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Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station: Uganda
Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy notice 006/Temp/2020
Position Number: T/02/006/20
Position Grade: NO-A

About US:
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 Community-Based Protection Officer is a member of the Protection Unit in a Country Operation and may report to the Protection Officer, Community-Based Protection Officer, 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 Community-Based Protection Officer 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. To fulfil this role the Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern (PoC). The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·        Act as focal point of the Uganda operation for the Regional Peace-building Programme for South Sudanese Refugee Youth, and coordinate programme activities within the Uganda operation in close coordination with concerned Sub-Offices and CO Kampala and liaise with the Regional Bureau Peace-building Team and consultants as required.
·        Coordinate mapping of ongoing peacebuilding and youth activities [including technical and vocational training and training (TVET), education, child protection, community-based protection, mental health and psychosocial support] and assessment of gaps with support of the Regional Bureau Team.
·        Coordinate mapping of South Sudanese refugee youth groups, while ensuring a representation of a diverse mix of gender, ethnic groups and clans / sub-clans, and educational achievement.
·        Ensure coordination of the Programme with other activities for youth at field level, and identify synergies and potential partnerships with other actors on the ground
·        Supervise the day-to-day activities of the Mentor Trainers (MTs) who are engaged through the Programme, including monitoring work plans and performance
·        Coordinate recruitment of refugee youth peacebuilder trainees with the MTs, including leading efforts to include and incorporate out-of-school, non-elite female and male youth
·        Facilitate assessment and evaluation work for the Programme, including longitudinal study conducted by partner institution
·        Oversee the Youth Peace-building Project fund and activities under the Programme
·        Serve as an advocate for the Programme, both internally within UNHCR and externally
·        Support community-based structures and youth groups to develop and implement community-led initiatives for youth empowerment and peace-building
·        Perform other related duties as required.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·        The ideal candidate for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Assistant Community Based Protection Officer job opportunity should hold an undergraduate degree in the field of international development, cultural studies, human rights, international social work, social science, political science, anthropology, international law or another relevant field
·        One year of previous job experience in the areas of community services, social work (e.g., gender, SGBV programs, women’s empowerment and protection, work with refugees) or/and human rights or related tasks in government, NGO or international organisation is required.
·        Knowledge of English is required.
·        Proven communication skills, both oral and written and demonstrated knowledge of community communication and engagement approaches is desirable.
·        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 is desirable.
·        Judgement and Decision Making
·        Managing Resources
·        Stakeholder Management
·        Planning and Organizing
·        Political Awareness

How to Apply:
If interested in joining the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity, please click on link below to visit website and create profile or express interest if you already have a profile on the UN system.


Deadline: 5th July 2020

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