Application Deadline: March 14th, 2014
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. 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 or curriculum vitae and 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.
Associate Protection Officer (JPO)
Job Description (JPO)
Title: Associate Protection Officer (JPO)
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Duration of the assignment: 1 Year renewable (total of 2 years)
Supervisor: Senior Protection Officer (SPO) Cecile Fradot
Content and methodology of the supervision: The incumbent will work under the direct supervision and guidance of the Senior Protection Officer and the overall supervision of the Representative. After undergoing necessary briefing on the job, the incumbent and the supervisor will agree on a number of objectives to be met as well as core, functional and managerial competencies s/he should demonstrate during the assignment. The supervisor will provide the necessary coaching required by the incumbent throughout the assignment.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the supervision and guidance of the Senior Protection Officer, the Associate Protection Officer will:
1. Serve as the Office Focal Point for all issues related to the protection of Tibetans in Nepal.
2. Assist urban refugees and asylum seekers in Nepal.
3. Undertake other duties as assigned by the office.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
Qualifications: University education with a law degree - International Law, Human Rights Law, and Refugee Law preferred. Post graduate qualifications in law will be an added advantage. University degree (LL.B.) with 4 years of relevant job experience or Advanced University degree (LL.M. – or JD) and 2 years of relevant job experience.
Experience: Two-three years of work experience in law, human rights issues, or refugee assistance.
Skills: Ability to conduct interviews with asylum-seekers and other persons of concern, as well as prepare clear and concise legal assessments of their claims. Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Gender and cultural sensitivity. Ability to adapt to field conditions. Sound judgment and negotiating skills. Security awareness. Excellent communication skills in English, both written and oral. A second UN language would be an added advantage.
Competencies required include:
The UNHCR Representation in Nepal, Kathmandu, has a total of 29 regular UNHCR staff engaged in its different sections such as Management, Protection, Programme and Administration and another 43 UNHCR staff (excluding JPO) working in the UNHCR Sub-Office located in Damak, Jhapa district, in eastern Nepal.
The UNHCR operation in Nepal is involved with four categories of persons of concern. Firstly, it continues to provide protection and assistance for approximately 40,000 refugees from Bhutan, located in two camps in the Jhapa and Morang districts of eastern Nepal. Secondly, the UNHCR also advocates for the safe transit of Tibetans arriving in Nepal on their way to India (approximately 400 per year), and provides protection for Tibetan refugees residing in Nepal (approximately 15,000) who need proper refugee documentation. Additionally, the UNHCR manages an urban caseload consisting of some 300 refugees and asylum-seekers of various nationalities. Finally, UNHCR’s operation in Nepal also deals with issues and persons of statelessness.