Job Title Senior Protection Assistant
Type Internal/External
Type Of Contract UNOPS

Vacancy Notice Internal/ External Vacancy Notice UNOPS - 005/2019
Position Number UNOPS/005/19/1
Number Of Vacancies 1
Location Kampala
Position Grade LICA - 5
Closing Date 2019-08-25
Organizational Context

The Senior Protection Assistant normally reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer.  He/she monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with national and international standards and provides functional protection support.

The Senior Protection Assistant provides quality, timely and effective protection support to persons of concern and identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards in operational responses. He/she may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on protection issues as guided by the supervisor.

The Senior Protection Assistant also ensures that persons of concern are involved with the Office 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 need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and partners.
Functional Statement


  • The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.
  • Protection activities are guided by the UNHCR country protection strategy.
  • The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through supporting participatory, rights and community based approaches.
  • Support is provided to identify and report protection incidents.


  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Conduct follow up on legal cases involving persons of concern to UNHCR  and provide legal advice and suggest recommendation to supervisor.
  • Conduct detention monitoring and provide update on situation of persons of concern in detention.
  • Contribute to measures aimed at identifying, preventing and reducing statelessness.
  • Conduct preliminary information gathering and interviews in support of eligibility, status determination, durable solutions and social needs assessment.
  • Provide counselling on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Participate in individual protection case management including cases of SGBV and child protection.
  • Monitor and report on cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Assist in identifying durable solutions for persons of concern in voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Assist in drafting reports, routine correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics for the protection unit / section


  • Select persons of concern for preliminary interviews and decide which relevant information to share.
  • Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners


Required Competencies
  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Managing Resources
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Political Awareness
  • Stakeholder Management
Essential Minimum Qualifications and Professional Experience
  • Completion of secondary school/ a degree in Law or Political science.
  • 5 years of work experience (2-3) years of direct work experience with refugees
  • Experience working with refugees and other persons of concern to UNHCR is required.
  • Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language
Desirable qualifications & competencies
  • Good writing and analytical skills
  • Legal experience is an asset
  • Good computer skills
  • Completed Protection Learning Programme