Associate Protection Officer (Community Based)

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

UNHCR's accountability to affected people (AAP) framework, as outlined in UNHCR's Policy on Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD, 2018), entails commitments and mechanisms to ensure that communities are meaningfully and continuously involved in decisions that directly impact their lives. As an international humanitarian organization, with a protection function at its core, UNHCR is committed to ‘putting people first' and drawing on the rich range of experiences, capacities, and aspirations of refugee, displaced, and stateless women, men, girls and boys. In addition, it is committed to being accountable to the people it serves by listening and responding to their needs, perspectives, and priorities.

The Associate Protection Officer (Community-Based) (Accountability to Affected People / Gender Equality (AAP/GE) will support the implementation of UNHCR AAP framework, as outlined in UNHCR's Policy on Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD, 2018), and in the UNHCR Operational Guidance on Accountability to Affected People (2020). He/she will be focused on activities aimed implementing UNHCR’s Accountability to Affected People commitment to the intentional and systematic inclusion of the expressed needs, concerns, capacities, and views of person of concern in their diversity; and being answerable for our organizational decisions and staff actions, in all protection, assistance and solutions interventions and programmes. He/she will also promote UNHCR’s commitments to refugee women and girls in coordination with the Sub-Offices and Urban teams in Ethiopia.

The incumbent will provide technical support to community-based protection staff in the operation. S/he will have a specific focus on Accountability to Affected People (AAP) and Gender Equality (GE), in support of UNHCR’s five-year strategy to strengthen AAP across the organization and with partners.

The candidate will provide timely, direct operational support on accountability and quality mechanisms for more effective and responsive programming in asylum-seeker, refugees, IDPs, and statelessness operations, linking these clearly with community-based protection and the AGD approach. S/he will support operations to ensure active and meaningful participation of persons of concern throughout the COMPASS planning cycle.

• Be fully informed about community structures and the protection and security situ-ation of the population of concern and develop strong links with a cross-section of members of refugee/Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)/stateless communities, using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approach; • Through relationships with persons of concern and network of partners stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an im-pact on the protection environment and provide advice to senior management. En-sure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of con-cerns are reflected in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, minority groups such as sexual minor-ities and persons living with HIV/AIDS; • Ensure through direct action and advocacy with more senior protection staff that the necessary resources are allocated to enable community work to identify and address protection and assistance gaps; • Assist in supporting consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and SGBV, and solutions approaches; • Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners and implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on all community-based pro-tection related issues; • Support the design, implementation and evaluation of protection centred and solu-tionsoriented programming with implementing and operational partners guarantee-ing that community-owned activities are integrated; • Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures • Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among populations of concern, authorities and host communities; • Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with persons of concern, host communities, local authorities and partners. In operations applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute to en-suring that the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in an AGD-compliant strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations; • Support the Operation's work to ensure the protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Frame-work (UNDAF), the Humanitarian Country Team’s common humanitarian action plan where applicable; • Contribute to the Protection team's information management component which: provide disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems; re-searches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary; • Ensure participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches are in-cluded in, strategies and plans in the country operation; • Ensure community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on account-ability and quality assurance in its response; • Support persons of concern to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection.

• Professionalism • Integrity • Teamwork and respect for diversity • Planning and organizing • Communication • Flexibility

relevant professional experience, including in the areas of community-based protection, community services, social work, and human rights.

This UNV assignment is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19 with WHO approved vaccine in accordance with UNHCR’s Administrative Instruction on Covid-19 Vaccination and related Safety Measures.

Desirable Qualifications and Skills:

• Knowledge of UN policies and procedures; • Field experience; • Commitment to help refugees and willingness to cooperate with counterparts; • Good analytical skills; • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural setting; • Experience of working with refugees; • Ability to live and work in the difficult and harsh conditions of developing countries is essential. • Proven communication skills, both oral and written. • Demonstrated knowledge of community communication and engagement approaches. • Understanding of and demonstrated competencies in forced displacement and protection, particularly Accountability to Affected People, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

Computer skills: Microsoft Office Package (excellent knowledge of Word, good knowledge of Excel and Power Point) and Internet browsing.

Addis Ababa is a family duty station; the medical facilities are moderately available with the main services being offered at the UN operated clinic which is available to all staff members and their dependents. Transportation outside the country is readily available as major airlines operate from Addis Ababa. There are schools to accommodate international students. Hotels are of international standards with recreational facilities available within the city. Addis Ababa has good working and living conditions. Security Considerations Addis Ababa is a category B duty station in UN security Level 1 with relatively calm environment with minimal reported crimes within the city. However, a sense of vigilance and alertness is required especially in view of the current situation in the country. Applicants are requested to adhere to security advisory before travelling to the country.

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