Category/grade:General Service, G6
Location:San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Type of contract:Fixed-term appointment
Effective date of assignment:01 June 2020
Date of Issue:06 May 2020
Closing Date:13 May 2020
The Community-Based Protection Associate is a member of the Protection Unit and will be directly supervised by the Head of Field Office and with a clear technical reporting line to the Associate Protection Officer (Community Based). Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the Community-Based Protection Associate works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. The incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for part of the protection and/or support staff and supports the application of community-based protection standards, operational procedures and practices in community-based protection delivery at the field level. To fulfil this role, the Community-Based Protection Associate is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of PoC. The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results, form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC.
As a result of presence and social and territorial control from Gangs and Maras, communities face constant pressure to participate in illegal activities, reduce their social and community work, limit their movement, limit the use of community spaces such as parks, playgrounds and community centers and thus diminishing their right to participate and take decisions on the well-being of the community, including access to social services and programmes. These restrictions have a negative impact on the community and its organizational structures. The incumbent will support in the implementation of the Community-Based Protection (CBP) strategy of the San Pedro Sula Field Office, which includes developing CBP initiatives addressed to enhance protection environment for PoC and mitigate the impact of violence and risk of displacement in urban and rural high risk areas of intervention.
- Through relationships with PoC 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 the protection team. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC and advise the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups.
- Work with host communities to identify opportunities for national civil society involvement in improving the protection of PoC.
- Work with implementing and operational partners as well as with displaced and local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organisational and livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and response to SGBV.
- Build office capacity for community-based protection through training and establishing systems for community mobilization and participation of PoC.
- Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures.
- Ensure community understanding of UNHCR’s commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
- Assist in the analysis that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.
- Support participatory assessments by multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with PoC.
- Assist in planning and monitoring of programmes and budgets, with an AGD perspective
- Act as an interpreter in exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.
- Contribute to the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR’s work.
- Initiate AGD sensitive interventions at the appropriate level on community-based protection issues and to respond to protection concerns and incidents within the office, with external interlocutors, groups and individuals based on agreed parameters.
- Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
- Perform other related duties as required.
- Intervene with authorities on protection.
- Recommend and prepare payments to individual cases.
- Identify and select which individuals or groups to prioritize for counselling and field visits based on agreed criteria.
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:
- Completion of Secondary School with training/certification in Law, development studies, social science, human rights, political science, social work or a related field.
- Minimum 6 years of relevant professional job experience.
- IT-MS Office Applications
- IT-Computer Literacy
- Fluency in Spanish and working knowledge English
Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:
- UNHCR learning programmes (PLP).
- Knowledge of MSRP.
- IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
- UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures
- UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures
- PR-Community-based Protection
- PR-Community-based Protection – Principles and methodologies
- CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
- PG-Experience with coordinating with Implementing Partners (Governmt/INGO/NGO/Corporate)
- TR-Capacity Building
Teamwork & Collaboration
Commitment to Continuous Learning
Client & Result Orientation
Judgement and Decision Making**
Planning and Organizing**
Eligibility / External candidates:
External candidates:External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.**
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at:http://icsc.un.org Completed and relevant university education can count as maximum 50% of the required years of work experience.
How to apply
Submission of Applications:
If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your letter of motivation, Personal History Form by e-mail clearly stating the position title, vacancy notice number and your Last Name in the subject line to:
Personal History Formhttps://www.unhcr.org/how-to-apply.html?query=personal%20history%20form
No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or oral interview.UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing or any other fees).
UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
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