Thursday, August 6, 2015

2 temporary positions, Senior Archives Assistant, G-5. UNHCR, Geneva. Open until 24 August 2015

Senior Archives Assistant

Project Title:

Inventory and assessment of UNHCR Archives of the Balkans Crisis, 1991-




Job Title

: Senior Archives Assistant

Duty Station

: Geneva


: 21 September 2015 to 18 December 2015

Contract Type:

Temporary Contractor

Closing date: 24 August 2015

Background Information:

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. 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 longterm


Records and Archives Section is seeking to engage two contractors at G5 level with training and

experience in archival description projects to participate in inventory of the files and the assessment of

the collection’s condition.

Organizational context:

Established in 1996, UNHCR Archives includes material that predates the creation of the organization

in 1951, documenting more than half a century of field operations around the world, as well as material

from our headquarters.

The Senior Archives Assistant will be working in a team under the supervision of the reference


Duties and Responsibilities:


(key results that will be achieved)

UNHCR collection of files of the Balkans wars (1991-1995) is inventoried and assessed according to

archival standards.


Under the supervision of the Reference Archivist the contractor will participate in the inventory and

assessment of the physical condition of the collection of files related to the Balkans Crisis in UNHCR


Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required:

The project requires contractors who have specific expert skills and fulfil specific criteria, namely:

The incumbent has finalized or be enrolled in an Archives and Records Management training

program, or equivalent.

The incumbent has participated in archival description projects


Fluency in English (required).

Essential Competencies:

Available on the dates specified in the offer

Understands and have practical experience in archival description project

Required and Desirable Competencies:


Works well in a team and has a strong work ethic: strives to deliver high-quality, error-free

deliverables and communicates well in a multicultural environment.

Attention to detail

Analytical thinking


The contractor will work in the UNHCR Records and Archives Section in UNHCR HQ in Geneva,

under the direct supervision of the Reference Archivist.

To Apply:


erested applicants should submit their letter of motivation and Personal History Form (P11), to


P11 forms are available on

The deadline for applications is 24 August 2015

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