Community Based Protection Associate

UNHCR - UN High Commissioner for Refugees

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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.

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 worldwide. 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 (

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.

Under the direct supervision of Associate Protection Office, the national UN Volunteer/Community Based Protection Associate will undertake the following tasks:

-Draft preliminary assessment for individual case and present to Head of protection unit for review and further processing. -Monitoring and evaluate Community based protection partners to ensure community-based protection activities are delivery timely to PoCs and enable the referral procedure for dealing with individual case referrals; Conducted protection desk/reception at urban setting and in the camp by Identifying person with specific need and refer them to HI for further assistance. -Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with persons of concern, host communities, local authorities, and partners. -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. -Provide advice on protection issues to persons of concern. -Liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation. -Ensure that UNHCR’s policies, standards and procedures are constantly and coherently applied in the Area of Responsibility (AoR). -Assist in ensuring that the needs of persons of concern in the AoR are assessed and analysed in a participating manner and using an Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective to form a firm basis for planning. -Assist in ensuring that protection incidents and gaps in assistance are immediately identified and addressed; Assist in identifying vulnerable groups or individuals who may need special attention or special arrangements and make recommendations on the needs of different groups of refugees. -Contribute to asset mapping of existing public facilities in area of responsibility and share the gathered information with the COVs and supervisor; accordingly, Contribute to continuous capacity building of the COVs.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: •Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day). •Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country. •Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities. •Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc. •Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers. •Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

☒Accountability ☒Adaptability and Flexibility ☒Building Trust ☒Client Orientation ☒Communication ☒Ethics and Values ☒Integrity ☒Planning and Organizing ☒Professionalism ☒Respect for Diversity ☒Self-Management ☒Technological Awareness ☒Working in Teams

Field and commitment to help persons of concern and willingness to cooperate with counterparts. -Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office applications, and database software -Excellent communication skills -Excellent interpersonal skills -Professional work experience, including a minimum of one (1) year in a refugee protection role , involving casework or another client or customer-oriented role. -Knowledge of UN policies and procedures. -Good analytical skills. -Strong interpersonal and communication skills in a multi-cultural setting. -Ability to live and work in the difficult and harsh conditions of developing countries is essential. -Computer skills: Office Package (excellent knowledge of Word, good knowledge of Excel and Power Point) and Internet browsing

Huye is not a duty station where staffs reside in UNHCR housing in terms of accommodation. Houses are available for rent and staffs are guided upon arrival to available housing options which are usually equipped with adequate facilities. The usual practice is to give at least a three-months deposit upon signing a rent contract. Huye has small private clinics that can offer consultations with general practicians or some specialists. There is a tertiary level facility (CHUB - Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Butare) which is considered referral hospital at the national level. Limited education facilities are available for staffs' children. There are no accredited international schools in Huye but private schools offering teaching in English or French, following the national curricula. Security in Huye is at Level 1 and is a family duty station (category B) with low security risks. Banking facilities are available.

Transport is available with (private) buses every 30min / every hour (depending on the time of the year) to Kigali. Concerning transport, even though motorcycle taxis are not recommended, they are the fastest way to get around the big cities. Helmets are provided, but it is better to have your own helmet. You can also take a standard taxi. Those with a yellow stripe will be run by individuals. Public transportation is the cheapest, and many of the buses are new and well-maintained. You can also take these buses farther afield; expect to pay a fare based on distance. Shops and markets are available with necessary items including imported goods, home furnishings and electrical appliances.

For volunteers, the UNV Programme offers monthly living allowance to cover basic needs like housing, utilities, transportation, and communication. The purpose of the allowances and entitlements paid to UN Volunteers is to enable UN Volunteers to sustain a secure standard of living at the duty stations in line with United Nations standards without incurring personal costs. The allowances are in no way to be understood as compensation, reward, or salary in exchange for the UN Volunteer’s service.

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