United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Community-based Protection Associate

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants.

CANDIDATES MUST BE LEGALLY PRESENT IN COSTA RICA AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION, RECRUITMENT, AND HIRING. ONLY CANDIDATES WHO HAVE A PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND WORK PERMIT IN COSTA RICA WILL BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE.

Community-Based Protection Associate Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Community-Based Protection Associate is a member of the Protection Unit and may report to the Protection Officer, Community-Based Protection Officer, or another more senior staff member in the Protection Unit. Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in Coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the Community-Based Protection Associate works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. The incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for part of the protection and/or support staff and supports the application of community-based protection standards, operational procedures and practices in community-based protection delivery at the field level. To fulfil this role, the Community-Based Protection Associate is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of PoC. The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results, form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC.

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 - Assist functional units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection strategy and operational procedures.

- Through relationships with PoC and network of partners, stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice to the protection team. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC and advise the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups.

- Work with host communities to identify opportunities for national civil society involvement in improving the protection of PoC.

- Work with implementing and operational partners as well as with displaced and local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organisational and livelihood concerns as well as Child Protection and prevention and response to SGBV.

- Assist in the Analysis that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.

- Support participatory assessments by multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with PoC.

- Assist in planning and monitoring of programmes and budgets, with an AGD perspective - Build office capacity for community-based protection through training and establishing systems for Community Mobilization and participation of PoC.

- Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures.

- Ensure community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.

- Act as an interpreter in exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.

- Contribute to the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR¿s work.

- Initiate AGD sensitive interventions at the appropriate level on community-based protection issues and to respond to protection concerns and incidents within the office, with external interlocutors, groups and individuals based on agreed parameters.

- Identify and select which individuals or groups to prioritize for counselling and field visits based on agreed criteria.

- Intervene with authorities on protection.

- Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

- Recommend and prepare payments to individual cases.

- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience: Years of Experience / Degree Level For G6 - 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher Field(s) of Education Development, Human Rights, International Law, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, Law, or other clearly related disciplines is required.

Desirable UNHCR learning programmes (PLP).

Knowledge of Administrative/financial rules, procedures, processes in the context of UNHCR offices and Field Operations.

Knowledge of MSRP.

Functional Skills *IT-MS Office Applications *IT-Computer Literacy IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures PR-Community-based Protection PR-Community-based Protection - Principles and methodologies CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community PG-Experience with coordinating with Implementing Partners (Governmt/INGO/NGO/Corporate) TR-Capacity Building (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Language Requirements -Fluency in English and Spanish and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

The Community-Based Protection Associate is a member of the Protection Unit and may report to the Protection Officer, Community-Based Protection Officer, or another more senior staff member in the Protection Unit. Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the Community-Based Protection Associate works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. The incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for part of the protection and/or support staff and supports the application of community-based protection standards, operational procedures and practices in community-based protection delivery at the field level. To fulfil this role, the Community-Based Protection Associate is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of People of Concern. The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results, form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC.

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in February 2020 and the declaration of national emergency in Costa Rica since March 2020, with a significant increase in cases ever since, has led UNHCR as well as implementing partners to assume teleworking modalities, therefore has increased the necessity for close cooperation with other actors that could have access to PoC and assist UNHCR with the implementation of its activities.

HOW TO APPLY Internal candidates: - Your application must be submitted by: MSRP - Self-Service - Recruiting - Careers - Costa Rica -NAME OF THE POSITION External candidates: - Candidates who do NOT have access to the system must submit their application through UNHCR's official application site: - www.unhcr.org/careers.html - click on Vacancies - Look for Costa Rica - Click on position you are interested  and follow the instructions - (In case of technical problems, please login with a different browser).

For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please contact the Global Service Desk (hqussd@unhcr.org) prior to the deadline to allow sufficient time to resolve the issues. For any questions regarding the selection process, please contact Human Resources (cossarrhh@unhcr.org).

CVs will not be accepted by email. ONLY THOSE APPLICATIONS SENT THROUGH THE SYSTEM WILL BE CONSIDERED.

We are committed to maintaining diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and culture.  Persons belonging to minority groups, persons with special abilities, men and women, are encouraged to apply for vacancies. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

We do not confirm receipt of applications or report on the status of the process.

Closing Date Closing date for submissions or applications is 22 February, 2021, (midnight Geneva time) 17:00 hours (Costa Rica time).

No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

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