Application Deadline: May 24, 2013
Applications must be emailed to JPOCoordinator@state.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on the date indicated in order to be considered. Thank you.
How to Apply:
Please note that PRM-sponsored JPO positions are open to U.S. Citizens only.
Applicants must submit a completed United Nations Personal History form (UN P-11) via email to JPOCoordinator@state.gov by the deadline noted above. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. The UN P-11 form is available for download from the UNHCR website at http://www.unhcr.org/recruit/p11new.doc. PRM will accept the UN P-11 form without a signature. If desired, you may also submit a resume, curriculum vitae and a letter of interest. Please specify the position for which you are applying in the Subject line of the email (i.e. Associate Protection Officer – Kabul, AFGHANISTAN). You must send a separate email and application for each position for which you are qualified and wish to be considered. For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions on the PRM website.
• For more information about UNHCR’s operations at this post, please visit the UNHCR website at www.unhcr.org.
• Fluency in both English and Spanish is required.
• University degree in Law/Public International Law, Political Science, or International Affairs required. An advanced degree is strongly preferred for participation in the PRM-sponsored JPO program.
• At least 2 years of relevant professional experience, including knowledge of international refugee law and relevant experience in refugee resettlement required.
• International experience, refugee experience, and experience working with international organizations is an asset for participation in the PRM-sponsored JPO program.
• JPO contracts are initially issued for one (1) year and then renewed. U.S. JPOs are expected to serve a complete (2) two-year JPO term.
• The JPO job description and related information which follow are provided by UNHCR.
Title of the post: Associate Resettlement Officer
Sector: Durable Solutions, Resettlement
Location/Duty Station: Quito, Ecuador
Duration of the assignment: Initial period of 1 year
Title and name of Supervisor: Pablo Zapata, Resettlement Officer
Title of other international staff members in same duty station: Representative, Deputy Representative, Senior Protection Officer
Content and methodology of the supervision: The supervisor will be responsible for providing guidance in the preparation of Resettlement Referral Documents and reports prepared by the incumbent. The supervisor will ensure that the incumbent is part of the Career Management System, objective setting, performance review, and learning plan. The supervisor will meet regularly with the incumbent to ensure that he or she is able to fulfil his or her objectives and to review progress made thus far. The supervisor will make sure that the incumbent receives any necessary training related to the functioning of the post.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The major tasks/responsibilities are:
ACCOUNTABILITY (key results that will be achieved)
AUTHORITY (decisions made executing responsibilities and to achieve results)
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
Qualifications: University Degree in Law (Public International Law) Political Sciences, or International Affairs.
Experience: Bachelor degree and minimum 4 years work experience or Master degree and minimum 2 years of work experience. Knowledge in international refugee law and relevant experience in this field.
Skills: Excellent level of English and Spanish essential. Computer skills in power point, acrobat and desktop publishing an advantage. Ability to work in multi-cultural organization and under tight time-constraints and pressure.
REQUIRED COMPETENCIES which illustrate behaviors that are essential to achieving deliverables described above, and that are critical to successful performance. All jobs require the staff to abide to the Values and Core competencies of UNHCR
M002 Managing Performance
M003 Judgment and Decision Making
X001 Analytical Thinking
X002 Innovation and Creativity
X003 Technological Awareness
X004 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
X005 Planning and Organizing
X006 Policy Development and Research
X007 Political Awareness
X008 Stakeholder Management
X009 Change Capability and Adaptability
TRAINING COMPONENTS AND LEARNING ELEMENTS:
(the training components should indicate through which activities learning will be structured);
(The learning elements indicate what the incumbent will learn during the assignment, defined in measurable results through applied skills or demonstrated competencies and specified per year).
Through the analysis, processing and submission of resettlement cases, the JPO will strengthen his/her skills in refugee status determination (pre-requisite for resettlement submission), becoming knowledgeable not only on UNHCR’s doctrine, but also in the jurisprudence and administrative practice of the 12 countries to which UNHCR Ecuador submits resettlement cases.
Through the processing of resettlement cases, the JPO will learn all aspects related to case management, including security risks for the beneficiaries, as well as those related with the vulnerability of the cases (gender, age and diversity issues).
By supervising the work of junior caseworkers, the JPO will learn managerial and performance management skills.
Through the writing of periodic reports, the JPO will strengthen his/her analytical and writing skills.
Since 2003, UNHCR resettles Colombian refugees from Ecuador. Until 2011, 6,972 refugees have been submitted for resettlement, and 3,714 of them have effectively traveled.
UNHCR resettles refugees with physical protection needs in Ecuador (mainly those who are also persecuted in Ecuador by Colombian irregular armed groups), survivors of violence and/or torture, women at risk and refugees without foreseeable alternative durable solutions, and who do not have effective access to the rights granted in the Constitution and laws. Therefore, the Resettlement Unit manages security cases and those with particular vulnerabilities. It is important that the incumbent is able to manage the stress derived from managing cases with security risks and of persons who have suffered very severe violence.
As from July 2011, resettlement of Colombian refugees is one of the seven priority UNHCR resettlement operations worldwide, because of the complexities involved in the resettlement of this particular caseload, and as a way to use strategically the resettlement of refugees as a way to strengthen the local protection framework. This has brought an increase of slots available to resettle refugees from Ecuador, and a raise of expectations both by resettlement countries and the Ecuadorian authorities, to sharply increase the resettlement operation.
This increase requires additional resources, both for processing cases, but also to manage the resettlement program. It is expected that the JPO will be able to decisively contribute in both areas of work.