Job Description

Internal candidates: Interested staff members should consult the Policy and Procedures on Assignments of Locally recruited Staff (PPAL). External candidates must be legally present in Turkey at the time of application, recruitment and hire. Non-Turkish citizens are required to submit a valid Turkish residence permit, during the application, to be considered. Senior Protection Assistant Organizational Setting and Work Relationships UNHCR Istanbul Field Unit is working closely with provincial directorates of line ministries, INGOs/NGOs, local governments and refugee populations in Marmara Region. The population of persons of concern in the area of responsibility is over 750,000 in 11 cities. In this complex environment in a metropolitan city with 39 districts, Istanbul Field Unit has expanded its network and Capacity Building activities with diverse actors such as municipalities, social service centres, mukhtars, imams and other significant local actors that contributes in expansion of protection space for refugees. Moreover, the Field Unit is enhancing its outreach activities through partners, increasing community-based protection activities and involving refugees to its programs. The Field Unit also conducts field missions as including of Western Border cities such as Edirne, Kirklareli very frequently. Additionally, with the increase of partnerships and the involvement of field staff to multi-functional teams, protection monitoring and evaluation as well as thematic task forces have been established accordingly. The Field Unit has been strengthening Coordination mechanism in the Marmara region, in line with UNHCR,¿s strategic priorities. Given the large cosmopolite nature of Istanbul in terms of financial, cultural and political prospects, the office has been also hosting high level visits. In order to enhance protection monitoring, the Field Unit is frequently undertaking missions and delivering social cohesion and CBP activities in 11 cities under its area of responsibility. The Field Unit is also engaged in Capacity Development activities in addition to its supervisory role in terms of protection concerns both in detention and urban context. The Senior Protection Assistant normally reports to Assistant Legal Officer. 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 Senior Protection Assistant provides quality, timely and effective protection support to persons of concern (PoC) and identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards in operational responses. S/he contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on protection issues as guided by the supervisor. The Senior Protection Assistant 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. In this regard, very good drafting and communication skills in English and Turkish is essential. 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 - Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and Codes of Conduct. - Provide counselling on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation. - Support activities in protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners. - Conduct preliminary information gathering and interviews in support of eligibility, status determination, durable solutions and social needs assessment. - 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 for PoC as part of the protection strategy. - Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities. - Participate in individual protection case management including cases of SGBV and child protection. Monitor and report on cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents. - Assist in identifying durable solutions for PoC in 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. - Draft reports, routine correspondence, update relevant databases and compiling statistics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR). - Contribute to initiatives to enhance national and local protection capacities. - Select PoC for preliminary interviews and decide which relevant information to share. - Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners. - Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Years of Experience / Degree Level For G5 - 5 years relevant experience with High school diploma Certificates and/or Licenses International Law, Political Science. Language Requirements Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for an oral interview. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. No late applications will be accepted. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees). REMUNERATION A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. The monthly net salary is between TRY 6,697 and TRY 8,409 depending on relevant experience, dependency status and language proficiency. For more information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the Office of HR Management of United Nations. The closing date is 14 January 2020.
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