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

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10030539
Vacancy Notice: 016/2019
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to:
Protection Officer (Community-Based)
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 (Community-Based) is a member of
the Protection Unit in a Country Operation and may report to the 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 Assistant Protection Officer (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. S/he 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 Assistant
Protection Officer (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 Assistant Protection Officer
(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: 
  • Be fully informed about community
    structures and the protection and security situation of the population of
    concern and develop strong links with a cross-section of members of
    refugee/IDP/stateless communities, using an AGD approach.
  • 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 advice to senior management.
  • Ensure that the perspectives,
    capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concerns are reflected
    in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan
    addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth
    and older persons, persons with disabilities, and marginalized groups.
  • Ensure through direct action and
    advocacy with more senior protection staff that the necessary resources
    are allocated to enable community work to identify and address protection
    and assistance gaps.
  • Support a consultative process with
    government counterparts at local levels, partners and persons of concern
    to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key
    protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education
    and SGBV, and solutions approaches.
  • Offer technical guidance and support to
    UNHCR and partners and implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures
    (SOPs) on all community-based protection related issues.
  • Support the design, implementation and
    evaluation of protection centred and solutions oriented programming with
    implementing and operational partners guaranteeing that community-owned
    activities are integrated.
  • Support communities in establishing
    representation and coordination structures
  • Promote confidence building and conflict
    resolution among populations of concern, authorities and host communities
  • Maintain protection presence through
    regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with persons of
    concern, host communities, local authorities and partners. In operations
    applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute to ensuring that the
    response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in an AGD-compliant
    strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the
    affected populations.
  • Support the Operations work to ensure
    the protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations
    Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the
    Humanitarian Country Teams common humanitarian action plan where
  • Actively contribute to the Protection
    teams information management component which: provide disaggregated data
    on populations of concern and their problems; researches, collects and
    disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance
    protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary
  • Ensure participatory, community-based
    protection and AGD approaches are included in strategies and plans in the
    Country Operation.
  • Ensure community understanding of UNHCRs
    commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its
  • Support persons of concern to develop
    structures that enhance their participation and protection.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Effective and timely support is provided
    to the formulation of a clear and coherent protection and solutions oriented
    strategy, which incorporates a thorough age, gender and diversity analysis
    and reflects the Organizations global, regional and country level
  • AGD sensitive analysis of community
    risks and capacities provides the essential basis for all of UNHCRs 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.
  • Protection incidents and needs are
    immediately identified and addressed through direct intervention, advocacy
    and public exposure

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United
    Nations UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer (Community Based) job
    opportunity should hold a University degree in International Development,
    Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science,
    Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly
    related disciplines
  • At least two years of professional
    working the areas of community services, social work (e.g.,
    gender, SGBV programs, womens empowerment and protection, work with
    refugees) or/and human rights or related tasks in government, NGO or
    international organisation.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and
    working knowledge of another UN language.
  • Diverse field operational experience.
  • Good IT skills including database
    management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both
    oral and written.
  • Extensive knowledge of community
    communication and engagement approaches
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of and
    demonstrated competencies in forced displacement and protection,
    particularly SGBV prevention and response, child protection, education,
    gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity
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
Deadline: 23rd July 2019
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