UN Job Opportunities – Protection Officer – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:             Protection Officer
Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Duty Station:  Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to: Head of
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
Officer provides functional protection oversight to information management and
programme staff; and supervises protection standards, operational procedures
and practices in protection delivery at local or country level. The incumbent
also acts as an advisor to senior management in designing a comprehensive
protection strategy and represents the organization to authorities, UN sister
agencies, partners and other stakeholders on protection doctrine and
policy.  The Protection Officer is relied
upon by the Office to plan, lead and coordinate quality, timely and effective
protection responses to the needs of populations of concern. This includes
ensuring that operational responses in all sectors are shaped in a protection
optic, mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards.
Another important function of the position is to 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, authorities, protection and
assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can
contribute to enhancing protection.
Key Duties and
Keep abreast with the political, social,
economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
Facilitate a consultative process with
government counterparts, partners and persons of concern to develop and
implement a comprehensive protection strategy addressing the specific
protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons
with disabilities, minority groups such as sexual minorities and persons living
with HIV/AIDS; Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) priorities with regard
to these persons.
In operations applying the Cluster Approach,
seek to ensure the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in a strategy
which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected
Assist the senior management to ensure the
protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations Plan, the
UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Humanitarian Country
Team’s common humanitarian action plan where applicable.
Promote International and National Law and
applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct and ensure
that all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations fulfil their
responsibilities mainstreaming protection.
Implement and monitor programmes on an AGD basis
to address identified protection needs.
Offer technical guidance and support to UNHCR
and partners on all protection related issues.
Oversee and manage individual protection cases
including those on SGBV and child protection.
Provide legal advice and guidance on protection
issues to internal and external interlocutors; ensure legal assistance is
accessible to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure
the issuance of personal and other relevant documents to persons of concern
(civil documentation, in particular birth certificates).
Oversee and undertake eligibility and status
determination ensuring compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and
international protection principles.
Promote and implement effective measures to
identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
Develop and implement a country-level education
plan and ensure partnerships are forged with the Ministry for Education, UNICEF
and other partners as appropriate.
Develop and implement a country-level child
protection plan as part of the protection strategy ensuring programmes use a
child protection systems approach.
Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement,
expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with
governments and other partners.  
Implement and oversee Standard Operating
Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
Ensure that durable solutions through voluntary
repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement are sought
and provided to the largest possible number of persons of concern.
Coordinate the design, implementation and evaluation
of protection related programming with implementing and operational partners.
Contribute to and facilitate a programme of
results-based advocacy through a consultative process with sectorial and/or
cluster partners.
Ensure that the Protection Sector or Cluster has
an effective information management component which: provides disaggregated
data on populations of concern and their problems; researches, collects and
disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance
protection delivery. 
Build the protection capacity of national and
local government, partners and civil society to assume their responsibilities
vis-à-vis all persons of concern through protection training, mainstreaming and
related activities.
Coordinate capacity-building initiatives for
communities and individuals to assert their rights.
Advise and capacitate national authorities,
relevant institutions and civil society to strengthen legislation and status
determination procedures and mechanisms.
Key Result Areas:
Approve the protection strategy for endorsement
by the Senior Protection Officer, Assistant Representative Protection or the
Chair protection coordination meetings,
including Protection Cluster meetings in applicable operations.  
Intervene with authorities on protection issues.
Negotiate locally and as appropriate with resettlement countries and countries
of return on behalf of UNHCR.
Take review decisions on individual cases.
Enforce compliance of staff and partners with
global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the
delivery of protection services.
Approve expenditures under the UNHCR protection

Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR
Protection Officer career opportunity should hold an undergraduate degree
(equivalent of a BA/BS) in Law, International Law, political Sciences or
related field with good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights
At least six years’ experience (5 years with
graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s)) relevant professional experience of
which 2 years in the field.
Excellent knowledge of English and working
knowledge of another UN language.
Diverse field experience desirable.
Good IT skills including database management
Completion of the Protection Learning Programme,
RSDesettlement Learning Programme.
Accountability, Teamwork & Collaboration, Communication,
Commitment to Continuous, Client & Result Orientation, Organizational Awareness,
Managing Performance, Strategic Planning and Vision, Managing Resources,
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Planning and Organizing, Awareness
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: 6th
November 2017
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