UNHCR Project Jobs – Protection Officer at Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Job Title:   Protection Officer
Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Project
About HIJRA:
Humanitarian Initiative Just
Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international African humanitarian and development
organization that positively contributes towards improving the living standards
and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and conflict in the
Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health, Education,
Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection programs in the
region for a period of more than 20 years.
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding from the
UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a multi-Sectoral Program for refugees Oruchinga
settlement (Isingiro District) and transit centers in Kisoro and Bundibugyo
Job Summary: The UNHCR
Project Protection Officer will be responsible for supervising and
managing the protection sector, by performing duties and responsibilities in
accordance with the objectives and activities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • In
    charge of the protection of populations of concern is met through the
    application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR
    protection standards and IASC principles.
  • Ensure
    the protection strategy incorporates a thorough age, gender and diversity
    (AGD) analysis and reflects the Organization’s global, regional and
    country level priorities.
  • Ensure
    active participation of persons of concern is assured through continuous
    assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based
  • Protection
    incidents are immediately identified and addressed.
  • Ensure
    that analytical reports of protection trends and issues are produced on a
    monthly and ad hoc basis.
  • Keep
    abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have
    an impact on the protection environment.
  • Actively
    promote International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC
    policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Build
    and grow their (Laws and policies) consistent and coherent interpretation
    and application through mainstreaming in all sectors and /or in clusters
    in applicable operations.
  • Significantly
    contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection
    related activities and partners in particular within the newly established
    protection response framework.
  • Compile
    data from the field and partners in a systematic manner. Draft
    consolidated reports on update impact of the protection response framework
    and legal issues.
  • Provide
    legal advice and guidance on protection issues to the operation and draft
    legal notes, as required.
  • Contribute
    to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD
    based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute
    to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy through a
    consultative process with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
  • Actively
    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.
  • Participate
    in initiatives to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions
    and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and
  • Decide
    in consultation with the supervisor and the protection unit issues to be
    researched and topics for thematic reports.
  • Enforce
    compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating
  • Line-manage
    the staff including day-to-day management, development and training,
    appraisals, etc.
  • Facilitate
    regular staff meetings to ensure awareness of project objectives, and
    opportunity for feedback.
  • Provide
    staff coaching and technical supervision to develop ownership /
    responsibility for activities.
  • Ensure
    all possible durable solutions are explored for persons of concern.
  • Take
    a lead role plan of action, to ensure the protection of refugees and
    asylum-seekers through interventions with local authorities and other
    entities on instances of arbitrary arrest and detention. Ensure the people
    of concern have access to legal and fair hearing in court through court
    follow ups, prison monitoring etc.
  • Sensitize
    the Community and Local authorities on Refugee law and Human Rights
    relating to refugees and others of concern to UNHCR, in order to ensure
    that national legislation is in compliance with International Legal
  • Advocate
    for legal aid services from the different legal aid service providers and
    Pro bono services from legal practitioners for the purpose of disposing of
    refugee cases at court.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate should hold a Law degree/ human rights or a comparable
  • Three
    or more years’ work experience in the same field of development and
    humanitarian work and NGOs’
  • Possess
    the ability to produce high-quality legal documentation
  • Ability
    to present and defend cases in a court of law
  • Excellent
    presentation and communication skills and the ability to interact with a
    number of different partners and contacts, including governmental
    authorities, UNHCR, victims and their families etc.
  • Possess
    communication and negotiation skills.
  • Strong
    judgments skills are also a necessity
  • Someone
    who can make ethical and moral decisions
  • Sociable
    and open minded
  • A
    person who can keep confidential information
  • Must
    have a solid knowledge of the local law and be able to grasp new concepts
    with ease and accuracy
  • Very
    organized and need to have good time management skills to meet deadlines
    on time.
  • Ability
    to speak more than one indigenous and foreign language would be desirable
How to Apply: 
All qualified Ugandan nationals
are encouraged to send an application plus updated CV to: vacancies.ug@hijra.or.ke. Please
clearly indicate the position tile in the subject line of the E-mail. 
NB: Due
to the urgent need to fill this position, shortlisting will be done as we
receive applications. The earlier you apply the better!
Deadline: 15th January 2015

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