UN Jobs – Protection Associate (Community-Based) at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:           Protection Associate (Community-Based)
Organisation: United Nations
High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10026380 
Vacancy Notice No.: 032/2017
Duty Station: Uganda
Position Grade: GL6        
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
Associate (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.
The incumbent will work in close coordination with other UNHCR staff,
government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the Protection Associate
(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 Associate (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 Associate (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
  • Support functional units, the
    Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate
    participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection
    delivery strategy and operational procedures.
  • Build 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 advice to the protection team.
  • Understand the perspectives, capacities,
    needs and resources of the persons of concern and advice the protection
    team accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and
    men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities,
    marginalized groups.
  • Work in liaison with host communities to
    identify opportunities for national civil society involvement in improving
    the protection of persons of concern.
  • Work closely with implementing and
    operational partners as well as with 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 the analysis that identifies the
    capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.
  • Support participatory assessments by
    multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with persons of concern.
  • Render support in planning and monitoring
    of programmes and budgets, with an AGD perspective.
  • Build office capacity for community-based
    protection through training and establishing systems for community mobilization
    and participation of persons of concern.
  • Support communities in establishing
    representation and coordination structures.
  • Ensure community understanding of UNHCR’s
    commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its
  • Act as interpreter in exchange of routine
    information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly
    to routine queries.
  • Perform any other relevant duties as

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Effective support and advice 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.
  • National protection capacities are
    improved through direct engagement, research and advocacy with all
    relevant external interlocutors.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR Protection Associate (Community-Based) career placement should have
    competed Secondary education; Training/certificate in International
    Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work,
    Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other
    clearly related disciplines is required.
  • At least six years of previous relevant
    job experience.
  • Good computer skills with proficiency in
    MS Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge
    of another relevant UN language or knowledge of the local languages.

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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