United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Associate Protection Officer (Disability Inclusion)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

Tis post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of Finland and is addressed exclusively to candidates with the Finnish nationality.


UNHCR's commitment to including persons with disabilities in all areas of work is reaffirmed in the Age Gender and Diversity (AGD) Policy as well as other policy documents. The Global Compact on Refugees also sets out the need to include persons with disabilities in all our work. Further, UNCHR has made substantial commitments to strengthening inclusion of persons with disabilities at the Global Disability Summit 2018 and at the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, and is committed to implement the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy (UNDIS).

The function is located in the Community Based Protection (CBP) Unit and reports to the Protection Officer - Disability Inclusion.


Accountability (key results that will be achieved) Regional Bureaux and country operations understand and implement good practices on disability inclusion.

Cross-fertilization of good practices is facilitated across operations and regions.

Quality Technical Support on disability-inclusion is provided to Field Operations.

Disability-inclusion concepts and approaches are reflected in guidelines, position papers and training material.  Quality DIP-led disability-inclusion projects, training modules and events are developed and implemented.

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results) The incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks: - Support Capacity Building initiatives aimed to increase knowledge and practical understanding among UNHCR staff and partners of disability and aging as rights issues, including the roll-out of resources on age and disability inclusion; - Support the identification of key obstacles and challenges in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, and the adoption of good practices on the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities within and between offices; - Support the implementation of the UNDIS, including by providing support in reporting against the UNDIS Accountability Framework; - Support internal and external initiatives to strengthen methods for collecting disability data disaggregated and data on barriers faced by persons with disabilities; - Support UNHCR in expanding and maintaining partnerships with external disability and aging stakeholders.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results) Provision of technical support to colleagues on disability-inclusion.

Information management of disability-inclusion documents and products, including dissemination of publications.


EDUCATION/QUALIFICATION: University degree in Social Work, Psychology, Sociology, Development studies, International Law, Humanitarian Assistance degree or related social science field studies as required.

Disabilities studies.

WORK EXPERIENCE: 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree working as a professional in disability inclusion, preferably in capacity building and programmatic areas and in humanitarian contexts.

Demonstrated expertise in networking and building new partnerships including with Organizations of Persons with Disabilities.

Previous experience in working with displaced communities is an advantage.

SKILLS: Computer skills, research and Analysis, drafting and reporting PR-Disability Inclusion (Mandatory) TR-Training/Coaching/Facilitation (Desirable) PR-Human Rights based approach of Programming (Desirable) UN-Humanitarian Policy Development/Solutions DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES.

- Disability Studies; International Humanitarian / Human Rights Law; Social Work; Anthropology; International Development.

- French or Spanish or Arabic - Experience in developing and facilitating training - Field experience - Data Analysis and research experience REQUIRED COMPETENCIES Code Managerial Competencies M001 : Empowering and Building Trust M003: Judgement and Decision Making M006: Managing Resources Code Cross-Functional Competencies X002: Innovation and Creativity X005: Planning and Organizing X008: Stakeholder Management LANGUAGE KNOWLEDGE - Essential: English, - Desirable: Another UN official language (French, Spanish or Arabic are an advantage) SUPERVISION: The JPO will be under the direct supervision of the manager indicated under `Supervisor title and position number¿.  The supervisor will be responsible for the performance evaluation of the JPO. The manager will also ensure that the JPO is provided a thorough induction and orientation briefing, followed by on-the-job training as well as continuous guidance for training/learning opportunities throughout the assignment. In support to the manager, the JPO Unit provides the Supervisory Guidelines upon recruitment/reassignment of the JPO.

TRAINING COMPONENTS AND LEARNING ELEMENTS TRAINING COMPONENTS: - Mandatory Training Courses: 1. Basic Security in the Field (NB: needs to be retaken every 3 years) 2. Advanced Security in the Field (NB: needs to be retaken every 3 years) 3. Protection Induction Programme (PIP) 4. UN Course on Harassment, Sexual Harassment and Abuse of Authority 5.    Orientation to IPSAS - Recommended training courses ¿ Age, gender and Diversity Approach e-learning ¿ Accountability to Affected people e-learning ¿ Community-based protection module ¿ Working with persons with Disabilities e-learning LEARNING ELEMENTS The incumbent will have access to: - Cross-learning experiences on rights of persons with disabilities and Humanitarian Action with representatives organizations of persons with disabilities; - Experience in human rights reporting mechanisms associated with the rights of persons with disabilities; - Experience in the implementation of the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy; - Experience in the identification in practical and programmatic oriented solutions for the promotion of the rights of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action - Translation of policies into operational guidance and tools - Improved Coordination skills and result oriented planning - Conducting analysis and communicating results in compelling manner - Leading meeting and facilitating trainings and discussions  .

The closing date for this JPO advertisement is Sunday 21 February 2021 (midnight Geneva time).

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