UN Jobs – Protection Associate (Community-Based) – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:           Protection Associate
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Position No.: 10026396
Vacancy Notice No.: 015/2018
Duty Station: Uganda
Position Grade: GL6        
About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was
established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.
UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international
protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees
and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate
concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under
Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
Job Summary: The Protection Associate (Community-Based) is
a member of the Protection Unit in a Country Operation and may report to the
Protection Officer, Protection Officer (Community-Based), or another more
senior staff member in the Protection Unit. The incumbent will work in close
coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other
stakeholders, the Protection Associate (Community-Based) works directly with
communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their
capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. The incumbent
may have direct supervisory responsibility for part of the protection and/or
support staff and supports the application of community-based protection
standards, operational procedures and practices in community-based protection
delivery at the field level. To fulfil this role the Protection Associate
(Community-Based) is required to spend a substantial percentage of her/his time
working outside the office, building and maintaining networks within
communities of persons of concern. The development and maintenance of constructive
relationships with persons of concern that measurably impact and enhance
protection planning, programming and results forms the core of the work of the
Protection Associate (Community-Based). The incumbent also supports the
designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based
on consultation with persons of concern.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Support functional
    units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate
    participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection
    delivery strategy and operational procedures.
  • Build relationships
    with persons of concern and network of partners stay abreast of political,
    social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection
    environment and provide advice to the protection team.
  • Understand the
    perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concern
    and advice the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific
    protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons,
    persons with disabilities, marginalized groups.
  • Work in liaison with
    host communities to identify opportunities for national civil society
    involvement in improving the protection of persons of concern.
  • Work closely with implementing
    and operational partners as well as with displaced and local communities
    to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the
    social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organisational and
    livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and
    response to SGBV.
  • Assist in the analysis
    that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they
  • Support participatory
    assessments by multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with persons
    of concern.
  • Render support in
    planning and monitoring of programmes and budgets, with an AGD
  • Build office capacity
    for community-based protection through training and establishing systems
    for community mobilization and participation of persons of concern.
  • Support communities in
    establishing representation and coordination structures.
  • Ensure community
    understanding of UNHCR’s commitment to deliver on accountability and
    quality assurance in its response.
  • Act as interpreter in
    exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities
    and respond directly to routine queries.
  • Perform any other
    relevant duties as required.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Effective support and
    advice is provided to promote AGD sensitive analysis of community risks
    and capacities as the essential basis for all of UNHCR work.
  • AGD sensitive analysis
    of community risks and capacities provides the essential basis for all of
    UNHCR work.
  • The participation of
    persons of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation
    using participatory, rights and community based approaches, which inform
    protection and assistance programming and ensure that UNHCR meets its
    commitments to accountability to persons of concern.
  • National protection
    capacities are improved through direct engagement, research and advocacy
    with all relevant external interlocutors. 

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate
    for the United Nations UNHCR Protection Associate (Community-Based) career
    placement should have competed Secondary education; Training/certificate
    in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights,
    International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science,
    Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines is
  • At least six years of
    previous relevant job experience.
  • Good computer skills
    with proficiency in MS Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access
  • Fluency in English and
    working knowledge of another relevant UN language or knowledge of the
    local languages.
How to Apply:
All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are
encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions
after reviewing the job details.
Deadline: 20th March 2018
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