Assistant protection officer

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Job Summary

An NGO is hiring an Assistant Protection Officer

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Entry level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

Position No: 10029704

Context, Duties, and Responsibilities

  • The Assistant Protection Officer reports to the Protection Officer.
  • He/she provides functional protection guidance to information management and programme staff; and monitors protection standards, operational procedures, and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards.
  • S/He is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern; and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. 
  • S/he will contribute to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the organization externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor. 
  • S/he also will ensure 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 by building and maintaining effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities, and protection assistance partners. 

The incumbent will have the following responsibilities:

  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards, and codes of conduct.
  • Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern. 
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Promote and contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to a country-level child protection and education plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Provide inputs for the development of global/regional international protection policies and standards.
  • Implement and monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Promote and find durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern 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 to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.
  • Contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.


  • Education: University degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field.
  • Relevant professional experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.
  • Diverse field experience desirable.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills.
  • Completion of the Protection Learning Programme.

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