UN Protection Assistant (Community-Based) Careers – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10020304 
Vacancy Notice: 32/2017
Reports to: Protection
Duty Station:  Uganda
Post Grade: GL4
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
Assistant (Community-Based) is a member of the Protection Unit in a Country
Operation and may report to the Protection Officer, Protection Officer
(Community-Based), or another more senior staff member in the Protection Unit.
Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with
other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the
Protection Assistant (Community-Based) works 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 may 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 Assistant (Community-Based)
is 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 Assistant
(Community-Based). The incumbent also supports the designing of a
community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on
consultation with persons of concern.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • 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 advise 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.
  • Support implementing and operational
    partners as well as 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.
  • Assist in working with host communities to
    involve national civil society groups in improving the protection of
    persons of concern.
  • Provide analysis that identifies the
    capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.
  • Support participatory assessments and
    ongoing consultation with persons of concern.
  • Support communities in establishing
    representation and coordination structures. – Ensure community
    understanding of UNHCR commitment to deliver on accountability and quality
    assurance in its response.
  • Collect data for monitoring of programmes
    and budgets from an AGD perspective.
  • The incumbent will draft and type routine
    correspondence, documents and reports using word processing equipment and
    maintain up-to-date filing systems.
  • Act as 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 is provided to promote
    AGD sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities as the essential
    basis for all of UNHCR work.
  • AGD sensitive analysis of community risks
    and capacities provides the essential basis for all of UNHCR 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.

Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR Protection Assistant job placement should have completed secondary
    school with additional training in International Development, Cultural
    Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science,
    Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly
    related disciplines
  • At least three years previous relevant job
  • 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:  18th December 2017

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