United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Protection Associate / Asociado De Protección

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Protection Associate will report to the Head of the Field Office.  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: Completion of secondary school. Additional certificate/training in International Law, Political Science or related field is required. Years of Experience / Degree Level For G6 - 6 years relevant experience with High school diploma Certificates and/or Licenses International Law, Political Science or other related field 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 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. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to sit for testing See below for this postion's Operational Context The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  is an international organization with the mandate to assist persons in need of international protection; Asylum Seekers; refugees; statelessness; and in certain cases internally displaced persons. In particular, its mandate consists in a) provide protection to persons of concern and b) find durable solutions to their situation. The UNHCR operation in Venezuela started in 1991 as part of the organizational strategy to protect and provide assistance to the victims of the Colombian armed conflict. This agency has its main office in Caracas and four field offices: San Cristóbal, Táchira State; Guasdualito, Apure State; Maracaibo, Zulia State; y Ciudad Guayana, Bolívar State. Ciudad Guyana office programs cover the border with Brazil, Guyana and the Caribbean and is the most recently established field office in Venezuela. The closing date for this vacancy notice is the January 19th 2020, no applications will be considered after this date
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