Community-Based Protection Officer

  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    2 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Development
  • Deadline:
    December 15, 2022

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Standard Job Description

Community-Based Protection Officer Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Community-Based Protection Officer is a member of the Protection Team in a Regional Bureau or a Country Office and normally reports to the Senior Community-Based Protection Officer, the Senior Protection Officer, Head of Sub-Office or the Assistant Representative for protection. For a regional position, the incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for Protection and Community-Based Protection staff in the regional office, and a technical support role for Community-Based Protection staff in the region. For a country level position the incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for Community-based Protection staff and other protection staff in the operation. H/he supports the implementation of protection standards and provides advice on community-based protection to senior management and Country Operation(s) in close collaboration with the Division of International Protection (DIP). The incumbent is relied upon by senior management to support a coordinated approach in the implementation of UNHCR’s rights-based and community-based engagement with all persons of concern and contributes to the achievement of UNHCR’s commitments to accountability to affected people. S/he maintains close working relationships and supports Protection and Community-Based Protection staff in the field, who act as the critical interface between UNHCR and communities of concern, enabling them to provide the AGD-sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities that form the essential foundations of national and regional programmes. The incumbent maintains close working relations with sister UN entities, governmental entities, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions that can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions through people centred, community-based and gender responsive approaches. The incumbent provides guidance to country operations to strengthen their coordination and advocacy on community-based approaches to protection with governments, partners and other key stakeholders. 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. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity. Duties – Assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of a community-based protection strategy reflecting the organization’s global, regional and country level protection priorities, and ensuring systematic application of participatory, rights- , community-based, and gender responsive approaches in protection and solutions planning, programming and strategies. – Support compliance with UNHCR Age, Gender and Diversity Policy, including ensuring AGD inclusive programming, advocating for gender equality and strengthening accountability to affected populations (AAP). – Assist with the implementation and integration of community-based corporate policies in multi-year and multi-partner protection and solutions strategies and operations plans. – Support the systematic application of participatory, community, rights based, and gender responsive protection approaches throughout the phases of the operations management cycle and across the work of the organisation and implement community-based GBV prevention and response as well as community-based child protection programmes. – Contribute to the appropriate adaptations of programmes as a result of the analysis of feedback received from persons of concern, as well as other political, social, economic and cultural developments that impact the protection environment. – Participate in country level planning exercises and advocates for the mobilization and (re)allocation of funds to the implementation of community-based and gender responsive approaches across programmes and sectors in line with regional and country community-based protection strategies. – Support the establishment and management of a feedback and response system (including on PSEA) and participate in the analysis of feedback gathered through formal and informal feedback and response systems. – Support capacity development through training and coaching of staff in the domain of AGD, Accountability to Affected People (AAP), CBP, Gender Equality, Youth, Disability and inclusion of other Diversity elements, and mainstreaming of the CBP approach in other sectors. – Provide technical guidance and support to ensure data relevant to assess and monitor progress on the implementation and impact of community-based and age, gender and diversity approaches is collected and AGD-sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities is undertaken. – Support the consolidation of reporting on community-based protection and contributes to reporting on the protection of different AGD groups, including identification of trends and collection and dissemination of good practices. – Contribute to the development of partnerships with a variety of stakeholders including government institutions, UN, civil society actors, and the private sector inclusive of youth, disability, LGBTI, women rights stakeholders and other diverse groups; for the purpose of advocating for community-based approaches for the protection of displaced persons, including implementation of Outreach and communication with diverse groups. – For functions at a regional level, support harmonization of CBP strategies in the region and their alignment with global policies, identifies and disseminates good practices, supports exchange of expertise in the region and provides a regional level analysis of trends as well as aggregated reporting on implementation of Community-based and AGD approaches. – Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Years of Experience / Degree Level For P3/NOC – 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Community Development; Human Rights; Cultural Studies; Social Science; Anthropology; or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Not specified. Relevant Job Experience Essential 2-3 years experience of working in the field with direct engagement with persons of concern. Demonstrated expertise in field protection, community development, social surveys/ assessment, counselling, or related areas Desirable Very good understanding of displacement and protection issues, particularly GBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the age, gender and diversity approach. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of position such as: PLP (Protection Learning Programme), OMLP (Operations Management Learning Programme), MMLP (Middle Management Learning Programme), CBPLP (Community-based Protection Learning Programme), CBP e-Learning, and Gender Equality e-learning. Experience in project management, and strategy development and implementation. Functional Skills PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators TR-Training – Virtual and face to face MG-Team building (development/facilitation) PR-Community-based Protection – Planning, implementing and analysing surveys/assessments PR-Community-based Protection – Coordination and project management PR-Community-based Protection – Principles and methodologies PR-Community-based Protection – Community engagement and capacity building 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. All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power. As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates. 

Desired Candidate Profile

 

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):

French,

 

Desired languages

English,

 

Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

The presidential election scheduled for 2023 may generate significantly more tensions and protests in the country overall and not only in the East. This in a context of a rise in the anti-UN sentiment, a difficult socio-economic situation and a number of inter-community tensions, compounded with a rise in violence due to armed or terrorists’ groups in the East.

Aru is a security level 3 duty station.

 

Nature of Position:

As of 30 September 2022, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) hosts 522,803 refugees and asylum seekers (1,291) in the country, including 212,079 CAR, 209,798 Rwandan, 56,653 South Sudanese, 41,836 Burundian and other 1,046 refugees.

After the 2016 clashes which occurred in South Sudan between Vice-president Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir Mayardit allies, the political situation in South Sudan remains unpredictable and very volatile DRC has received 92,700 South Sudanese refugees as of 31 May 2018.  UNHCR protection monitors deployed at main entry points in Ituri and Haut-Uele provinces provide daily information and reports on the situation.  Due to the growing number of arriving refugees and the worsening security situation at the border between DRC and South Sudan, DRC authorities instructed all refugees living in the border villages to be relocated deeper into the country.  Refugees are accommodated in the Biringi, Meri and Bélé settlements. Biringi is located in the Aru Territory of the Ituri Province whereas Meri and Bélé are located in the Faradjé Territory of the Haut Uele Province. The UNHCR Aru Sub-Office in collaboration with its Implementing Partners and authorities of these two Provinces provide protection and assistance to these refugees through the implementation of the out of camp policy with the vision of making the PoCs increasingly self-reliant.

DRC also hosts more than 5 million IDPs located mainly in the provinces of Ituri, Kasai, North Kivu, South Kivu and Tanganyika. As lead of three Clusters, Protection, shelters and CCCM, UNHCR continues to play a key role in supporting the DRC Government in implementing a durable solutions strategy in order to help end the cycles of protracted displacement in the country.

As of today, the operation manages 14 field offices (1 Branch Office, 5 Sub Offices, 7 Field Offices, and 2 Field Unit Offices) and has a field presence in the provinces of Kasai, Ubangi, Kivu (north and south), and Haut Uele/Bunia.

The Community-Based Protection Officer is a member of the Protection Team. S/he supports the implementation of protection standards and provides advice on community-based protection to senior management. The incumbent is relied upon by senior management to support a coordinated approach in the implementation of UNHCR’s rights-based and community-based engagement with all persons of concern and contributes to the achievement of UNHCR’s commitments to accountability to affected people.

S/he maintains close working relationships and supports Protection and Community-Based Protection staff in the field, who act as the critical interface between UNHCR and communities of concern, enabling them to provide the AGD-sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities that form the essential foundations of national and regional programs.  The incumbent maintains close working relations with sister UN entities, governmental entities, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions that can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions through people centred, community-based and gender responsive approaches.

The incumbent provides guidance to country operations to strengthen their coordination and advocacy on community-based approaches to protection with governments, partners and other key stakeholders.

Therefore, the incumbent will report directly to the Senior Protection Officer in Aru and will also receive technical guidance from the Senior Protection Officer in Kinshasa.

 

Living and Working Conditions:

 

Aru is a small town located in the Ituri Province, near Uganda border.  Its population was estimated to be 26,290 in 2004.  Aru has a small airport but no public electricity grid as of 2010.

The quality of the water is poor and most of the time is not available at nighttime. Housing opportunities are also very poor and of low quality. The climate is tropical wet and dry.  There are very limited medical facilities in Aru that are not equipped to deal with serious medical cases.  Evacuation opportunities are limited since there are only 2 flights per week. However, air ambulance evacuation can be organized for life threatening emergencies during day time.  Candidates with conditions requiring regular treatment or medical supervision should be appropriately advised. Malaria is the most common disease. As a general advice, applicants for the post should be psychologically prepared for the aforementioned context.  The Office is of the view that, all things being equal, the two year SAL should be upheld to avoid burnout.

There are limited banking facilities at Aru. Telephone network are not very reliable but the Office has effective PAMA and Wifi.

 

 

 

Additional Qualifications

 

Skills

FO-Operational activities in hardship duty stations, PR-Community-based Protection – Community engagement and capacity building, PR-Community-based Protection – Planning, implementing and analysing surveys/assessments 

Education

BA: Anthropology (Required), BA: Cultural Studies (Required), BA: Human Rights (Required), BA: International Development (Required), BA: International Law (Required), BA: International Social Work (Required), BA: Political Science (Required), BA: Social Science (Required) 

Certifications

 

Work Experience

Number of Persons of Concern Served, Workforce to Supervise, Working with Persons of Concern: RefugeesCompetencies

Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Managing performance, Managing resource, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration

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Compendium

Bi-annual Compendium 2022 Part B – November 2022 

 

 

 

 

Functional clearance

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance