Fresher UN Assistant Protection Officer Job Opportunities – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:        Assistant Protection Officer
Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10028938
Vacancy Notice: 002/2019
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to:
Protection Officer      
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 will report
to the Protection Officer. The incumbent may have supervisory responsibility
for protection staff including community services, registration, resettlement
and education. He/she will provide functional protection guidance to information
management and programme staff; and monitors protection standards, operational
procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international
standards. The Assistant Protection Officer is expected to: coordinate quality,
timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of
concern; and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and
integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. He/she
contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the
organization externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the
supervisor. He/she also ensures that persons of concern are involved with the
Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights
or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the
incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities
of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • 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
  • Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation
    related to persons of concern
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of
    concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of
    personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Carry out eligibility and status determination for persons of
    concern in compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international
    protection principles
  • Promote and contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce
  • Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the
    protection strategy
  • Contribute to a country-level education plan as part of the
    protection strategy.
  • Provide inputs for the development of global / regional
    international protection policies and standards.
  • Implement and monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all
    protection/solutions activities
  • Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child
  • Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other
    protection incidents.
  • Assess needs for Promote and find durable solutions for the largest
    possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation,
    local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Assess resettlement needs and apply priorities for the resettlement
    of individuals and groups of refugees and other persons of concern
  • Actively contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of
    protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational
  • Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy
    with sectorial and/or cluster partners
  • Contribute to and facilitate effective information management
    through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and
    their problems.
  • Contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and
    individuals to assert their rights.
  • Take part in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant
    institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related
    legislation and procedures.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • The protection of populations of concern is met through the
    application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR
    protection standards and IASC principles.
  • Protection activities are guided by the protection strategy and
    respect the policy of UNHCR on age, gender and diversity (AGD)
  • The participation of persons of concern is assured through
    continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and
    community based approaches
  • Protection incidents are immediately identified and addressed

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant
    Protection Officer job opportunity should hold a University degree in Law,
    International Law, political Sciences or related field.
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of English
  • Diverse field experience desirable.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills
  • Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, RSD- Resettlement Learning
  • Ability to work as part of a team but also independently, in a
    multi-cultural environment.
  • Knowledge of the UN system.
  • Ability to work in remote areas.
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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