UN Senior Protection Assistant Job Careers – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:      Senior Protection Assistant
Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10026817
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 regularly monitor protection standards, operational
procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international
standards and will provide functional protection support to information
management and programme staff. The Senior Protection Assistant will provide
quality, timely and effective protection support to persons of concern and
identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards
in operational responses. The incumbent will also contribute to designing a
comprehensive protection strategy and may liaise externally with local
authorities and partners on protection issues as guided by the supervisor. The
Senior Protection Assistant will also ensure that persons of concern are
involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in
accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their
problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain
effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and
protection and assistance partners.
Key Duties and
  • Consistently apply International and
    National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes
    of conduct.
  • Provide counselling on protection issues
    to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the
    issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Support activities in protection related
    AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Carry out preliminary information
    gathering and interviews in support of eligibility, status determination,
    durable solutions and social needs assessment.
  • Significantly contribute to measures to
    identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to a country-level child
    protection plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Contribute to a country-level education
    plan for persons of concern as part of the protection strategy.
  • Regularly monitor Standard Operating
    Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Actively participate in individual
    protection case management including cases of SGBV and child protection.
  • Monitor and report on cases of
    refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Offer support in identifying durable
    solutions for persons of concern in voluntary repatriation, local
    integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation
    and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with
    implementing and operational partners.
  • Offer support in drafting reports, routine
    correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics for
    the protection unit / section.
  • Significantly contribute to initiatives to
    enhance national and local protection capacities.
Key Performance Indicators:
  • The protection of populations of concern
    is met through the application of International and National Law relevant
    UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.
  • Protection activities are guided by the
    UNHCR country protection strategy.
  • The participation of persons of concern is
    facilitated through supporting participatory, rights and community based
  • Support is provided to identify and report
    protection incidents.
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
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge
    of another relevant UN 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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