Job Title Snr Protection Associate
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Temporary Appointment

Vacancy Notice JO/VA/2019/072
Position Number N/A
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Amman
Position Grade GL
Closing Date 2019-06-18
Organizational Context
The Senior Protection Associate reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. The position may entail supervisory responsibilities for protection staff including community services, registration, resettlement and education depending on the structure of the Office.  He/she monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff. 

The Senior Protection Associate 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 Office 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 UNHCR’s policy on age, gender and diversity (AGD).
- The participation of persons of concern is facilitated 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 advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation. 
- Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for persons of concern in compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.  
- 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. 
- 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.
- Assist in promoting durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
- 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.
- Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.  
- 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
- Judgement and Decision Making 
- Analytical Thinking 
- Political Awareness 
- Stakeholder Management
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

- Completion of secondary school.  Certificate/ training in International Law, Political Science or related field is required.
- Job experience relevant to the function: 11 years.
- Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

Desirable qualifications & competencies
Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:
- Good computer skills.
- Completed RSD-Resettlement LP and/or Protection Learning Programme.
Operational Context
The Senior Protection Associate reports to the Protection Officer. The position will entail supervisory responsibilities for SGBV staff.  He/she will provide technical guidance to SGBV case managers as well as monitor SGBV programming of partners to ensure procedures are in line with SGBV standards. In addition, he/she will provide capacity building activities on SGBV to UNHCR staff and partners. He/she will support SGBV coordination (including within the GBV IMS task force) as well as provide analytical reports and complete any other task required by the SGBV unit. 

The Senior protection associate will need to have a sound knowledge of Global SGBV case management guidelines as well as key SGBV prevention tools (i.e EMAP). He/she will also need to have excellent facilitation skills. 
Background in social work and experience working with marginalized groups at heightened risks of SGBV preferred

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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.