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United Nations Development Programme   |   Kakuma, Kenya   |   Log in or register to see the closing date

Associate Protection Officer (Community Based)

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Security
  • Experienced (senior worker)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary

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Job Summary

The Associate Protection Officer (Community-Based) is integrated in the Protection Unit of the UNHCR Sub-Office in Kakuma and reports directly to the Protection Officer (Community-Based, hereinafter CB) under the leadership of Senior Protection Coordinator. The incumbent will also be technically supported by the UNHCR Regional Service Centre in Nairobi where needed. The incumbent will directly work with community-based approaches in strengthening the self-reliance and capacity of the refugee community. As part of the work, the incumbent will support a joint project of UNHCR, UNV and an implementing partner on enhancing volunteerism in a settlement setting, Kalobeyei. This project is called “Enhancing Security, Co-existence and Refugee Protection through Refugee Volunteers (hereinafter, the joint project).”


Under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer (CB) with the leadership of Senior Protection Coordinator, the National UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks in the realm of community-based approach/protection and project management:

• Work closely with the Protection Officer (CB), the implementing partner and other partners to asses, plan, implement, monitor, evaluate and report on the joint UNV-UNHCR  project “Enhancing Security, Co-existence and Refugee Protection through Refugee Volunteers”.
• Building partnership with refugee girls, women, boys, men of all ages but especially with youth age group
• Build partnerships and strong working relations with implementing partners, government counterparts and operational partners.
• Ensure active participation of diverse and representative groups of refugees.
• Support the efforts of UNHCR in self-reliance and the strengthening of volunteerism at community level to respond to protection risks.
• Conduct a wider study on past and existing practices of community participation in UNHCR’s and partners’ work.
• Monitor and document related upcoming activities, among others the joint project of UNV and UNHCR.
• Work closely with the supervisor and Protection Team by, among other, proactively initiating communication on progress and situation which requires immediate decision and action, as well as with unit in overseeing and delivering of UNHCR’s activities.
• Conduct field visits, monitor progress and work through an evidence-based approach.
• Carry out capacity building of outreach volunteers/refugee staff.
• Develop advocacy communication tools and messages on outreach  volunteers.
• Support in the preparatory work and represent in internal and external forums on showcasing the project to a wider audience.
• Support on UNHCR’s and project specific protection priorities as:
o Support UNHCR’s consultative process with local government counterparts, partners and persons of concern for effective needs assessment and planning;
o Support in maintaining protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with persons of concern, host communities, local authorities and partners;
o Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures;
o Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among populations of concern, authorities and host communities;
o Support the effective systematization and management of data to enhance monitoring, response and evaluation mechanisms;
o Contribute to initiatives to build the capacity of local partners and civil society through training and other initiatives to protect persons of concern.
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 instance 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 UNVpublications/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.
Results/Expected Outputs
• The implementation of the joint UNV-UNHCR project “Enhancing Security, Co-existence and Refugee Protection through Refugee Volunteers” is accounted for through data, monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
• The protection needs of populations of concern are met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards;
• Effective and timely support is provided to the formulation of a clear and coherent protection strategy, which incorporates a thorough age, gender and diversity (AGD) analysis and reflects the Organization’s global, regional and country level priorities;
• The participation of persons of concern is assured through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches, ensuring that UNHCR is accountable to persons of concern;
• Protection incidents and gaps in assistance are immediately identified and addressed;
• The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs) and government officials;
• Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment;
• A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Kakuma
Area of work: Security
Seniority: Experienced (senior worker)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 2 years
Required skills: Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Partnerships; Lobbying, advocacy; Security operations; Programme management; Crisis management; Field management
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

United Nations Development Programme

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UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help build a better life. In November 1964, an agreement was signed between the Government of Kenya and the UN System. UNDP was at the time known as the Technical Assistance Board (TAB). The Resident Representative of TAB Mr. B Chidzero signed on behalf of other agencies for the commencement of operations in Kenya.

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