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Protection Associate - UNOPS

Mafraq (Jordan)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Mafraq (Jordan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-23

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This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants. Protection Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Protection Associate normally reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer.  The incumbent monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff.

The Protection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (PoC) and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.  S/he contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.

The Protection Associate also ensures that PoC are involved in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.

All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties
- Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
- Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
- Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to PoC.
- Provide advice on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
- Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for PoC.
- Contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
- Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy.
- Contribute to a country-level education plan as part of the protection strategy.
- Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
- Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
- Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of PoC through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
- Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
- Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on PoC and their problems.
- Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
- Assist the supervisor in prioritizing PoC for interview, counselling and propose protection support for individual cases.
- Assist the supervisor with enforcing compliance of local implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
- Assit the supervisor with enforcing compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.
- Submit individual payments request for PoC for approval. 
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For LICA 6- 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education
Not applicable

Certificates and/or Licenses
International Law, Political Science
or other related field
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Essential:
Not specified

Desirable:
Protection Learning Programme

Functional Skills
IT-Computer Literacy
CL-Protection & Solutions Awareness
PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators
PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
(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. Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English
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See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== Operational Context

UNHCR has expanded its protection capacity to other governorates including Mafraq. The Sub-Office in Mafraq covers the Zaatari Refugee Camp, Raba¿a Al Sarhan Reception Centre, and Urban refugees living in Mafraq governorate. The office oversees more than 160,000 refugees registered in the area covered by the Sub Office including urban and camp refugees.  Registered Syrian refugees in urban settings have relatively good access to basic public services (including health, education, shelter, supply of water and electricity).

The protection Associate is supervised by the Associate Field Officer (Protection). The Protection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (PoC) and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.  S/he contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.

He/she Stay abreast of political, social, economic, and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment. Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards, and codes of conduct.

The Protection Associate will be expected to support the Protection team both in Mafraq urban and Zaatari camp. Mainly the Protection Associate will be expected to work on general protection issues, lead CP/SGBV activities and provide protection support to individual refugee cases. The Protection Associate will report directly to the Associate Field Officer (Protection), support to take part in protection monitoring, draft protection reports and deliver PSEA activities.

The Protection Associate also ensures that PoC are involved in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.


UNHCR to support the refugee operation in Mafraq and Zattari. There is a need for further support in mainstreaming Protection, Gender, and PSEA activities across all sectors and actors.

In addition to the standard duties listed in the Job description, the Protection Associate is also expected to:

- Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to PoC.
- Provide advice on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
- Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for PoC.
- Contribute to measures to identify, prevent, and reduce statelessness
- Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions, and NGOs to strengthen Gender and PSEA related activities and procedures.
- Assist the supervisor with PSEA, Gender related follow-ups and activities.
- Assist the supervisor with enforcing compliance with, and integrity of, all protection, Gender and PSEA standard operating procedures.


Essential
- Strong command of English language in order to assist in drafting of minutes of meetings.
- Strong interpersonal skills to enable communication and follow-up with various key interlockers.
- Coordination skills to assist in setting up meetings and all related follow-up and attention to the meeting action points and recommendations.
- Ability to undertake missions to various locations within the country as part of protection monitoring activities

Desirable
- Experience in the field of refugee assistance and humanitarian assistance is desirable
- Coordination experience and interaction with government entities is required The closing date for this position is 23 June 2021
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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