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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees offers assistance and protection to refugees around the world. UNHCR is one of the largest refugee agencies, with a staff of over 16,800 employees in 134 countries who help millions of refugees, returnees and internally displaced, and stateless persons.
The UNHCR Office in the Netherlands is seeking a candidate to fill the vacancy of the following position:

Protection Associate (G6) in The Hague – the Netherlands (PN 10032292)

The Protection associate will be part of the Protection Unit in UNHCR the Netherlands. S/he will support the Unit on matters related to asylum and refugee policy in the Netherlands and will work under the supervision of the Head of Unit. External contacts are with a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including inter alia, government, media, embassies, donors, other UN agencies, NGOs and other national and international organizations, as well as general public on matters of importance to the Organization.

Under the guidance of the supervisor, the Senior Protection Associate, the Protection Associate will:
1. Promote and implement UNHCR’s global and regional objectives and activities
2. Monitor developments and protection standards, procedures and practices in protection delivery
3. Contribute to designing a comprehensive protection strategy aiming at ensuring quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern
4. Contribute to the implementation of UNHCR advocacy and awareness-raising activities
5. Provide support in representing the Office externally

To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders. S/he will also consistently apply International and national Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.

The incumbent’s duties and responsibilities will include:
– Monitor political, legal, security and other developments which impact on UNHCR-related interests in the Netherlands including the protection environment, report on them and when relevant, propose remedial measures
– Liaise, provide advice and information, and intervene as relevant, directly or through appropriate referrals, with persons of concern, authorities, NGOs, lawyers on issues of concern; respond to queries from Government Officials, NGOs, lawyers, individuals, etc.
– Contribute to the elaboration of a protection strategy including strengthening child protection mechanisms.
– Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection-related Age gender and Diversity (AGD) based programming
– When applicable, manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents
– Monitor Refugee Status Determination (RSD) trends to identify developments or issues impacting on the efficiency or quality of RSD decision making; support the development of quality assurance initiatives in the context of the national asylum procedure and assist in litigation efforts.
– Contribute to initiatives to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen the national protection response.
– Contribute to and prepare legal interventions and comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern, applying international, EU and national law and UNHCR policies and standards
– Monitor policy and practice on reception conditions for asylum seekers
– Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation and local integration and help promote implementation of complementary legal pathways of admission;
– Monitor policy and practice on resettlement of refugees and relocated asylum-seekers. Liaise with UNHCR HQ and in the field to facilitate smooth operations;
– Promote and contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness;
– Contribute to and prepare briefing notes and reports on issues of concern
– Perform other duties as required.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience
– Education: Completion of secondary school.
– Additional certificate/training in International Law, Political Science or related field is required:
– Experience in working in the field of refugee or human rights law is an asset.
– Job experience: Relevant to the function: 6 years
– Fluency in English and Dutch.

Desirable qualifications & competencies

– Familiarity with the Dutch context of asylum and migration and the Dutch institutions involved in asylum and refugee matters
– Excellent communication skills
– Experience of working with social media
– Programme management experience
– Good computer skills (MS Word, Excel and Power Point essential)
– Previous experience working with UNHCR is an asset
– Working knowledge of another UN language

One year Fixed-Term Appointment renewable.

Interested candidates are invited to fill in the Personal History (P.11) form which can be obtained at Completed forms are to be submitted by 17 November at 24:00, together with a CV in English to with ‘Protection Associate’ and the candidate’s surname in the subject line.
Late applications will not be accepted.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

UNHCR has a zero tolerance policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), an unacceptable behaviour and prohibited conduct for UNHCR personnel.