Fresher UN Assistant Protection Officer (Community Based) Jobs – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10030517
Vacancy Notice: 002/2019
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to:
Protection Officer (Community-Based)
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
(Community-Based) is a member of the Protection Unit in a Country Operation and
may report to the Protection Officer (Community-Based), or another more senior
staff member in the Protection Unit. Under the overall direction of the
Protection Unit, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO
partners and other stakeholders, the Assistant Protection Officer
(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. S/he 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 Assistant Protection Officer (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 Assistant Protection Officer
(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: 
  • Be fully informed about community structures and the protection and
    security situation of the population of concern and develop strong links
    with a cross-section of members of refugee/IDP/stateless communities,
    using an AGD approach.
  • Through 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 senior management.
  • Ensure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the
    persons of concerns are reflected in the protection strategy, planning
    processes and operations plan addressing the specific protection needs of
    women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with
    disabilities, and marginalized groups.
  • Ensure through direct action and advocacy with more senior
    protection staff that the necessary resources are allocated to enable
    community work to identify and address protection and assistance gaps.
  • Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local
    levels, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement
    integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities,
    including, for example, child protection, education and SGBV, and
    solutions approaches.
  • Offer technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners and
    implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on all
    community-based protection related issues.
  • Support the design, implementation and evaluation of protection
    centred and solutions oriented programming with implementing and
    operational partners guaranteeing that community-owned activities are
  • Support communities in establishing representation and coordination
  • Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among
    populations of concern, authorities and host communities
  • Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and
    reports, making direct contact with persons of concern, host communities,
    local authorities and partners. In operations applying the humanitarian
    cluster system, contribute to ensuring that the response of the Protection
    Cluster is grounded in an AGD-compliant strategy which covers all assessed
    and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.
  • Support the Operations work to ensure the protection strategy is
    fully integrated into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and
    Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Humanitarian Country Teams common
    humanitarian action plan where applicable
  • Actively contribute to the Protection teams information management
    component which: provide disaggregated data on populations of concern and
    their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection
    information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide
    technical advice if necessary
  • Ensure participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches
    are included in strategies and plans in the Country Operation.
  • Ensure community understanding of UNHCRs commitment to deliver on
    accountability and quality assurance in its response.
  • Support persons of concern to develop structures that enhance their
    participation and protection.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Effective and timely support is provided to the formulation of a
    clear and coherent protection and solutions oriented strategy, which
    incorporates a thorough age, gender and diversity analysis and reflects
    the Organizations global, regional and country level priorities.
  • AGD sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities provides
    the essential basis for all of UNHCRs 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
  • Protection incidents and needs are immediately identified and
    addressed through direct intervention, advocacy and public exposure

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant
    Protection Officer (Community Based) job opportunity should hold a
    University degree in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human
    Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science,
    Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines
  • At least two years of professional working the areas
    of community services, social work (e.g., gender, SGBV programs, womens
    empowerment and protection, work with refugees) or/and human rights or
    related tasks in government, NGO or international organisation.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN
  • Diverse field operational experience.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Extensive knowledge of community communication and engagement
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of and demonstrated competencies
    in forced displacement and protection, particularly SGBV prevention and
    response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the
    application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.
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
Deadline: 10th January 2019
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