UNHCR Senior Protection Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

UNHCR Senior Protection Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

  • In the Bureaux, the Senior Protection Officer works under the direct supervision of the Bureau Deputy Director or Head of Bureau Protection Service or Senior Protection Coordinator. In the Field, the incumbent normally reports to the Representative, Deputy or Assistant Representative (Protection) or Head of Sub Office as appropriate.

  • The incumbent acts as a key advisor to senior management and leads the development of 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 Senior Protection Officer plans, leads and coordinates quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern under the AoR. This includes ensuring that operational responses in all sectors are shaped in a protection optic, are consistent with and promote respect for relevant international law and UNHCR's doctrine, mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards.

  • 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.

    Duties

  • Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners on all protection related issues.

  • Stay abreast of legal, political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.

  • In operations applying the Cluster Approach, ensure the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in a strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.

  • Ensure that the protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Humanitarian Country Team¿s common humanitarian response plan as well as with the implementation of the Global Compact on Refugees and the Three Year Strategy on Resettlement and Complementary Pathways.

  • Promote the implementation of the AGD policy, including UNHCR¿s updated commitments to women and girls, and design, deliver 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.

  • Oversee the management of individual protection cases including those on GBV and child protection.

  • 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 eligibility and status determination in the Operation(s) under the AoR, ensuring compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.

  • Promote and implement strategies and measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.

  • Develop and implement an education plan as part of the protection strategy within the AoR as relevant.

  • 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 concerns in the context of mixed movements as relevant.

  • Coordinate the preparation of, implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.

  • Coordinate the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related programming with implementing and operational partners.

  • Develop and implement 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.

  • Research, collect and disseminate relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery.

  • Develop the protection capacity of national and local authorities, partners and civil society to assume their responsibilities vis-à-vis all persons of concern through protection training, mainstreaming and related activities.

  • Coordinate capacity-development 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 with 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 country level to comply with policies and commitment on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse measures.

  • Engage in relevant international and regional fora and forge 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

    Years of Experience / Degree Level

  • For P4/NOD - 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

    Field(s) of Education

  • Law, International Law, International refugee Law, International Human Rights Law,

  • International Humanitarian Law, Refugee and Forced Migration, Political Sciences
    or other relevant field.

  • (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    Certificates and/or Licenses

  • Protection Learning Programme RSD-Resettlement Learning Programme Management Learning Programme

  • (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    Relevant Job Experience

  • Minimum 7 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.

  • Very good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles, and of UNHCR¿s protection strategies and policies. Excellent legal research, analytical skills and drafting.

    Desirable

  • Diverse field experience. Good IT skills including database management skills.

    Functional Skills

  • PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators.

  • LE-International Refugee Law.

  • PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD).

  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordination.

  • PR-Comprehensive Solutions Framework.

  • PR-Refugee Coordination Model.

  • ER-Inter-Agency Coordination.

  • PR-Human Rights Doctrine/Standards.

  • PR-International Humanitarian Law.

  • LE-Judicial engagement.

  • PR-Protection and mixed-movements.

  • PR-Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Operations & IDPs Status/Rights/Obligation.

  • PR-Climate change and disaster-related displacement.

  • PR-Community-based Protection.

  • PR-Accountability to affected people Principles and Framework.

  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential).

    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.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Senior Protection Officer Jobs in Ethiopia


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