United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tirana, Albania: Internal and External Vacancy Notice

Postuar më: 01 December 2017 17:32




Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tirana, Albania is looking for qualified and highly motivated candidates interested to apply for the following position:

Title of Position:              Protection Associate, G6

Position Number:            10008684

Note:                              The position has a lien until 03rd June 2018. The selected candidate will be deemed in replacement capacity until the lien is relinquished or until the regular incumbent returns to the post.

Duty Station:                    Tirana, Albania

Type of contract:              Standard Position GS6 (General Service)

Tentative starting date:   1 January 2018

Duration:                           Initially 1 year

Application Deadline:      16 December 2017, 17:30 CET


  1. ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT Define the role of the position within the team, describing its leadership role, if any, it’s external/internal work relationships or contacts, the contextual environment in which it operates and the scope of supervision received, and where applicable, exercised by the incumbent.

The Protection Associate normally reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. He/she monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff.

The Protection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.

The Protection Associate also ensures that persons of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.

The protection associate will have the overall supervision of border monitoring activities with the aim to enhance access to the asylum procedures and access to the Albanian territory. He/she will strengthen strategic partners at the national and local level in order to enhance UNHCR monitoring capacity, and facilitate coordination of governmental and non-governmental institutions. He/she will actively engage with civil society organizations, INGOs and the Ombudsman’s’ office and explore synergies regarding protection monitoring and advocacy interventions. He/she provide technical support to Border and Migration Police (BMP) to ensure that persons in need of international protection willing to present their requests/applications in Albania, are adequately informed of their rights and responsibilities. Moreover, the protection associate will assist the Protection unit with capacity building initiatives to national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen protection related policies and procedures.



Accountability (key results that will be achieved)

– The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.

– Protection activities are guided by the UNHCR country protection strategy.

– The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches.

– Protection incidents are immediately identified and reported.

Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)

– Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.

– Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.

– Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern.

– Provide advice on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.

– Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for persons of concern.

– Contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.

– Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy.

– Contribute to a country-level education plan as part of the protection strategy.

– Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.

– Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.

– Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.

– Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.

– Contribute to effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.

– Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.

Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)

– Prioritize persons of concern for interview, counselling and propose protection support for individual cases.

– Enforce compliance of local implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

– Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.

– Submit individual payments request for persons of concern for approval.


– Judgement and Decision Making

– Analytical Thinking

– Political Awareness

– Stakeholder Management


– Education: Completion of secondary school. Additional certificate/training in International Law, Political Science or related field is required.

– Job experience: Relevant to the function: 6 years.

– Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.


(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of UN working language of duty station and working knowledge of English).


– Good computer skills.

– Completed Protection Learning Programme.


– Interested candidates should read the Terms of Reference carefully and apply if suitably qualified.

– Candidates are required to submit signed Motivation Letter and UNHCR P11 form.

– UNHCR P11 form and Supplement form are available: UNHCR Personal History Forms (open Hyperlink)

Please note that any previous versions of the P11 will no longer be considered.

– Applications of father, mother, son, daughter, or siblings of a staff member of UNHCR cannot be


– Applications will not be acknowledged. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for the

written test and the interview;

– Applicants with working experience in International Organizations, preferably United Nations, are highly

encouraged to apply;

– For any query please contact: [email protected]  

Interested candidates should submit their applications (Completed UNHCR Personal History (P.11) form, P11 Supplement form and Motivation Letter) electronically by e-mail to: [email protected]  or in the sealed envelope addressed to: UNHCR Albania, Skenderbej Str., Gurten Building, 2nd floor, Tirana, Albania referring to the Vacancy Notice reference UNHCR: ALB/TIR/17/GS/03.

Deadline for submitting applications is 16 December 2017, 17:30 CET. Late or incomplete applications received without the above specified documents will not be considered;


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