Social Protection Associate

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UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees


Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)

A (least hardship)

Family Type (not applicable for home-based)

Family

Staff Member / Affiliate Type

UNOPS LICA6

Target Start Date

2024-08-01

Job Posting End Date

July 2, 2024

Terms of Reference

• Solid knowledge about the national social protection system, in particular, about their structure, social programs in place and the main challenges for the access of displaced population or in disaster or emergency situations.
• Demonstrated experience in working with governmental social protection systems, including assistance in liaising and coordination with ministries at national and decentralized levels.
• Proven knowledge and technical skills in assisting in the development and strengthening of capacities, including the designing, implementing and/or monitoring various types of social protection programs and/or adaptive social protection.
• Field experience in humanitarian work with vulnerable and/or displaced populations.
• Fluency in Spanish and working knowledge of English (minimum B2 overall).

 

Standard Job Description

Social Protection Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Social Protection Associate will assist with operationalizing the inclusion of forcibly displaced and stateless people in national social protection systems. The incumbent will assist with managing strategic partnerships and coordinating with both internal and external stakeholders including key development actors, national authorities and other relevant operational partners.

The Social Protection Associate will coordinate closely with the relevant staff across the operation, including Protection, Programme, Livelihoods, Cash-based Interventions, External Relations and other technical sectors. S/he will play a key role in ensuring high-quality communication with stakeholders and support the organisation of joint activities.

The Social Protection Associate normally works under the supervision of the Senior Development Officer, the Senior Protection Officer or any other senior officer as delegated by the Representative as Social Protection Focal Point. The incumbent will also work with technical support and strategic guidance from Senior Social Protection Officers in the regional bureaux and in Headquarters (HQ).

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.

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.

Duties

  • Support the supervisor and UNHCR senior managers to engage in relevant government-led processes and ensure UNHCR’s participation in national social protection working groups and other coordination forums.

  • Support the supervisor to contribute to the establishment and maintenance of effective working relations with relevant public and governmental entities and officials, local authorities and strategic social protection partners through systematic communication and information sharing.

  • Support the analysis of forcibly displaced and stateless people’s access to national social protection systems and programmes, as well as coverage gaps and access barriers.

  • Assist with adequate administrative and coordination to support the design and/or operationalization of UNHCR’s multi-year social protection country strategy/roadmap, and the implementation of relevant strategic programmes and partnerships for the benefit of forcibly displaced and stateless persons and host communities.

  • Engage in capacity building activities on social protection for country office staff, including trainings on social protection engagement as well as knowledge management products documenting experiences and learning, in collaboration with Senior Social Protection Officers in the regional bureau and HQ,

  • Keep abreast of social protection discussions and events and assist in providing relevant information to external and internal stakeholders regularly.

  • Facilitate and provide administrative and logistical arrangements to organise missions, workshops, coordination meetings and other events through managing contact lists, meeting calendars, organizing meetings, minute taking, and follow-up on agreed action to be taken.

  • Prepare documents and reports.

  • Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making is risk based in the functional area of work. Flag 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 G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education

Not applicable.

Certificates and/or Licenses

Economics                  Development Studies                       International Relations

Law Political Science          Social Science               

or other relevant field.

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

Relevant Job Experience

Essential

Demonstrated experience in working on social protection and in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of actors – including government.

Desirable

Previous experience in UN/UNHCR. Previous experience in working with civil society and/or the public and governmental entities. Experience of working on the humanitarian-development nexus.

Functional Skills

*IT-Computer Literacy

*IT-Microsoft Office Productivity Software

* CO-Drafting and Documentation

*SO-Networking

SO-Presentation skills

PR-International protection concepts and principles

(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.

Competency Requirements

All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and/or cross-functional competencies. The six core competencies are listed below.

Core Competencies

Accountability

Communication

Organizational Awareness

Teamwork & Collaboration

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies

Empowering & Building Trust

Cross-Functional Competencies

Planning & Organizing

Political Awareness

Stakeholder Management

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.

Required Languages

English

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Desired Languages

,

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Additional Qualifications

Skills

CO-Drafting and Documentation, IT-Computer Literacy, IT-Microsoft Office Productivity Software, PR-International protection concepts and principles, SO-Networking, SO-Presentation skills

Education

Certifications

Development Studies – Other, Economics – Other, International Relations – Other, Law – Other, Political Science – Other, Social Sciences – Other

Work Experience

Other information

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

Home-Based

No

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