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Protection Associate 

The Protection Associate reports to the Protection Officer. He/she monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff.

The Protection Associate 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 liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.



The Protection Associate 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.

Accountability

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 UNHCR country protection strategy.
The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches.
Protection incidents are immediately identified and reported.

Responsibility

  • 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 advice on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for persons of concern.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.


Authority

Prioritize persons of concern for interview, counselling and propose protection support for individual cases.
Enforce compliance of local 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.
Submit individual payments request for persons of concern for approval.

Essential Minimum Qualifications & Professional Experience

Education: Completion of secondary school. Additional certificate/training in International Law, Political Science or related field is required.
Job experience: Relevant to the function: 6 years.
Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

Desirable Minimum requirements

Good computer skills.
Completed Protection Learning Programme.
Interested applicants should express their interest by completing the attached new Personal History Form and the Supplementary form if needed in full. Please note that submission of the Personal History Form which is not signed may render the application ineligible for consideration. Please quote the Vacancy Notice Number and Position title.

HOW TO APPLY:
The Expression of Interest for the position should be sent only by Email to:

Admin/Finance Officer

UNHCR Field Office Kibondo

Email: tankbva@unhcr.org

Due to the volume of applications only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Shortlisted Candidates will be required to sit for a written test

Closing date: 09 Oct 2019

Qualified female and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply

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