Job Title: Protection Associate Vacancy Notice: VN-12-19-MEX Position Number 10030605
Location: Aguascalientes Position Grade: G6 Closing Date: 2019-01-20
Organizational Context

TheProtection Associate normally reports to the Protection Officer or the SeniorProtection Officer.  He/she monitorsprotection standards, operational procedures and practices in protectiondelivery in line with international standards and provides functionalprotection support to information management and programme staff.


TheProtection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effectiveprotection responses to the needs of populations of concern and identifyopportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protectionsafeguards in operational responses in all sectors.  He/she contributes to designing acomprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partnerson protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.


TheProtection Associate also ensures that persons of concern are involved with theOffice in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rightsor in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, theincumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communitiesof concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.


-           Theprotection of populations of concern is met through the application ofInternational and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASCprinciples.

-           Protectionactivities are guided by the UNHCR country protection strategy.

-           Theparticipation of persons of concern is facilitated through continuousassessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community basedapproaches.

-           Protectionincidents are immediately identified and reported.


-      Stay abreast of political,social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on theprotection environment.

-      Consistently applyInternational and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy,standards and codes of conduct.

-      Assist in providing commentson existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern.

-      Provide advice on protectionissues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure theissuance of personal and other relevant documentation.

-      Assist in conductingeligibility and status determination for persons of concern.

-      Contribute to measures toidentify, prevent and reduce statelessness.

-      Contribute to acountry-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy.

-      Contribute to acountry-level education plan as part of the protection strategy.

-      Monitor Standard OperatingProcedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.

-      Manage individual protectioncases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene incases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.

-      Assist in identifyingdurable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern throughvoluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.

-      Contribute to the design,implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming withimplementing and operational partners.

-      Contribute to effectiveinformation management through the provision of disaggregated data onpopulations of concern and their problems.

-      Participate in initiativesto capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthennational protection related legislation and procedures.





-      Prioritize persons ofconcern for interview, counselling and propose protection support forindividual cases.

-      Enforce compliance of localimplementing partners with global protection policies and standards ofprofessional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

-      Enforce compliance with, andintegrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.

-      Submit individual paymentsrequest for persons of concern for approval.  

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience

-           Education:Completion of secondary school. Additional certificate/training in InternationalLaw, Political Science or related field is required.

-           Jobexperience: Relevant to the function: 6 years.

-           Fluencyin English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or locallanguage

(Inoffices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of UNworking language of duty station and working knowledge of English).

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

-           Goodcomputer skills.

-           CompletedProtection Learning Programme.


-           Judgementand Decision Making.

-           AnalyticalThinking.

-           PoliticalAwareness.

-           StakeholderManagement.

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