Community-Based Protection Assistant

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Application deadline 2 years ago: Friday 13 Nov 2020 at 23:59 UTC

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This is a UNV National Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as National UN Volunteer. It is normally only for nationals. More about UNV National Specialist contracts.

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task

Duties associated with the assignment will be carried out within a framework of voluntary commitment and engagement, which are the foundations of volunteerism. This position is a national UN Volunteer assignment within the UNHCR office in Pemba, Mozambique. Under the direct supervision of the Head of Protection Unit, the UNV Community-Based Protection Assistant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Be fully informed about community structures and the protection and security situation of the population of concern and develop strong links with IDPs and members of the host communities.
  • Through relationships with persons of concern 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, needs and resources of the persons of concern are reflected in the response implemented by UNHCR, taking into consideration the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities and minority groups.
  • Support in the implementation of integrated strategies that addresses key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and SGBV.
  • Provide technical guidance, monitor and support to UNHCR and partners in the implementation of the protection-related activities in the field.
  • Supporting communities in establishing representation, and coordination structures and assist in the implementation of UNHCR projects in the affected areas.
  • Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among populations of concern, authorities and host communities.
  • Maintain protection presence through regular field missions to the areas covered by UNHCR Pemba Field Unit and report on the main issues, establishing direct contact with IDPs and host communities, local authorities and partners.
  • 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, organizational and livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and response to SGBV.
  • Assist in analyzing protection risks and capacities of communities of concern.
  • Build office capacity for community-based protection through training and establishing systems for community mobilization and participation of persons of concern.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring distribution of non-food items
  • Perform other duties as required.


Required degree level:

Secondary education

Required experience:

24 Months

Experience remark:

Minimum 2 years of previous relevant experience.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
  • Portuguese(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

Area of expertise:

Other emergency management experience, Other finance, economics and administration related experience, Other civil society or community development experience

Area of expertise details:

  • Knowledge of Administrative/financial rules, procedures, processes in the context of UNHCR offices and Field operations. (desirable)
  • UNHCR learning programmes (PLP); (desirable)
  • Knowledge of MSRP; (desirable)
  • Good knowledge of Progress database (desirable)
  • Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of the position will be an added advantage
  • Production of concise and clearly written communication products.
  • Planning and organizational skills: Ability to develop clear objectives that are aligned with strategies, identified activities and priority assignments, ability to monitor project, adjust priorities, time and resources to complete assignment, make provisions to manage risks and contingencies whenever necessary;

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Application procedure:

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Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

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Application deadline: 13-11-2020

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