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Snr Protection Associate, UNOPS (LICA-7) Individual Contractor -  Port of Prince, Haiti.

Port-au-Prince (Haiti)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Port-au-Prince (Haiti)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-26

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Title: Senior Protection Associate, Individual Contractor (UNOPS)
Contract type:          International ICA UNOPS
Contract ICA level:   Local ICA (LICA--7) / NO-C
Duty station: Port of Prince, Haiti.
Section/Unit: UNHCR MCO Washington
Duration:         From Feb/March 2021 to 31 December 2022.

This Job Opening located in Port of Prince, Haiti and available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants. Persons interested in applying for this position must be legally present in Haiti and at the time of application, recruitment and hire. Candidates must have legal residence with valid work permission in Haiti for the duration of the contract. 3. Monitoring and Progress Controls
¿ Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment. 
¿ Provide advice and guidance on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.   
¿ 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. 
¿ Assist the supervisor in implementing and monitoring Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
¿ Manage individual protection cases including those on GBV and child protection. Monitor, and assist the supervisor with intervening in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
¿ 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 with intervening with authorities on protection issues. 
¿ Provide assistance to the supervisor in deciding priorities for reception, interviewing and counselling for groups or individuals. 
¿ Assist MCO Washington with enforcing compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
¿ Perform other related duties as required.

4. Qualifications and Experience

For G7/ LICA-7:  4 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

a. Education 

Field(s) of Education

Bachelor¿s degree in law, political science, social services, or international relations.

Language requirement:

Fluency in both English and French required. Knowledge of Spanish desired.

b. Work Experience

Knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles.

Excellent legal research, analytical skills and drafting.¿

Field experience.
Good IT skills including database management skills.¿¿¿¿

c. Key Competencies

Core Competencies:
Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation

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. IMPORTANT NOTE:
Persons interested in applying for this position must be legally present in Haiti and at the time of application, recruitment and hire.
Candidates must have legal residence with valid work permission in Haiti for the duration of the contract.

Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For any technical problems during the submission of application or any further information, please send an email to [email protected]

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written tests and/or oral interview.
UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).
UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants to apply. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities.
UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, disability, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
See below for this postion's Operational Context
======================================================================================================== 1. General Background
Haiti is characterized by mixed migration flows and is primarily a transit country for 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 number 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 Covid 19 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.¿¿¿¿¿

2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

UNHCR¿s Multi-Country Office in Washington DC (MCO-W) seeks a Senior Protection Associate (LICA-7) to be based in  Port-au-Prince. The Senior Protection Associate, will report to the Liaison Officer in Port-au-Prince, who reports to the head of Thematic and Operations Support Unit (TOSU) in UNHCR multi-country office Washington. The incumbent will also liaise closely with the UNHCR office in the Dominican Republic and is part of the Caribbean Protection and Operations Support Unit team.

The Senior Protection Associate will monitor 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.   S/he is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (PoC) to UNHCR (asylum-seekers, refugees, internally displaced persons and persons at risk of statelessness/stateless persons) and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.  S/he will contribute to the design of a comprehensive protection strategy and represent the Office externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.  The incumbent will also ensure 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. The incumbent¿s work will be in accordance with UNHCR¿s Statute, the Global Compact for Refugees, the IDP Policy, zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse and agreed inter-agency commitments. The closing date for submission of application is Wednesday, 26 January 2022 (Midnight Geneva time).
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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