Protection Associate (Community Based)

at UNHCR UN Refugee Agency
Location Kampala, Uganda
Date Posted December 6, 2018
Category Accounting & Finance
Job Type CONTRACTOR
Currency UGX

Description

Job Title: Protection Associate (Community Based)

Vacancy Notice: Internal

vacancy notice number 057/2018

Position Number 10017913Location: Mbarara

Position Grade: GL6

Closing Date: 2018-12-10
Organizational Context
Under direct supervision of the Protection Officer, the Protection Associate (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. The incumbent will support the application of community-based protection standards, operational procedures and practices in community-based protection delivery at the field level. To fulfil this role the Protection Associate (Community-Based) is required to spend a substantial percentage of her/his time working outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern. The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with persons of concern that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results forms the core of the work of the Protection Associate (Community-Based). The incumbent will also support the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with persons of concern.

Responsibilities
- Assist functional units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection delivery strategy and operational procedures. - 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 the protection team. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concern and advise the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups. - Work with host communities to identify opportunities for national civil society involvement in improving the protection of persons of concern. - Work with implementing and operational partners as well as with displaced and local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organisational and livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and response to SGBV. - Assist in the analysis that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face. - Support participatory assessments by multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with persons of concern. - Assist in planning and monitoring of programmes and budgets, with an AGD perspective. - Build office capacity for community-based protection through training and establishing systems for community mobilization and participation of persons of concern.

- Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures.

Ensure community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.

Act as interpreter in exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries. - Perform other relevant duties as required.

Accountability and Authority
- Effective support and advice is provided to promote AGD sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities as the essential basis for all of UNHCR work. - AGD sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities provides the essential basis for all of UNHCR 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

 

Skills

-Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language Desirable -Computer skills (MS Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access). -UNHCR learning programmes (Protection Learning Programme)

Experience Requirements

-Minimum of 6 years previous relevant job experience.

Education Requirements

Completion of the Secondary education; Training/certificate in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines is required
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