Entry Level UN Assistant Protection Officer (Child) Career Jobs – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Position No.: 10028894
Vacancy Notice: 021/2018
Reports to:  Protection Officer
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 (Child) will
work under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer and in close
collaboration with the Community-Based Protection Unit. S/he has to show an
ability to engage and form effective working relationship with implementing
partners and any other relevant child protection actors, local authorities,
refugees and other persons of concern.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Assist in the development of a working
    coordination mechanism for child protection throughout the operation,
    including all partner activities – Ensure that a systemised approach to
    protecting the children of concern is adopted. –        Support risk assessment and protection factors affecting
    girls and boys of concern to UNHCR; actively promote the participation of
    children and adolescents in participatory assessment carried out as part
    of the AGDM strategy.
  • Ensure that effective case management is
    in place for children at risk, including identification, best-interest
    processes (BIA and BID), and referral systems as well as follow-up and
  • Ensure an established and functioning best
    interest process, including a Best Interest Determination (BID) panel.
  • Ensure timely attendance to the cases
    identified through various processes, including BID.
  • Ensure that existing protection monitoring
    mechanisms adequately capture protection risk-facing children and support
    the establishment of and strengthening of existing community-based child
    protection monitoring mechanisms.
  • Guide, support and take part in
    undertaking regular child protection monitoring and reporting.
  • Support the assessment of training needs
    in the area of Child Protection, both with regards to UNHCR staff as well
    as population of concern, implementing partners and authorities, and
    conduct relevant training and capacity-building activities.
  • Advocate for and promote birth
    registration for all children of concern by the Government and any other
    authorities as appropriate.
  • Ensure that child protection activities
    are mainstreamed throughout programming and are not planned in isolation
    of other protection and assistance activities but within the AGDM strategy
    rights and community-based approach.
  • Provide technical advice and support to
    help ensure child protection issues and concerns are reflected in the work
    of other sectors.
  • Support the development of Standard
    Operating Procedures on child protection in collaboration with relevant
    actors within and outside UNHCR, as well as their implementation.
  • Prepare and submit regular reports on
    child protection activities indicating implementation, challenges and
  • Support the country operation planning
    processes ensuring child protection is included.
  • Perform any other related duties as
Key Performance Indicators:
  • The protection needs of children in the
    operation are known and are met through timely and coordinated action by
    UNHCR and partners.
  • Platforms for child participation (e.g. in
    participatory assessment) exist and are functioning.
  • Protection interventions for individual
    children are supported by an effective case management system with a
    well-functioning best interest determination mechanisms and standard
    operating procedures in place.
  • Protection coordination mechanisms are
    participatory and address effectively child protection issues.
  • Child protection concerns are effectively
    mainstreamed in other sectors.
  • Office capacity-building plans and
    strategies include a child protection component and are effectively
  • Partner activities on child protection are
    monitored ensuring that they are in line with the overall framework and
    UNHCR strategy.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations
    UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer (Child) job placement should hold an
    undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in Social Sciences,
    International Relations, Human Rights, Psychology, Sociology, Law or other
    social sciences field
  • One year of previous job experience
    relevant to the function.
  • Previous experience in refugee
    International Protection and knowledge of Refugee Law.
  • Strong knowledge of child protection work
    and International Law on children.
  • Good understanding on the concept and
    practice of Child Protection System strengthening.
  • Experience in organising and facilitating
    training to partners, authorities and assisted communities.
  • Knowledge of local institutions and
  • Excellent knowledge of English 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: 9th April 2018
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