UNHCR has 1 km of paper files in the archives which were received from the Field Offices in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and the HQ Special Operation for the Former Yugoslavia desk following the Balkans wars of 1991 to 1995.
The collection is globally and historically unique in its scope and content – UNHCR was the lead agency of the United Nations throughout the crisis, coordinating much of the humanitarian response that was so badly needed during this time. Some of the records are displaying physical degradation, and require conservation treatment so that they remain legible in future.
Until now, this archives collection has been viewed by few eyes. In September 2015 UNHCR Archives will start a project aiming to declassify this information for public view, whilst securing the integrity of the records for long-term preservation.
Records and Archives Section is seeking to engage a TA G5 level to participate in the first phase. The TA will start on the 15 September until the 31 December 2015. The location is UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
The position will be under the supervision of the position 10008144 Archivist (Reference)
- Under the supervision of the Reference Archivist the incumbent will participated in the inventory and assessment of the physical condition of the collection of files related to the Balkans Crisis in UNHCR Archives.
Skills, Experience and Qualifications
- The incumbent should have secondary education and have finalized or be enrolled in an Archives and Records Management, or equivalent, training program
- The incumbent should have participated in archival description projects
- Fluency in English is required.