EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer - UNHCR Associate Protection Officer - Albania, Tirana

Junior
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Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

The Junior Protection Volunteer Position is designed to offer eligible candidates the opportunity to gain experience in the humanitarian sector in an international environment, while meaningfully contributing to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s mission by assisting in the provision of protection solutions to the UNHCR’s population of concerns in the Republic of Albania. The selected candidate will specifically focus on assisting in ensuring access to the territory and access to asylum procedures. 

The Office of the UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international actions to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and wellbeing of refugees. UNHCR strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State. UNHCR also has a mandate to identify and assist stateless people, and to work towards reducing statelessness.

Accession to the European Union will remain the overriding priority of the Albanian government in 2019 and beyond. The focus on EU accession provides opportunities to strengthen asylum legislation and procedures in line with international and EU standards.

During 2018, the number of arrivals to Albania part of mixed movements and asylum requests has substantially increased as compared with previous years. UNHCR estimates that some 70% of those arriving and requesting asylum are from refugee-producing countries The Government with UNHCR’s and partners’ support has expanded reception capacities to cope with the increased mixed influx of persons entering, transiting and requesting asylum in the country. Although the vast majority of those arriving leave the country after a few days, the Government and UNHCR are jointly working to enhance and enhance asylum procedures and coordinate efforts to provide solutions for vulnerable asylum seekers and for those willing to enjoy international protection in Albania.

The Junior Protection Volunteer will join a multidisciplinary UNHCR team and will work under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer.

Tirana is generally a safe city. The public transport is safe to use. There are no direct threats towards foreign/international staff in Albania. Medical services are available and are of good quality. Apartments and flats are easily available and generally in good condition, with well-working services. The cost of housing is reasonable, the provision of goods and services, in general, is good.

Tasks
UNHCR Protection Volunteer

Main tasks:

• Supporting the Protection Team
• Providing support to the daily running of the office, in particular to the Protection Officer and Protection Assistants;
• Conduct profiling interviews with asylum seekers
• Addressing individual queries and meeting persons of concern as required
• Drafting letters/emails
• Support the information management officer with data entry regarding asylum seekers profile and protection incidents reported during the interviews.
• Compiling statistics
• Attending external meetings and training events as appropriate
• Support the protection team with the organizations of events, conferences, roundtables, including the World Refugee Day on 20 June.
• Conducting research (legal and non-legal)
• Other tasks as may reasonably be required

Please note!

The following tasks will be added:
- 10% of the EUAV time will be allocated for communication tasks, to demonstrate the value added and impact of the EU Aid Volunteers initiative and its different actions, and the professional contribution of EU Aid Volunteers. This will be implemented through specific channels discussed with the communications officer.
- Get in touch with the ECHO's RIOs (Regional Information Officers) to, previously approved by the line manager, share information about HOPE and the experience to be an EU Aid Volunteer.
- Develop one story from the field (an anecdotal story about their experience/work/ impact) produced during the assignment that may be uploaded into the network for use by sending/hosting organisation and the European Union for communication purposes.
- Conference/workshop participation: Where appropriate, contribute to sharing experiences of life as an EU Aid Volunteer at conference/workshops organised by sending or hosting organisations and the European Commission.

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Required competences
 
University degree in human rights law, public international law, international relations, development studies and/or other social science disciplines are encouraged to apply
Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language
Ability to work as part of a team
Good analytical and drafting skills
Strong verbal and written ability in English
Good intercultural communication skills
Computer literacy in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and good web skills
Selection criteria
Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

Candidate should have:

• Minimum two years of relevant experience;
• Proficiency in English (written, spoken).

• University degree in human rights law, public international law, international relations, development studies and/or other social science disciplines
• Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.
• Knowledge and experience of the humanitarian coordination system and of the programmatic matters;
• Experience working in the humanitarian sector, either with the UN or with an NGO;
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with teams from various backgrounds and cultures.

Condition of service

UNHCR online corporate training platform will be available for the EU Aid Volunteer for capacity building through e-courses.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to learn about UNHCR’s work and mandate at national and international level, and to by directly contribute to the protection of refugees in Albania. The successful candidate will also receive on-the-job training and complete self-study modules, including self-study learning on UNHCR Programme modules. It is expected that –as part of multifunctional teams- the volunteer visits entry points at borders and reception facilities.

The volunteer will work at the UNHCR Office in Tirana, which is housed in the UN Common House. Sporadic visits to border points and reception facilities outside Tirana will be undertaken. Medical services are available and are of good quality. Apartments and flats are easily available and generally in good condition, with well-working services. The cost of housing is reasonable, the provision of goods and services, in general, is good. Security situation is stable and there is no immediate threat of violence.

In addition to the costs covered by the program, volunteers get a monthly subsistence lump sum payments 298.13EUR. At the end of the successful deployment, sum of 100EUR x every month deployed, will be paid towards the relocation.

Selection process

Candidates are asked to submit their documentation to the Estonian Refugee Council staff by 31.03.19 via following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf71nqLgWcXR4X7bZu51nvpOoF73Z2w...

Required documents are:

- CV Europass in English
- motivation letter
- proof of EU citizenship/long therm residency (copy of passport or residency permit)
- university certificate (copy)

Those invited to the interview round are required to fill the Self Assessment Questionnaire 2 days prior the interview. SAQ can be downloaded below. If you encounter any problems with submission, please contact us at: euaidvolunteers@pagulasabi.ee

Shortlisting will be concluded in 2 weeks after closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for the interview. All interviews will be done online, where the interview panel will consist of at least one members of UNCHR.

To select the final candidate for each position pre-selected candidates from the interview round will attend both an online and in-presence EU Aid Volunteer training, which are a part of the selection process.

Based on the interviews one or more candidates will be chosen per position. Hence please note that additional candidates may be selected for a single position.

The selection of additional candidates is to ensure a substitute volunteer per position. The substitute volunteer may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he/she resigns, is no longer available or of other reasons.

The final selection takes place shortly after the in-presence training. The remaining candidate(s) may be offered the chance to be registered in a reserve pool to cover drop-outs or unforeseen needs, and thus still have a chance of being deployed at another position.

Induction training:
All final selected candidates will attend a pre-deployment introduction training (2,5 days) at Danish Refugee Council’s headquarter in Copenhagen.

Training costs:
Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the EU in-present training and the induction training will be fully covered (i.e. EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself).

If a candidate is working outside of the EU at the time of their training course, the travel costs for the following groups of volunteers will be fully covered:
• EU citizens who legally reside in a non-EU country for long-term or forever (i.e. who live in that country).
• EU citizens who are on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts more than 24 months (i.e. who work in a third country).

For the following groups or persons only the costs from an EU country to the training venue shall be covered:

• EU citizens on a temporary assignment in a third country that lasts less than 18 months (e.g. internships, traineeships, apprenticeships, short-term jobs).
• EU citizens that are selected for the training by the same organization or affiliate with which they have an ongoing assignment in the third country, if this assignment is longer than 18 months.

Timetable
Date of training
June
Apprenticeship Placement
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Pre-deployment preparation and induction
1 week prior department
Deployment
01.08.2019–31.03.2020
Post-deployment activities
3 months after deployment
Self assessment questionnaire
File Self-assessment questionnaire
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