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Entry Level UN Assistant Protection Officer (SGBV) Job Opportunities - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:        Assistant Protection Officer (SGBV)
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10028895
Vacancy Notice: 021/2018
Reports to:  Associate Protection Officer
Duty Station:  Uganda
Post Grade: NOA

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 Assistant Protection Officer (SGBV) works closely with programme and other team members to create a multi-sectoral SGBV prevention and response mechanism. S/he is required to set up coordination with inter-agency partners, government authorities and persons of concern. The incumbent contributes to the development of action plans and SOPs, capacity building and organizing SGBV workshops for a range of audiences including partners, authorities and persons of concern. The incumbent will also take part in reviewing the current SGBV prevention and response framework on the ground to identify critical gaps to be filled. Furthermore, the incumbent will be tasked with ensuring that SGBV-related responsibilities are fully incorporated into the existing protection staffing structure.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Serve as the SGBV focal point for the area of responsibility and coordinate implementation of SGBV programmes for the operation.
  • Work closely with relevant local authorities and other UN agencies to shape and enhance the related working groups as well as technical meetings.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to operational and implementing partners to ensure good quality implementation of projects in line with the operation’s SGBV Strategy.
  • Ensure monthly reporting, including GBVIMS statistics with trends which informs policy, projects development.
  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct in the implementation of activities.
  • Support the initial needs/gaps and capacity assessments on SGBV in close coordination with any on-going joint/common assessments being conducted in the early stages of an emergency response.
  • Provide support to integrate SGBV prevention and response in humanitarian action plans of all programme areas.
  • Actively contribute to the planning and monitoring for multi-sectoral SGBV programming using the Results Framework and Focus in close collaboration with Programme and different sectors.
  • Contribute to establishment/strengthening of SGBV coordination mechanisms throughout the operation.
  • Contribute to establishment and/or strengthening of new strategic and innovative partnerships for SGBV both with community-based, local, national, and international organizations.
  • Provide support in mapping existing services to address SGBV in the various affected areas, including identifying community capacities and structures for potential partnership.
  • Advocate with senior management in UNHCR and other partners, to ensure prioritization of SGBV prevention and response as a life-saving response.
  • Keenly monitor SGBV programs implemented by UNHCR and partners (both implementing and operational) and adjust programming as required.
  • Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all GBV activities and case management systems.
  • Receive and compile data including on GBVIMS from field units to prepare monthly operation report on SGBV informing mid-west operation progress and major issues and challenges in regards to SGBV prevention and response interventions.
  • Contribute to the identification of durable solutions for persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Implement capacity-building activities for all actors, the refugees, service provides including relevant Government institutions and NGOs to strengthen the prevention and response to SGBV and the enhancement of overall protection situation.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to field units ensuring the implementation of activities is aligned to the overall UNHCR and country SGBV strategy.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Multi-sectoral SGBV prevention and response programs based on needs and capacity assessment results are established and programmed.
  • SGBV coordination mechanisms function with all relevant stakeholders and partners.
  • Multi-sectoral UNHCR staff, key partners and persons of concern are trained on SGBV prevention and response.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer (SGBV) job placement should possess an undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, Law or other clearly related disciplines
  • One year of relevant professional experience.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of SGBV prevention and response in displacement.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of local institutions.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and local language.

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: 9th April 2018

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