Senior Protection Associate | ReliefWeb


Functions and qualifications

Organizational framework and labor relations

The Senior Protection Associate reports to the Protection Officer or Senior Protection Officer. The position may involve supervisory responsibilities for protection staff, including community services, registration, resettlement and education depending on the structure of the Office. The incumbent monitors protection standards, operational procedures and protection practices in accordance with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and program staff.

The Senior Protection Associate must coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern and identify opportunities to integrate protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards into operational responses across all sectors. The incumbent contributes to the design of an overall protection strategy and represents the Office externally on protection doctrine and policy, under the direction of the supervisor. He/she also ensures that people of concern are involved 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 have to establish and maintain effective interfaces with the communities concerned, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.

All UNHCR staff members are responsible for performing their duties as outlined in their job description. They do so within their delegated authority, in accordance with UNHCR’s regulatory framework which includes the Charter of the United Nations, the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, UNHCR’s policies and administrative instructions as well as the relevant responsibility. In addition, staff members are expected to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR’s core values ​​of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


– Keep abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments which have an impact on the protection environment. – Consistently apply international and national law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policies, standards and codes of conduct. – Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation relating to persons of concern to UNHCR. – Provide advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with relevant authorities to ensure issuance of personal and other relevant documents. – Assist in the determination of eligibility and status in accordance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles. – Contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness. – Contribute to a national child protection plan as part of the protection strategy. – Contribute to an education plan at the national level as part of the protection strategy. – Assist the supervisor in the implementation and monitoring of standard operating procedures for all protection/solution activities. – Manage individual protection files including those on GBV and child protection. Monitor and assist supervisor in responding to refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents. – Assist in identifying durable solutions for as many people of concern as possible 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 and lead a results-based advocacy program with sectoral partners and/or clusters. – Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on people of concern and their issues. – Participate in initiatives aimed at empowering authorities, competent institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection legislation and procedures. – Assist the supervisor in intervening with the authorities on protection issues. – Provide assistance to supervisor in deciding on-boarding, interviewing and counseling priorities for groups or individuals. – Assist the supervisor in enforcing compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services. – Assist the supervisor in ensuring compliance and integrity of all protection standard operating procedures. – Recommend and prepare payments for individual cases. – Perform other related tasks as required.

Minimum qualifications

Education and professional work experience

Years of experience / Degree level

For G7 – 4 years of relevant experience with high school diploma; or 2 years of relevant work experience with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of education

Not applicable.

(Fields of study marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

International law, political science or other relevant field.

(Certificates and licenses marked with an asterisk * are essential)

Relevant work experience

Essential Not specified.

Desirable RSD-Resettlement LP and/or Protection Learning Program

Functional skills

IT-Computer Literacy CL-Protection & Solutions Awareness PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

(Functional skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language requirements

For international professional and field service jobs: knowledge of English and the UN working language of the duty station if not English. For national professional jobs: knowledge of English and the UN working language of the duty station, otherwise English and the local language. For General Service jobs: knowledge of English and/or the UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All applicants must have legal residency with a valid United States work permit at the time of application submission.

How to register

Please note that UNHCR is only accepting applications submitted through the MSRP portal for this job opening. Please refer to the attached manual for the application steps to follow.

INTERNAL CANDIDATE with MSRP access, navigation is shown below (via MSRP):

Main menu / Self Service / Recruitment / Careers

Make sure to update your fact sheets (languages, education and previous work experience) before submit nominations. In case of technical issues with your fact sheet, please contact the fact sheet team at [email protected] For any other technical issues encountered during the online application, please contact the Global Service Desk at [email protected] well before the deadline to allow sufficient time to resolve the issues.

For EXTERNAL CANDIDATES without MSRP access, the navigation is shown below:

Interested candidates should submit their application through the official UNHCR application site and select “open positions” on the right side of the screen; you can then search for the job using the job opening number listed above or by filtering for jobs in the “United States”. At the bottom of the job opening page, you will see“Apply” button, if you have never submitted an application via our careers page, you will be asked to register as a new user.

In the event of a technical problem, please empty the cache of your Internet browser or connect with another browser. (ie, if you are using Google Chrome, try using Internet Explorer).

For any technical issues encountered during the online application, please contact the Global Service Desk ([email protected]) before the deadline to allow sufficient time to resolve the issues. For any questions regarding the selection process, please contact the Human Resources Unit ([email protected])

Resumes/CVs will not be accepted via email. ONLY REQUESTS SENT BY THE SYSTEM WILL BE CONSIDERED.

We look forward to receiving your applications.


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