Job Title: Senior Protection Assistant Vacancy Notice: VN 19/2019 Position Number Not. Applicable
Location: Algeciras, Spain Position Grade: UNOPS L-ICA 5 Closing Date: 2019-04-29
Organizational Context

2018 closed with the Western Mediterranean route havingbecome the most transited one of the Mediterranean. As of 31 December 2018,more than 58,000 migrants and refugees reached Spain through its Southern Coastvia sea, including Algeciras area. As of the first trimester of 2019, whilstthe number of arrivals have decreased in respect of figures seen in the lastmonths of 2018, these continue to be considered as high taking into account theSpanish context.


In the current Spanish context, the permanent presence ofUNHCR personnel at Algeciras to cover three main points of sea arrivals in Cádiz province (Algeciras, Tarifaand Barbate) through the Strait of Gibraltar as well as Ceuta, is highlyinstrumental to ensure adequate identification and referral to asylumprocedures or adequate channels of all arrivals in need of internationalprotection, applying an age, gender and diversity (AGD) approach as well as tobuild awareness and promote sustainable structures for the authorities to getengaged and lead this work in near future.


Under the guidance of the Senior ProtectionAssociate (Field Coordinator) and in close consultation with the SeniorProtection Officer and under the overall guidance from the Representative inSpain, and applying a strong AGD focus on all activities, particularly withregard to access to territory, identification of international protection needsand reception conditions, the Senior Protection Assistant will:

  • Monitor and provide feedback to CO Spain on access to territory to the asylum procedure, with focus on advocacy for the establishment of and participation in an identification and referral mechanism for land and sea arrivals;
  • Document border practices at sea and land entry points as regards registration, interviews and assessment of profiles, identification of special needs and available responses to each group;
  • Advocate for prevention of detention in Aliens Internment Centres, from the outset, fro those who express their intention to apply for asylum;
  • Monitor the formalization of asylum applications and the implementation of the asylum procedure in Ceuta and Cadiz province (Algeciras/Tarifa), identifying good and bad practices and, feeding into development of recommendations done by CO Spain;
  • Conduct interviews and relevant data gathering on protection need/gaps, AGD implications and ways to address them, trends, routes and, most importantly evolving profiles of arrivals of persons of concern transferred from the enclaves, to better plan and prepare response activities. Keep record of arrivals applying and AGD focus in fact sheets;
  • Support CO Spain to develop a specific protection strategy for Ceuta, including the establishment of adequate procedures for identification of persons with specific needs and swift transfers to the mainland;
  • Monitor standards and practice in reception facilities in Ceuta and the impact of increased arrivals on the reception system in the mainland, applying AGD and community based analyses. Feed into development of recommendations by CO Spain for improvement of reception conditions based on participatory assessments with women, men and children of concern;
  • Prepare inputs for and support the development and implementation of SGBV standard operating procedures (SOP) for CETI, and participatory mechanisms with AGD perspective;
  • Carry out monthly participatory assessment exercises with groups of women, children and men, on issues pertaining to access to protection, living conditions, specific needs;
  • Identify protection needs and specific needs and AGD implications among arrivals and channel them to adequate response mechanisms; and promote adequate referrals to specific channels;
  • Provide relevant information on asylum to persons of concern, complementing as relevant the activities of UNHCR's implementing partner;
  • Contribute to the effective implementation of the partnership at local level, by liaising with authorities and partner teams when relevant in order to ensure the delivery of the project;
  • Build and enhance capacity of local actors involved in identification and reception of asylum seekers at the border mainly border police but also lawyers and interpreters, and work with local civil society organizations with the aim to strengthen partnerships and their role in protection activities in Ceuta/Cadiz province (Algeciras/Tarifa), identifying possible new stakeholders;
  • Organise meetings and public events with stakeholders as required;
  • Establish and maintain contact with local authorities as required;
  • Promote use of legal international instruments such as the ECHR and the EU legislation on access to territory, access to asylum and non-refoulement;
  • Support CO Spain with participation in relevant for a and in meetings as required;
  • Support CO Spain's communication strategy on access to territory and protection in the enclaves and Andalusian coast;
  • Travel: frequent trips to Cadiz, Tarifa and Ceuta, and other cities in the region as required for operational reasons; meetings in CO Madrid for coordination and reporting purposes, if applicable.

Minimum Qualification and Professional Experience Required


Completion of Secondary school.  Additional training courses in protection related issues is desirable;

Minimum 4 years of professional experience relevant to the function;

Good knowledge of international human rights law and refugee law, including EU asylum law and institutions, Spanish asylum and migration legal framework, trafficking in human beings legal framework and protection mechanisms and child protection mechanisms including BID procedures;

Good knowledge of AGDM methodologies;

Excellent command of Spanish, very good English;

Good computer skills.

Excellent skills to manager relations with external partners;

Strong interpersonal and cross cultural skills and flexibility;

Capability for change and to adapt to different situations;


University Degree in Law or related fields

Experience in the Spanish asylum/migration system;

Experience in border monitoring projects;

Experience in border monitoring projects;

A good knowledge of Arabic and French are desirable;

Other information


Please note that this is a local position for which having a valid working permit in Spain is required;

To apply, please download the Personal History Form (PHF) and Supplementary Sheet at: Then signup/login and complete the online application form.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the assessment.

No late applications will be considered.

Shortlisted candidates will be assessed through a written test and an oral interview.




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