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  • Posted: Oct 14, 2020
    Deadline: Oct 28, 2020
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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.
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    Community-Based Protection Associate

    Job ID
    Community-Based Protection Associate
    Maiduguri, Nigeria
    Salary Grade
    Hardship Level
    Family Location Type

    Eligible Applicants
    This position is advertised open to internal and external applicants.
    Procedures and Eligibility
    Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS).

    Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within the country of their employment.
    Duties and Qualifications
    Community-Based Protection Associate

    Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

    The Community-Based Protection Associate is a member of the Protection Unit 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 Community-Based Protection Associate 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 Community-Based Protection Associate is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of 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.

    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.


    • Assist functional units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection strategy and operational procedures.
    • 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 the protection team. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC and advise the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups.
    • Work with host communities to identify opportunities for national civil society involvement in improving the protection of PoC.
    • Work with implementing and operational partners as well as with displaced and local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organisational and livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and response to SGBV.
    • Assist in the analysis that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.
    • Support participatory assessments by multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with PoC.
    • Assist in planning and monitoring of programmes and budgets, with an AGD perspective
    • Build office capacity for community-based protection through training and establishing systems for community mobilization and participation of PoC.
    • Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures.
    • Ensure community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
    • Act as an interpreter in exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.
    • Contribute to the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR¿s work.
    • Initiate AGD sensitive interventions at the appropriate level on community-based protection issues and to respond to protection concerns and incidents within the office, with external interlocutors, groups and individuals based on agreed parameters.
    • Identify and select which individuals or groups to prioritize for counselling and field visits based on agreed criteria.
    • Intervene with authorities on protection.
    • Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
    • Recommend and prepare payments to individual cases.

    Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Professional Work Experience

    • Years of Experience / Degree Level
    • For G6 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

    Field(s) of Education
    Not applicable

    Certificates and/or Licenses

    • Development, Human Rights,  International Law
    • International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science,

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

    Relevant Job Experience
    Not specified

    UNHCR learning programmes (PLP).
    Knowledge of MSRP.

    Functional Skills

    • *IT-MS Office Applications
    • *IT-Computer Literacy
    • IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
    • UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures
    • UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures
    • PR-Community-based Protection
    • PR-Community-based Protection Principles and methodologies
    • CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
    • PG-Experience with coordinating with Implementing Partners (Governmt/INGO/NGO/Corporate)
    • TR-Capacity Building

    (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

    Language Requirements

    • For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
    • For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
    • For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

    This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
    Position Competencies
    Core Competencies

    • Accountability
    • Communication
    • Organizational Awareness
    • Teamwork & Collaboration
    • Commitment to Continuous Learning
    • Client & Result Orientation

    Managerial Competencies

    • Judgement and Decision Making
    • Managing Performance

    Cross-Functional Competencies

    • Stakeholder Management
    • Planning and Organizing
    • Political Awareness
    • Language Requirements
    • Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening.

    Knowledge of local Language is an added advantage
    Additional  Information
    A written test will be conducted for this position which will be followed by a competency-based interview.

    Method of Application

    Internal Candidates:

    Interested staff members should consult the policy Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (UNHCR/AI/2020/1/Rev.1 dated 31 March 2020). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

    An applicant who has internal status is a staff member holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment in any duty station in the country. Former UNHCR General Service staff members, having held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment for an uninterrupted period of at least one year may apply for internally advertised vacancies at their previous grade or equivalent or one grade above, if the seniority requirements are met, for a period of two years for Male candidates and three years for Female candidates following separation.

    External Candidates: External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates who are not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.[1]

    Remuneration: A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at:

    Submission of Applications:

    Internal Applicants:

    Please log on to your MSRP accounts to complete your application(s)

    Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on to apply

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