Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant (Re-advertisement) (Ref: SrCBP-Hatay-1122)
|United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR)||Hatay|
|İngilizce (B2, Level 4, Intermediate ),İngilizce (C1, Level 5, Upper Intermediate),İngilizce (C2, Level 6, Advanced),Türkçe (C2, Level 6, Advanced)|
Standard Job Description
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant is a member of the Protection Unit and may report to the Protection Officer, Community-Based Protection Officer, 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 Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant 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 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 Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern (PoC). The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results, form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC.
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.
- Assist functional units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection strategy.
- Through relationships with PoC 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 the protection team. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC and advise the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups.
- Assist in initiatives with host communities to involve national civil society groups in the protection of PoC.
- Support implementing and operational partners as well as displaced and local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organisational and livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and response to GBV.
- Assist in the analysis that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.
- Support participatory assessments by multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with PoC.
- Support efforts to build the office capacity for community-based protection.
- Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures.
- Ensure community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
- Collect data for monitoring of programmes and budgets from an AGD perspective.
- Draft and type routine correspondence, documents and reports and maintain up-to-date filing systems.
- Act as an interpreter in exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.
- Assist in the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR's work.
- Initiate AGD sensitive interventions at the appropriate level on community-based protection issues and to respond to protection concerns and incidents within the office and with persons and communities of concern based on agreed parameters.
- Identify and recommend which individuals or groups to prioritize for counselling and field visits based on agreed criteria.
- Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G5- 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher
Certificates and/or Licenses
Development, Human Rights, International Law, Social Work, Social Science, Political Science,
Relevant Job Experience
- UNHCR learning programmes (PLP),
- Knowledge of MSRP.
- UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures
- *IT-Computer Literacy
- IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
- PR-Community-based Protection - Principles and methodologies
- CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
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.
Desired Candidate Profile
- Political science, IR, Law, psychology, social sciences background, prior protection sector/ social services experience.
- Turkish skill is required, Arabic is desired.
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
This is a position in Hatay Field (FU) Unit requiring daily visits to the districts, local institutions, and partner organizations as well as meetings with refugees. Additionally, as the FU’s area of responsibility covers Adana province as well, the prospective staff should be able and ready to travel and stay in Adana or other provinces as deemed appropriate. The transportation for official missions is provided by UNHCR.
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. The FU office is well-protected with security guards, CCTV, and other security measures in place at the office.
This assignment is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19 with WHO approved vaccine unless the UNHCR Medical Service approves an exemption from this requirement on medical grounds.
Nature of Position:
The Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant is a member of the Protection Team in Hatay FU and reports to the Associate Field Officer. Under the overall direction of the Head of Unit and the Associate Field Officer, the Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant works directly with refugee and host communities to identify the risks and their capacities. It includes daily visit to local authorities, meetings with refugees and host community members. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are needed in this position.
Living and Working Conditions:
Hatay is a B duty station, and the Field Unit is located in Antakya district which is at a 40 minute-distance from the border with Syria. With a low level of crime rate, Hatay is considered as a safe city.
Basic goods and services, health facilities, public transport, telecommunication, banking services, and educational facilities are readily available throughout the city.
The staff has access to decent private accommodation in the city for various budgets. The city’s infrastructure allows continuous electricity, gas, water, and internet provision upon membership to these utilities.
Hatay has an international airport with the majority of flights being domestic, yet also including a few international flights. The city is well-connected via road and air transportation.
Medical facilities (hospitals, clinics, ambulances, pharmacies, and veterinarians) are available throughout the city 24/7.
With regards to banking services, more than 15 banks are present in the city with a wide network of branches and ATMs. The banks allow accounts in Turkish Lira as well as other currencies. Additionally, exchange offices are available.
Hatay is a liberal and vibrant city with facilities embracing social life. Shopping malls, movie theatres, sports clubs, gyms, swimming pools, hotels, and restaurants abound for a variety of budgets. The city has a coast to the Mediterranean Sea where the beaches and mountains allow staff to recuperate in nature.
CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community, IT-Computer Literacy, IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), PR-Community-based Protection - Principles and methodologies, UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures
Community Development/Social Work - Other, Development Studies - Other, Human Rights - Other, International Law - Other, Political Science - Other, Social Sciences - Other
Accountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Organizational awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
- This position doesn't require a functional clearance.
Procedures and Eligibility
Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19.
The English version is considered original and authoritative, translation to other language(s) serve the purpose of advertisement of local positions where applicable but are not considered as official translations
Staff members must serve for a minimum of one year following assignment before being considered eligible to apply for another position within the same category. The minimum one-year requirement is waived in respect of staff members whose position is being changed or whose assignment/appointment through the joint staff/management review body is in a replacement capacity.
UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).
Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The recruitment process might include written test and/or oral interview for this job opening. No late applications will be accepted.
External candidates must be legally present in Türkiye at the time of application, recruitment and hire.
Non-Turkish citizens are required to submit a valid Turkish residence permit to be considered. Please upload your residence permit document under the Certifications section, select the type as Personnel Administration.
Your application will NOT be considered if a valid residence permit is not attached to the application. (for non-Turkish external candidates only)
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