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

Job Title:       Senior Protection Assistant
Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10027167
Vacancy Notice: 009/2017
Reports to: Protection
Duty Station: 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 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 incumbent will provide quality, timely and effective
protection support to persons of concern and identifies opportunities to
mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards in operational responses.
He/she will 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. – Contribute to measures to
    identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Actively 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.
  • 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
  • Provide 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.
  • Assist in drafting reports, routine
    correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics for the
    protection unit / section.
  • 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 placement should have completed secondary
    school. Additional Training courses in protection related issues.
  • At least four years of related job
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge
    of another relevant UN language;
  • Excellent knowledge of Madi is an added
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: 23rd February,

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