Assistant Protection Officer at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Full Time
Posted 5 months ago

Assistant Protection Officer

Job Type: Full Time
Qualification: BA/BSc/HND, MBA/MSc/MA, PhD/Fellowship
Experience: 1 year
Location: Nairobi
Job Field: Law / Legal, Safety and Environment / HSE

The Assistant 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. They provide functional protection guidance to information management and program staff on all protection/legal matters and accountabilities, including statelessness, Global Compact on Refugees commitments, age, gender, diversity, and accountability to affected populations. The Assistant Protection Officer supervises protection standards, operational procedures, and practices in line with international standards.


  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic, and cultural developments impacting the protection environment.
  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards, and codes of conduct.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities for documentation issuance.
  • Conduct eligibility and status determination for PoC in compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.
  • Contribute to measures to identify, prevent, and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to country-level child protection and education plans.
  • Implement and monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Manage individual protection cases including those on GBV and child protection.
  • Recommend durable solutions for PoC through voluntary repatriation, local integration, and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation, and evaluation of protection-related programming with partners.
  • Facilitate a program of results-based advocacy with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
  • Facilitate effective information management through providing disaggregated data on populations of concern.
  • Assist in capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, institutions, and NGOs to strengthen national protection-related legislation and procedures.
  • Intervene with authorities on protection issues.
  • Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.
  • Support the identification and management of risks and opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • For P1/NOA: 1 year relevant experience with an Undergraduate degree; or no experience with a Graduate degree; or no experience with a Doctorate degree
  • Field(s) of Education: Law, International Law, Political Sciences, or other relevant field.

Functional Skills:

  • PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards, and indicators
  • PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
  • 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
  • PR-Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Coordination

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.

Desired Candidate Profile


  • Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, RSDResettlement Learning Programme.
  • Extensive knowledge of UNHCR’s frameworks and policies for engagement in IDP operations.
  • Prior experience working in the region and in protracted IDP displacement contexts is a plus.
  • Ability to build consensus and maintain team spirit in a difficult operational context.
  • Strong cultural sensitivity and emotional intelligence.
  • Strong knowledge of IDP protection laws, principles, and strategies.


  • Degree in Law, Refugee Law, International Law, Social studies and Gender Studies, Political Sciences, or another relevant field.

Method of Application: Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to apply.

Job Features

Job CategoryLaw / Legal

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