Job Title: Senior Protection Assistant Vacancy Notice: VN 02/2020 Position Number CYP/2020/1
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus Position Grade: UNOPS L-ICA 5 Closing Date: 2020-01-27
Organizational Context

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (''UNHCR'') is the agency entrusted by the United Nations General Assembly with the mandate to provide international protection to refugees and, together with Governments, to seek permanent solutions to the problems of refugees. Article 35 of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and Article II of the 1967 Protocol requires states parties to cooperate with the office of the UNHCR in the exercise of its supervisory responsibilities. UNHCR's supervisory responsibility has been reflected in European Union law, including by way of a general reference to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees in Article 78 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (''TFEU''), as well as in Declaration 17 to the Treaty of Amsterdam, which provides that ''consultations shall be established with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (. . .) on matters relating to asylum policy''.  
Within the framework of UNHCR's supervisory responsibility, the UNHCR country office in Cyprus seeks a Senior Protection Assistant to be stationed at the first reception centre 'Pournara' in Kokkinotrimithia.  The Senior Protection Assistant undertakes to monitor the protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery at the first reception center, in line with international standards. 



 The Senior Protection Assistant provides quality, timely and effective protection support to persons of concern (PoC) and identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards in operational responses. She/he contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on protection issues as guided by the supervisor. In addition, the Senior Protection Assistant provides functional protection support to UNHCR information management and Programme staff. 

The Senior Protection Assistant ensures that PoC are involved in decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the Senior Protection Assistant will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, the authorities and protection and assistance partners. 

The Senior Protection Assistant will undertake the following tasks and responsibilities:
  •  Consistently apply international and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities, identify gaps and make recommendations to remedy them. 
  • Provide information and counselling on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Participate in individual protection case management including cases of SGBV and child protection. 
  • Support activities in protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners. 
  • Draft reports, routine correspondence, update relevant databases and compiling statistics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).
  • Contribute to initiatives to enhance national and local protection capacities. 
  • Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners. 
  • Perform other related duties as required. 

Minimum Qualification and Professional Experience Required

  •  Completion of secondary education, undergraduate degree (equivalent of BA/BS) in Law, Psychology, Social Science or related field. Graduate degree (equivalent of Master's) or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) may also be accepted. 
  • At least 3 years of previous work experience directly relevant to the position. 
  • Fluency in English and Greek is essential, knowledge of French or Arabic is desirable. 
  • Computer skills (MS Office and People Soft applications). 
  • Excellence writing/drafting skills. 
  • Analytical skills: Ability to identify trends and produce relevant and usable information; assesses needs quickly and accurately; offers well-supported recommendations for a course of action.
  • Planning and organizing skills: ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, respond to competing demands and work under pressure of frequent, multiple and tight deadlines. 
  • Inter-personal skills: ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; ability to develop partnership and networks in community development work. 
  • Communication skills: Is sensitive, compelling and clear in formal and informal communication; has well developed listening skills; explains complex matters in a clear and informative way.
  • Client & Result Orientation: Understands and exceeds client needs. Ensures overall provision of quality service to persons of concern. Is sensitive to and responsive to the age, gender and diversity requirements of clients. 
  • Stakeholder Management: Builds networks of mutual trust with stakeholders in order to maximise results for people of concern. Effectively engages with stakeholders and collaborates with partners. 

Other information

How to apply:
Please note that his is a local position for which a valid working permit in Cyprus is required;
To apply, please download the Personal History Form (PHF) and Supplementary Sheet at:  Then signup and complete the online application form;
PHF must be signed for an application to be considered valid;
Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted;
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview;
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