Job Title Associate Protection Officer
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Fixed Term

Vacancy Notice JO/VA/2019/079
Position Number 10031912
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Amman, Jordan
Position Grade National Category
Closing Date 2019-09-14
Organizational Context
The Associate Protection Officer CP/SGBV reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. Depending on the size and structure of the Office, the incumbent may have supervisory responsibility for protection. He/she provides functional CP/SGBV guidance to CP/SGBV information management and programme staff; and supervises CP/SGBV standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards. 
The Associate Protection Officer is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective CP/SGBV responses to the needs of populations of concern, ensuring that operational responses in all sectors mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards. He/she contributes in designing a comprehensive CP/SGBV strategy and in representing the organization externally on CP/SGBV standards and policy as guided by the supervisor. He/she also ensures that persons of concern are involved with the Office 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, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection. 
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.
Functional Statement
- Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
- Promote International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct. 
- Foster their consistent and coherent interpretation and application through mainstreaming in all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations. 
- Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern.   
- Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation. 
- Conduct eligibility and status determination for persons of concern in compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles. 
- Promote and contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
- Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy to ensure programmes use a child protection systems approach.
- Contribute to a country-level education plan.
- Implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities which integrate AGD sensitive procedures. 
- Oversee and manage individual protection cases, including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners.
- Recommend durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
- Assess resettlement needs and apply priorities for the resettlement of individuals and groups of refugees and other persons of concern.
- Participate in the organisation and implementation of participatory assessments and methodologies throughout the operations management cycle and promote AGD sensitive programming with implementing and operational partners. 
- Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy through a consultative process with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
- Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.  
- Promote and integrate community-based approaches to protection and contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
- Support activities in the area of risk management related to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, fraud, case-processing, data protection, and human rights due diligence at country level.
- Participate in initiatives to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
- Intervene with authorities on protection issues. 
- Negotiate locally on behalf of UNHCR.
- Decide priorities for reception, interviewing and counselling for groups or individuals. 
- Enforce compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
- Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Required Competencies
All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and/or cross-functional competencies. The six core competencies are listed below.
Core Competencies: 
Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning 
Client & Result Orientation
Managerial Competencies: 
Judgement and Decision Making
Empowering and Building Trust
Cross-Functional Competencies: 
Analytical Thinking
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Political Awareness
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience

Professional experience in the area of refugee protection, internal displacement, human rights or international humanitarian law. Good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles.

Functional Skills 
*PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators
*LE-International Refugee Law
*PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
PR-Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Coordination
MG-Projects management
PR-PR-Human Rights Doctrine/Standards
PR-International Humanitarian Law
PR-Protection and mixed-movements
PR-Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Operations & IDPs Status/Rights/Obligation
PR-Climate change and disaster related displacement
PR-Community-based Protection
MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential) 

Language Requirements 
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
Desirable qualifications & competencies
Field experience, including in working directly with communities. Good IT skills including database management skills.
Operational Context
The ongoing conflict in Syria remains the largest displacement crisis. The scale of the humanitarian emergency has worsened as the country has moved through eight years of war.  Now, in its ninth year of instability, while conflict is limited to particular areas, overall the situation across Syria remains precarious. Host countries, like Jordan, are struggling to maintain social and economic stability; over 85% of Syrians live below the national poverty line. Despite the growing needs, many are instead facing potential cuts to services because of a lack of funding. Resettlement options have greatly reduced in 2018 and 2019, meaning pressure on key services, such as cash assistance and health. There are 757,750 refugees registered with UNHCR Jordan as of April 2019. The majority of these are Syrian. While 16 per cent of Syrians are registered in the camps, most of the Syrian refugees live in urban areas. Over 80% of out-of-camp refugees remain below the national poverty line of ($100) per capita per month. This results in considerable hardship in meeting daily needs & accessing adequate shelter, food, healthcare & education.  Those residing in the camps of Zaatari, Azraq & the Emirati Jordanian camp receive multi-sectoral assistance from a variety of agencies; the potential for diminished funding over time however threatens the maintenance of minimum standards across key sectors in the medium term. The Kingdom is also home to 56 nationalities of refugees other than Syrian, predominantly Iraqi, Yemeni, and Sudanese & Somali, all of whom live in urban areas. UNHCR Jordan operation is complex, dynamic & innovative. The operation moves at high speed & requires regular adaptability & flexibility. In the camps of Zaatari and Azraq, UNHCR is involved in a range of activities & services, including camp coordination, protection & outreach, community services, livelihoods, shelter & energy.  In urban areas, support is mainly in the form of monthly cash assistance, with UNHCR Jordan maintaining one of the largest & most innovative cash-based intervention programmes in the world, as well as access to healthcare, community support & protection activities in collaboration with the Government of Jordan. Overall, the operation is large and still maintains a high degree of visibility, thus it still experiences an extremely high number of visitors, including over 250 high level visits in 2018 alone, including increasing interest from the Gulf and private sector.
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The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term "sexual exploitation" means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term "sexual abuse" means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term "sexual harassment" means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator's working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.