UN Senior Protection Assistant Job Careers – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:      Senior
Protection Assistant

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Position No.: UNOPS/005/19/1

Vacancy Notice: UNOPS – 005/2019 

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

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 Senior Protection Assistant normally reports to the Protection
Officer or the Senior Protection Officer.  He/she monitors protection
standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line
with international standards and provides functional protection support to information
management and programme staff. The Senior Protection Assistant provides
quality, timely and effective protection support to persons of concern and
identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards
in operational responses. He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive
protection strategy and may liaise externally with local authorities and
partners on protection issues as guided by the supervisor. The Senior
Protection Assistant 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: 

  • Consistently apply International and
    National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes
    of conduct.
  • Provide counselling on protection issues
    to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the
    issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Support activities in protection related
    AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Conduct preliminary information
    gathering and interviews in support of eligibility, status determination,
    durable solutions and social needs assessment.
  • Contribute to measures to identify,
    prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to a country-level child protection
    plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Contribute to a country-level education
    plan for persons of concern as part of the protection strategy.
  • Monitor Standard Operating Procedures
    (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Participate in individual protection
    case management including cases of SGBV and child protection. Monitor and
    report on cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Assist in identifying durable solutions
    for persons of concern in voluntary repatriation, local integration and
    where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation
    and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with
    implementing and operational partners.
  • Assist in drafting reports, routine
    correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics for
    the protection unit / section.

Key Result Areas:

  • 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
    UNHCR country protection strategy.
  • The participation of persons of concern
    is facilitated through supporting participatory, rights and community
    based approaches.
  • Support is provided to identify and report
    protection incidents.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations UNHCR Senior Protection Assistant job placement should have
    completed secondary school.  Additional Training courses in
    protection related issues
  • At least five years relevant working
    experience. Two to three years of direct work experience 
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge
    of another relevant UN language or local language
  • Good computer skills.
  • Completed Protection Learning Programme.


  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Political Awareness
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Managing resources 

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: 25th August 2019

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