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Assistant Protection Officer Job at UNHCR

Organizational Context (role of the position within the team, describing its leadership role, it’s external/internal work relationships or contacts, the contextual environment in which it operates and the scope of supervision received, and where applicable, exercise by the incumbent)

The Assistant Protection Officer (Statelessness) reports to the Assistant Representative (Protection) and may be required to supervise a junior staff in the unit. The incumbent will provide functional guidance to programme staff and also assist in monitoring performance of implementing partners. He/she will interact on a regular basis with the implementing partners’ staff and provide overall guidance as per the planned activities and budget.

The Assistant Protection Officer is expected to coordinate the planning and delivery of all statelessness activities for the Operation and will contribute to designing a comprehensive statelessness strategy. The incumbent will represent the organization on statelessness issues, nationality and citizenship policy issues as guided by the supervisor.

  • The incumbent will also ensure that stateless persons are consulted and involved with the office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and all relevant stakeholders.

Assistant Protection Officer Job Accountabilities

  • Statelessness is prevented and addressed through the application of International and National Law and existing practices.
  • Activities are guided by the statelessness strategy and respect the policy of UNHCR on age, gender and diversity (AGD).
  • The participation of persons of concern is assured through assessment and surveys using participatory, rights and community based approaches.
  • Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)
  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the environment that affects stateless persons.
  • Contribute to the country-level statelessness prevention and reductions strategy.
  • Consistently apply International and National Law, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Assist in providing comments/suggesting amendments on existing legislation related to persons of concern.
  • Provide legal and technical advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of concern;
  • Oversee and support the documentation issuance process carried out by the competent authorities
  • Provide inputs for the development of the regional statelessness strategy, policies and standard
  • Manage individual cases when applicable
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy with partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data
  • Contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures. Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)
  • Intervene with authorities on relevant statelessness issues.
  • As Chair of the statelessness working groups, provide directions to the stakeholders as guided by the Supervisor
  • Enforce compliance of staff and implementing partners with global policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
  • Recommend and prepare payments to partners/vendors

Qualifications for the Assistant Protection Officer Job

  • University degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years relevant professional experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • Diverse field experience desirable.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills.
  • Completion of the Protection Learning Programme
  • Completion of a relevant statelessness course

How to Apply
This vacancy is open for qualified Kenyans ONLY. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should complete a Personal History form (P.11) available on the following link http://www.unon.org/docs/P11.doc and attach it to their application for the position. Applications should be send to:

The Secretary,
Regional Assignments Committee (RAC),
Human Resources Section,
P.O. Box 43801, 00100
Nairobi, Kenya

or hand delivered to UNHCR Branch Office for Kenya, Lynwood House, Waiyaki Way (opposite Lions Place).

Please quote Reference: IVN/EVN/KEN/NBI/17/009