Fresher UN Assistant Protection Officer Job Opportunities – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Job Title: Assistant Protection Officer
Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Position No.: 10028938
Vacancy Notice: 002/2019
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Protection Officer
Post Grade: NOA
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 will report to the Protection Officer. The incumbent may have supervisory responsibility for protection staff including community services, registration, resettlement and education. He/she will provide functional protection guidance to information management and programme staff; and monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards. The Assistant Protection Officer is expected to: coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern; and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the organization externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor. He/she also ensures that persons of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment
- Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct
- 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.
- Carry out 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
- Contribute to a country-level education plan as part of the protection strategy.
- Provide inputs for the development of global / regional international protection policies and standards.
- Implement and monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities
- Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection.
- Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
- Assess needs for Promote and find 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
- Actively contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partner
- Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy with sectorial and/or cluster partners
- Contribute to and facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.
- Contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
- Take part in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
Key Performance Indicators:
- The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.
- Protection activities are guided by the protection strategy and respect the policy of UNHCR on age, gender and diversity (AGD)
- The participation of persons of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches
- Protection incidents are immediately identified and addressed
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer job opportunity should hold a University degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field.
- At least two years of relevant professional experience.
- Excellent knowledge of English
- Diverse field experience desirable.
- Good IT skills including database management skills
- Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme.
- Ability to work as part of a team but also independently, in a multi-cultural environment.
- Knowledge of the UN system.
- Ability to work in remote areas.
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: 10th January 2019