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

Vacancy Notice Vacancy Notice No. JO/VA/2019/104
Position Number 10021343
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Amman,Jordan
Position Grade National Category
Closing Date 2019-11-10
Organizational Context
The Assistant Protection Officer 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 staff including community services, registration, resettlement and education. He/she provides functional protection guidance to information management and programme staff; and monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards. 

The Assistant Protection Officer is expected to: coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern; and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.  He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the organization externally on protection doctrine 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, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.
Functional Statement
Accountability (key results that will be achieved)
- The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.
- Protection activities are guided by the protection strategy and respect the policy of UNHCR on age, gender and diversity (AGD).
- The participation of persons of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community-based approaches.
- Protection incidents are immediately identified and addressed.

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results) 

- Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
- Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
- 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.
- Contribute to a country-level education plan as part of the protection strategy.
- Provide inputs for the development of global / regional international protection policies and standards.
- Implement and monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
- Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
- Assess needs for Promote and find 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. 
- Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners. 
- Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy with sectorial and/or cluster partners. 
- Contribute to and facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.  
- Contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
- Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.  
Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)
- Intervene with authorities on protection issues. 
- 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.
- Recommend and prepare payments to individual cases.
Required Competencies
Managerial Competencies
- Judgement and Decision Making.
Cross-Functional Competencies
- Analytical Thinking 
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
- Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field plus minimum 1 year of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) may also be accepted.
- Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
*** For National Officer Positions, very good knowledge of local language and local institutions is essential.
Desirable qualifications & competencies
Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:
- Diverse field experience desirable.
- Good IT skills including database management skills.
- Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme.
- Knowledge of additional UN languages
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.
The Assistant Protection Officer in the Detention unit reports to the Protection Officer. The incumbent will have supervisory responsibility for Detention staff. He/she provides functional guidance to the staff and analysis on trends or developments to the Senior Protection officer or the Magement though the Protection in the standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards. 

The Assistant Protection Officer is expected to: follow up with the authorities on all detention/refoulement cases report on detention and refoulment cases daily, prepare data and weekly reports with statistics and analysis of trends and all actions taken by the unit; in addition to Monthly, quarterly and yearly reports. Ensure proper coordination and follow up with the Legal Unit for all cases which need legal representation. Coordinate in with all concerned units in timely manner and provide effective advises on International standers of detention and refoulment responses and to the needs of populations of concern in urban and refugee camps and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.  He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive method to address detention/refoulment prevention strategy and represents the organization externally on detention standards and policy as guided by the supervisor. He/she also contribute to advocacy efforts with government counterparts on detention and refoulment. 
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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.