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Asst CB Protection Officer NOA TA UIO

Quito (Ecuador)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Quito (Ecuador)
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-17

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- Internal and external candidates are welcome to apply.

- Candidates for vacancy announcements in the NPO category are divided in Group 1 and external candidates in accordance with RALS. Group 1 candidates are eligible to apply to internally and externally advertised positions. External candidates are eligible to apply to externally advertised positions. See RALS page 9, item 36.


Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer is a member of the Protection Unit in a Country Operation and may report to the Protection Officer, Community-Based Protection Officer, or another more senior staff member in the Protection Unit. Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. The incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for part of the protection and/or support staff and supports the application of community-based protection standards, operational procedures and practices in community-based protection delivery at the field level. To fulfil this role the Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern (PoC). The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC.

- Be fully informed about community structures and the protection and security situation of the PoC and develop strong links with a cross-section of members of refugee/IDP/stateless communities, using an AGD approach.
- Through relationships with PoC and network of partners stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice to senior management.
- Ensure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC are reflected in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, and marginalized groups.
- Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and PoC to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and SGBV, and solutions approaches.
- Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners and implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on all community-based protection related issues.
- Support the design, implementation and evaluation of protection centred and solutions oriented programming with implementing and operational partners guaranteeing that community-owned activities are integrated. 
- Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures
- Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among PoC, authorities and host communities.
- Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with PoC, host communities, local authorities and partners. In operations applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute the development of an AGD-compliant strategy on which the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded and covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations. 
- Support the Operation's work to fully integrate the protection strategy into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Humanitarian Country Team¿s common humanitarian action plan where applicable.
- Contribute to the Protection team's information management component which: provides disaggregated data on PoC and their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary. 
- Support the inclusion of participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches in strategies and plans in the Country Operation.
- Support community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
- Support PoC to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection.
- Contribute to the design of project submissions and the budget for endorsement by the supervisor.
- Intervene with authorities on community-based protection issues.
- Negotiate with local counterparts, partners and PoC.
- Perform other related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P1/NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law, or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Not specified;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Some professional working the areas of community services, social work (e.g., gender, SGBV programs, women¿s empowerment and protection, work with refugees) or/and human rights or related tasks in government, NGO or international organisation.

Proven communication skills, both oral and written. Demonstrated knowledge of community communication and engagement approaches. Understanding of and demonstrated competencies in forced displacement and protection, particularly SGBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

Functional Skills
PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
PR-Community Services-Communication/Development/Organization
PR-Community Services-Social Work/Counselling
PR-Community-based Protection
IT-Computer Literacy
DM-Database Management
PR-Gender Equality
PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
PR-Refugee Women issues
PR-Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Prevention and Response
PR-Experience in Forced Displacement situations
EX-Experience with Inter/Non-Governmental Organization (INGO/NGO)
EX-Field experience
PR-Child Protection Prevention and Response

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, including in particular when supervising others, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties by demonstrating no tolerance for sexism, gender inequality, discrimination, abuse of power, harassment including sexual harassment, and sexual exploitation and abuse. As individual workforce members and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and take these issues seriously by speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources, as well as, when required/appropriate, report, for corrective action to be taken, whilst considering a victim-centered-approach.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. Core Competencies

- Accountability
- Communication
- Organizational Awareness
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Commitment to Continuous Learning
- Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies

- Judgement and Decision Making
-       Managing Resources

Cross-Functional Competencies

- Stakeholder Management
- Planning and Organizing
- Political Awareness Excellent drafting skills in Spanish and English are essential. SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS

A) English is mandatory.
B) Technical test will be administered.
C) As per regulations, the position is offered only to Ecuadorian nationals.
D) If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your application according the following instructions:

- External candidates (candidates who do NOT have access to the MSRP system), please submit your application through UNHCR's official site for applications: - Careers ¿ Vacancies ¿ Ecuador ¿ Assistant CB Protection Officer NOA.

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- Candidates with access to the MSRP system, please submit your application through:

MSRP ¿ Self-Service ¿ Recruiting ¿ Careers ¿ Ecuador ¿ Assistant CB Protection Officer NOA. 

1. For any technical issues encountered during the online application, please contact the Global Service Desk ( prior to the deadline to allow enough time to resolve issues.

2. For any questions about the selection process, please contact Human Resources (

See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== UNHCR operation in Ecuador is fundamentally driven to deliver protection and solutions to a variety of persons of UNHCR¿s concern such as asylum-seekers, refugees, and stateless in partnership and close collaboration with national authorities as well as non-governmental organizations and communities. Particular attention and specific multi-faceted protection and assistance is often provided within short timeframes and at times little resources in demanding operational environment. The wide palette of activities is principally coordinated from the national office in Quito as well as the field offices. Ecuador is a destination and transit country for persons in need of international protection. Ecuador hosts more than 70,000 recognized refugees (mainly Colombians) and has become a main destination and a transit country for Venezuelan migrants and refugees. More than 400,000 Venezuelan Refugees and migrants are estimated to be residing in Ecuador and only half of them hold a legal status.

UNHCR seeks to recruit persons devoted to the purposes of the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees who have commitment to humanitarian principles and functionally relevant work experience with different stakeholders. The Protection Unit covers four main areas: Legal Support, Community Based Protection, Resettlement and Registration and gives direct support in terms of capacity building as well as advisory service to Ecuadorian entities currently functioning on the national territory: Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Ministry of Interior, National Assembly, Human Mobility Board, Human Rights Secretariat, Judicial Council,  Constitutional Court, Ombudsman and Public Defender.

The Assistant Protection Officer NOA, has direct responsibilities regarding Community-Based Protection including but not limited to field support, daily supervision of several national staff and overseeing the GBV prevention, mitigation and response as well as the communication strategies with communities. The ideal candidate shall have proven coordination and stakeholder management competencies. He/she must have a solid experience in international protection, including in the areas of child protection and GBV, as well a solid knowledge of community-based protection. The incumbent will require strong negotiation skills. Excellent drafting skills in Spanish and English are essential. Assertive communication, proactivity, and ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines. The closing date is: Friday 18 June 2021, 00h00 Geneva Time (Thursday 17 June 2021, 17h00 Ecuador Time)
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