The UNHCR’s mandate on statelessness is universal in scope and includes four pillars: identification of stateless persons and at risk, prevention of new statelessness cases, and reduction of existing statelessness situation, as well as protection of stateless persons.
UNHCR involvement in stateless situation in Uganda is triggered by the national registration exercises which left out certain groups such as the Maragoli, persons of Asian descent and descendant of migrants who arrived in Uganda before 1926.
In November 2014, UNHCR launched the #IBelong campaign with the aim of eradicating statelessness worldwide by 2024. With this purpose, and in consultation with States, civil society and international organizations, UNHCR developed the Global Action Plan to End Statelessness ("Global Action Plan") proposing a comprehensive strategic framework of ten actions to resolve the existing situations of statelessness, prevent new cases from emerging, and better identify and protect stateless populations.
In June 2017, the International Conference on the Great Lake Region (ICGLR) to which Uganda is a Member State under the auspices of UNHCR affirmed their commitment to end statelessness in support of UNHCR #I Belong campaign At Brazzaville, on 16 October 2017, all the ICGLR Member States signed the Declaration of ICGLR Member States to eradicate statelessness along with the Action Plan of ICGLR. In December 2018, a first awareness raising workshop was organized under the auspices of UNHCR resulting in the preparation of an outline national action plan. In a bid to implement the Brazzaville Declaration and at the midway point of the Campaign, the Government of Uganda presented six commitments at the April 2019 Ministerial Conference on the eradication of statelessness representing actions to be undertaken by 2024 to end statelessness
Against this backdrop, it is now imperative that necessary technical support and local expertise is provided in support of the government and to ensure achievement of the key commitments made within the proposed timeline. In view of this, the protection Unit proposes to hire an Individual contractor/ Associate Legal Officer (Statelessness expert) at the level of Associate Officer (NOB) initially for a period of six month with a possibility for extension to provide advisory and technical support to the government and other key stakeholders.