Assistant Protection Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Thessaloniki

Position Title and Grade: Assistant Protection Officer, NOA – National Professional

Duty Station: Thessaloniki – Greece

Duration: 1 year with a possibility for extension

Deadline: 15 August 2017

 

Operational Context:

For the third year Greece continues to be part of the Mediterranean Emergency Situation, with around 40,000 persons of concern present on some 40 sites the mainland and on the islands. Unlike the previous years, most of the new arrivals to Greece are expected to remain in the country and apply for an asylum in Greece or be eligible for relocation to the member states. The situation in Greece is characterized by lack of overall lead from the Government, compounded by economic austerity measures, and a considerable strain has been placed on the Greek asylum system, while the reception infrastructure, services and registration procedures remain grossly inadequate. The UNHCR Office in Greece has been mobilizing efforts to assist the Government in identifying and addressing the needs and protection concerns of the refugees. In particular, UNHCR contributes to the asylum reception capacity in Greece by implementing, in cooperation with its partners, an urban accommodation scheme for asylum seekers in private apartments, host families, hotels and other buildings.

The project target is 22,000 places by the end of 2017, of which 18,000 were operational as of mid-July 2017. In 2017, UNHCR Operation Plan in Greece amounts to some USD246 mio (with a current OL of some USD117mio), part of which is implemented with the assistance of over 20 partners. Close to 100 mio is allocated to the implementation of the urban accommodation and services scheme.

Functional Statement:

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.

Accountability
– The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC
principles.
– Protection activities are guided by the protection strategy and respect the policy of UNHCR on age, gender and diversity (AGD).
– The participation of persons of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches.
– Protection incidents are immediately identified and addressed.

Responsibility
– 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.

Authority
– Intervene with authorities on protection issues.
– Decide priorities for reception, interviewing and counselling for groups or individuals.
– Enforce compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
– Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.
– Recommend and prepare payments to individual cases.

Essential Minimum Qualification & Professional Experience

Required:
– Greek nationality.
– Education: University degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field.
– Job Experience: Minimum 2 years relevant professional experience.
– Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.
– Excellent knowledge of Greek language.

Required Competencies:
– Judgement and Decision Making
– Analytical Thinking
– Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:
– Diverse field experience desirable.
– Good IT skills including database management skills.
– Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme.

Submission of Applications:
– Interested applicants should apply through the link http://www.unhcr.org/gr-jobs/ provided herein, attaching the UN history form (P-11) in PDF Format with a Motivation Letter in English explaining their interest in the position.
– Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test and will have to undergo an oral interview.
– No late applications will be accepted.
– Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Kindly note that only electronic applications submitted through the website mentioned above will be considered.

UNHCR is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

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