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International UNV Specialist – Associate Protection Officer

  • Contractor
  • Zarzis Tunisia
  • TBD USD / Year
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Mission and objectives

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, works to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees all over the world. UNHCR’s purpose is to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge from war and persecution. UNHCR also protects stateless people.


The Office of the UNHCR was established on 14 December 1950 by the UN General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems world-wide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country (www.unhcr.org)

Task description

Under the direct supervision of of Head of Field Office, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

· Through relationships with persons of concern, authorities 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 persons of concerns are reflected in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan address-ing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, minority groups such as sexual minorities and persons living with HIV/AIDS;

· Utilize the IDPs footprint during the planning process;

· Coordinate the promotion of international refugee law principles and standards and also IDP legislation or policies ensuring that all sectors and clusters fulfill their responsibilities mainstreaming protection;

· Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of programmes ensuring that identified protection needs, including an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) approach, are adequately addressed;

· Provide policy guidance and operational support to UNHCR and partners on all protection related issues; · Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to internal and external interloc-utors; ensure legal assistance is accessible to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documents to persons of concern (civil documentation, in particular birth certificates);

· Monitor, and assist with the intervention in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners;

· Assist in the coordinated implementation and oversight of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities;

· Ensure that durable solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement are sought and provided to the largest possible number of persons of concern;

· Ensure through direct action and advocacy with more senior protection staff that the nec-essary resources are allocated to enable protection activities to identify and address protection and assistance gaps;

· Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and SGBV, and solutions approaches;

· Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among populations of concern, au-thorities and host communities;

· Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with persons of concern, host communities, local authorities and partners. In op-erations applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute to ensuring that the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in an AGD-compliant strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations;

· Contribute to the Protection team’s information management component which: provide disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary;Ensure participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches are included in, strategies and plans in the country operation;

· Support persons of concern to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection. Results/Expected Outputs: · Protection strategies are developed covering all different persons of concern;

· Specific protection needs are identified and addressed;

· International refugee law standards and principles are enacted and respected; · Legal advice and guidance on protection issues are provided;

· Durable solutions are provided to the largest number of refugees and IDPs · Countries in the region maintain regular contacts;

· The participation of persons of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches, which inform pro-tection and assistance programming;

· National protection capacities are improved through direct engagement, research and ad-vocacy with all relevant external interlocutors;

· Protection incidents and needs are immediately identified and addressed through direct intervention, advocacy and public exposure; · Coordination with partners and other humanitarian actors is effectively maintained;

· The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);

· Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment;

· A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the as-signment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Eligibility criteria


27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in with refugees and/or other people of concern in a protection capacity required. Field experience and a commitment to help persons of concern and willingness to cooperate with counterparts. Desirable Qualifications and Skills: · Knowledge of UN policies and procedures; · Good analytical skills; · Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural setting; · The ability to live and work in difficult and harsh conditions of developing countries is essential. For this UNV assignment, proof of vaccination against COVID-19 with a WHO-approved vaccine is required. UNHCR Medical Service can approve an exemption from this requirement on medical grounds.

Area(s) of expertise

Crisis and emergency response


English, Level: Fluent, Required Arabic, Level: Fluent, Required French, Level: Basic, Desirable

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in University degree in Law, International Law, International Relations, Social Sciences, Political Sciences or related field.

How to apply

Inf you are interested, and you meet the requirements apply through this link:

Associate Protection Officer | UVP (unv.org)

Closing date: 28 Feb 2024

Deadline: 28 Feb 2024

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