Job Title Assistant Protection Officer
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Fixed Term

Vacancy Notice Internal/ External Vacancy Notice no. 016/2020
Position Number 10027156
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Moyo
Position Grade NO-A
Closing Date 2020-09-24
Organizational Context

The Assistant Protection Officer reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. Depending on the size and structure of the Office, the incumbent may have supervisory responsibility for protection staff including community services, registration, resettlement and education. He/she provides functional protection guidance to information management and programme staff; and monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards.

The Assistant Protection Officer is expected to: coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern; and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.  He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the organization externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.

He/she also ensures that persons of concern are involved 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.

Functional Statement
  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern.  
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Conduct eligibility and status determination for persons of concern in compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles. 
  • Promote and contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Contribute to a country-level education plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Provide inputs for the development of global / regional international protection policies and standards.
  • Implement and monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Assess needs for Promote and find durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Assess resettlement needs and apply priorities for the resettlement of individuals and groups of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems. 
  • Contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures
Required Competencies

Managerial Competencies

  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Managing Performance

Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Change Capability and Adaptability
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field is required.
  • Minimum 1 year of previous work experience relevant to the function is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written / oral / comprehension) is required
Desirable qualifications & competencies
  • Diverse field experience is desirable.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills is desirable.
  • Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme is desirable
Operational Context

The Assistant Protection Officer, NOA, holds one of the highest positions under the national staff category in the context of the operational area and therefore the performance expectations of the incumbent to the position, are high. The Assistant Protection Officer is under the immediate supervision of the Protection Officer and under the overall supervision of the Head of Sub Office. The incumbent to this position will be expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of persons of concern; and identify opportunities to mainstream protection interventions in all sectors.  He/she is also expected to contribute in designing a comprehensive protection strategy.

The incumbent will also be expected to fully embrace the Community – Based approach in all protection and assistance deliveries. He/she will ensure the community of persons of concern own protection and that they become an integral part of the solutions finding process. To achieve this, it is expected that the incumbent will interface with the persons of concern regularly. The incumbent is expected to have a clear understanding of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework ( CRRF)  and should be capable of coordinating  protection responses across the board through his/ her interactions with the office of the Prime Minister ( OPM), all Implementing and Operational partners including development actors as key in the area of operation where planned development projects aim at benefitting both the host community and the persons of concern who live side by side.

The area of operation is close to the border with South Sudan and is hosting 122,813 refugees, out of which57% constitutes children while 82% constitute children and women and as such, an array of protection challenges, are highly probable. The incumbent is therefore expected to participate fully and provide guidance to the protection team supervised by him or her directly including the protection partner(s) in all key areas of protection interventions notably SGBV, Child Protection, Community services, Education and Legal services with primary focus on vulnerable groups.  The incumbent will ensure that all efforts are made by all protection actors towards protection delivery in accordance with the international standards.  In addition to the standard job requirements, the incumbent is expected to possess networking, coordination and negotiations skills. He/she must exhibit an appropriate level of the overall Organizational objectives and the protection mandate particularly necessary when assuming the organizational representational role. Knowledge of the local environment is required to understanding the socio-economic and political dynamics.

The Assistant Protection Officer is expected to represent the organization on international protection principles and policy as guided by the supervisor. He/she will also ensure that persons of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with persons of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.  Knowledge of English, diverse field operational experience, good ITC skills, database management skills including proven communication skills, both oral and written, are expected.

Moyo-Obongi is classified as E duty station and as such, is considered a non-family duty station under which the incumbent is expected to perform the tasks.

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