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

Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10026417
Reports to: Protection
Officer
Vacancy Notice: 019/2016
Duty Station: Kiryandongo,
Uganda
Post Grade: GL6
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 Protection
Associate (Community Based) 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 jobholder will offer support in
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 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 Protection Associate
(Community-Based). The incumbent will also support the designing of a
community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on
consultation with persons of concern.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Support the functional units, the
    Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate
    participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection
    delivery strategy and operational procedures.
  • The incumbent will work closely 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.
    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 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.
  • Support participatory assessments by
    multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with persons of concern.
  • Render support in the planning and
    monitoring of programmes and budgets, with an AGD perspective.
  • Build office capacity for community-based
    protection through training and establishing systems for community
    mobilization and participation of persons of concern.
  • Support communities in establishing
    representation and coordination structures.
  • Ensure community understanding of UNHCR’s
    commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its
    response.
  • The incumbent will 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 AGD sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities as the
    essential basis for all of UNHCR work.
  • AGD sensitive analysis of community risks
    and capacities provides the essential basis for all of UNHCR 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 Protection Associate (Community Based) job placement should have
    completed secondary education 
    additional training/certificate 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 six years of related work
    experience.
  • Computer literacy skills (MS Office,
    including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Knowledge of Administrative/financial
    rules, procedures, processes in the context of UNHCR offices and Field
    operations. -UNHCR learning programmes (Protection Learning Programme)
  • Fluency in English, Madi, Lugbara and
    Aringa
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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