Assc Protection Officer in UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency Yambio, Western Equatoria, South Sudan

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Hardship Level

E (most hardship)

Family Type

Non Family with Residential Location

Family Type

Non Family with Residential LocationDanger Pay

Residential location (if applicable)

Nairobi (CO), Kenya



Staff Member / Affiliate Type



Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted


Target Start Date


Job Posting End Date

December 15, 2022

Standard Job Description

Associate Protection Officer Organizational Setting and Work Relationships The Associate Protection Officer reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. Depending on the size and structure of the Office, the incumbent may have supervisory responsibility for protection staff including community-based protection registration, resettlement and education. S/he provides functional protection guidance to information management and programme staff on all protection/legal matters and accountabilities. These include: statelessness (in line with the campaign to End Statelessness by 2024), Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) commitments, age, gender, diversity (AGD) and accountability to affected populations (AAP) through community-based protection, Child protection, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response, gender equality, disability inclusion, youth empowerment, psycho-social support and PSEA, registration, asylumefugee status determination, resettlement, local integration, voluntary repatriation, human rights standards integration, national legislation, judicial engagement, predictable and decisive engagement in situations of internal displacement and engagement in wider mixed movement and climate change/disaster-related displacement responses. S/he supervises protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards. The Associate Protection Officer is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern, ensuring that operational responses in all sectors mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards. The incumbent contributes to the design of a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the organization externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor. S/he also ensures that persons of concern are meaningfully engaged in the decisions that affect them and support programme design and adaptations that are influenced by the concerns, priorities and capacities of persons of concern. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection. 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. Duties – Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment. – Promote International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct. – Foster their consistent and coherent interpretation and application through mainstreaming in all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations. – 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. – Conduct eligibility and status determination for persons of concern in compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles. – Promote and contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness. – Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy to ensure programmes use a child protection systems approach. – Contribute to a country-level education plan. – Implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities which integrate AGD sensitive procedures. – Oversee and manage individual protection cases, including those on GBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners. – Recommend durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement. – Assess resettlement needs and apply priorities for the resettlement of individuals and groups of refugees and other persons of concern. – Participate in the organisation and implementation of participatory assessments and methodologies throughout the operations management cycle and promote AGD sensitive programming with implementing and operational partners. – Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy through a consultative process with sectorial and/or cluster partners. – Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems. – Promote and integrate community-based approaches to protection and contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights. – Support activities in the area of risk management related to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, fraud, case-processing, data protection, and human rights due diligence at country level. – Participate in initiatives to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures. – Intervene with authorities on protection issues. – Negotiate locally on behalf of UNHCR. – Decide priorities for reception, interviewing and counselling for groups or individuals. – Enforce compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services. – Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures. – Perform other related duties as required. Minimum Qualifications Years of Experience / Degree Level For P2/NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree Field(s) of Education Law, International Law, Political Sciences or other relevant field (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses Protection Learning Programme (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential) Relevant Job Experience Essential Professional experience in the area of refugee protection, internal displacement, human rights or international humanitarian law. Good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles. Desirable Field experience, including in working directly with communities. Good IT skills including database management skills. Functional Skills *PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators *PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordination MG-Project Management PR-Human Rights Doctrine/Standards PR-International Humanitarian Law PR-Assessment of IDPs Status, Rights, Obligation PR-Climate change and disaster related displacement CO-Drafting and Documentation (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. All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power. As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. 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.

Desired Candidate Profile

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):


Desired languages


Operational context

Desired Candidate Profile (Nature of Position):

Given the complexity of the operation at UNHCR Yambio Field Office and the refugee/IDP programme in Western Equatoria State (WES), which is currently hosting over 13,000 refugees and asylum-seekers and over 160,000 IDPS, the incumbent needs to be a dynamic and results-oriented team-player. Excellent communication, decision making, management and leadership skills are required as the Associate Protection Officer will lead the protection unit with 4 to 5 staff and will where required act as the OIC/the Head of Office. The incumbent should have demonstrated experience both in IDP and refugee operations. The incumbent should have proven experience in multi-agency coordination processes and knowledge of implementing new initiatives, such as the joint UN programmes on PFRR (Programme for Recovery and Resilience).

Solid understanding and proven experience in UNHCR operational protection and protection delivery as a Protection Agency operating in the context of complex inter-agency Cluster system is required. Specifically, she/he should have a good understanding of IDP protection policies and solid background in both Refugee and IDP protection. The incumbent is expected to coordinate and take part in regular missions to the field and in particular hard-to-reach areas including through integrated UN missions such as IRNA (Inter-agency Response Needs Assessments). Previous experience and involvement in emergency preparedness and response are also desired skills in a region which is conflict prone.

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

The security situation in the greater Western Equatoria State (WES) at large and Yambio has improved since the signing of the Revitalized Peace Agreement on 12 September 2018 and the formation of the state Government, although security in the state remains unpredictable. On several occasions, rebel group National Salvation Front (NAS) infiltrated in Eastern Counties of the Greater Western Equatoria State and caused havoc, and there are occasional tensions amongst various parties to the peace agreement which causes fear among the populace.

Staff are thus advised to acquaint themselves with Yambio evacuation plan and other security procedures in a comprehensive security briefing provided by the UNHCR Field Safety Associate and advisories issued by UNMISS FCSO.

The security level in South Sudan is assessed as substantial (security level 4) in all areas.

SRM measures in place:

UN curfew is in force across the country, timing differs from one SRM Area to another. UN curfew is from 19:00hrs to 05:00hr in Yambio.

International personnel must request and receive security clearance for official and non-official travel. International personnel on mission must stay in either a UN facility or UN approved commercial lodging for staff members.

Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environment (SSAFE) to be conducted in areas with HIGH Risk level and above.

All international and national personnel must be issued with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and VHF radios.

Environmental/Health Hazards

The healthcare in Yambio is limited and available facilities are poorly equipped, lack basic medicines, space, and personnel. Therefore, staff assigned must be in good health. Candidates with conditions that would require regular treatment or medical supervision should be appropriately advised.

Malaria, Hepatitis B, COVID 19, Ebola (due to Western Equatoria State’s proximity to DRC) and other tropical diseases, coupled with poor hygiene produces a variety of life-threatening diseases. These conditions combined with insufficient medical facilities pose a health threat to the humanitarian personnel in Western Equatoria State.

The UNMISS level 1 clinic is available to UN staff alone and offer some medical services, it is advisable to carry along all regular medication and prophylaxis used by individual staff members, as getting supplementary doses in Yambio may be challenging.

Living and Working Conditions:

Yambio, the administrative capital of Western Equatoria state where the position is based is a category “E” hardship duty station, with minimal basic infrastructure and with average temperature ranging between 27oC – 32oC. It is a tropical rainforest terrain with approximately eight months rainy season spanning from April to November and four months dry season from December to March.

The living conditions in Yambio are very basic, with minimal sport and recreational activities. Given the largely forested area, the landscape is beautiful with evergreen vegetation, very fertile soils for cultivation and more conducive than other locations in South Sudan. Fresh supplies of locally grown fruits and vegetables are readily available in the daily markets.

Telecommunication is stable in Yambio County but is epileptic in other Counties of the state. There are no ATM facilities in Yambio, and Staff are required to carry some cash with them to sustain them for the 6 weeks R and R cycle or beyond.

All UNHCR international staff members live together at the UNHCR guesthouse in individual rooms with washrooms in them. The rooms are equipped with microwave, fridge and television, basic communication gadgets. The UNHCR guesthouse has a well-equipped shared Kitchen, common room, and laundry room accessible to residents of the guesthouse.

There are a few UN authorized hotels accessible to humanitarians, but UNHCR International Staff are required to live in the UNHCR Guesthouse located within the UNICEF Compound.

Taking photos is strongly discouraged in all locations, as may result in arrest by local security forces. Extreme caution is required while driving a UN vehicle due to bad local driving culture, lots of motorbikes and three-wheelers (boda-boda) and periodic attempts by local police to extort money from the driver for whatever violation claimed.

There are several airlines flying from most destinations to Juba via Dubai, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Istanbul, Khartoum, Cairo or Entebbe. Travel to field offices in South Sudan are handled by UN humanitarian flights.


Additional Qualifications


BA: International Law (Required), BA: Law (Required), BA: Political Science (Required)


HCR Protection Learning Program – UNHCR

Work Experience

Annual Budget OL in Operation/Office, Number of Persons of Concern Served, Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Workforce to Supervise, Working with Persons of Concern: Internally Displaced Persons, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees, Working with Persons of Concern: Returned IDPs, Working with Persons of Concern: Returned Refugees


Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Negotiation & conflict resolution, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Teamwork & collaboration

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Functional clearance

This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

Company: UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location:  Yambio, Western Equatoria, South Sudan

Application Deadline: N/A

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