Protection Officer, Ethiopia

UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Contract
Posted 1 week ago

Job Features

Job CategoryProject Management(NGO/International Org)

Job Title: Job ID: Protection Officer

25108

Location: FugnidoEthiopia-Fed Demo Rep

Salary Grade: P3

Hardship Level: E

Family Location Type: Non-Family

Procedures and Eligibility

Before submitting an application UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI) UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Duties and Qualifications

Protection Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

In the Bureaux the Protection Officer works under the direct supervision of the Senior Protection Coordinator or Senior Protection Officer. In the Field the incumbent normally reports to the Representative Deputy or Assistant Representative (Protection) Head of Sub Office or Senior Protection Officer as appropriate. The incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for protection staff whose work may include RSD community-based protection registration resettlement complementary pathways internal displacement and education among other areas. In HQ the incumbent may report to a Senior Protection Officer Chief of Section or Deputy Director and may supervise other protection staff.

The incumbent acts as an advisor to senior management in when not responsible for designing a comprehensive protection strategy under the area of responsibility (AoR). S/he represents the Organization to authorities UN sister agencies partners and other stakeholders on protection policy and doctrine.

The Protection Officer coordinates quality timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern under the AoR. S/he ensures that persons of concern of all age gender and diversity groups are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them whether in accessing their rights or in identifying and implementing appropriate solutions to their problems. To undertake this role effectively the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with other relevant teams within the operation or the Bureau (including programme; PI and external relations; IM) and with DIP communities of concern authorities protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions.

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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 UNHCRÂ’s core values of professionalism integrity and respect for diversity.

Duties

  • Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners on all protection related issues.
  • Stay abreast of and report as relevant on legal political social economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
  • Engage relevant national authorities and structures in identifying and expanding opportunities in view of developing or strengthening national asylum/RSD systems.
  • Facilitate a consultative process with government counterparts partners and persons of concern to develop and implement a comprehensive protection and solutions strategy addressing the specific protection needs of women and men children youth and older persons persons with disabilities persons of diverse sexual orientation and/or gender identities (LGBTI persons) persons living with HIV/AIDS; gender equality and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) priorities with regard to these persons.
  • In operations applying the Cluster Approach seek to ensure the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in a strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.
  • Support senior management to ensure the protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations Plan the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF) the Humanitarian Country TeamÂ’s common humanitarian response plan where applicable as well as with the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Three Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways.
  • Promote relevant International Regional and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy standards and codes of conduct and ensure that all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations fulfil their responsibilities in mainstreaming protection.
  • Promote the implementation of the AGD policy including UNHCRÂ’s updated commitments to women and girls and design deliver I and monitor programmes on an AGD basis to address identified protection needs.
  • Develop implement and monitor community-based protection strategies and ensure systematic application and integration of participatory and community-based approaches in protection and solutions planning programming and strategies.
  • Support the establishment of feedback and response systems and the incorporation of feedback received from persons of concern into programme design and adaptation.
  • Support the operation to develop and implement robust prevention identification and responses to fraud within protection processes and procedures including registration RSD resettlement and complementary pathways ensuring the integrity of interventions across all protection activities.
  • Assist UNHCR management at country level to comply with polices and commitment on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse measures.
  • Oversee and manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to internal and external interlocutors; ensure legal assistance is accessible to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documents to persons of concern (including women and others in need of civil documentation in particular birth certificates).
  • As designated Data Protection Focal Point assist the data controller in carrying out his or her responsibilities regarding the Data Protection Policy (7.2 DPP).
  • Oversee and undertake eligibility and status determination within the AoR ensuring compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.
  • Promote and implement effective strategies and measures to identify prevent and reduce statelessness within the AoR.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of an education plan as part of protection strategy within the AoR as relevant.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a child protection plan as part of the protection strategy within the AoR ensuring programmes use a child protection systems approach.
  • Monitor and intervene in cases of refoulement expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners.
  • Work to safeguard the rights of persons of concern in the context of mixed movements as relevant.
  • Coordinate the preparation of implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Ensure that durable solutions through voluntary repatriation local integration and where appropriate resettlement and complementary pathways are sought and provided to the largest possible number of persons of concern including undertaking and/or overseeing resettlement and complementary pathways activities.
  • Contribute to the coordination of the design implementation and evaluation of protection related programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy through a consultative process with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
  • Ensure that the Protection Sector or Cluster has an effective information management component which: provides disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems; researches collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery.
  • Build the protection capacity of national and local government partners and civil society to assume their responsibilities vis-Ã -vis all persons of concern through protection training mainstreaming and related activities.
  • Coordinate capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Advise and capacitate national authorities relevant institutions and civil society to strengthen legislation and status determination procedures and mechanisms.
  • Perform other related duties as required. For positions in Bureaux
  • Support the Regional Bureau and Country Operations to reflect the protection and solution angle in support of persons of concern within regional processes.
  • Support Country Operations in the development of strategies to build and further develop national asylum/RSD systems with a view to ensuring their fairness efficiency adaptability and integrity favourable protection environment and solutions.
  • Assist UNHCR management at regional and country level to comply with polices and commitment on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse measures.
  • Support Country Operations and ensure they meet their complementary pathways objectives and resettlement quotas.
  • In close collaboration with DIP (a) contribute to the development of background and general normative policy and legal positions in compliance with UNHCRÂ’s global protection policies and standards; (b) contribute to the development of strategies at the regional and country level on the usage of law and policy approaches including legislative and judicial engagement and UN human rights mechanisms Â’and/or regional ones Â’ and other protection frameworks and integrated human rights standards in protection strategies and advocacy; and (c) support coordination and review of UNHCRÂ’s country reports to the UN human rights mechanisms.
  • Engage in relevant international and regional fora and contribute to forging regional partnerships to advocate for key protection and mandate issues and engage in cross-cutting protection-related matters including mixed movement internal displacement and climate change/disaster-related displacement responses as well as Statelessness in cooperation with DIP and where relevant RSD. Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Professional Work Experience

    Years of Experience / Degree Level

    For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

    Field(s) of Education

    Â’ Law

    Â’ International Law

    Â’ International Refugee Law

    Â’ International Human Rights Law

    Â’ International Humanitarian Law Refugee and Forced Migration

    Â’ Political Sciences

    or other relevant field.

    Certificates and/or Licenses

    Protection Learning Programme

    RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme

    Relevant Job Experience

    Essential:

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience in the area of refugee protection internal displacement human rights or international humanitarian law including experience in working directly with Field Offices.
  • Good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles.
  • Excellent legal research analytical skills and drafting. Desirable:
  • Diverse field experience.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills. Functional Skills

    *Protection-related guidelines standards and indicators;

    *International Refugee Law;

    *Age Gender and Diversity (AGD);

    Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Coordination and Projects management;

    Comprehensive Solutions Framework;

    Human Rights Doctrine/Standards

    International Humanitarian Law;

    Judicial engagement;

    Protection and mixed-movements;

    Internal displacement;

    Climate change and disaster-related displacement;

    Community-based Protection

    Accountability to affected people

    Language Requirements

    For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

    For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

    For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

    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.

Position Competencies

  • C001L3 – Accountability Level 3
  • C002L3 – Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
  • C003L3 – Communication Level 3
  • C004L3 – Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
  • C005L3 – Client & Result Orientation Level 3
  • C006L3 – Organizational Awareness Level 3
  • M001L3 – Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
  • M002L3 – Managing Performance Level 3
  • M006L3 – Managing Resources Level 3
  • M005L3 – Leadership Level 3
  • M003L3 – Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
  • M004L3 – Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
  • X005L3 – Planning and Organizing Level 3
  • X004L3 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
  • X007L3 – Political Awareness Level 3

Additional Information

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.

Additional Information

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application interview meeting travelling processing training or any other fees).

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  • Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners on all protection related issues.
  • Stay abreast of and report as relevant on legal political social economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
  • Engage relevant national authorities and structures in identifying and expanding opportunities in view of developing or strengthening national asylum/RSD systems.
  • Facilitate a consultative process with government counterparts partners and persons of concern to develop and implement a comprehensive protection and solutions strategy addressing the specific protection needs of women and men children youth and older persons persons with disabilities persons of diverse sexual orientation and/or gender identities (LGBTI persons) persons living with HIV/AIDS; gender equality and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) priorities with regard to these persons.
  • In operations applying the Cluster Approach seek to ensure the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in a strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.
  • Support senior management to ensure the protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations Plan the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF) the Humanitarian Country TeamÂ’s common humanitarian response plan where applicable as well as with the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Three Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways.
  • Promote relevant International Regional and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy standards and codes of conduct and ensure that all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations fulfil their responsibilities in mainstreaming protection.
  • Promote the implementation of the AGD policy including UNHCRÂ’s updated commitments to women and girls and design deliver I and monitor programmes on an AGD basis to address identified protection needs.
  • Develop implement and monitor community-based protection strategies and ensure systematic application and integration of participatory and community-based approaches in protection and solutions planning programming and strategies.
  • Support the establishment of feedback and response systems and the incorporation of feedback received from persons of concern into programme design and adaptation.
  • Support the operation to develop and implement robust prevention identification and responses to fraud within protection processes and procedures including registration RSD resettlement and complementary pathways ensuring the integrity of interventions across all protection activities.
  • Assist UNHCR management at country level to comply with polices and commitment on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse measures.
  • Oversee and manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to internal and external interlocutors; ensure legal assistance is accessible to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documents to persons of concern (including women and others in need of civil documentation in particular birth certificates).
  • As designated Data Protection Focal Point assist the data controller in carrying out his or her responsibilities regarding the Data Protection Policy (7.2 DPP).
  • Oversee and undertake eligibility and status determination within the AoR ensuring compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.
  • Promote and implement effective strategies and measures to identify prevent and reduce statelessness within the AoR.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of an education plan as part of protection strategy within the AoR as relevant.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a child protection plan as part of the protection strategy within the AoR ensuring programmes use a child protection systems approach.
  • Monitor and intervene in cases of refoulement expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners.
  • Work to safeguard the rights of persons of concern in the context of mixed movements as relevant.
  • Coordinate the preparation of implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Ensure that durable solutions through voluntary repatriation local integration and where appropriate resettlement and complementary pathways are sought and provided to the largest possible number of persons of concern including undertaking and/or overseeing resettlement and complementary pathways activities.
  • Contribute to the coordination of the design implementation and evaluation of protection related programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy through a consultative process with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
  • Ensure that the Protection Sector or Cluster has an effective information management component which: provides disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems; researches collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery.
  • Build the protection capacity of national and local government partners and civil society to assume their responsibilities vis-Ã -vis all persons of concern through protection training mainstreaming and related activities.
  • Coordinate capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Advise and capacitate national authorities relevant institutions and civil society to strengthen legislation and status determination procedures and mechanisms.
  • Perform other related duties as required. For positions in Bureaux
  • Support the Regional Bureau and Country Operations to reflect the protection and solution angle in support of persons of concern within regional processes.
  • Support Country Operations in the development of strategies to build and further develop national asylum/RSD systems with a view to ensuring their fairness efficiency adaptability and integrity favourable protection environment and solutions.
  • Assist UNHCR management at regional and country level to comply with polices and commitment on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse measures.
  • Support Country Operations and ensure they meet their complementary pathways objectives and resettlement quotas.
  • In close collaboration with DIP (a) contribute to the development of background and general normative policy and legal positions in compliance with UNHCRÂ’s global protection policies and standards; (b) contribute to the development of strategies at the regional and country level on the usage of law and policy approaches including legislative and judicial engagement and UN human rights mechanisms Â’and/or regional ones Â’ and other protection frameworks and integrated human rights standards in protection strategies and advocacy; and (c) support coordination and review of UNHCRÂ’s country reports to the UN human rights mechanisms.
  • Engage in relevant international and regional fora and contribute to forging regional partnerships to advocate for key protection and mandate issues and engage in cross-cutting protection-related matters including mixed movement internal displacement and climate change/disaster-related displacement responses as well as Statelessness in cooperation with DIP and where relevant RSD. Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Professional Work Experience

    Years of Experience / Degree Level

    For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

    Field(s) of Education

    Â’ Law

    Â’ International Law

    Â’ International Refugee Law

    Â’ International Human Rights Law

    Â’ International Humanitarian Law Refugee and Forced Migration

    Â’ Political Sciences

    or other relevant field.

    Certificates and/or Licenses

    Protection Learning Programme

    RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme

    Relevant Job Experience

    Essential:

  • Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience in the area of refugee protection internal displacement human rights or international humanitarian law including experience in working directly with Field Offices.
  • Good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles.
  • Excellent legal research analytical skills and drafting. Desirable:
  • Diverse field experience.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills. Functional Skills

    *Protection-related guidelines standards and indicators;

    *International Refugee Law;

    *Age Gender and Diversity (AGD);

    Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Coordination and Projects management;

    Comprehensive Solutions Framework;

    Human Rights Doctrine/Standards

    International Humanitarian Law;

    Judicial engagement;

    Protection and mixed-movements;

    Internal displacement;

    Climate change and disaster-related displacement;

    Community-based Protection

    Accountability to affected people

    Language Requirements

    For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

    For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

    For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

    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.

  • C001L3 – Accountability Level 3
  • C002L3 – Teamwork & Collaboration Level 3
  • C003L3 – Communication Level 3
  • C004L3 – Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 3
  • C005L3 – Client & Result Orientation Level 3
  • C006L3 – Organizational Awareness Level 3
  • M001L3 – Empowering and Building Trust Level 3
  • M002L3 – Managing Performance Level 3
  • M006L3 – Managing Resources Level 3
  • M005L3 – Leadership Level 3
  • M003L3 – Judgement and Decision Making Level 3
  • M004L3 – Strategic Planning and Vision Level 3
  • X005L3 – Planning and Organizing Level 3
  • X004L3 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Level 3
  • X007L3 – Political Awareness Level 3

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