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UNHCR-Anti-Trafficking Specialist-P4-Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau, Moldova

Position Title: Anti-Trafficking Specialist
Receiving Agency: UNHCR
P Level: P4
Duration: 6 months with the possibility of an extension
Language: English is required. Romanian, Russian, and/or Ukrainian is highly desirable


Operational Context
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees and other persons of concern.

UNHCR works together with States and partners to ensure that forcibly displaced women and girls are protected from trafficking.

Diverse forms of exploitation related to trafficking in persons have existed in Moldova exacerbated by the refugee influx and new forms and context specific risks related to the displacement crisis have developed. Trafficking in persons in particular for the purpose of sexual exploitation but also for labor exploitation and other forms have been highlighted as one of the key protection risks by refugee women and girls in Moldova.

UNHCR seeks to strengthen safe identification and referral of victims of trafficking, to improve the knowledge of at-risk communities on the risks of trafficking in person (through awareness raising and community engagement); and to provide direct assistance and protection to victims of human trafficking and people identified to be at very high risk of being trafficked, in particular children. In all of these areas there are significant gaps, and coordination among stakeholders remains weak.
Aim of the Mission

This deployment aims at providing strategic and technical support on Trafficking in Persons in Moldova. Specific focus is on awareness raising, strengthening response programming through expanding existing partnerships, increasing internal and partner capacity to implement TiP programming and capturing good practices and lessons learned in accordance with existing and emerging best practice.

This role will also provide strategic and technical support on AT to the protection working group and across sectors, working closely with the Refugee Coordination Forum structure and other for a as well as linking with operations in the region where required.

It also involves capacity development, assessment and quality reporting in addition to collecting and disseminating of good practices and results and developing/adapting tools and guidance as needed.


The incumbent will work closely with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Regional Bureau, the Divisions of International Protection and if applicable the Global Learning and Development Centre (GLDC).

The successful candidate will undertake all necessary tasks to support UNHCR and the Protection Working Group in Moldova to enhance the refugee response to deliver activities designed to prevent trafficking; provide protection and assistance for victims of trafficking; and to improve coordination and partnership-building among anti-trafficking stakeholders in Moldova.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the following tasks.

In close coordination with the management of the office and the Senior Protection, GBV officer, relevant working groups, IOM, AT government authorities and national AT NGOs and other relevant actors:
  • Produce a comprehensive context analysis, including stakeholder analysis and stocktaking, within one month of starting the deployment, including integrating data from a range of sources, complemented by gathering and analyzing data and information. Prepare a short summary report with clear recommendations addressed to different stakeholders.
  • Improve reporting, within one month of starting the deployment.
  • Further advance the Anti Trafficking strategy and work plan within two months of starting the deployment.
  • Provide strategic advice as to how to foster integration of trafficking issues into the refugee response across sectors and within UNHCR programming. Advise on how to integrate trafficking issues specific to refugees into relevant national processes and plans, including relevant protocols and legislation but also the National Development Plan, UN Common Country Analysis, United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework etc.
  • Review and further advance risk reduction strategies of key risk areas and contexts.
  • Provide advice as to how to strengthen advocay work on AT and develop joint advocacy actions with key stakeholders.
  • Participate in and provide updates weekly during the Protection Working Group jointly with other key stakeholders on AT activities, needs, trends, and progress.
  • Coordinate and liaise with other relevant working groups, partners, and relevant government counterparts on anti-trafficking issues, interventions, and initiatives.
  • Provide inputs and advice to planning processes, reporting, presentations and missions as appropriate, on trafficking trends and responses.
  • Raise awareness amongst key stakeholders on the scope and risks of trafficking. Train frontline workers on scope, indicators, safe disclosure and referral.
  • Support awareness-raising interventions with different outreach strategies and methods to match the needs of different population groups in partnership with other key actors as appropriate, for targeted groups regarding the risks of and/or potential signs of trafficking and exploitation.
  • Develop, where feasible jointly, IEC materials with partners and the members from the refugee community to ensure context specificity and applicability.
  • Invest in social media analysis and develop a social media and communications campaign.
  • Coordinate the design and delivery of fully contextualised training and capacity development activities for protection actors, different working group coordinators, partner staff and refugee and host populations (standardize and translate materials to be shared for further cascading).
  • Coordinate the design and delivery of fully contextualised training activities for partner staff on providing induvial and group awareness raising sessions on trafficking risks and where to seek help.
  • Undertake activities to clarify and expand referral options for victims of trafficking, particularly within existing protection referral pathways, including the national referral protocol, and referral pathways established by the GBV and CP to enhance victims’ options for psychological support/counselling, livelihoods, family reunification (if appropriate), reporting channels (if safe and appropriate) access to judicial processes (if existing, safe, and appropriate), cash-based support and transfer and other support as required.
  • Undertake a mapping of existing protection services for victims of trafficking and smuggling in-country, both national and international, to determine options for referral and/or institutions or partners to support.
  • Provide support and advice to, and collaborate closely with, the national partner organization on AT to foster effective project implementation and coordination on AT activities.
  • Prepare and submit a final end-of-deployment report with concrete recommendations and work plan.

The specialist will cover a dual role: 1. 50% dedicated to supporting the Protection Working Group on Anti-trafficking coordination and 2. 50% Supporting the UNHCR operation on Anti-trafficking programming in collaboration with implementation and operational partners


Essential requirements

  • Extensive experience working with victims of trafficking in persons (preferably in forced displacement or humanitarian settings)
  • Experience in working with case managers, service providers and governmental counterparts including Police and Counter-trafficking units involved in TIP response, GBV, and protection responses;
  • Solid knowledge of Protection (GBV/CP/AT) coordination mechanisms;
  • Experience providing technical guidance, capacity development and/or coaching on AT, protection/GBV principles and approaches;
  • Demonstrated ability to establish working relationships with governmental authorities, other national/international institutions and NGOs;
  • Strong planning, coordination and people management skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Demonstrated analytical, writing and reporting skills.

  • Master’s degree in political sciences, social sciences, humanitarian affairs, development studies, gender studies, law or other relevant fields from an accredited academic institution with 6 years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in one of the above fields with 8 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Languages:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Knowledge of Russian, Romanian, Ukrainian is highly desirable.

Personal Characteristics
The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:
  • Inclusion and respect for diversity – respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency – maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism – demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies (behavioural indicators):
  • Teamwork – develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results – produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge – continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability – takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication – encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.
Managerial Competencies (behavioural indicators):
  • Leadership – provides a clear sense of direction, leads by example and demonstrates the ability to carry out the organization’s vision; assists others to realize and develop their potential.
  • Empowering others and building trust – creates an atmosphere of trust and an enabling environment where staff can contribute their best and develop their potential.
  • Strategic thinking and vision- works strategically to meet the agencies goals and communicates a clear strategic direction.

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