Protection Officer, P3, Lebanon (Temporary Job Opening)- Lebanon

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UNRWA, the largest United Nations operation in the Middle East with over 30,000 staff working across five areas of operation, is looking for highly committed personnel wishing to make a change.

If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to make a tangible difference for one of the most vulnerable communities in the world, UNRWA would like to hear from you.

The incumbent is assigned to strengthening Humanitarian Principles (HP) initiative. S/he is responsible for ensuring that all activities related to protection as identified by the UNRWA protection policy are mainstreamed into core programmes in an effective, efficient, ethical and politically sensitive manner, and that institutional capacity development takes place to embed protection into service delivery at all levels of operations.

In the implementation of this function, the incumbent will also be responsible to ensure, as and where appropriate, that relevant other cross-cutting issues, such as gender, disability and youth, are included in protection mainstreaming initiatives and activities.

The incumbents reports to the Protection and Neutrality Team Leader in Lebanon


– Leads protection component of integrated assessments of all UNRWA facilities, maintaining compliance to standard operating procedures, ensuring follow-up and accountability for any protection issues uncovered during integrated assessments; ensures that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concerns are reflected in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities, minorities and other groups of concern; – Oversees and coordinates measures to ensure programmes’ compliance with protection standards; – Identifies and coaches Programme Protection Focal Points to develop adequate knowledge, leadership and capacity to mainstream protection within their programmes and services; – Provides technical support and policy advice in respect of agreed themes and activities; supports the Protection Working Group through the Project Cycle Management approach to develop an annual work plan with clear deliverables and indicators of success; – Supports fundraising, formulation and implementation of field protection programme initiatives responding to protection needs; – Coordinates with internal and external actors to conduct mapping and assessment of protection issues and the existing protection system within the field of operation; the assessment of protection issues should be made in a format that can feed into field specific as well as agency-wide vulnerability assessments; – Supports the development and delivery of protection-related training and knowledge building including the development of a training strategy based on clearly defined standards and competencies; – Develops and maintains effective external relations, including with UNRWA partners, other agencies, donors, and beneficiary stakeholders related to protection, humanitarian coordination, and institutional capacity development on cross cutting issues, and assisting in establishing protection multi-sector and multi-stakeholder coordination mechanisms; through relationships with persons of concern, authorities and network of partners stays abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.

Competencies UN Core Values of Integrity, Professionalism and Respect for Diversity, and Core Competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results apply by default.

Default managerial competencies may apply. – Relating and Networking – Planning and Organizing – Analyzing – Creating and Innovating – Respect for Diversity – Professionalism For guidance on how to prepare for competency-based interviews: https://careers.un. org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=AYI Education A university degree from an accredited educational institution in public or business administration, social sciences international humanitarian assistance, law, international relations or related discipline, with a focus on international rights, international humanitarian law and/or refugee law. Job Specific Qualifications Work Experience At least six years of progressively responsible relevant experience is required At least two of work experience with an international or large government organization in the area of refugee protection, protection mainstreaming and humanitarian project management is required Unless already serving as an international staff member in the UN Common System, at least two continuous years of relevant international experience outside UNRWA, and outside the country(s) of which the candidate is a national or holds citizenship, a passport or a national identity number, is required.

Experience in the design, implementation, evaluation and monitoring of protection-tailored projects is required. Previous work experience in refugee settings, preferably with international organizations, such as UNHCR, UNRWA or ICRC, or other relevant international non-governmental organizations; is required Knowledge of activities of UNRWA operations and services is desirable In-depth knowledge of Middle Eastern geo-political realities and their socio-cultural implications is desirable Languages Fluency in spoken and written English is required Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Type of Contract and Duration: Project funded for 3 months from 1 September until 31 December 2022 with the possibility of further extension subject to availability of funds, need and performance.

Only applications that have been fully completed in UNRWA’s online e-recruitment system Inspira will be considered and no late applications will be accepted.

The Personal History Profile (PHP) should be completed with full work experience under the experience tabs as per the requirements in the Job Opening. A roster may be created from the selection exercise, and successful candidates may become eligible for a temporary appointment to the same post or a similar post. UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

UNRWA welcomes applications from qualified candidates with disabilities.

UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions from UN member states, regional bodies, business foundations and individual contributions. The mission of UNRWA is to help Palestine refugees achieve their full potential in human development under the difficult circumstances in which they live. For more details on UNRWA, please visit: /

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