The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Field Office, Kasulu invites qualified internal/external candidates to apply for the following position:
Vacancy Notice No : TANKS/VN/2020/009
Position Title : Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer
Position No: 10009431
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer is a member of the Protection Unit and will be based in UNHCR Field Office in Kasulu. He/she will be supervised by the Community-Based Protection Officer with an overall supervision of the Head of Field Office and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NG0 partners and other stakeholders, the Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer 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 may have direct supervisory responsibility for part of the protection and/or support staff and supports 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 Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern (PoC). The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC.
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 SGBV, 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 to 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.
Education and Professional Work Experience
- 1-year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree
- Educational background in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other relevant field.
Relevant Job Experience Essential
Some 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, NG0 or international organization.
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.
- PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD
- PR-Community Services-Communication/Development/Organization
- PR-Community Services-Social Work/Counselling
- PR-Community-based Protection
- IT-Computer Literacy
- DM-Database Management
- PR-Gender Equality
- PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
- PR-Refugee Women issues
- PR-Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Prevention and Response
- PR-Experience in Forced Displacement situations
- EX-Experience with Inter/Non-Governmental Organization (INGO/NGO)
- EX-Field experience
- PR-Child Protection Prevention and Response Language Requirements
- Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language
- Organizational Awareness
- Teamwork & Collaboration
- Commitment to Continuous Learning
- Client & Result Orientation
- Judgement and Decision Making
- Managing Resources
- Stakeholder Management
- Planning and Organizing
- Political Awareness
Interested candidates should express their interest by completing the Personal History Form and the Supplementary form if needed in full which can be found on the link bellow, (UNHCR_Personal_History_Form) (UNHCR Supplementary Form)
Please bear in mind that submission of the Personal History Form which is not signed may render that applicant ineligible for consideration, Please quote the Vacancy Notice Number and Position title.
Due to the volume of applications only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to sit for a written test followed by oral interview,
Qualified female candidates and candidates with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The Expression of Interest for the position should sent by email to:
The Head of Field Office
UNHCR Field Office, Kasulu
The deadline for submitting the application is September 30, 2020