UN Associate Protection Officer Jobs – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

 

Job Title:    Associate Protection Officer

Organisation: United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station:  Uganda

Vacancy Notice: Internal/ External Vacancy Notice 019/2020

Position Number: 10016448

Position Grade: NO-B

 

About US:

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
Associate Protection Officer is expected to coordinate quality, timely and
effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern, ensuring
that operational responses in all sectors mainstream protection methodologies
and integrate protection safeguards. The incumbent contributes to the design of
a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the organization externally
on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor. S/he also
ensures that persons of concern are meaningfully engaged in the decisions that
affect them and support programme design and adaptations that are influenced by
the concerns, priorities and capacities of persons of concern. To achieve this,
the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with
communities of concern, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well
as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing
protection.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

·       
Stay
abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an
impact on the protection environment.

·       
Promote
International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy,
standards and codes of conduct.

·       
Foster
their consistent and coherent interpretation and application through
mainstreaming in all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations.

·       
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.

·       
Conduct
eligibility and status determination for persons of concern in compliance with
UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.

·       
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 to
ensure programmes use a child protection systems approach.

·       
Contribute
to a country-level education plan.

·       
Implement
and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions
activities which integrate AGD sensitive procedures.

·       
Oversee
and manage individual protection cases, including those on SGBV and child
protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other
protection incidents through working relations with governments and other
partners.

·       
Recommend
durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through
voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.

·       
Assess
resettlement needs and apply priorities for the resettlement of individuals and
groups of refugees and other persons of concern.

·       
Participate
in the organisation and implementation of participatory assessments and
methodologies throughout the operations management cycle and promote AGD
sensitive programming with implementing and operational partners.

·       
Contribute
to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy through a consultative
process with sectorial and/or cluster partners.

·       
Facilitate
effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on
populations of concern and their problems.

·       
Promote
and integrate community-based approaches to protection and contribute to
capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their
rights.

·       
Support
activities in the area of risk management related to Sexual Exploitation and
Abuse, fraud, case-processing, data protection, and human rights due diligence
at country level.

·       
Participate
in initiatives to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs
to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.

·       
Intervene
with authorities on protection issues.

·       
Negotiate
locally on behalf of UNHCR.

·       
Decide
priorities for reception, interviewing and counselling for groups or
individuals.

·       
Enforce
compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies
and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

·       
Enforce
compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating
procedures.

·       
Perform other
related duties as required.

 




Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal candidate for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Associate Protection Officer job placement should hold a University degree
in Law, International Law, Political Sciences or other relevant field is
required.

·       
At least
three years of previous working experience is required.

·       
Professional
experience in the area of refugee protection, internal displacement, human
rights or international humanitarian law is required.

·       
Good
knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply
the relevant legal principles is required.

·       
Knowledge
of English language is required.

·       
Analytical
Thinking

·       
Negotiation
and Conflict Resolution

·       
Political
Awareness

 

Desirable
Qualifications & Competencies

·       
Field
experience, including in working directly with communities is desirable.

·       
Good IT
skills including database management skills is desirable.

 

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.

 

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Deadline: 10th December 2020

 

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