Vacancy Notice Number:
National Protection Officer (Cross-border)
Gaziantep – Turkey
6 months Special Short-Term Graded Contract (NOA)– with possible extension
Deadline of Applications:
06 November 2020
Number of People to be hired
Internal and External Candidates
The protection environment in North West Syria continues to be characterized by ongoing conflict and civilians’ direct exposure to hostilities, including shelling, indiscriminate attacks using improvised explosive devices, as well as localized ground offensives. Between December 2019 and March 2020 alone, more than 1.2M IDPs have become forcibly displaced to NWS from northern Hama, southern Idleb and western Aleppo.
Gender-based violence (GBV) continues to significantly affect the lives of women and girls in NW Syria, with adolescent girls and women-headed households bearing the brunt of the crisis. In addition, children are at risk of recruitment into armed groups, detention, and child labour. Despite the known vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities – comprising 27% of Syria’s population - and elderly people, their needs are not always adequately taken into account in programming, resulting in barriers in accessing much needed assistance.
Housing, land and property (HLP) and civil status documentation (CSD) issues also remain key challenges, compounded by the lack of a recognized legal framework across NW Syria. These revolve around lack/loss of documentation, lack of access to registration systems, secondary occupation, forced evictions; sexual exploitation linked to accessing housing, and lack of access to land for livelihoods. The widespread lack or loss of civil documentation also results in severe restrictions on freedom of movement and affects access to services.
The overarching objective of IOM’s protection programming is to contribute to fulfilment of needs and upholding rights of displaced persons and conflict-affected populations, regardless of age, gender, disability or social status. This is achieved through protection mainstreaming across IOM’s humanitarian response in Northwest Syria as well as stand-alone, integrated protection interventions across Idlib and Aleppo Governorate.
Under the overall supervision of the Senior Cross Border Program Coordinator and the direct supervision of the IOM
Cross Border Protection Officer, the incumbent will support day-to-day management of protection activities and contribute to project development, reporting and data analysis. The incumbent will work in a team comprising of a Protection Officer, two Senior Protection Assistants and a Senior Data Analyst, and directly supervise the latter.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Coordinate and support implementation of all projects, including but not limited to gender-based violence, child protection and legal protection, in coordination with relevant colleagues, implementing partners and other concerned protection actors;
- Directly supervise the work of Senior Data Analyst; overseeing the development and maintenance of the Unit’s Protection Project Reporting System (PPRS);
- Regularly participate in cross-border Syria inter-agency protection fora (e.g. Protection Cluster, child-protection sub-cluster, gender -based violence sub-cluster, HLP Technical Working Group and other relevant task forces, as well as Whole of Syria protection meetings as required etc.);
- Provide guidance and feedback regarding protection mainstreaming efforts in activities across projects implemented by other IOM XB Units, including support units, and review of proposals, concept notes, guidelines and SOPs.
- Undertake regular protection trend observance and analysis and suggest and facilitate linkage to ongoing programming;
- Contribute to the development of strategic initiatives, project concept notes and proposals for continued and new programming, , and support the coordination with internal and external partners.
- Provide technical support to implementing partners to ensure smooth project implementation, as and when required,
- Support capacity building efforts among partner and IOM staff on, on protection mainstreaming standards and practices as well as international protection standards (Sphere, Child Protection Minimum Standards, ICRC Professional Protection Standards, etc.);
- Provide budget management support and contribute to the Unit’s fundraising initiatives, as required.
- Prepare regular reports covering protection activities; prepare briefing, statistical/narrative reports and background information as required including specific information requested by IOM and other entities;
- Deputize for the Protection Officer if and when required;
- Perform such other duties as may be assigned;
- Master’s degree in Political Science, Social Science, Law or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or
- University degree in the above fields with two years of relevant professional experience.
- Experience in the field of migration, IDP (Internally Displaced Person) and refugee assistance and protection (including specific knowledge of GBV, Child Protection);
- Experience in emergency operations and liaison with other UN and non-UN humanitarian actors;
- Understanding of complex social-political environments;
Knowledge of the Syrian conflict and its impact on the affected population;
- Knowledge of the humanitarian Cluster architecture, especially in relation to protection (general protection, child protection, gender-based violence, , etc.);
- Working experience in the region is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Knowledge of Arabic and Turkish is an advantage.
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
- Inclusion and respect for diversity:
Shows respect and sensitivity towards gender, culture, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, political conviction and other differences.
• Encourages the inclusion of all team members and stakeholders while demonstrating the ability to work constructively with people with different backgrounds and orientations.
• Promotes the benefits of diversity; values diverse points of view and demonstrate this in daily work and decision making.
• Challenges prejudice, biases and intolerance in the workplace.
- Integrity and transparency:
Upholds and promotes the Standards of Conduct and Unified Staff Regulations and Rules.
• Delivers on commitments; manages the organization’s resources reliably and sustainably.
• Embraces and encourages transparency, balancing this with the need for discretion and confidentiality as appropriate.
• Maintains impartiality and takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.
• Does not abuse one’s position and acts without consideration of personal gain. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns.
Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter and willingness to improve knowledge and skills.
• Seeks to raise professional standards in self and others through daily work and activities.
• Adapts quickly to change and is decisive and versatile in face of uncertainty.
• Shows self-control and persistence when faced with difficult problems and remains calm in stressful situations.
• Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Fosters a sense of team spirit by developing a shared understanding, accountability and enthusiasm for the team’s work.
• Displays a high level of cultural awareness, sensitivity to different ways of working and leverages individual strengths in order to build a better team.
• Shares credit for team accomplishments and ensures that the contribution of others is recognized.
• Helps create a positive team spirit, putting aside personal considerations to help the team achieve its goals.
- Delivering results:
•Produces high-quality results and workable solutions that meet clients’ needs.
• Anticipates constraints, identifies solutions and takes responsibility for addressing critical situations.
• Monitors own and others’ work in a systematic and effective way, ensuring required resources and outputs.
• Aligns projects with Organization’s mission and objectives and demonstrates a good understanding of the impact of team’s and own work on external and internal counterparts.
- Managing and sharing knowledge:
•Disseminates and shares knowledge openly and actively contributes to knowledge/network communities for topics relevant to area of expertise.
• Encourages knowledge-sharing across units/departments and ensures that knowledge is captured, recorded and disseminated appropriately.
• Builds networks for the effective communication and exchange of knowledge and ideas and puts others into contact with various sources of knowledge.
• Contributes to an environment that is conducive to innovation and learning.
• Proactively seeks responsibility in delivering towards the goals of the Organization.
• Plans and organizes work with a clear and deliberate focus, ensuring commitments are easily identified and progress is widely communicated.
• Stands by the actions of team or department, publicly accepting ownership.
• Takes responsibility of own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable
•Speaks and writes clearly and effectively.
• Seeks to share information with others, with due respect for diversity and the confidentiality of specific sensitive information.
• Listens and seeks to understand without bias, and responds appropriately.
• Shares information and keeps others up to date; actively seeks others' views and ideas and respects their contribution.
Managerial Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Assigns responsibilities fairly and manages performance, taking account of individual strengths, workloads and interests.
• Is inclusive in decision-making and actively seeks feedback from team members and colleagues in order to identify opportunities for improvement.
• Takes sound and timely managerial decisions that are consistent with the Organization's vision and purpose.
• Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of stakeholders to understand needs and gain support.
- Empowering others and building trust:
•Delegates appropriately to make the most of others’ talents, clarifying expectations and allowing autonomy in important areas while providing necessary support.
• Encourages others to take responsibility for their performance; promotes ownership, responsibility and accountability for desired results at all levels.
• Creates an atmosphere of trust and confidence in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion.
• Gives proper credit to others, shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort.
- Strategic thinking and vision:
•Aligns own actions to the Organization’s vision, values and mandate.
• Translates strategic direction into short and medium-term plans and objectives for own team; revises objectives to reflect changes in organizational goals.
• Identifies key issues/priorities in complex situations and how they may be related to one another.
• Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals.
Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.
Please be advised that this is a local position and as such only applications from candidates with a valid residence / working permit residing in Turkey will be considered.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates are requested to submit their application including the most recent CV with a cover letter in English with contact details (name, position, phone and e-mail details) of three references by indicating name of the position applied with its VN number in the subject line of the e-mail to IOM Birlik Mahallesi Sehit Kurbani Akboga Sok. No:24 06610, Çankaya, Ankara Turkey by the end of 06 November 2020.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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