Protection Officer (Community-Based)

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Employer: UNHCR
Job Title: Protection Officer (Community-Based)
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somalia
Category: Other


The Protection Officer (Community-based) is a member of the protection team in a Country or Sub-Office and may, depending on the size and structure of the Office, be the Head of the Protection Unit. He/she may report to the Senior Protection Officer, Senior Protection Officer (Community-based), Head of Sub-Office or to the Assistant Representative for Protection. In smaller Offices, the post may report directly to the Representative. The incumbent has direct supervisory responsibility for protection staff who may include community-based protection, registration, resettlement and other protection staff, such as education, child protection or SGBV staff. He/she provides functional protection oversight to information management and programme staff. The incumbent works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. To fulfil this role the Protection Officer (Community-based) is required to spend a substantial percentage of her/his time working outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern. The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with persons of concern that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results forms the core of the work of the Protection Officer (Community-based). The incumbent also acts as an advisor to senior management in designing a comprehensive community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with persons of concern. S/he provides timely analysis on the protection situation in the field, highlighting important political, social, military and economic developments affecting the protection of persons of concern and the identification of solutions, based upon information obtained through direct communication with persons of concern and a network of local partners. The incumbent plans and undertakes quality, timely and effective responses to the needs of all segments of populations of concern, in an age, gender and diversity inclusive manner.


  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines plus minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience of which 2 years in the field and 3 years in an international capacity. Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master¿s) plus 5 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 4 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.


  • Diverse field operational experience.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills.
  • Proven communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community communication and engagement approaches
  • Understanding of and demonstrated competencies in forced displacement and protection, particularly SGBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

Interested candidates should apply on the UNHCR Career Page/international vacancies section here:

Deadline for applications: Monday 14 May 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Publish date: 2018-05-03 01:14:56
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