United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Protection Assistant (5 Positions)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Description

IMPORTANT NOTE: This position is advertised to internal and external applicants. Candidates must be legally present in Mexico at the time of application, recruitment and hire. Only candidates holding a valid work permit in Mexico will be considered eligible.

Protection Assistant Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Protection Assistant normally reports to a more senior Protection colleague.  The incumbent provides functional and administrative support to the protection unit on protection related liaison, correspondence, monitoring, case management and reporting activities.

The Protection Assistant also supports the protection unit in designing a comprehensive protection strategy and in providing quality, timely and effective protection responses to persons of concern (PoC). S/he may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on correspondence and/or protection issues as guided by the supervisor.

The Protection Assistant also facilitates the involvement of PoC 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 - Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and Codes of Conduct.

- Observe and respect protection related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

- Provide functional and administrative support in all protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.

- Provide functional and administrative support in implementing participatory approaches, needs assessments, monitoring, reporting and case management.

- Support assessments on durable solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.

- Facilitate liaison with competent authorities for the issuance of personal and other relevant documents.

- Assist in drafting reports, routine correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).

- 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 1 year relevant experience with High School Diploma; or Bachelor or equivalent or higher Field(s) of Education Not applicable Certificates and/or Licenses Protection (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential: Not specified.

Desirable: Not specified.

Functional Skills IT-Computer Literacy CL-Protection & Solutions Awareness PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) Core Competencies Accountability Communication Organizational Awareness Teamwork & Collaboration Commitment to Continuous Learning Client & Result Orientation Cross-Functional Competencies Analytical Thinking Political Awareness Stakeholder Management Proficiency in English and Spanish is essential.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. No late applications will be accepted.

Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a technical assessment or written test and later on, invited for an oral interview.

UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

The closing date for submission of applications is 25th April 2021 (midnight Geneva time).

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