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

Job Title:       Assistant Protection Officer
Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10026392
Vacancy Notice: 032/2017
Reports to: Protection
Duty Station: Uganda
Post Grade: NOA
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 Assistant
Protection Officer will have supervisory responsibility for protection staff
including community services, registration, resettlement and education. The
incumbent will provide functional protection guidance to information management
and programme staff; and monitors protection standards, operational procedures
and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards. The
Assistant Protection Officer is expected to: coordinate quality, timely and
effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern; and
identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate
protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. He/she
contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the
organization externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the
supervisor. He/she also ensures 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
  • Keep abreast of political, social,
    economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection
  • Consistently apply International and
    National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes
    of conduct.
  • Assist in providing comments on existing
    and draft legislation related to persons of concern.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on
    protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities
    to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Carry out eligibility and status
    determination for persons of concern in compliance with UNHCR procedural
    standards and international protection principles.
  • Actively promote and contribute to
    measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to a country-level child
    protection plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Significantly contribute to a
    country-level education plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Provide inputs for the development of
    global / regional international protection policies and standards.
  • Implement and monitor Standard Operating Procedures
    (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • The jobholder will manage individual
    protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection.
  • Monitor, and intervene in cases of
    refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Assess needs for Promote and find durable
    solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through
    voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate,
  • Assess resettlement needs and apply
    priorities for the resettlement of individuals and groups of refugees and
    other persons of concern.
  • Significantly contribute to the design,
    implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming
    with implementing and operational partners.
  • Actively contribute to and facilitate a
    programme of results-based advocacy with sectorial and/or cluster
  • Contribute to and facilitate effective
    information management through the provision of disaggregated data on
    populations of concern and their problems.
  • Contribute to capacity-building
    initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Take part in initiatives to capacitate
    authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national
    protection related legislation and procedures.
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
    protection strategy and respect the policy of UNHCR on age, gender and
    diversity (AGD).
  • The participation of persons of concern is
    assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory,
    rights and community based approaches. – Protection incidents are
    immediately identified and addressed

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer job placement should hold a University
    degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field.
  • At least two years relevant professional
  • Diverse field experience is desirable. 
  • Good IT skills including database management skills
  • Completion of the Protection Learning
    Programme, RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme is desired
  • Ability to work as part of a team but also
    independently, in a multi-cultural environment
  • Knowledge of the UN system is an added
  • Ability to work in remote areas.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and Aringa is an added advantage
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: 18th December 2017
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