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Protection Assistant

Job Type: Full time | Company: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees | Location: Tripoli, Libya | Date posted: 12-10-2015

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Libya is seeking dynamic, committed and qualified persons interested in an exciting career in humanitarian affairs. 

 

Title of the Position 

Protection Assistant-GL4

Position No 

10005429

Location 

Tripoli-Libya 

Type of contract/duration 

Fixed Term/1 year-renewable 

Closing Date 

22/10/2015

Expected Starting Date 

As soon as possible

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.  In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. Today, a staff of some 7,190 people in more than 120 countries continues to help some 36.4 million persons. 

 1.Organizational Context

The Protection Assistant normally reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer.  Depending on the structure of the Office, the position may also report to senior national staff. The incumbent provides functional and administrative support to the protection unit on protection related liaison, correspondence, monitoring, case management and reporting activities.   

The Protection Assistant also supports the protection unit in designing a comprehensive protection strategy and in providing quality, timely and effective protection responses to persons of concern. He/she may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on correspondence and/or protection issues as guided by the supervisor.

The Protection Assistant also facilitates the involvement of persons of concern with the Office 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.   

2. Accountability:

  • The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.
  • Protection activities are guided by the UNHCR country protection strategy.
  • The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through supporting participatory, rights and community based approaches.

3. Responsibility 

  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Observe and respect protection related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Provide functional and administrative support in all protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Provide functional and administrative support in implementing participatory approaches, needs assessments, monitoring, reporting and case management.  
  • Support assessments on durable solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Facilitate liaison with competent authorities for the issuance of personal and other relevant documents. 
  • Assist in drafting reports, routine correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics for the protection unit/section.

4. Authority

  • Select persons of concern for preliminary interviews and decide which relevant information to share.
  • Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners.

5. Managerial Competencies/ Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Technological Awareness
  • Political Awareness
  • Stakeholder Management

6. Essential Minimum Qualification and Professional Experience Required:

  • Education: Completion of  secondary school.  Additional Training courses in protection related issues required.
  • Job experience: relevant to the function: 2 years.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

7. Desirable qualifications & Competences

  • Knowledge of another official UN language(s) an asset.
  • Good computer skills.

8.  Important Note

  • Please send your Personal History/Resume and letter of interest to LBYTRHR@unhcr.org
  • Please indicate the title and the position number in the subject of the email when you submit your
  • application.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • Only nationals can apply to this position.
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