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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 3:41 pm    Post subject: UNHCR IPR entry exam Reply with quote
a lot of interesting, reliable (& unreliable! Wink ) info about the International Professional Roster in this lively discussion forum

the UNHCR's own web page for the IPR
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently received a email message from UNHCR requesting that I confirm whether i'll be available & interested in taking the test at the end of May
Of course i replied promptly and positively although whether this is really an effective method for getting work with UNHCR - I'm not too sure, both from reading that forum, as well as from speaking to people with experience in the organisation

I'd really appreciate to hear any other views, experiences or tips about getting through the IPR process or finding work with UNHCR.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 24, 2006 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just received this polite email:

Dear IPR candidate,

We have the pleasure to inform you that you have been retained to sit for the UNHCR Entry-test to the International Professional Roster (IPR).

This year's Entry test is scheduled to take place on 30 May 2006 and will be jointly administered by UNHCR and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC). Within the comings weeks you will receive a convocation letter from UNSCC outlining the details of the test as well as the contact person and street address of the venue. In the meantime, we kindly ask that you select from the attached list the location (city and country) where you would like to sit the test and revert by latest Friday 28 April 2006, to with the subject heading '2006 IPR Test Location'.

EXAMPLE: Name : John SM
City : Paris
Country : France

You may notice an asterisk(*) next to certain countries, in this regard you may still select among this group of countries, however, please note that these countries are only listed on a tentative basis and you will be informed separately should we not be able to identify a test location in that specific country.

Please note that for reasons related to the administration and logistics of the test, the location (city and country) selected by the candidate will be viewed as final and therefore any future requests for changes to the initial selection will not be considered.

We wish to take this opportunity to remind all candidates that UNHCR is not responsible for the travel arrangements nor any costs associated with travel to or from the test center.

Candidates who pass the test will be informed accordingly and their names will be included
on the IPR.

Finally, please accept our best wishes for success in the UNHCR Entry test to the International Professional Roster.

With best regards.
V****** M******
Recruitment Unit

2006 IPR TEST (List of possible locations)

Afghanistan Herat
Afghanistan Kabul
Albania Tirina
Algeria Algiers
Angola Luanda
Argentina Buenos Aires
Armenia Yerevan
Australia Canberra
Austria Vienna
Azerbaijan Baku
Bangladesh to be determined
Belarus Minsk
Belgium Brussel
Benin Cotonou
Bosnia & Herzegovina Sarajevo
Botswana to be determined
Brazil Brasilia
Bulgaria Sofia
Burundi Bujumbura
Cambodia Phnom Penh
Cameroon Yaounde
Canada to be determined
Central African Republic Bangui
Chad to be determined
China Bejing
China Hong Kong
Colombia Bogota
Congo, Democratic Republic Kinshasa
Congo, Democratic Republic Aru
Congo, Democratic Republic B
Congo, Democratic Republic Lubumbashi
Congo, Republic Brazzaville
Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan
Costa Rica San Jose
Croatia Zagreb
Cyprus Nicosia
Czech Republic Prague
Denmark* to be determined
Djibouti Djibouti
Ecuador Quito
Egypt Cairo
Eritrea Asmara
Ethiopia, Fed. Dem. Rep. Addis Ababa
Finland to be determined
France Paris
Gabon Libreville
Gambia Banjul
Georgia Tbilisi
Germany Berlin
Ghana Accra
Greece Athens
Guinea Conakry
Guinea Kissidougou
Guinea N'Zerekore
Haiti* to be determined
Hungary Budapest
India New Delhi
Indonesia Jakarta
Iran, Islamic Republic Of Tehran
Ireland Dublin
Israel Jerusalem
Italy Rome
Japan Tokyo
Jordan Amman
Kazakstan Almaty
Kenya Nairobi
Korea, Republic Of Seoul
Kuwait Kuwait City
Kyrgyzstan Bishkek
Lebanon Beirut
Liberia Monrovia
Lybian Arab Republic to be determined
Macedonia, Former Yug. Republic Of Skopje
* Lilongwe
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Mauritania Nouakchott
Mexico Mexico City
Moldova, Republic Of Chisinau
Morocco Rabat
Mozambique Maputo
Myanmar Yangon
Namibia Windhoek
Nepal Kathmandu
Nigeria Abuja
Norway* to be determined
Pakistan Islamabad
Panama Panama City
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby
Poland warsaw
Romania Bucharest
Russian Federation Vladikavkaz
Russian Federation Moscow
Rwanda Kigali
Saudi Arabia riyadh
Senegal Dakar
Serbia and Montenegro Belgrade
Serbia and Montenegro Podgorica
Serbia and Montenegro Pristina
Sierra Leone Freetown
Slovak Republic Bratislava
Somalia to be determined
South Africa Pretoria
Spain Madrid
Sri Lanka Colombo
Sudan Khartoum
Sudan El-Geneina
Sudan Es-Showak
Sudan Nyala
Sweden stockholm
Switzerland Geneva
Syrian Arab Republic Damascus
Tajikistan Dushanbe
Tanzania U.R. of Dar es Salam
Thailand Bangkok
Timor-Leste, Dem. Rep.
Of Dili
Tunisia Tunis
Turkey Ankara
Turkmenistan* Ashgabat
USA Washington
USA* New York
Uganda Kampala
Ukraine Kyiv
United Kingdom London
Uzbekistan Tashkent
Venezueala Caracas
Yemen, Republic Of Sana'a
Zambia Lusaka
Zimbabwe Harare

of course i accepted their kind offer!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took the test on Tuesday, with a large group of bright young folks in London,
it was a really interesting experience to study for and to participate in.

I will be happy to divulge more info about the questions, process etc...
if anyone would like to hear, let me know! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In response to this polite message asking about the IPR test (which incidentally i failed this time!!! Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad )

About IPR entry test. Your kind offer is still standing ? So I'm particulary interested in: Does it include special questions, directly related to the post you are applying for (like IRC Protection Capacity Assessment for example)? Or this one is more general? What about the procedure? And where can I have a look on these reading materials?
Too many questions, I know...
Thanks in advance.

the best source of info was the 2 threads on Aid Workers Forum that i mentioned above...
they have since re-formatted their site & those pages have disappeared - i took the liberty of saving versions from google cache - so excuse me if they're a bit scruffy!!!
here are the mirrored threads:
Aid Workers Forum UNHCR IPR - Entry Test.htm
Aid Workers Forum UNHCR - IPR - 2006.htm

Last edited by ed_m on Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:49 pm; edited 1 time in total
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

& here are about 100 documents that i copied when i was revising for the test, i should say that as you'll notice if you read the threads i mentioned above, the test was not really looking for indepth knowledge of UNHCR materials as much as common sense and practical skills of measuring how much water is in a tank... these are still quite interesting documents though !!

you may also find more up to date version on UNHCR website here:

i've dropped onto the refugeestudies server here:

01 - Current Trends in International Migration in Europe (CoE).pdf
05 - Europe, CoE.pdf
06 - Europe, de-facto refugees.pdf
08 - Legal and Social Conditions for Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Western European Countries.pdf
09 - Reception Standards for Asylum Seekers in the EU.pdf
13 - EXCOM, Protection of Asylum Seekers in Situations of Large-scale Influx, 1981.pdf
14 - EXCOM, Refugee Women and International Protection.pdf
15 - EXCOM, Note on Certain Aspects of Sexual Violence Against Refugee Women.pdf
15 - EXCOM, Refugee Women and International Protection (b).pdf
16 - EXCOM, Refugee Protection and Sexual Violence.pdf
18 - EXCOM, Non-Refoulement.pdf
19 - EXCOM, The Note on International Protection, 1994.pdf
20 - The Scope and Content of the Principle of non-refoulement (by E.Lauterpacht and D.Bethlehem).pdf
25 - CoE, recommendations on family reunion of refugees.pdf
26 - EXCOM, Family Reunion.pdf
27 - EXCOM, Family Reunification.pdf
28 - UNHCR Guidelines on Reunification of Refugee Families.pdf
29 - Global Consultations - Summary Conclusions on Family Unity.pdf
47 - UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection. Gender-Related Persecution..pdf
47 - UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection. Internal Flight or Relocation Alternative..pdf
47 - UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection. Religion-Based Refugee Claims..pdf
64 - Asylum Gender Guidelines.pdf
65 - Civilian Non-Combatants Fearing Persecution in Civil War Situations.pdf
66 - Refugee and Humanitarian Visa Applicants. Guidelines on Gender Issues for Decision Makers..pdf
72 - The Michigan Guidelines on the Internal Protection Alternative.pdf
73 - Research Paper on the Application of the Concept of Internal Protection Alternative.pdf
74 - Guidelines on the Protection of Refugee Women.pdf
75 - Sexual and Gender-Based Violence. Guidelines for Prevention and Response..pdf
81 - UNHCR Guidelines on unaccompanied children.pdf
82 - EXCOM, Refugee children, 1987.pdf
83 - EXCOM, Refugee children, 1989.pdf
84 - Separated Children in Europe Programme.pdf
85 - The Situation of Older Refugees.pdf
86 - EXCOM, Older Refugees.pdf
87 - Global Consultations - Reception.pdf
89 - UNHCR Guidelines on Detention.pdf
90 - EXCOM, detention.pdf
91 - EXCOM, recognition as a refugee.pdf
93 - Global Consultations - Asylum Processes.pdf
94 - The Supreme Court of Apeal of South Africa.pdf
95 - Note on Burden and Standard of Proof.pdf
97 - Truth and Consequences. Credibility Determination in Refugee Context. (by Audrey Macklin).pdf
CS - An anonymous El-Salvadorian Taxi-Driver Respondent's Case - US.pdf
CS - An Indian citizen's appeal - New Zealand.pdf
CS - An Iranian woman's appeal - New Zealand.pdf
CS - Kasinga (a Togolese woman) - US.pdf
CS - The 6 Sri-Lankan Tamils' Case - UK.pdf
CS - The Adan and Aitseguer Case - UK.pdf
CS - The Ahmadis case, the Pakistani sect, 1984 - UK.pdf
CS - The Alexander and Lyudmyla Klinkos case, 2000 - Canada.pdf
CS - The Ali Duzdiker Case - Australia.pdf
CS - The Alla Pitcherskaia Case, Russian Lesbian - USA.pdf
CS - The Barazza case, El-Salvador - USA.pdf
CS - The Cameroonian Woman - Austria.pdf
CS - The Cardoza-Fonseca Case - USA.pdf
CS - The Chen Shi Hai case, the Chinese infant - Australia.pdf
CS - The Dobrican case, a Romanian Jehovah's Witness - USA.pdf
CS - The Fauzia Kasinga Case, the Togolese woman - USA.pdf
CS - The Guo Chun Di Case - USA.pdf
CS - The Moroccan woman's case - USA.pdf
CS - The Patrick Francis Ward case, an Irish terrorist - Canada.pdf
CS - The Rosalba Aguirre-Cervantes Case - USA.pdf
CS - The Sivaganthan Rasaratham Case, Sri-Lankan citizen - Canada.pdf
CS - The Slavko and Slavica Civics case, 1991 - Canada.pdf
CS - The two Pakistani women's case - UK.pdf
CS - The Vera Korablina Case - USA.pdf
CS - The Yugoslav Man evading drafting - Hungary.pdf
Humanitarian Law - Constraints of the Waging of War.pdf
Humanitarian Law - FAQs on Humanitarian Law.pdf
Humanitarian Law - International Humanitarian Law.pdf
Intl Instr. 1948 - Universal Declaration of Human Rights.pdf
Intl Instr. 1950 - The Statue of UNHCR.pdf
Intl Instr. 1951 - Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and its 1967 Protocol.pdf
Intl Instr. 1960 - Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.pdf
Intl Instr. 1961 - Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.pdf
Intl Instr. 1966 - International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.pdf
Intl Instr. 1967 - Declaration on Territorial Asylum.pdf
Intl Instr. 1969 - International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.pdf
Intl Instr. 1969 - The OAU Convention.pdf
Intl Instr. 1977 - Declaration on Territorial Asylum (Europe).pdf
Intl Instr. 1979 - Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.pdf
Intl Instr. 1984 - The Cartagena Declaration on Refugees.pdf
Intl Instr. 1989 - Convention on the Rights of the Child.pdf
Intl Instr. 1993 - Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.pdf
Intl Instr.pdf
UNHCR Handbook on Procedures and Criteria for Determining Refugee Status..pdf
UNHCR Handbook. Voluntary Repatriation. International Protection..pdf
UNHCR. A Guide to International Refugee Law..pdf
UNHCR. Agenda for Protection..pdf
UNHCR. Code of Conduct.pdf
UNHCR. Four Statements on the Race Question.pdf
UNHCR. Guidelines for HIV-AIDS intervention..pdf
UNHCR. Mandate and the Organization.pdf
UNHCR. Memorandum of Understanding between UNHCR and WFO.pdf
UNHCR. Practical Guide.pdf
UNHCR. Project Planning in UNHCR.pdf
UNHCR. Protecting Refugees. A Field Guide for NGOs..pdf
UNHCR. States Parties to the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol..pdf

hope that's useful!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ed_m, thanks, exteremely useful (especially cases).
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my pleasure!

i've just been checking aidworkers forum again - they have archived the old posts at:
and have a brand new thread here:
i did discuss in some emails with Tom the moderater over there about writing a summary of info about IPR - if it ever gets done i'll post it up here too!!!

i should also mention that the documents archived above are from Vugar's site that is mentioned in those threads - i don't know what happened to his page so i'm glad i kept some copies!!!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 05, 2006 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This UN report on an Audit of the IPR in 2005 is interesting & sheds a little light on the process:

Office of Internal Oversight Services
UNHCR Audit Service
Assignment AR2005/162/03
Audit Report R06/R011
13 June 2006

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