugees (COR) which is the main government entity responsible for refugees and asylum seekers. As at February 2021, Khartoum reported hosting about 300,000 refugees, majority originating from South Sudan.
The Senior Registration Assistant is a member of the Registration team in the Khartoum Field Section of UNHCR Sudan, s/he will be the team leader for the field activities, reporting to the Registration Associate. The incumbent is responsible for supporting all activities related to registration, which may also include functions related to reception, filing and data management. S/he provides counselling to, and responds to queries from, asylum seekers and refugees regarding UNHCR's registration procedures and their rights and entitlements. S/he liaises closely with protection staff and partners to ensure timely identification and referral of persons of concern (POC) for protection follow up. The Senior Registration Assistant may assist in compiling and analyzing information related to registration activities in the Operation. The incumbent may provide interpretation and/or translation services in cases for which s/he has the required language competencies. The Senior Registration Assistant shall support the office in coordinating registration activities with Government of Sudan and other stakeholders.
There are two main registration activities planned in Khartoum in 2021 and 2022, (1) biometric registration of South Sudanese refugees and (2) verification of the previously registered population from other nationalities. The two activities are running concurrently which demands careful scheduling, logistics, resource planning including registration materials, vehicles and movement and most importantly leading the hybrid registration team consisting of COR and UNHCR staff.