Associate Protection Officer - UNHCR - Mexico City, Monterrey

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Associate Protection Officer (Community-Based)
International Specialist
Host Entity UNHCR
Country Mexico
Duty Station Mexico City, Monterrey (MEX)

Language Skills
Start Date 07 September 2020
Duration 12 months with possibility of extension
Application Deadline 25 May 2020
Description of task
Under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
  • 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/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 impact on the protection environment and provide advice to senior management. Ensure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concerns 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;
  • 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 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 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 ensuring 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 Framework (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; researches, 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 included in, strategies and plans in the country operation;
  • Ensure community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response;
  • Support persons of concern to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection.

Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent
Education - Additional Comments:
Master's degree in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, and Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines.
Required experience: 24 Months
Experience remark:
  • Minimum 2 of relevant professional experience, including in the areas of community based protection, community services, social work, and human rights.
  • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
Experiences in working with communities.
Language skills:
  • Spanish(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Area of expertise: Other development programme/project experience
Driving license: No
Competencies values:
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams

Application procedure:
This assignment is funded by the Government of Finland, only Finnish nationals who are fluent in Finnish or Swedish are eligible to apply.

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Application deadline: 25 May 2020

Selection process
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity between 15 June and 10 July.
Pre-departure training in Finland The selected candidate will be invited to attend a training on Finland’s development policy and cooperation prior to deployment. The training will take place in Helsinki from 2 to 4 September.

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