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Job Title:       Senior Protection Assistant
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: UNOPS/001/01
Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy Notice UNOPS/001/2020
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Post Grade: LICA-5

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 Community-Based Protection Assistant will dedicate 60% of her / his time in supporting coordination of community-based protection activities country-wide, and 40% of his / her time to support community-based protection activities in urban Kampala in close coordination with other members of the urban protection team and partners.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·        Support the coordination of community-based protection activities in the Uganda operation, including providing field support when required
·        Assist the integration of participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection strategy and sectoral interventions
·        Support the promotion of peace building initiatives within the operation including liaising with relevant stakeholders and sharing of good practices to enhance peaceful co-existence amongst communities.
·        Actively participate in and support coordination of relevant inter-agency coordination groups, such as the Peaceful Co-Existence Taskforce and Persons with Specific Needs (PSN) Sub-Working Group under the National Refugee Protection Working Group.
·        Assist with data management as well as internal and external reporting on thematic areas under the purview of the Community-Based Protection Unit, including community mobilization and empowerment, Age Gender and Diversity (AGD), PSN, and peaceful co-existence
·        Support liaison and coordination with relevant national authorities and other concerned stakeholders on issues related to disability inclusion, elderly, and other related matters.
·        Participate in relevant external meetings on behalf of UNHCR when required;
·        Undertake case management and follow-up on individual cases, including conducting interviews and providing counselling to PoCs, assessing cases for social needs and durable solutions and recommending appropriate responses, conducting home visits, and making referrals to respective service providers (partners, government institutions and other agencies) where required, in accordance with applicable policy and guidelines;
·        Monitor and engage closely with UNHCR’s partners and other organizations in Kampala to ensure that identified refugees and asylum seekers with specific needs receive appropriate assistance;
·        Assist with community outreach activities, and support community-based groups in Kampala to promote community empowerment and self-reliance;
·        Assist the integration of participatory and community-based approaches in the urban refugee response, to ensure that programming decisions are guided by PoCs' perspectives and capacities.
·        Perform other duties as required

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·        The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Senior Protection Assistant job vacancy should have completed a High school diploma
·        Completion of a university degree in the following areas or related field of study would be an asset: International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law is required.
·        Minimum 5 years of previous job experience relevant to field is required.
·        Knowledge of English is required.
·        Ability to cope with stress; culturally and social sensitive is required.
·        Experience in working with UN/NGOs in a refugee context is required.
·        Good knowledge of and demonstrated skills on the main MS-Office software applications is required.
·        Accountability
·        Communication
·        Organizational Awareness
·        Teamwork & Collaboration
·        Commitment to Continuous Learning
·        Client & Result Orientation

·        Experience in working with children is desirable

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: 24th February 2020

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