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Assistant Protection Officer (Community Based)

at UNHCR UN Refugee Agency
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted July 11, 2019
Category Protective Services
Job Type FULL_TIME
Currency UGX

Description

JOB TITLE : Assistant Protection Officer (Community Based)

The Assistant Protection Officer (Community-Based) is a member of the Protection Unit in a Country Operation and may report to the Protection Officer, 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.

ACCOUNTABILITY
(key results that will be achieved)

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 Organization’s global, regional and country level priorities.
AGD sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities provides the essential basis for all of UNHCR’s 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
RESPONSIBILITY
(process and functions undertaken to achieve results)

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.

 

Skills

Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
Diverse field operational experience.
Good IT skills including database management skills.
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 SGBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.
Knowledge of additional UN languages.

Experience Requirements

Minimum 1 year professional working experience.in the areas of community services, social work (e.g., gender, SGBV programs, women’s empowerment and protection, work with refugees) or/and human rights or related tasks in government, NGO or international organisation.

Education Requirements

Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) may also be accepted.
Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines