Job Title Assistant Protection Officer (Community-Based)
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Fixed Term Appointment

Vacancy Notice JO/VA/2019/108
Position Number 10014358
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Amman
Position Grade National Category
Closing Date 2019-11-16
Organizational Context
The Assistant Protection Officer (Community-Based) is a member of the Protection Unit in a Country Operation and report to the Protection Officer, Protection Officer (Community-Based), 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 Assistant Protection Officer (Community-Based) 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. S/he 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 Assistant Protection Officer (Community-based) is required to spend a substantial percentage of her/his time working outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern. The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with persons of concern that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results forms the core of the work of the Assistant Protection Officer (Community-Based). The incumbent also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with persons of concern. 
Functional Statement
Accountability (key results that will be achieved)

- Effective and timely support is provided to the formulation of a clear and coherent protection and solutions-oriented strategy, which incorporates a thorough age, gender and diversity analysis and reflects the Organization’s global, regional and country level priorities.
- AGD sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities provides the essential basis for all of UNHCR’s work. 
- The participation of persons of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community-based approaches, which inform protection and assistance programming and ensure that UNHCR meets its commitments to accountability to persons of concern.
- National protection capacities are improved through direct engagement, research and advocacy with all relevant external interlocutors.
- Protection incidents and needs are immediately identified and addressed through direct intervention, advocacy and public exposure

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results) 
- Be fully informed about community structures and the protection and security situation of the population of concern and develop strong links with a cross-section of members of refugee/IDP/stateless communities, using an AGD approach.
- Through relationships with persons of concern 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 senior and address protection and assistance gaps management. Ensure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concerns are reflected in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, and marginalized groups.
- Ensure through direct action and advocacy with more senior protection staff that the necessary resources are allocated to enable community work to identify and address protection and assistance gaps. 
- Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and SGBV, and solutions approaches. 
- Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners and implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on all community-based protection related issues.
- Support the design, implementation and evaluation of protection centred and solutions oriented programming with implementing and operational partners guaranteeing that community-owned activities are integrated.  
- Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures
- Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among populations of concern, authorities and host communities. 
- Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with persons of concern, host communities, local authorities and partners. In operations applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute to ensuring that the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in an AGD-compliant strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.  
- Support the Operation's work to ensure the protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Humanitarian Country Team’s common humanitarian action plan where applicable.
- Contribute to the Protection team's information management component which: provide disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary.  

- Ensure participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches are included in strategies and plans in the Country Operation.
- Ensure community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
- Support persons of concern to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)

- Contribute to the design of the community-based protection strategy, project submissions and the budget for endorsement by the Senior Protection Officer or the Representative.
- Chair protection meetings with partners.
- Intervene with authorities on community-based protection issues. 
- Negotiate with local counterparts, partners and populations of concern.
Required Competencies
Required Competencies: 
Managerial Competencies
- Judgement and Decision Making.
- Managing Resources.
Cross-Functional Competencies
- Analytical Thinking 
- Planning and Organizing
- Political Awareness
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines plus minimum 1 year professional working experience.in the areas of community services, social work (e.g., gender, SGBV programs, women’s empowerment and protection, work with refugees) or/and human rights or related tasks in government, NGO or international organisation. 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.
Desirable qualifications & competencies
Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:
- Diverse field operational experience.
- Good IT skills including database management skills.
- Proven communication skills, both oral and written.
- Demonstrated knowledge of community communication and engagement approaches
- Understanding of and demonstrated competencies in forced displacement and protection, particularly SGBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.
- Knowledge of additional UN languages.
Operational Context
Guided by Age Gender and Diversity (AGD), Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) and Communication with Communities (CwC) policies and frameworks, the UNHCR’s Community Based Protection Unit (CBP) at Branch Office, A acts as Jordan-wide advisory unit on UNHCR’s CBP activities while at the same time functioning as CBP unit at BO Amman (which belonged to the FO Amman until its incorporation into the Branch Office in 2017). While the CBP unit at BO Amman is tasked with the coordination of CBP activities on a national level, it is also strongly rooted in the field, covering the urban refugee response in 8 out 12 governorates in Jordan. 

Under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer (Community Based) the Assistant Protection Officer (Community-Based) covers but not confined to, the work of the CBP network of the Community Support Committees CSCs, which includes 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. S/he 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 Assistant Protection Officer (Community-based) is required to spend a substantial percentage of her/his time working outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern. The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with persons of concern that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results forms the core of the work of the Assistant Protection Officer (Community-Based). The incumbent also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with persons of concern. The incumbent will also act as a focal point on Disability Programme, including co charring the interagency Disability Task Force (DTF). 
Attachment
Click here to download.
Consent

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.

Apply