Protection Associate (Re-advertisement) (Ref: PA-Antep-2022)
|United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR)||Gaziantep|
Standard Job Description
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Protection Associate normally reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. The incumbent 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 Protection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (PoC) and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. S/he contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.
The Protection Associate also ensures that PoC are involved 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.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR's core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
- 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 PoC.
- Provide advice on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
- Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for PoC.
- 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.
- Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
- Manage individual protection cases including those on GBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
- Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of PoC 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.
- Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on PoC and their problems.
- Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
- Assist the supervisor in prioritizing PoC for interview, counselling and propose protection support for individual cases.
- Assist the supervisor with enforcing compliance of local implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
- Assit the supervisor with enforcing compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.
- Submit individual payments request for PoC for approval.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G6 - 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher
Certificates and/or Licenses
International Law, Political Science or other related field
Relevant Job Experience
- Protection Learning Programme
- IT-Computer Literacy
- PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
- PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators
- For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Desired Candidate Profile
Fluent Turkish is required , Arabic is desirable.
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
- Staff safety is paramount to UNHCR and all official movements have to be cleared by the UN Department of Security and Safety. The organization’s risk management focuses on the prevention of staff involvement in tasks/missions which may pose a danger to the staff’s health and safety. 10 km border belt in Oncupinar and Karkamis areas is classified as Security Level 4 and the other areas are classified as Security Level 2 locations. The FU in the Suboffice office is well-protected with security guards, CCTV, and other security measures in place at the office. Security awareness is a core responsibility of staff members as well, and in this regard all UNHCR staff are required to undertake the mandatory course of basic Security in the Field (BSAFE).
Nature of Position:
The post of Protection Associate is within Gaziantep Field Unit and the incumbent will be supervised by the Assistant Field Officer (NOA) under the Head of Gaziantep Field Unit. Gaziantep Field Unit covers five provinces namely Gaziantep, Kilis, Kahramanmaras, Osmaniye and Malatya where about more than 700,000 Syrians are registered.
To perform and fulfil their duties, the incumbent will spend a substantial percentage of time working outside the office on a daily basis engaging with refugees and staff of various counterparts; NGOs and public institutions including but not limited to Provincial Directorate of Migration Management (PDMM) and Provincial Directorate of Family and Social Services (PdFSS) and other relevant state institutions, Bar Associations and Municipalities, mukhtars etc. The incumbent will be expected to interact directly with persons of concern including Syrians and other nationalities within the Filed Unit's area as well especially in counselling with the refugees during voluntary return interviews at PDMMs.
The incumbent will:
- Follow up on individual protection referrals to relevant state institutions and NGOs
- Observe the voluntary Return Interviews of Syrians at PDMMs and ensure voluntariness of applicants' decision for return and provide counselling on the consequences of voluntary return and if/when encountered any specific protection cases, take appropriate action and refer to the relevant stated institution. Prepare daily and weekly reports and statistics on voluntary return interviews and record in the database.
- Follow up with partners on their activities and conduct ad-hoc visits to monitor the activities and join regular MFT visits when required/scheduled by Program Unit.
- Liaise with the local official including PDMMs, PdFSS and its units and follow up on UNHCR supported programs as well as keep close contact with Municipalities and mukhtars on the situation of refugees in urban as well as social cohesion activities of Municipalities.
- In close contact with the Protection Unit, the incumbent will be the focal point in the Field Unit for collaboration with stakeholders providing legal services and will support the office in monitoring trends in access to registration in the provinces, referral canters, detention and deportation.
The incumbent will receive regular guidance and advice from the supervisor and Head of Field Unit. Advice and operational support will also be received from the Snr. Field Coordinator as well as other relevant units (Protection, Program etc,) in Sub-Office Gaziantep.
The incumbent will not have a direct supervisory role, however, may take part in administrative tasks such as the preparation of weekly schedule of the Field Unit and will contribute in reporting in collaboration with the team.
Living and Working Conditions:
This is a position in Gaziantep (FU), operating within the structure of UNHCR Southeast Turkiye operations; the nature of the position is such that requires strong motivation and dedication, entailing daily visits to the districts, local institutions, and partner organizations as well as meetings with refugees and members of host communities when required. Additionally, as the FU’s area of responsibility covers Kilis, Osmaniye, Kahramanmaras and Malatya provinces as well, the prospective staff should be able and ready to travel and stay in Malatya or other provinces as deemed appropriate. The transportation for official missions is provided by UNHCR.
The UNHCR office is in the city centre of the Gaziantep Province which has a population of more than 2.1 million residents and 465,292 Syrian refugees live in the province.
To fulfil his/her role the incumbent will spend a substantial percentage of her/his time working outside of the office, engaging daily with authorities, various partners and with persons of concern. This will include regular road missions to Kilis, Osmaniye, Kahramanmaras and Malatya provinces. Long working hours might be required occasionally.
Access to accommodation in Gaziantep, supply and transport facilities is good. Apartments and flats are available and generally in good condition with services such as water, gas, electricity, and internet. The public bus transport network is well developed. Taxi transport is available and affordable.
There is an airport in the city with frequent, daily flights to several locations in the country, some European hubs.
The leisure and recreational facilities are available and accessible.
IT-Computer Literacy, PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators, PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
International Law - Other, Political Science - Other
Accountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Judgement & decision making, Negotiation & conflict resolution, Organizational awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
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