Snr. Protection Assistant (UNOPS) - LICA-5 (EVN/12/2021)

Karachi

Job Description

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships:

The Senior Protection Assistant is normally supervised by the (Senior) Protection/Field colleague and performs a variety of functions related to Field and protection activities within the office. The supervisor defines work processes and provides regular advice and guidance.

The incumbent keeps frequent internal contacts with staff members in the same duty station to exchange information and with the external contacts generally with officials of national and international institutions, leaders of the refugee community, local population and/or Implementing Partners (IPs) on routine subject matters under the direction of the supervisor. 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 incumbent provides quality, timely and effective protection support to persons of concern (PoC) and identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards in operational responses. S/he 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 incumbent 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Provide counselling on protection issues to PoC; 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.
  • Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Participate in individual protection case management including cases of GBV and child protection. Monitor and report on cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Assist in identifying durable solutions for PoC in 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.
  • Draft reports, routine correspondence, update relevant databases and compiling statistics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).
  • Contribute to initiatives to enhance national and local protection capacities.
  • Select PoC for preliminary interviews and decide which relevant information to share.
  • Assist in monitoring the implementation of UNHCR programme including the delivery of all assistance items and monitoring of infrastructure.
  • Assist in administrative tasks as required such as preparation of reports and meeting authorized personnel and assisting them during field missions.
  • Act as interpreter in the exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.
  • Collect data and other information relevant to UNHCR and report to the supervisor accordingly.
  • Keep regular contacts with local authorities and implementing partners as requested by supervisor.
  • In coordination with implementing partners, assist in the reception, registration and provision of assistance to persons of concern to UNHCR.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education & Professional Work Experience:

Years of Experience / Degree Level

  • Completion of High School Diploma with relevant experience in Humanitarian and related fields.
  • 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Certificates and/or Licenses:

International Law; Political Science;

Relevant Job Experience:

Desirable:

Experience in working with UNHCR Registration procedures

Language Requirements:

Essential - very good knowledge of English and local languages (spoken and written) Pashto, Balochi and Urdu. Knowledge of Dari or any locally used language by the refugees will be an asset.

Functional Skills

IT-Computer Literacy

CL-Protection & Solutions Awareness

PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators

PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

Competency Requirements:

Core Competencies

Accountability

Communication

Organizational Awareness

Teamwork & Collaboration

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Client & Result Orientation

Cross-Functional Competencies

Analytical Thinking

Political Awareness

Stakeholder Management


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