JR2310137 Protection Assistant – UNOPS, LICA4 At UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Las personas interesadas en postularse a esta vacante deben ser nacionales de El Salvador o deben tener un permiso de trabajo válido en El Salvador al momento de la aplicación, reclutamiento y contratación. Los ciudadanos no salvadoreños deben adjuntar un permiso de trabajo válido para ser considerados a esta vacante.

Las y los candidatos/as preseleccionados deberán presentarse a una entrevista; también se puede administrar una prueba técnica y práctica. Solo se contactarán a las y los candidatos preseleccionados y No se aceptarán aplicaciones fuera de la fecha de cierre.

El ACNUR está comprometido con la diversidad y la inclusión laboral, por lo que se anima a todas las personas a aplicar a esta vacante independientemente de su religión, edad, sexo, etnia, discapacidad, identidad o expresión de género, orientación sexual.

El ACNUR no cobra ninguna tarifa en todas las etapas del proceso de contratación (solicitud, reunión de entrevista, procesamiento, capacitación o cualquier otra tarifa).

Esta vacante está sujeta a prueba de vacunación contra Covid-19 con vacuna aprobada por la OMS, autorización médica y controles de referencia satisfactorios.

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  1. General Background
    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is the agency of the United Nations System with the mandate to provide international protection and seek durable solutions that respond to the needs of the refugee population, asylum seekers, internally displaced people and other persons of interest.

El Salvador has a population of 6.3 million people, with at least 20% of El Salvador’s population living abroad. The country’s economy is heavily reliable on remittances, which constitute around 26% of its GDP. According to the 2021 Multipurpose Household Survey released in 2022, 24.6% of El Salvador’s population lives below the poverty line, out of which 7.8% are extremely poor.
Between 2006 and 2016, 1.1% of families in El Salvador were forcibly displaced raising the estimated number of internally displaced people to 71,500. According to the profiling exercise published in 2018 by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, most displaced people are socio-economically vulnerable young families.

El Salvador is committed to identifying and addressing protection and solutions for refugees, internally displaced people, returnees with protection needs, and stateless individuals. El Salvador is party to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, and to the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons. In 2020, El Salvador approved the Special Law for the Care and Integral Protection of Victims of Violence in Conditions of Forced Displacement.

Since July 2019, El Salvador is actively engaged in the Comprehensive Regional Protection and Solutions Framework (MIRPS in Spanish), a regional application of the Global Compact on Refugees. Growing mixed population flows across the countries in the north of Central America is a priority to be addressed in the regional agenda. The increasingly complex human mobility context demands additional efforts for coordinating protection-oriented responses.

UNHCR is active in the implementation, coordination, and monitoring of the 2022-2026 United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), which prioritizes responses to the needs of internally displaced people and refugees. UNHCR is an active member of the Humanitarian Country Team. UNHCR leads the Protection Sector and co-leads the CCCM and Shelter sectors.

UNHCR seeks to meaningfully engage, empower, inform, and seek the views of people in decisions that affect their lives, as drivers for greater equality and social cohesion. UNHCR is currently present in over 40 communities and 17 Municipalities nationwide.

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.

  1. Purpose and Scope of Assignment
    The Protection Assistant normally reports to a more senior Protection colleague. The incumbent provides functional and administrative support to the protection unit on protection related liaison, correspondence, monitoring, case management and reporting activities.

The Protection Assistant also supports the protection unit in designing a comprehensive protection strategy and in providing quality, timely and effective protection responses to persons of concern (PoC). S/he may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on correspondence and/or protection issues as guided by the supervisor.

The Protection Assistant also facilitates the involvement of PoC 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.

  1. Monitoring and Progress Controls
    The selected candidate will:
    – Assist functional units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection strategy.
    – Assist in initiatives with host communities to involve national civil society groups in the protection of PoC.
    – 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, organizational 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.
    – Collect data for monitoring of programmes and budgets from an AGD perspective.
    – Draft and type routine correspondence, documents and reports and maintain up-to-date filing systems.
    – Assist in the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR´s work.
    – Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
    – Provide training and technical support to local authorities on protection related standards, legislation, and instruments.
    – Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards, and codes of conduct.
    – Observe and respect protection related Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
    – Provide functional and administrative support in implementing participatory approaches, needs assessments, monitoring, reporting and case management.
    – Support assessments on durable solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
    – Assist in drafting reports, routine correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).
    – Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners.
    – Perform other related duties as required.
  2. Qualifications and Experience

a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)
1 year relevant experience with High School Diploma; or Bachelor or equivalent or higher

High School diploma and certificate/license in International Law, Political Science, or related field

Certificates and/or Licenses

b. Work Experience

c. Key Competencies
Functional Skills
– Community-based Protection Principles and methodologies
– Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
– IT-Computer Literacy
– CL-Protection & Solutions Awareness
– PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards, and indicators
– PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

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

Cross-Functional Competencies
– Analytical Thinking
– Political Awareness
– Stakeholder Management

Language Requirements
Fluency in Spanish and working knowledge of English

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the requirements should follow the link below to apply:

– https://www.unhcr.org/careers.html, click on the blue button “Current Vacancies” and filter by “Location” (El Salvador).

– Interested candidates can also enter directly to the employment page through the following link: Careers (myworkdayjobs.com) and search for the vacancy with the respective Job Requisition number.

Applications will only be received through the above links.

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