Prot Off (Mixed Migration)

East & Horn of Africa (EXT) | Nairobi

Protection Officer (Mixed Migration)

The Protection Officer (Mixed Migration) will function under the direct supervision of the Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Yemen Situation. As a member of the Regional Office he/she will serve as the sub-regional focal point for thematic issues of law and protection policy relating to refugee protection and durable solutions in the context of international migration, and provide legal and policy support on these issues to Country Offices in the Horn of Africa.

- The protection needs of populations of concern are met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles governing humanitarian coordination.
- The operations in the region have a clear and coherent comprehensive protection strategy which 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.
- National protection capacities are improved through direct engagement, research and advocacy with all relevant external interlocutors.
- Protection incidents are immediately identified and addressed through direct intervention, advocacy and public exposure.

- Support the Bureau and Country Offices in the Horn of Africa on the further development and implementation of regional strategies on smuggling, trafficking and onward movement, including the EU funded Regional Development and Protection Programme in the Horn of Africa (RDPP-HA).
- Promote harmonised and integrated approaches on asylum/migration related issues across the region, including developing SOPs for the Gulf of Aden Strategy through a consultative process with relevant stakeholders.
- Ensure effective coordination, liaison and collaboration with relevant internal and external partners on mixed migration, including on protection at sea.
- Monitor, gather and analyse information on a range of issues related to asylum/migration, including new developments and trends.
- Assist with the development of project proposals and explore funding opportunities to implement migration-related protection strategies.
- Liaise, report on and ensure regular information exchange within HQ and across the sub-region on mixed migratory movements.

- Approve the protection strategy for endorsement by the Senior Protection Officer, Assistant Representative Protection or the Representative.
- Chair protection coordination meetings, including Protection Cluster meetings in applicable operations.
- Intervene with authorities on protection issues. Negotiate locally and as appropriate with resettlement countries and countries of return on behalf of UNHCR.
- Take review decisions on individual cases.
- Enforce compliance of staff and partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
- Approve expenditures under the UNHCR protection budget.

- University degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field with good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law.
- Minimum 8 years (6 years with Advanced University degree) relevant work experience of which 2 years in the field and 3 years in an international capacity.
- Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES.  Describe any experience or knowledge that would be an asset, such as: UNHCR Learning Programmes, other training, additional languages, Field/HQs experience, etc.
- Diverse field experience desirable.
- Good IT skills including database management skills.
- Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme, MLP.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: East & Horn of Africa (EXT) | Nairobi
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security policy
    • Social studies
    • Migration
  • Closing Date: 2016-07-11

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