Application Deadline: April 29, 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 – Baku, Azerbaijan). 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: Baku, Azerbaijan
Supervisor: Protection Officer, Mr. Alexander Novikau
Other International Staff in Duty Station: Representative, Protection Officer, Admin / Program Officer, and Associate Protection Officer
Content and methodology of the supervision: The incumbent will work under direct supervision of the Protection Officer, who will provide on-the-job guidance and coaching. The incumbent's performance will be reviewed through annual Performance Appraisal Reports. The objectives of the Protection Unit will be discussed and implemented under the overall supervision of the Representative and through joint planning between the Protection Officer and the Associate Protection Officer, taking into consideration organizational priorities, staffing constraints, specific work requirements, and general UNHCR protection policies and guidelines.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer, the incumbent shall fulfill the following duties and responsibilities:
1. Act as the main IDP focal point within UNHCR Azerbaijan.
2. Assist with capacity building and increasing coordination:
3. Respond to protection needs of population of concern:
4. Undertake other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:
Qualifications: Higher University degree in Law or in Political/Social Sciences. Degree in International Law, Human Rights Law, and Refugee Law preferred. Post graduate qualifications in law will be an added advantage.
Experience: Minimum 6 months of professional experience in the field, preferably in multi-cultural environment. Working experience in the field of human rights is desirable.
Skills: Excellent knowledge of English. Knowledge of Russian is desirable. Previous working experience in the Caucasus and Azerbaijan is desirable; relevant field experience is an asset. Ability to deal with people in a sensitive and understanding manner when required, but also diplomatic and firm when appropriate. Respects the need to deal with sensitive issues with confidentiality; responsive to the needs of vulnerable groups. Demonstrates skills in establishing collaborative working relationships with authorities and relevant partner organisations; good judgement and analytical skills. Able to facilitate team work and establish and maintain good working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Skilled at preparing written materials in a clear, concise and compelling manner; excellent drafting skills and sound communication skills. Good computer skills and working knowledge of MS Office.
Relevant UNHCR Functional Competencies:
Azerbaijan has one of the highest per capita concentrations of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the world and current Government statistics show that the number of internally displaced from Nagorno Karabakh and seven occupied territories is around 600,000. UNHCR established its presence in Azerbaijan in December 1992 and launched an emergency and relief operation to assist thousands of IDPs with shelter, health care, education, food, water, sanitation, non-food relief items, income-generation, and protection activities. Due to greater capacities of the Government of Azerbaijan to support IDPs, as well as donor fatigue and the frozen nature of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, UNHCR’s programs of assistance have been gradually down-sized over the years. The Government of Azerbaijan now assumes full responsibility for improving the conditions of IDPs and as of 2004 the international community has substantially curtailed their direct assistance in support of the IDPs. However, UNHCR still plays an important role as a leading agency in the protection sector and is coordinating with the Government on the overall assistance strategy to IDPs
UNHCR’s interventions in the IDP currently focus on needs assessments, awareness raising and advocacy for rights-based protection. In consultations with the Government, UNHCR presented an Analysis of Gaps in the Protection of IDPs in March 2010. As a follow up to this UNHCR has, in close cooperation with the Government, established sector working groups to ensure an effective, transparent inter-agency response to the situation of IDPs in Azerbaijan and improve their possibilities for finding durable solutions to their situation. UNHCR also aims to further engage the Government, the UN and other stakeholders in contingency planning for a Humanitarian Emergency in Azerbaijan resulting from change in the state of the Nagorno Karabakh Conflict.
To ensure that IDPs’ rights are protected and privileges provided in accordance with national legislation and in compliance with international protection standards, UNHCR also provides free legal counselling and assistance to IDPs. A growing problem relates to IDPs who are at risk of being evicted from their current place of residence which they occupy. UNHCR has a close dialogue with the Government to contribute to finding solutions to this issue and to assist individual IDPs at risk with legal assistance. UNHCR also continues to implement a modest assistance program to complement the Government’s efforts to improve the living situation of IDPs in Azerbaijan. The assistance is mainly focused on small scale community-based activities; quick impact projects (QIPs) and capacity building.
Baku is classified in category A on the UNHCR mobility and hardship allowance scale. The city has a large number of newly refurbished, high quality apartments. Water/sanitation, electricity and gas provision is, however, of variable quality, although power/gas/water cuts are rare in the city center. Social infrastructure lacks proper maintenance and this includes public communication services, which are in a poor state. A small number of Western style medical clinics operate in Baku, the standard of which is comparable to facilities in Western countries. Due to the large influx of foreigners working in the oil and gas industry in Azerbaijan, the price level on apartments and in places frequented mainly by foreigners is high. Although Azerbaijan is a Muslim country, dress codes are liberal, but men and women should avoid wearing shorts in the street, as this can attract unwelcome attention. Baku is generally a safe city but instances of street crime and assaults on foreigners occur.