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  • Posted: Jul 26, 2022
    Deadline: Aug 9, 2022
  • UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world.
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    Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer

    All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR¿s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


    • Be fully informed about community structures and the protection and security situation of the PoC and develop strong links with a cross-section of members of refugee/IDP/stateless communities, using an AGD approach.
    • Through relationships with PoC 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 PoC 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.
    • Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and PoC to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and GBV, and solutions approaches.
    • Provide 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 PoC, authorities and host communities.
    • Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with PoC, host communities, local authorities and partners. In operations applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute the development of an AGD-compliant strategy on which the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded and covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.
    • Support the Operation's work to fully integrate the protection strategy into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Humanitarian Country Team¿s common humanitarian action plan where applicable.
    • Contribute to the Protection team's information management component which: provides disaggregated data on PoC and their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary.
    • Support the inclusion of participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches in strategies and plans in the Country Operation.
    • Support community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
    • Support PoC to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection.
    • Contribute to the design of project submissions and the budget for endorsement by the supervisor.
    • Intervene with authorities on community-based protection issues.
    • Negotiate with local counterparts, partners and PoC.
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Years of Experience / Degree Level
    • For P1/NOA - 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

    Field(s) of Education

    • International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights,
    • International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science,
    • Anthropology, International Law or other relevant field.

    Relevant Job Experience


    • Some professional working the areas of community services, social work (e.g., gender, GBV programs, women¿s empowerment and protection, work with refugees) or/and human rights or related tasks in government, NGO or international organisation.


    • Proven communication skills, both oral and written.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of community communication and engagement approaches
    • Understanding of and demonstrated competencies in forced displacement and protection, particularly GBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

    Functional Skills

    • PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
    • IT-Computer Literacy
    • DM-Database Management
    • PR-Coordination in Forced Displacement situations
    • PR-Child Protection Prevention and Response Programming
    • PR-Gender Equality
    • PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
    • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention programming
    • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) response programming

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