Jordan: Associate Protection Officer (Community-Based), Amman – open to candidates with US nationalityAmman, Jordan 246 views

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Closing Date : 2019-12-08
Duty Station : Amman, Jordan
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Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Jordan
Closing date: 08 Dec 2019

Procedures and Eligibility

This vacancy is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the USA and is addressed exclusively to candidates WITH THE US NATIONALITY.

Duties and Qualifications

The Associate Protection Officer reports to the Senior Protection Officer. The incumbent may have supervisory responsibility for protection. S/he provides technical support to the Protection Working Group Coordinator. This includes support to develop coordination tools (including guidance note and SoPs), policies and advocacy briefs. S/he will also support the development of assessment tools as well as training materials on protection standards. The Associate Protection Officer will also facilitate capacity building activities for the protection working group in particular on protection mainstreaming and standards for referrals. S/he will also develop analytical materials such as factsheet and dashboard.
S/he will also support UNHCR protection team in developping policy documents including strategies and SoPs.



The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles. The protection strategy incorporates a thorough age, gender and diversity (AGD) analysis and reflects the Organization’s global, regional and country level priorities. 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.


Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment. Promote International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct. Foster their consistent and coherent interpretation and application through mainstreaming in all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations. 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 to ensure programmes use a child protection systems approach. Contribute to a country-level education plan. Implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities. Oversee and manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners. Recommend 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 through a consultative process with sectorial and/or cluster partners. 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 national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.


Intervene with authorities on protection issues. Negotiate locally on behalf of UNHCR. 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.**



Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master s) in Law, International Law, International Relations, Political Sciences or related field. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) may also be accepted. The degree must have been obtained in an accredited institution listed under


Minimum 2 years of relevant experience with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master s), 3 years with undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) and 1 year with a PhD.
SKILLS: Knowledge of internationl legal framework governing refugees and returnees; excellent research and writing skills; data presentation; willingness to work throughout Jordan; capacity to adapt to changing requirements and to work both independantly and in a team; individual interviews and case management; working with multiple stakeholders (governments, international organizations, civil society).


Knowledge of UN policies and procedures Field experience Commitment to help refugees, IDPs, asylum seekers and stateless persons, and willingness to cooperate with counterparts. Good analytical skills Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural setting Experience of working with displaced persons

Position Competencies

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES, which illustrate behaviours that are essential to achieving deliverables described above, and that are critical to successful performance. All jobs require the staff to abide to the Values and Core competencies of UNHCR.
Code Managerial Competencies
M001: Empowering and Building Trust
M003: Judgement and Decision Making
Code Cross-Functional Competencies
X001: Analytical Thinking
X006: Policy Development and Research
X007: Political Awareness

Language Requirements


Essential: English, Desirable: Arabic and/or any other UN language.
How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit their application online on the UNHCR Careers Page at clicking on “Vacancies”.

Closing date for applications: 8 December 2019 (midnight Geneva time).

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and
opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities
as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are
encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex,
national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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