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Snr. Protection Officer (NOD), Port of Prince, Haiti (Temporary Appointment)

Port-au-Prince (Haiti)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-08-04

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This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants. National Professional Officers should be nationals of and be locally recruited within the country of their employment. Haitian Citizenship is required for this position. Senior Protection Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

In the Bureaux, the Senior Protection Officer works under the direct supervision of the Bureau Deputy Director or Head of Bureau Protection Service or Senior Protection Coordinator. In the Field, the incumbent normally reports to the Representative, Deputy or Assistant Representative (Protection) or Head of Sub Office as appropriate. The incumbent has direct supervisory responsibility for protection staff whose work may include RSD, community-based protection, registration, resettlement, internal displacement, complementary pathways, and education, among other areas. In HQ, the incumbent may report to a Chief of Section or Deputy Director and may lead a Unit and/or supervise other protection staff.

The incumbent acts as a key advisor to senior management and leads the development of a comprehensive protection strategy under the area of responsibility (AoR). S/he represents the Organization to authorities, UN sister agencies, partners and other stakeholders on protection policy and doctrine.

The Senior Protection Officer plans, leads and coordinates quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern under the AoR. This includes ensuring that operational responses in all sectors are shaped in a protection optic, are consistent with and promote respect for relevant international law and UNHCR's doctrine, mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards. Another important element of the incumbent's functions is to ensure that persons of concern of all age, gender and diversity groups are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying and implementing appropriate solutions to their problems. To undertake this role effectively, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with other relevant teams within the operation or the Bureau (including programme; PI and external relations; IM) and with DIP, communities of concern, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions.

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.

- Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners on all protection related issues.
- Stay abreast of legal, political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
- Manage a consultative process with government counterparts, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement a comprehensive protection and solutions strategy addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation and/or gender identities (LGBTI persons), persons living with HIV/AIDS; gender equality and Gender Based Violence (GBV) priorities with regard to these persons.
- In operations applying the Cluster Approach, ensure the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in a strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.
- Ensure that the protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Humanitarian Country Team¿s common humanitarian response plan as well as with the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Three Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways.
- Promote relevant International, Regional and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct and ensure that all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations fulfil their responsibilities in mainstreaming protection.
- Promote the implementation of the AGD policy, including UNHCR¿s updated commitments to women and girls,  and design, deliver and monitor programmes on an AGD basis to address identified protection needs.
- Develop, implement and monitor community-based protection strategies and ensure systematic application and integration of participatory and community-based approaches in protection and solutions planning, programming and strategies.
- Support the establishment of feedback and response systems and the incorporation of feedback received from persons of concern into programme design and adaptation.
- Guide the operation in the development and implementation of robust prevention, identification, and responses to fraud within protection processes and procedures, including registration, RSD, and resettlement, ensuring the integrity of interventions across all protection activities.
- Oversee the management of individual protection cases including those on GBV and child protection.
- Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to internal and external interlocutors; ensure legal assistance is accessible to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documents to persons of concern (including women and others in need of civil documentation in particular birth certificates).
- As designated Data Protection Focal Point, assist the data controller in carrying out his or her responsibilities regarding the Data Protection Policy (7.2 DPP).
- Oversee eligibility and status determination in the Operation(s) under the AoR, ensuring compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.
- Promote and implement strategies and measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
- Develop and implement an education plan as part of the protection strategy within the AoR as relevant.
- Develop and implement a child protection plan as part of the protection strategy within the AoR, ensuring programmes use a child protection systems approach.
- Monitor and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners.
- Work to safeguard the rights of persons of concerns in the context of mixed movements as relevant.
- Coordinate the preparation of, implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
- Ensure that durable solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement and complementary pathways are sought and provided to the largest possible number of persons of concern including undertaking, supporting, and/or overseeing resettlement and complementary pathways activities, including implementation of the GCR Three Year Strategy.
- Coordinate the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related programming with implementing and operational partners.
- Develop and implement a programme of results-based advocacy through a consultative process with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
- Ensure that the Protection Sector or Cluster has an effective information management component which provides disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.
- Research, collect and disseminate relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery.
- Develop the protection capacity of national and local authorities, partners and civil society to assume their responsibilities vis-à-vis all persons of concern through protection training, mainstreaming and related activities.
- Coordinate capacity-development initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
- Advise and capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and civil society to strengthen legislation and status determination procedures and mechanisms.
- Perform other related duties as required.

For positions in Bureaux

- Support the Regional Bureau and Country Operations to reflect the protection and solution angle in support of persons of concern with regional processes.
- Support Country Operations in the development of strategies to build and further develop national asylum/RSD systems with a view to ensuring their fairness, efficiency, adaptability and integrity, favourable protection environment and solutions.
- Assist UNHCR management at country level to comply with policies and commitment on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse measures.
- Support Country Operations and ensure they meet their complementary pathways objectives and resettlement quotas.
- In close collaboration with DIP, (a) contribute to the development of background and general normative, policy, and legal positions, in compliance with UNHCR¿s global protection policies and standards; (b) contribute to the development of strategies at the regional and country level on the usage of law and policy approaches, including legislative and judicial engagement and UN human rights mechanisms ¿and/or regional ones ¿ and other protection frameworks, and integrated human rights standards in protection strategies and advocacy; and (c) coordinate and review UNHCR¿s country reports to the UN human rights mechanisms.
- Engage in relevant international and regional fora and forge regional partnerships to advocate for key protection and mandate issues, and engage in cross-cutting protection-related matters, including mixed movement, internal displacement and climate change/disaster-related displacement responses, as well as Statelessness in cooperation with DIP and where relevant RSD.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P4/NOD - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
Law, International Law, International refugee Law, International Human Rights Law,
International Humanitarian Law, Refugee and Forced Migration, Political Sciences
or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses
Protection Learning Programme RSD-Resettlement Learning Programme Management Learning Programme
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience
Minimum 7 years of relevant professional experience in the area of refugee protection, internal displacement, human rights or international humanitarian law, including experience in working directly with Field Offices. Very good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles, and of UNHCR¿s protection strategies and policies. Excellent legal research, analytical skills and drafting.

Diverse field experience. Good IT skills including database management skills.

Functional Skills
*PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators
*LE-International Refugee Law
*PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordination
PR-Comprehensive Solutions Framework
PR-Refugee Coordination Model
ER-Inter-Agency Coordination
PR-Human Rights Doctrine/Standards
PR-International Humanitarian Law
LE-Judicial engagement
PR-Protection and mixed-movements
PR-Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Operations & IDPs Status/Rights/Obligation
PR-Climate change and disaster-related displacement
PR-Community-based Protection
PR-Accountability to affected people 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, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

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. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.  Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for written test and/or oral interview.

UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. UNHCR has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and sexual harassment. Successful candidates will be subject to mandatory UN Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment clearance check prior to receiving an offer. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== Haiti is characterized by mixed migration flows and is primarily a transit country, particularly as part of smuggling and trafficking routes in the region. Though the known number of persons seeking international protection in Haiti is relatively small compared to regions experiencing larger displacement, the absence of needed capacities to assist UNHCR¿s persons of concern (PoC) gives rise to a challenging protection environment. Moreover, since Haiti¿s ratification of refugee instruments in 1984, Haiti has not adopted a relevant legal framework or legislation and lacks systematic protection-sensitive access to territory and safeguards to prevent refoulement.

In the Caribbean, the issue of statelessness remains challenging, affecting an estimated three million persons of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Bahamas, according to the Haitian Director of the National Archives. In 2018 the Government of Haiti acceded to the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Moreover, Haiti¿s laudable commitments at the High-Level Segment (HLS) on Statelessness in 2019 regarding late birth registration and civil registry reform have facilitated the registration of Haitians at risk of statelessness in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and other Caribbean islands, which positively reiterates the Government¿s commitment to eradicating statelessness by 2024, as reflected in the Brazil Declaration and Plan of Action. However, the adoption of a nationality law to introduce safeguards to prevent statelessness remains a pending issue.

Haiti has been subjected to a myriad of challenges due to the protracted political, humanitarian and security crisis over the past two years. This is further compounded by a deterioration in the socio-economic situation due to the pandemic and an increase in violence over the first half of 2021. Moreover, projections estimate that kidnap-for-ransom will continue to pose a high risk throughout Haiti due to the fact that gangs have taken control of geographical areas and police are unable to intervene. As of 15 July, there are approximately 19,000 IDPs in the country, including 5,300 staying at organized shelters and 2,500 others in spontaneous sites. While the security situation in Haiti has remained relatively calm following late President Jovenel Moise¿s assassination, the outlook remains unpredictable and tenuous.

It is within this context that UNHCR¿s Multi-Country Office in Washington DC (MCO-W) seeks a Senior Protection Officer to be based in UNHCR¿s Port-au-Prince Office. The Senior Government Liaison Officer will report to the Head of Talent and Outreach Support Unit (TOSU) in MCO-W and undertake supervisory responsibilities for local staff in Haiti; the incumbent will also liaise closely with the head of office in the DR and is part of the Caribbean Protection Unit team. The incumbent is responsible for monitoring the humanitarian situation, displacement scenarios and overall protection trends in Haiti and s/he plays a crucial role in ensuring UNHCR¿s approach to the Government is consistent, strategic, and coherent. S/he will oversee joint coordination with a range of UN Agencies and local organizations as well as ongoing cooperation with various government departments in service delivery, and regular dialogue at all levels on protection issues.

The incumbent ensures that UNHCR can fulfil its role to support the Government of Haiti to respond to the current humanitarian situation, promoting a protection sensitive approach to asylum, statelessness, and internal displacement with a special focus on border monitoring and expansion of partner network in Haiti. The incumbent¿s work should be done in line with UNHCR¿s Mandate, the Global Compact for Refugees, the IDP policy, and agreed inter-agency commitments. More specifically, the incumbent advises senior  management on issues and processes concerning the relationship with the Government and related positioning, coordination, advocacy, resource allocation, and communication with other UN agencies, NGOs, civil society actors, and other relevant actors, through strong engagement in inter-agency processes. S/he is expected to strengthen and enhance the effectiveness of UNHCR¿s leadership role and responses to situations affecting people of concern to UNHCR in Haiti through an open and transparent partnership approach with the Government and key actors in the country¿s humanitarian architecture. This is a Temporary Position located in Port of Prince, Haiti.
Expected Entry on Duty Date: 01/09/2021 The closing date for submission of application is Wednesday 4 August 2021 (Midnight Geneva time). No late applications will be accepted.

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