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  • Assistant Protection Officer (Position No. 10029704) at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  • Posted on: 25 October, 2018 Deadline: 7 November, 2018
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  • UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes. We had three years to complete our work and then disband. Today, over 65 years later, our organization is still hard at work, protecting and assisting refugees around the world

    Assistant Protection Officer (Position No. 10029704)


    Vacancy Notice No: 2018/VA/061

    Position No: 10029704
    Location: Maiduguri, Borno
    Category: Protection Operational Support
    Grade: NOA
    Duration of Contract: One Year
    Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment

    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 refoulement, 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.

    Essential Minimum Qualifications:

    • Education: University degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field.
    • Job Experience: Minimum 2 years relevant professional experience.
    • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.

    Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:

    • Diverse field experience desirable.
    • Good IT skills including database management skills.
    • Completion of the Protection Learning Programme.

    Method of Application

    Use the link(s) below to apply on company website.

    Please be informed that this is a two-step application method for quality assurance reasons.

    1. Apply Online:

    Interested candidates should to apply by clicking the following link: 

    2. Email Your Application:

    a. Kindly prepare an application/letter of motivationresume as well as fully completed and signed UNHCR Personal History Form (P11)

    b. Submit the applicationresume and Personal history form (P11) via email to  quoting in the subject line the vacancy number and title of the position.

    The UNHCR personal History form can be downloaded from

    Kindly make sure you use the UNHCR personal History form.

    Kindly note that a written test will be conducted for this position which will be followed by a competency based interview. 


    Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

    Kindly note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

    Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.

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