UN Jobs – Senior Protection Assistant (Community-based) at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10026819
Vacancy Notice: 33/2016
Reports to: Protection
Duty Station: Arua, Uganda
Post Grade: GL5
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 Assistant will work in close coordination with other UNHCR staff,
government, NGO partners and other stakeholders to work 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
will 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 Protection Associate
(Community-Based) will be 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
  • Assist 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Offer support in 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
  • Serve as an 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’s work.
  • AGD sensitive analysis of community risks
    and capacities provides the essential basis for all of UNHCR’s 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
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR Senior Protection Assistant job opportunity should have completed
    secondary school. Additional Training courses in protection related
  • At least four years’ experience
  • Computer skills (MS Office, including
    Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge
    of another relevant UN language or local language
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: 4th
January, 2017

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