Senior Protection Assistant – UNHCR – Lebanon

Location:
Tyre, Lebanon
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Senior Protection Assistant – UNHCR – Lebanon

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Senior Protection Assistant – UNHCR – Lebanon

Duties and Qualifications

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
  • The Senior Protection Assistant (Community-Based) is a member of the Community-Based Protection Unit in UNHCR¿s Field Office in Tyre, Lebanon. The position may report to the  Associate Protection Officer (Community-Based), Senior Protection Associate (Community-Based) or another more senior staff member in the Protection Unit. Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the Senior Protection Assistant (Community-Based) works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities.
  • The incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for part of the protection and/or support staff and supports the application of community-based protection standards, operational procedures and practices in community-based protection delivery at the field level. To fulfill this role the Senior Protection Assistant (Community-Based) may be required, in consultation with his/her supervisor, to spend a substantial percentage of her/his time working outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern. The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with persons of concern that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results forms the core of the work of the Senior Protection Assistant (Community-Based).
  • The incumbent also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with persons of concern. The incumbent may also support implementing and operational partners as well as local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organizational and livelihood concerns, including for persons with specific needs, as well as activities related to child protection, prevention and response to SGBV.  He/She may conduct focus group discussions with refugees as well as participate in the annual Participatory Assessment to identify key issues affecting their communities to inform UNHCR and partner¿s programmatic response. He/she is also expected to interview and refer refugee cases with protection concerns when and as needed.
  • This position requires someone with experience in partner management and coordination. He/she should have excellent written and oral communication skills including report writing and the ability to exercise diplomacy when communicating information. He/she should be able to work independently with minimal supervision to meet tight deadlines, while always exercising UNHCR’s Core Values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity. Flexibility, adaptability, teamwork, attention to details, and strong organizational skills are also essential for the successful fulfillment of the roles and responsibilities of this position

Functional Statement

Accountability
  • Effective support is provided to promote AGD sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities as the essential basis for all of UNHCR’s work.
  • AGD sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities provides the essential basis for all of UNHCR’s work.
  • The participation of persons of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches, which inform protection and assistance programming and ensure that UNHCR meets its commitments to accountability to persons of concern.
Responsibility
  • Assist functional units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection delivery strategy.
  • Through relationships with persons of concern and network of partners stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice to the protection team. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concern and advise the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups.
  • Assist in initiatives with host communities to involve national civil society groups in the protection of persons of concern.
  • Support implementing and operational partners as well as displaced and local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organisational and livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and response to SGBV.
  • Assist in the analysis that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.
  • Support participatory assessments by multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with persons of concern.
  • Support efforts to build the office capacity for community-based protection.
  • Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures
  • Ensure community understanding of UNHCR’s commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
  • Collect data for monitoring of programmes and budgets from an AGD perspective.
  • Draft and type routine correspondence, documents and reports using word processing equipment and maintain up-to-date filing systems.
  • Act as interpreter in exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.
Authority
  • Assist in the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR’s work.
  • Initiate AGD sensitive interventions at the appropriate level on community-based protection issues and to respond to protection concerns and incidents within the office and with persons and communities of concern based on agreed parameters.
  • Identify which individuals or groups to prioritize for counselling and field visits based on agreed criteria.
  • Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience Required

  • Completion of the Secondary education; Training in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines.
  • Job Experience: Minimum of 4 years previous relevant job experience.
  • Computer skills (MS Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • Knowledge of Administrative/financial rules, procedures, processes in the context of UNHCR offices and Field operations.
  • UNHCR learning programmes (PLP).
  • Knowledge of MSRP.

Language Requirements

  • Please also note that Arabic & English are essential for this Job Opening.
Closing date for applications 03 April 2020 before midnight.

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