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Operational Context:

The Associate Community-Based Protection Officer will be working within the Community-Based Protection of the Protection Pillar of the UNHCR’s Regional Bureau for Southern Africa (RBSA). The unit provides oversight, supports technically and monitors standards of implementation of UNHCR’s operations in seven countries and one multi-country office covering a wide but exciting portfolio. It does so by interfacing mostly (but not exclusively) between the operations and the Division of International Protection’s (DIP), Field Protection Services, and also by developing regional strategic directions, advocating for resources, and implementing directly very specific project activities.

The Associate Community-Based Protection Officer under the direct supervision of the Senior CBP Officer, will contribute to the overall objectives of the unit with a focus on mapping what operations have in place, monitoring implementation and ensuring quality of data are available to document best practices, and by providing expertise in the areas mentioned above.

The Associate Community-Based Protection Officer will coordinate with other units within the Protection Pillar and within the Bureau, and liaise with specific technical services in HQ. While relating to the field and operations the staff will be aware of the 3 lines model on which the role of the Bureau is based in the decentralized organizational set up, hence the duties below will be performed mindful of the Bureau’s current accountabilities and responsibilities.
The position requires a stong understanding of rights-based and inclusive approaches. The ideal candidate will be innovative, open-minded, articulate and able to present information effectively.

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:

  • Be fully informed about community structures and the protection and security situation of the population of concern and develop strong links with a cross-section of members of refugee/IDP/stateless communities, using an AGD approach.
  • Through relationships with PoC 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 senior management.
  • Ensure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC 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 minorities 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.
  • Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and PoC to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and GBV, and solutions approaches.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners and implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on all community-based protection related issues.
  • Support the design, implementation and evaluation of protection centred and solutions oriented programming with implementing and operational partners guaranteeing that community-owned activities are integrated.
  • Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures
  • Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among PoC, authorities and host communities.
  • Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with PoC, host communities, local authorities and partners. In operations applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute to the development of an AGD-compliant strategy on which the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in and covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.
  • Support the Operation’s work to fully integrate the protection strategy into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Humanitarian Country Team’s common humanitarian action plan where applicable.
  • Contribute to the Protection team’s information management component which: provides disaggregated data on PoC and their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary.
  • Support the inclusion of participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches in strategies and plans within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).
  • Support community understanding of UNHCR’s commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
  • Support PoC to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection.
  • Contribute to the design of the community-based protection strategy, project submissions and budgets for endorsement by the supervisor.
  • Intervene with authorities on community-based protection issues.
  • Negotiate with local counterparts, partners and PoC.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
    Minimum Qualifications:
    Education & Professional Work Experience
    Years of Experience / Degree Level:
    For NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree.
    Field(s) of Education:
    International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other relevant field.
    (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk are essential)
    Certificates and/or Licenses:
    Not specified.
    (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk are essential)

Relevant Job Experience:
Essential:
Relevant professional experience, including in the areas of community-based protection, community services, social work, and human rights.
**
Desirable:**
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 GBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

Functional Skills:
PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
PR-Community Services-Communication/Development/Organization
PR-Community Services-Social Work/Counselling
PR-Community-based Protection
IT-Computer Literacy
DM-Database Management
MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation
PR-Gender Equality
PR-Child Protection/Convention on the Rights of the Child
PR-Refugee Education programmes
PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention programming
PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) response programming
PR-Experience in Forced Displacement situations
EX-Field experience with UNHCR and/or with other humanitarian organizations
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements:
Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

Competency requirements:
All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and/or cross-functional competencies. The six core competencies are listed below.

Core Competencies:
Accountability
Communication
Organizational Awareness
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies:
Empowering and Building Trust
Judgement and Decision Making
Cross-Functional Competencies:
Stakeholder Management
Planning and Organizing
Political Awareness

Eligibility:
Candidates must be South African Nationals.

Interested staff members should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS, UNHCR/AI/2020/1/Rev.2). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

In line with the RALS, the below category of candidates are eligible to apply for internally/externally advertised vacancies.

Group 1 candidates: Current NPO staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment are eligible to apply to advertised positions in the NPO category at their personal grade and one grade below or above, as Group 1 candidates.

External candidates: All other candidates are eligible to apply to positions in the NPO category as external
candidates, including GS staff members holding a university degree and fulfilling eligibility requirements, regardless of grade or length of service, who may apply to any vacant NPO position in their country of assignment for which they qualify. External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position.

How to apply

Submission of Applications:
▪ Interested internal candidates need to apply through MSRP – Self-Service – Recruiting Activities – Careers (please search by JO number or by Location). Please update your personal profiles with all required information in order to be able to apply. Please consult the attached documents for further guidance on how to update the personal profile.
▪ Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter. For help with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website. – Careers – Career opportunities – Other Opportunities – Vacancies – sort by Location or search by Job Opening number.

▪ Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email.

▪ Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

▪ The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

▪ UNHCR is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

▪ UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO) at [email protected] or through the online complain form or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

▪ UNHCR only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

▪ For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled “Online VA Query-your name and surname”. Human Resources Pretoria [email protected]

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Operational Context:

The Associate Community-Based Protection Officer will be working within the Community-Based Protection of the Protection Pillar of the UNHCR's Regional Bureau for Southern Africa (RBSA). The unit provides oversight, supports technically and monitors standards of implementation of UNHCR’s operations in seven countries and one multi-country office covering a wide but exciting portfolio. It does so by interfacing mostly (but not exclusively) between the operations and the Division of International Protection’s (DIP), Field Protection Services, and also by developing regional strategic directions, advocating for resources, and implementing directly very specific project activities.

The Associate Community-Based Protection Officer under the direct supervision of the Senior CBP Officer, will contribute to the overall objectives of the unit with a focus on mapping what operations have in place, monitoring implementation and ensuring quality of data are available to document best practices, and by providing expertise in the areas mentioned above.

The Associate Community-Based Protection Officer will coordinate with other units within the Protection Pillar and within the Bureau, and liaise with specific technical services in HQ. While relating to the field and operations the staff will be aware of the 3 lines model on which the role of the Bureau is based in the decentralized organizational set up, hence the duties below will be performed mindful of the Bureau’s current accountabilities and responsibilities. The position requires a stong understanding of rights-based and inclusive approaches. The ideal candidate will be innovative, open-minded, articulate and able to present information effectively.

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:

  • Be fully informed about community structures and the protection and security situation of the population of concern and develop strong links with a cross-section of members of refugee/IDP/stateless communities, using an AGD approach.
  • Through relationships with PoC 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 senior management.
  • Ensure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC 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 minorities 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.
  • Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and PoC to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and GBV, and solutions approaches.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners and implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on all community-based protection related issues.
  • Support the design, implementation and evaluation of protection centred and solutions oriented programming with implementing and operational partners guaranteeing that community-owned activities are integrated.
  • Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures
  • Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among PoC, authorities and host communities.
  • Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with PoC, host communities, local authorities and partners. In operations applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute to the development of an AGD-compliant strategy on which the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in and covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.
  • Support the Operation's work to fully integrate the protection strategy into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Humanitarian Country Team’s common humanitarian action plan where applicable.
  • Contribute to the Protection team's information management component which: provides disaggregated data on PoC and their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary.
  • Support the inclusion of participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches in strategies and plans within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).
  • Support community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
  • Support PoC to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection.
  • Contribute to the design of the community-based protection strategy, project submissions and budgets for endorsement by the supervisor.
  • Intervene with authorities on community-based protection issues.
  • Negotiate with local counterparts, partners and PoC.
  • Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications: Education & Professional Work Experience Years of Experience / Degree Level: For NOB - 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree. Field(s) of Education: International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses: Not specified. (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk are essential)

Relevant Job Experience: Essential: Relevant professional experience, including in the areas of community-based protection, community services, social work, and human rights. ** Desirable:** 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 GBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

Functional Skills: PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) PR-Community Services-Communication/Development/Organization PR-Community Services-Social Work/Counselling PR-Community-based Protection IT-Computer Literacy DM-Database Management MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation PR-Gender Equality PR-Child Protection/Convention on the Rights of the Child PR-Refugee Education programmes PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention programming PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) response programming PR-Experience in Forced Displacement situations EX-Field experience with UNHCR and/or with other humanitarian organizations (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

Competency requirements: All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and/or cross-functional competencies. The six core competencies are listed below.

Core Competencies: Accountability Communication Organizational Awareness Teamwork & Collaboration Commitment to Continuous Learning Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies: Empowering and Building Trust Judgement and Decision Making Cross-Functional Competencies: Stakeholder Management Planning and Organizing Political Awareness

Eligibility: Candidates must be South African Nationals.

Interested staff members should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS, UNHCR/AI/2020/1/Rev.2). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

In line with the RALS, the below category of candidates are eligible to apply for internally/externally advertised vacancies.

Group 1 candidates: Current NPO staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment are eligible to apply to advertised positions in the NPO category at their personal grade and one grade below or above, as Group 1 candidates.

External candidates: All other candidates are eligible to apply to positions in the NPO category as external candidates, including GS staff members holding a university degree and fulfilling eligibility requirements, regardless of grade or length of service, who may apply to any vacant NPO position in their country of assignment for which they qualify. External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position.

How to apply

Submission of Applications: ▪ Interested internal candidates need to apply through MSRP – Self-Service – Recruiting Activities – Careers (please search by JO number or by Location). Please update your personal profiles with all required information in order to be able to apply. Please consult the attached documents for further guidance on how to update the personal profile. ▪ Interested external applicants need to apply online and complete the mandatory motivation letter. For help with logging in to the MSRP External Portal, or with online applications, please contact the HR Unit well before the deadline to allow sufficient time for any technical problem to be resolved. External vacancies are posted on the external UNHCR website and applicants who do not have internal status must apply through the external UNHCR website. – Careers – Career opportunities – Other Opportunities – Vacancies – sort by Location or search by Job Opening number.

▪ Applications will be accepted only via the online portals. Please do not send application via email.

▪ Not signed, incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).

▪ The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

▪ UNHCR is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, sexual orientation, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

▪ UNHCR has a zero-tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA). SEA is unacceptable behavior and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel. It constitutes acts of serious misconduct and is therefore grounds for disciplinary measures, including dismissal. Any concerns or suspicions about a possible case of SEA should be reported immediately to the Inspector General’s Office (IGO) at [email protected] or through the online complain form or by confidential fax: +41 22 739 73 80.

▪ UNHCR only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

▪ For any technical problems encountered during the online application, please send an email to the below email address titled “Online VA Query-your name and surname”. Human Resources Pretoria [email protected]

2021-12-14

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