Sunday, October 1, 2023

New Job United Nations (UN) at UNHCR Tanzania - Associate Protection Officer

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Jobs in Tanzania 2023: New Job Vacancies at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Tanzania 2023
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Jobs
Associate Protection Officer
Kasulu, Tanzania
time type Full time
job requisition id JR2330103
Only candidates who are not nationals of the country of assignment are eligible to apply to this position
Hardship Level D
Family Type Family
Residential location (if applicable)
Grade PR2

Staff Member / Affiliate Type Professional
* Staff members will not normally serve in International Professional positions in the country of their nationality. In addition, in case of a first appointment upon recruitment, the assignment must be outside the staff member’s country of nationality.
In practical terms this means that you are not eligible to apply for International Professional vacancies advertised in the country where you are national of.

Reason Regular >
Regular Assignment
Remote work accepted No
Target Start Date 2024-01-01
Job Posting End Date November 28, 2023

Standard Job Description
Associate Protection Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Associate 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-based protection registration, resettlement and education. S/he provides functional protection guidance to information management and programme staff on all protection/legal matters and accountabilities. These include: statelessness (in line with the campaign to End Statelessness by 2024), Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) commitments, age, gender, diversity (AGD) and accountability to affected populations (AAP) through community-based protection, Child protection, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response, gender equality, disability inclusion, youth empowerment, psycho-social support and PSEA, registration, asylum/refugee status determination, resettlement, local integration, voluntary repatriation, human rights standards integration, national legislation, judicial engagement, predictable and decisive engagement in situations of internal displacement and engagement in wider mixed movement and climate change/disaster-related displacement responses. S/he supervises protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards.

The Associate Protection Officer is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern, ensuring that operational responses in all sectors mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards. The incumbent contributes to the design of a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the organization externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor. S/he also ensures that persons of concern are meaningfully engaged in the decisions that affect them and support programme design and adaptations that are influenced by the concerns, priorities and capacities of persons of concern. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection.

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.

- 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 which integrate AGD sensitive procedures.
- Oversee and manage individual protection cases, including those on GBV 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.
- Participate in the organisation and implementation of participatory assessments and methodologies throughout the operations management cycle and promote AGD sensitive 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.
- Promote and integrate community-based approaches to protection and contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
- Support activities in the area of risk management related to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, fraud, case-processing, data protection, and human rights due diligence at country level.
- 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.
- Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).
- Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications
Years of Experience / Degree Level
  • For P2/NOB - 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education
  • Law, International Law, Political Sciences or other relevant field
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Certificates and/or Licenses

Protection Learning Programme
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience

  • Professional experience in the area of refugee protection, internal displacement, human rights or international humanitarian law. Good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles.
  • Desirable
  • Field experience, including in working directly with communities. Good IT skills including database management skills.

Functional Skills
*PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators
*PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordination
MG-Project Management
PR-Human Rights Doctrine/Standards
PR-International Humanitarian Law
PR-Assessment of IDPs Status, Rights, Obligation
PR-Climate change and disaster related displacement
CO-Drafting and Documentation
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements
  • For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
  • For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
  • For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile Incumbent should have the following essential competencies and experience:
• Good knowledge of general protection, including community-based protection, GBV and child protection, as well as registration.
• Excellent communication skills, including proven strong verbal and drafting skills.
• Solid field experience working in refugee and camp contexts, leading protection interventions, including significant experience in training facilitation
• knowledge of RSD procedures and involvement in implementation of asylum procedures
• Good coordination skills
• Advocacy skills and political awareness

Below competencies and skills are desirable:
• Good use of proGres V4 and data management, as well as PRIMES.
• Experience in an effective planning of protection activities with all stakeholders (government, implementing and operational partners, refugees) based on the strategy and vision of the Office, and experience in partnership development and monitoring.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Desired languages

Operational context
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

Nature of Position:
The Nyarugusu camp, in the Kigoma region of Tanzania, was created in 1996 after an estimated 150,000 Congolese refugees escaped civil war and fled into Tanzania. In addition, in 2015, over 110,000 Burundian refugees were accommodated in Nyarugusu and other camps after fleeing civil unrest. As of June 2023, nearly 90,000 Congolese refugees and asylum seekers reside in Nyarugusu camp, as well as nearly 50,000 Burundian refugees and a relatively small number of refugees (534) from other countries. Most recently, from January through August 2023, the DRC experienced an uptick in violence, and over 14,000 new Congolese asylum seekers have been received, registered, and accommodated in the camp.

The Nyarugusu camp currently hosts a large group resettlement programme geared towards Congolese refugees, prioritizing those who arrived between 1996 and 1999. UNHCR and the Government of Tanzania have facilitated voluntary repatriation for Burundian refugees since September 2017, and as of 11 October 2023 159,294 Burundian have returned home. As per the Government of Tanzania's currant policy, all Burundian refugees have to go back home, and the option of local integration doesn't exist for this population group The Government of Tanzania, however, has an open-door policy for Congolese asylum seekers due to the ongoing conflict in DRC.

The distance between UNHCR FO-Kasulu and Nyarugusu camp is about 90 km, and UNHCR and the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of Tanzania jointly manage the camp.

Key responsibilities of the Associate Protection Officer include supervision of the Protection team, including the Community-Based Protection teams and overseeing Child Protection, services to People with Specific Needs (including older persons), Education, and communication with host communities. The Associate Protection Officer monitors UNHCR partner activities in these sectors. She/He participates/leads the CCCM, Sector Lead, and camp coordination meetings in the camp. She/he also contributes to the protection strategy and ensures that UNHCR principles, including Accountability to the Affected Population, AGDM, Do-No-Harm, etc., are honoured in the implementation of all activities, including by conducting the annual exercise of the Participatory Assessment. The Associate Protection Officer oversees the reception, registration and other services provided to the Congolese new arrivals. She/He also works closely with the Repatriation Officer to support the Volrep of the Burundian refugees. The Associate Protection Officer reports to the Head of the Field Office and coordinates protection activities with the Snr Protection Officer in Dar es Salaam and the protection team in the field to ensure complementarity and effectiveness in the delivery of all protection services.

Living and Working Conditions:
The Kasulu Field Office is situated in the Kigoma region, and its current UNDSS security level is 2. No security incidents involving staff have been recorded recently. However, UNDSS has imposed specific travel restrictions, and travelling after designated hours is not allowed. Kigoma experiences two distinct weather patterns: a dry season from May to September and a rainy season from October to April.

Some of our international staff members reside within the UNHCR compound. It's important to note that accommodation within the compound is limited. However, staff can find basic accommodation options in the town. Working conditions are generally satisfactory, with reliable internet and communication facilities. Food availability is somewhat limited, primarily consisting of basic vegetables and fruits. Many international staff members choose to bring their own food when returning from R&R, or they can place orders from Dar Es Salaam.

UNDP operates a clinic at the Kasulu Field Office to provide essential healthcare services, staffed by a doctor and one nurse. Staff may need to travel to Dar es Salaam for specialised medical care. While Kasulu is considered a family duty station, there are no educational facilities for the children of international staff members. It's essential to understand that Kasulu is somewhat isolated socially, and the staff are entitled to a 12-week R&R cycle.

Additional Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA): International Law, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Law, Bachelor of Arts (BA): Political Science

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Work Experience

Accountability, Analytical thinking, Change capability & adaptability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Managing performance, Managing resource, Organizational awareness, Planning & organizing, Teamwork & collaboration.

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