Senior Protection Associate (Community Based) UN Jobs – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10026395
Vacancy Notice: 020/2016
Reports to: Protection
Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
Post Grade: GL7
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 Associate (Community Based)will work closely with other UNHCR staff,
government, NGO partners and other stakeholders 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
Senior Protection Associate (Community-Based) is required to spend a
substantial percentage of her/his time working outside the office, building and
maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern. The development
and maintenance of constructive relationships with persons of concern that
measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results
forms the core of the work of the Senior Protection Associate
(Community-Based). The incumbent also supports the designing of a
community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on
consultation with persons of concern
Key Duties and
  • The incumbent will support functional
    units the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate
    participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection
  • Through relationships with persons of
    concern and network of partners stay abreast of political, social,
    economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection
    environment and provide advice to the protection team.
  • The incumbent will understand the
    perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concern
    and advise the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific
    protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons,
    persons with disabilities, marginalized groups.
  • Work closely with host communities to
    identify opportunities for national civil society involvement in improving
    the protection of persons of concern.
  • Work in liaison with implementing and
    operational partners as well as with displaced and local communities to
    develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the
    social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organisational and
    livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and
    response to SGBV.
  • Offer support in the analysis that
    identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.
  • Assist with regular participatory
    assessments and ongoing consultation with persons of concern using
    multifunctional teams.
  • In charge of planning and monitoring of
    programmes and budgets with an AGD perspective.
  • Assist in building capacity to maximize
    opportunities for participatory and community-based approaches and to make
    appropriate use of guidelines and tools in working with partners and other
    relevant entities.
  • Support communities in establishing
    representation and coordination structures
  • Ensure community understanding of UNHCR’s
    commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its
  • Offer support in developing UNHCR
    communication strategies by emphasizing the participatory, community-based
    and AGD approaches
  • Act as interpreter in exchange of routine
    information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly
    to routine queries.
  • Perform other relevant duties as required.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • Effective support and advice is provided
    to promote and undertake community-based protection activities which
    address the social, cultural, and livelihood needs of populations of
  • AGD sensitive analysis of community risks
    and capacities provides the essential basis for all of UNHCRs work.
  • The participation of persons of concern is
    assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory,
    rights and community based approaches, which inform protection and
    assistance programming and ensure that UNHCR meets its commitments to
    accountability to persons of concern.
  • National protection capacities are
    improved through direct engagement, research and advocacy with all
    relevant external interlocutors
 Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR Senior Protection Associate (Community Based) job vacancy should
    have completed secondary education with Certificate/ training in
    International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International
    Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology,
    International Law or other clearly related disciplines is required
  • At least 11 years relevant job experience.
  • Computer skills (MS Office, including
    Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Fluency in English, Madi, Lugbara, Aringa
    and Swahili
  • Excellent written and oral communication
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
September, 2016
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