Job Title Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract Fixed Term

Vacancy Notice Internal/ External Vacancy Notice no. 016/2020
Position Number 10027161
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Moyo
Position Grade NO-A
Closing Date 2020-09-24
Organizational Context

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

Functional Statement
  • 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 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.
Required Competencies

Managerial Competencies

  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Managing Performance

 Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Stakeholder Management
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Political Awareness
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
  • 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 related field is required.
  • Minimum 1 year of previous work experience relevant to the function is required.
  • 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 is required.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (written / oral / comprehension) is required
Desirable qualifications & competencies
  • Diverse field experience is desirable.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills is desirable.
  • Proven communication skills, both oral and written is desirable.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community communication and engagement approaches is desirable.
  • 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 is desirable
  • Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme is desirable
Operational Context

The Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer is under the immediate supervision of the Protection Officer and under the overall supervision of the Head of Sub office. The incumbent of this position may periodically obtain a technical support from the Kampala - based Senior Community-Based Protection Officer. Under the overall  direction of the Protection section, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer works directly with communities of concern to identify 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. The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with persons of concern 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 persons of concern.

The incumbent will interface with the persons of concern regularly and has to have a clear understanding of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework ( CRRF)  and should be capable of coordinating  protection responses across the board through his/ her interactions with the office of the Prime Minister ( OPM) and all UNHCR’s partners including those who engage in development projects that benefit both the host community and the persons of concern who live side by side.

Palorinya Settlement which is at the heart of the daily work of the incumbent is compartmentalized into five (5) zones and all are well represented by the refugee leadership (RWCs at all 3 levels). The incumbent will be at the center of coordination of service delivery with Refugee welfare committees (RWCs) and the protection NGO - LWF and OPM. S/he will coordinate and provide guidance in efforts leading towards finding solutions to an array of problems affecting the community. S/he will maintain regular contacts with all community structures in all zones  including members of the Child Protection Committees( CPCs), Education related committees, Community-Based facilitators, Village Help Teams (VHTs),  religious, cultural and opinion leaders, community  activists who support in providing  responses in SGBV and Child Protection cases.  To achieve this, the incumbent need to exhibit strong networking, coordination and negotiation skills. The incumbent will also be expected to bring up issues of concern in order to finding solutions to various fora including the protection working group and protection sub-working group meetings.

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.

Knowledge of the local environment is required to understanding the socio-economic and political dynamics. S/he will also ensure that persons of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them. Knowledge of English, diverse field operational experience, good ITC skills, database management skills including proven communication skills, both oral and written, are expected. Moyo-Obongi is classified as E duty station and as such, is considered a non-family duty station under which the incumbent is expected to perform the tasks.

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