- Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Location: Antakya Hatay
- Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
- Protection Officer (Refugee)
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Residential location (if applicable)
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
ReasonRegular > Regular Assignment
Remote work accepted
Target Start Date
Job Posting End Date
Standard Job Description
Desired Candidate Profile
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
The general security situation in the AoR remains stable as security authorities have tripled its presence in EQ affected areas, although there have been isolated reports of criminal incidents, mostly related to thefts and lootings of vacated houses and shops. UNHCR operates within the common UN security framework, requiring TRIP security clearance and advance email notification in case of missions to 10km border areas for effective staff tracking before missions are commenced in compliant field vehicles. UNHCR staff will need to ensure strict compliance to existing security risk management measures and advisories. UN BSAFE and Active Shooter Awareness trainings are mandatory requirements as per the approved Security Risk Management Measures.
In terms of Occupational Safety and Health, the devastating earthquake of 06 Feb has caused significant workplace hazards including high level of stress about the loss of colleagues, significant damages to property and enhanced demands on UNHCR to respond to the humanitarian needs on the ground. Aftershocks of the earthquake and more earthquakes are likely to occur, requiring increased vigilance and caution while living and operating in the environment, where heavily damaged buildings have been reported to have collapsed causing deaths and injuries to people in the vicinity of such buildings. UNHCR has taken due care of structural assessments of the buildings in the aftermath of the earthquake, including staff residences as the final authority of using the buildings rests with the host government relevant authorities. In the interim, UNHCR offices in Gaziantep continues to provide limited space for staff staying overnight as well as updated lists of assessed and functional hotels in EQ affected areas is shared. Road safety also remains a concern and safe driving habits need to be exercised. UNHCR continues to provide access to staff counsellors and advisories on safety tips are shared with staff.
Nature of Position:
The Protection Associate is a member of the Protection Team in Hatay FU and reports to the Associate Field Officer. Under the overall direction of the Head of Field Unit and the Associate Field Officer, the Protection Associate works directly with local authorities in order to advocate for the registration of asylum seekers and to advocate for their access to rights and services. S/he follows up registration and family reunification cases and maintains close cooperation with NGOs and local authorities. Additionally, the incumbent will join registration monitoring missions and represent Hatay FU at provincial coordination fora. Observation of voluntary return interviews and conducting focus group discussions in the AoR will be a regular task of the Protection Associate. This post requires regular meetings with refugees, authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders; hence, the incumbent will assume a mobile and dynamic role in the team.
Living and Working Conditions:
In the aftermath of the earthquake on 6 February, Hatay FU has been commuting from Antep to Hatay and staying overnight in Antep. Currently, the office is working on establishing a stable work and accommodation solution for Hatay team and the candidates will be updated about the facilities during the recruitment process.
The team in Hatay is provided with food items and internet during visits to Hatay. The city’s infrastructure is being rebuilt. Currently, there is a field hospital in Antakya and several hospitals in the other districts. Several banks offer mobile services in the city. Hatay has an international airport with the majority of flights being domestic, yet also including a few international flights.
SkillsIT-Computer Literacy, PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators, PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
CertificationsInternational Law - Other, Political Science - Other
CompetenciesAccountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Judgement & decision making, Negotiation & conflict resolution, Organizational awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
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Additional InformationRecruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19, successful reference checks and integrity clearance.The English version is considered original and authoritative, translation to other language(s) serve the purpose of advertisement of local positions where applicable but are not considered as official translationsStaff members must serve for a minimum of one year following assignment before being considered eligible to apply for another position within the same category. This requirement is waived in respect of staff members whose position is being changed or whose assignment/appointment through the joint staff/management review body is in a replacement capacity.
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Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The recruitment process might include written test and/or oral interview for this job opening. No late applications will be accepted.
External candidates must be legally present in Türkiye at the time of application, recruitment and hire.
Non-Turkish citizens are required to upload their residence permits or relevant documents under the ‘Certifications’ section, by selecting the type as ‘Personnel Administration – Other’, in order to be considered for this job opening. Applications by non-Turkish citizens will NOT be considered if a valid residence permit is not attached to the application.
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