Senior Protection Cluster Coordination Officer, P4, Niamey in UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency Niamey, Niger

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Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

In complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters where UNHCR is designated as the Protection Cluster Lead Agency under the Cluster Approach, the position of Senior Protection Cluster Coordination Officer performs a dedicated coordination, strategy development and advocacy function. The Senior Protection Cluster Coordination Officer reports directly to the UNHCR Representative who has final accountability for the performance of UNHCR as Cluster Lead Agency. At the same time, the incumbent effectuates UNHCR’s commitment to work within the framework of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Cluster Approach. The UNHCR Protection Cluster Lead Agency functions, embodied in the role of Senior Protection Cluster Coordination Officer, are critical in ensuring UNHCR¿s leadership within a diverse protection community. The Senior Protection Cluster Coordination Officer is expected to discharge UNHCR’s lead role in the Protection Cluster and to impartially represent the interests of the members of the Protection Cluster, including the provision of active support, as applicable, to sub-clusters or working groups of the Cluster which may be coordinated by other Agencies. As a result, the Senior Protection Cluster Coordination Officer leads an inter-agency team in an environment that requires high standards of accountability and demonstrable leadership, coordination, negotiation and conflict resolution skills, and in which the principles of partnership and collaboration are essential.


– Chair cluster meetings and represent the Protection Cluster in meetings with sectoral and external partners, authorities and other relevant interlocutors.

– Issue reports and make advocacy statements on behalf of the Protection Cluster.

– Make decision over format and frequency of meetings, designation of focal points and the establishment of sub-groups/working groups and ad hoc/task-related bodies for specific issues.

– Negotiate with the Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator, the Humanitarian Country Team and cluster members the prioritization and inclusion of project proposals and common funding criteria for inclusion in inter-agency funding appeals.

– Allocate financial and other resources within the Protection Cluster, when required, such as regarding Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) or Common Humanitarian Funds (CHF). Perform other related duties as required.

Strategic Direction

– Ensure that the protection response is driven by a Protection Cluster strategy developed in a consultative process with external partners and is integrated into the Humanitarian Country Team¿s common humanitarian action plan.

– Convene and facilitate meetings in line with the Principles of Partnership, ensuring that cluster meetings are consultative and results oriented.

– Ensure coordination with government counterparts and other relevant authorities.

– Lead the design of transition strategies for the Protection Cluster: facilitate the development of a strategy for the cluster ensuring proper linkages with disaster risk reduction, relief, and recovery and development efforts.

Needs Assessment and Resources Mobilization

– Lead, coordinate and conduct within the Protection Cluster or at Inter-Cluster level protection needs assessments, including participatory assessments of affected populations.

– Provide strategic direction to development of common funding criteria, resource mobilisation and prioritization within the Protection Cluster for inclusion in Consolidated Appeals and pooled funds processes; Establish mechanisms for accountable and transparent financial resource allocation within the cluster.

Capacity Development

– Coordinate the delivery of protection training activities for Protection Cluster members, other local partners, and relevant authorities.

– Coordinate initiatives to build the protection capacity of the national and local government, partners and civil society.

Standards Setting

– Ensure adherence to IASC standard operating procedures for IDP profiling.

– Coordinate the integration of cross-cutting issues in the work of the Protection Cluster, including any work developed by sub-clusters or working groups.

– Ensure adherence of Protection Cluster activities to Guidelines on Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming.

– Through Cluster-wide consultative processes, provide input into the development of global protection policy and standards led by the Global Protection Cluster.

Information Management

– Facilitate reporting and information sharing within the Protection Cluster and at the inter-cluster level.

– Ensure that the Protection Cluster has a functional information management strategy and mechanism.

– Ensure that the Protection Cluster produces regular updates and briefing notes on the protection concerns in the affected population, response activities, challenges and recommendations.


– Identify core advocacy concerns for the Protection Cluster through a consultative process: develop joint cluster/ inter-cluster initiatives to ensure regular and consistent advocacy.

– Ensure a consistent interpretation and application of international law and related UNHCR and IASC legal standards and protection policies.

– Ensure the Protection Cluster¿s adherence to international human rights instruments, the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement as well as other relevant international and regional instruments; in cooperation with the Humanitarian Country Team support local interventions when violations of international protection standards and principles occur.

– Promote and strengthen national legislation relevant to internal displacement and durable solutions

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P4/NOD – 9 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 8 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 7 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

Law; Human Rights; International Relations;

or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

CCCM Cluster Coordination;

HCR Coordination Lrng Prog;

HCR Management Lrng Prg;

HCR Protection Learning Prg;

Emergency Mgmt Workshop;

Tri-Cluster Knowl/Coord Skills;

Prot in NaturalDisaster Situat;

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

Relevant Job Experience


9 years of previous work experience preferably in working with Protection Cluster, IDP Operation or Country Operations applying the Cluster Approach.


Not specified.

Desired Candidate Profile

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



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Operational context

Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:

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Nature of Position:

As of 30 June 2022, Niger hosts 264,257 IDPs and 291,861 refugees. Populations are grouped in the Lake Chad Basin situation with Nigerian refugees, the Sahel situation with Malian and Burkinabe refugees, the urban situation with refugees and asylum seekers in Niamey, and the mixed movement situation with evacuees from Libya to Niamey and asylum seekers and refugees in Agadez. In this complex humanitarian operation, the incumbent reports directly to the Asst Representative -Protection, under the overall supervision of the Representative who has final accountability of the Operation as Cluster Lead Agency, within the frameworks of the IASC and the Cluster Approach. The incumbent advocates for protection mainstreaming in the humanitarian response, leads the mainstreaming of early recovery activities in the Protection Cluster and spearheads the integration of cross-cutting issues into the work of the Cluster, especially with an age, gender and diversity lens. The incumbent ensures the 6 clusters functions are implemented. The incumbent discharges UNHCR’s lead role in the Protection Cluster as co-coordinator along with the Government and impartially represents the interests of the members of the Cluster, including through active support of the HC/RC, the Humanitarian Country Team and cluster members. The incumbent directs and ensures the contribution of the protection cluster to the HRP including the search for durable solutions and promotes the inclusion of protection principles throughout the humanitarian response and durable solutions. The incumbent leads the inputs of the cluster and its members in project proposals and inter-agency funding appeals such as the CERF. The incumbent closely works with the cluster co-facilitators, its sub-clusters and working groups at the central level and/or in the regions.

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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.

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

Closing date of receipt of application: 15 December 2022 (midnight Geneva time)

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Company: UNHCR the UN Refugee Agency

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location:  Niamey, Niger

Application Deadline: N/A

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