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    UNOPS – Community-Based/Social Protection Experts – contingency roster, various duty stations

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    Scadenza: 13 settembre 2017

    The Central Mediterranean has become the primary entry point to Europe for refugees and migrants since mid-2016. In 2017, between January and June, some 83,752 refugees and migrants arrived by sea to Italy (19% increase compared to 2106). Women and children represent over 40% of the arrivals.

    Italy is at a critical juncture because of the pressure on its asylum, reception and integration systems. The number of refugees and migrants accommodated in various reception centers went in 2016 from 103,000 to over 170,000, with around 80% in emergency facilities.

    By the end of 2016, UNHCR estimates that there were 147,000 recognized refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection permanently living in Italy, including 547 resettled refugees in 2016 and an increased number of returnees from other European countries under Dublin, as well as an estimated 15,000 stateless persons or at risk of statelessness.

    UNHCR has at the core of its protection mandate promote meaningful participation of persons of concern. Over the time UNHCR has strengthened the rights-based foundations of its work that include the promotion of the right of every person to participate in deciding and shaping their lives. UNHCR in Italy intents to enhance further its community-based approach to work together with refugees and other persons of concern from their arrival to their integration. Through the systematic application of its Age, Gender and Diversity Policy, regular facilitation of Participatory Assessments and rollout of a series of pilot projects aimed to promote capacities and self-reliance of refugees, UNHCR Italy seeks to ensure that all persons of concern enjoy their rights on an equal footing and that are able to participate and influence any decision affecting their lives and build together a favourable protection and integration environment.

    In this context, UNHCR is looking for qualified candidates to perform functions of Community-based protection/ Social Protection Experts.

    Major Duties and Responsibilities:

    The CBP Expert will – in coordination with the other partners and actors, in liaison with the relevant Authorities as appropriate and under the supervision of the UNHCR Senior Protection Officer, be called to carry out the following activities:

    1. Produce Age, Gender and Diversity analysis on the protection risks affecting refugee and asylum seekers in Italy;
    2. Promote participation of refugees and asylum seekers using participatory, rights and community based approaches;
    3. Contribute to the design, implementation, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of protection programs undertaken by UNHCR and its partners; 2 | 3
    4. Represent UNHCR on liaising with relevant stakeholders, including relevant governmental institutions, NGOs, civil society, refugees and asylum seekers and others as appropriate;
    5. Promote engagement and participation of refugee, Italian communities and civil society organizations on the protection, reception and integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Italy;
    6. Support establishment of groups of refugee volunteers and refugee advocacy groups;
    7. Promote representation and leadership of refugees and asylum seekers on decision making structures and forums;
    8. Establish a community protection monitoring and support network of volunteers;
    9. Provide support to the Senior Protection Officer in her functions as required and depending on needs;
    10. Carry out other activities and perform other duties as required.

    Qualifications Required:

    • University degree in Law, Political Science, Health, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology or related humanitarian and social areas;
    • At least four years of experience in the field of social services and issues;  Good knowledge of international standards and tools on international protection;
    • Good knowledge of civil society and social movements in Italy;
    • Good knowledge of Italian asylum system and social protection systems;
    • Great availability to move and travel mainly in the assigned AoR but also outside, depending on needs and also at short notice;
    • Knowledge and skills on needs assessment methodologies, data management and communication tools are an asset;
    • Fluency in Italian and English are essential and knowledge of other languages spoken by refugees and asylum seekers are a great asset;
    • Driving licence (category B).

    Starting Date: to be defined
    Envisaged Duration: initial period of three months (probationary) with possibility of extension Envisaged Duty Stations: various duty stations across the country
    Remuneration: UNOPS Local Individual Contractor Agreement (L-ICA) terms and conditions
    Closing date for applications: 13 September

    How to apply

    Please download the Personal History Form (P11) at: www.unhcr.org/recruit/P11_UNHCR.doc. Complete the P11 in English and send it, along with a motivation letter also in English, by email to: itarovacancies@unhcr.org. Please quote position title in the subject line. Incomplete or late applications will not be taken into account. Acknowledgements shall only be sent to candidates short-listed for an interview. Short-listed candidates will be required to sit a written test.

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