Job Title Senior Protection Assistant
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Fixed Term Appointment (Replacement Capacity), initial contract for one year

Vacancy Notice JO/VA/2019/070
Position Number 10011677
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Amman - Jordan
Position Grade General Services - G5
Closing Date 2019-06-22
Organizational Context
The Senior Protection Assistant normally reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer.  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 Assistant provides quality, timely and effective protection support to persons of concern and identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards in operational responses. He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on protection issues as guided by the supervisor.

The Senior Protection Assistant 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 UNHCR country protection strategy.
- The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through supporting participatory, rights and community based approaches.
- Support is provided to identify and report protection incidents. 

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results) 

- Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.  
- Provide counselling on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation. 
- Support activities in protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
- Conduct preliminary information gathering and interviews in support of eligibility, status determination, durable solutions and social needs assessment.
- 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 for persons of concern as part of the protection strategy.  
- Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
- Participate in individual protection case management including cases of SGBV and child protection. Monitor and report on cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.

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

- Select persons of concern for preliminary interviews and decide which relevant information to share.
- Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners.
Required Competencies
Managerial Competencies
- Empowering and Building Trust
- Managing Resources
- Analytical Thinking 
- Political Awareness 
- Stakeholder Management 
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
- Education: Completion of secondary school.  Additional Training courses in protection related issues.
- Job experience: relevant to the function: 4 years.
- Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language

(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of UN working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)
Desirable qualifications & competencies
- Good computer skills. 
- Completed Protection Learning Programme.
Operational Context
Jordan is not a State party to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and it does not have any national refugee legislation. RSD is conducted by UNHCR. UNHCR’s relationship with the Government of Jordan (GOJ) is governed by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which stipulates that UNHCR has to find a solution for recognized refugees within six months of arrival. All foreigners in Jordan (with the exception of Syrian nationals) fall under the provisions of the Law on the Residence of Foreigners and are allowed to stay for 3 months. Anyone who has overstayed his/her residency is liable for hefty overstay fines or at risk of deportation. While the GOJ has to date never engaged in large-scale deportations, asylum seekers and even recognised refugees find themselves in a constant situation of uncertainty. Syrian nationals on the other hand do not require a residence permit though they do require work permits in order to work in Jordan. Refugees without work-permits are not allowed to work.  Many refugees therefore struggle to meet their basic needs especially in Jordan’s urban refugee context. 

The operational environment in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has changed due to the deterioration in the security situation in neighbouring Syria and the continued influx of Syrians into the country. While the country continues to demonstrate tolerance and hospitality to foreign populations, it does so at the price of substantial strain on national systems and infrastructure.  

The Senior Protection Assistant conducts case management of protection cases of various POC. Since there are various sensitive cases, he/she is expected to have a legal background and good political awareness. Depending on the situation, he/she may be expected to have long working hours with frequent missions outside of Amman. 
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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.