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Additional Qualifications: Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, as well as child protection and GBV related learning programmes will be considered an advantage.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
Nature of Position:
The post of Protection Associate is within Gaziantep Field Unit and the incumbent will be supervised by the Assistant Field Officer (NOA) under the Head of Gaziantep Field Unit. Gaziantep Field Unit covers five provinces namely Gaziantep, Kilis, Kahramanmaras, Osmaniye and Malatya where about more than 700,000 Syrians are registered.
To perform and fulfil their duties, the incumbent will spend a substantial percentage of time working outside the office on a daily basis engaging with refugees and staff of various counterparts; NGOs and public institutions including but not limited to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management (PDMM) and Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Services (PdFSS) and other relevant state institutions, Bar Associations and Municipalities, mukhtars etc. The incumbent will be expected to interact directly with persons of concern including Syrians and other nationalities within the Field Unit's area as well especially in counselling with the refugees during voluntary return interviews at PDMMs.
The incumbent will:
In close contact with the Protection Unit, closely collaborate with stakeholders providing legal services and support the office in monitoring trends in access to registration and documentation, detention, and deportation. Provide legal protection guidance to the individuals and partner agencies in line with the non-refoulement principle, as well as various international and national legal instruments. The incumbent may be asked to conduct visits to PDMM registration and verification facilities as well as removal centers in scope of protection monitoring and prepare thematic reports.
Follow up on individual protection interventions through case processing (individual counselling and referrals to relevant state institutions and NGOs).
Conduct Voluntary Return Interviews with Syrians at the two border gates (Oncupinar and Karkamis) and ensure voluntariness of applicants' decision to return, provide counselling on the consequences of voluntary return and if/when encountered any specific protection cases, take appropriate action and refer to the relevant stated institution. Prepare daily and weekly reports and statistics on voluntary return interviews and record in the database.
Follow up with partners on their activities and conduct ad-hoc visits to monitor the activities and join regular MFT visits when required/scheduled by Program Unit, including Bar Associations, legal clinics and NGOs providing legal counselling and assistance.
Liaise with the local official including PDMMs, PDFSS and its units and follow up on UNHCR supported programs as well as keep close contact with Municipalities and mukhtars on the situation of refugees in urban as well as social cohesion activities of Municipalities.
In consultation and coordination with relevant internal and external stakeholders, conduct systematic protection monitoring to assess and report the needs including in the EQ affected areas, through site visits, key informant interviews and group discussions with affected refugee and host community members, as well as with authorities and partners.
Any other duties as required.
Living and Working Conditions:
On 6 February, two major earthquakes of 7.7 and 7.5 magnitude in Kahramanmaraş Province impacted eleven provinces in Türkiye’s southeast region and neighbouring Syria. The infrastructure and utilities in Gaziantep are largely preserved, and the city continues to benefit from efficient public transport system and smooth delivery of gas, water and electricity. Gaziantep is a regional industrial and trade hub, with thousands of businesses that have continued operating after the earthquake.
Gaziantep has a good network of health facilities, including both public and private hospitals, some of which offer more sophisticated services. Housing in Gaziantep is widely available, but due to economic downfall in most of 2022 and following the earthquake, rental prices have significantly increased.
Gaziantep also has a well-developed network of schools and is home to one of the largest universities in Turkiye. There are several private universities as well. However, education with international curricula is very limited and it may be challenging for families with younger children in need of adequate educational facilities in foreign language. English is not widely spoken, which may be challenging at times. However, people in Gaziantep are hospitable.
Current operational circumstances may require long working hours due to ongoing emergency mode.
Proximity to the Syrian border has led to a sensitive security in South-eastern Turkey since the Syrian conflict began. However, the level of general criminality is low. During the recent period the security situation in Southeast Turkey has been largely stable, with isolated incidents of deteriorated situation due to evolving security situation along the border with Syria. Following an increased engagement in the Syrian conflict by the Turkish Government the number of incidents targeting Turkish security forces has somewhat increased, but number of cross border incidents is rather limited in scale and frequency of occurrence.
The current security levels in Southeast Turkiye is Level 2, with some parts of the AOR (10 Km distance from the border area, plus Reyhanli and Mardin in the east) at Level 4. There are no known direct threats towards the United Nations and its staff in the area but vigilance and awareness is required in the changing security environment. Due to the relatively recent developments at the border areas, the UN staff in Gaziantep are advised to increase their precaution measures in general. Area Security plans and Security levels are being updated.
Gaziantep is a base for three UNHCR separate facilities- the SO Gaziantep (refugee operations), Resettlement Hub inaugurated in Dec 2022, and the Cross Border Operation that is engaged in the humanitarian interventions in Northwest Syria. SO Gaziantep provides support to Resettlement and Cross Border Operations through Admin and logistics functions, with occasional expansion to other types of support from various units in the office.
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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Staff members should 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 a written test and/or oral interview for this job opening. No late applications will be accepted.
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