UNHCR Asst Representative - Prot Jobs in Rwanda

UNHCR Asst Representative - Prot Jobs in Rwanda

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Assistant Representative- Protection is the senior protection manager in a Country Office and reports to the Representative. A member of the senior management team, the incumbent has direct or reviewing supervisory responsibility for protection staff who may include community services, registration, resettlement and education.

The Assistant Representative- Protection is relied upon by the Office to plan, manage and guide country-wide protection delivery to populations of concern and to promote and gain support for UNHCR¿s protection agenda externally. This includes ensuring that operational responses in sectors are shaped in a protection optic, mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards.

He/she ensures that persons and communities of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them and that their interests are effectively represented to authorities, protection and assistance partners and to the broad network of donors and stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection.

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.


  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and security developments that have an impact on the protection environment and protection delivery capacity and advise the Representative in the overall management of UNHCR¿s operations.

  • Manage a consultative process with government counterparts, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement a comprehensive protection strategy addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, minority groups such as sexual minorities and persons living with HIV/AIDS; and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) priorities with regard to these persons.

  • In operations applying the Cluster Approach, ensure the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in a strategy which covers assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.

  • Ensure the protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and in respect of UNHCR¿s mandate, the Humanitarian Country Team¿s common humanitarian action plan where applicable.

  • Ensure that necessary resources are allocated to address protection gaps.

  • Promote International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct. Foster their consistent and coherent interpretation and application and ensure that sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations fulfil their responsibilities mainstreaming protection.

  • Design, deliver and monitor programmes on an AGD basis to address identified protection needs

  • Develop and implement a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy ensuring programmes use a child protection systems approach.

  • Ensure that appropriate interventions are undertaken by the Office, or intervene directly, in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners.

  • Coordinate the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related programming with implementing and operational partners.

  • Ensure with governments and partners that durable solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration, and where appropriate, resettlement are sought and provided to the largest possible number of persons of concern.

  • Oversee the development and implementation of a results-based advocacy programme in consultation with sectorial and/or cluster partners.

  • Advocate with authorities and stakeholders for access to and respect for the rights of persons of concern and their access to services.

  • Ensure the Protection Sector or Cluster strategy has an effective information management component to provide disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems; and researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery.

  • Build the protection capacity of national and local government, partners and civil society to assume
    their responsibilities vis-à-vis persons of concern through protection training, mainstreaming and related activities.

  • Coordinate capacity-building initiatives for communities and persons of concern to assert their rights.

  • Advise and capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen legislation and status determination procedures and mechanisms.

  • Contribute to a communications strategy to generate external support for UNHCR¿s operations and the Protection Sector/Cluster.

  • Provide effective supervisory and managerial oversight, direction and guidance of the protection function.

  • Design and establish effective protection staffing structures in Offices ensuring staffing configurations, profiles and competencies are commensurate with protection challenges.

  • Approve the comprehensive protection strategy for endorsement by the Representative and Regional Office or Headquarters.

  • Chair strategic or operational protection meetings, including Protection Cluster meetings in applicable operations and represent the protection sector/cluster in inter-agency mechanisms.

  • Issue advocacy statements on behalf of UNHCR or the Protection Cluster in applicable operations. Intervene with authorities on protection issues.

  • Negotiate with resettlement countries and countries of return on behalf of UNHCR.

  • Clear documents and reports prepared by the Protection Unit / Section.

  • Take decisions on individual cases.

  • Negotiate with the Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator, the Humanitarian Country Team and partners on protection funding priorities in inter-agency funding appeals.

  • Enforce compliance of staff and partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

  • Enforce compliance with, and integrity of protection standard operating procedures.

  • Approve expenditures under the UNHCR protection budget and direct transparent and accountable financial and other resource allocation within the Protection Cluster in applicable operations.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Education & Professional Work Experience

  • For P5 - 12 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 11 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 10 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

    Field(s) of Education

  • Humanitarian Law; International Relations; Law;
    Political Science; International Refugee Law; or other relevant field.

    Certificates and/or Licenses

  • HCR Learning Prog; HCR Management Lrng Prg; HCR Protection Learning Prg;

    Relevant Job Experience


  • Minimum 11 years of previous work experience in progressively responsible functions in an organisation or institution that administer/manage and assist a large number of asylum seekers, refugees and Displaced persons, preferably within the UN.

  • Thorough knowledge in International refugee law, its applications under different circumstances; ability to analyse and advocate the application of various regional refugee instruments for the benefits of the persons of concern to UNHCR. Field experience, preferably in the context of UNHCR, in repatriation and resettlement of refugees.


  • Solid UNHCR experience from both the Field (including Hardship Duty stations) and Headquarters.

  • UNHCR specific learning/training activities (i.e. Management Learning Programme, Protection Learning Programme).

    Functional Skills

  • *PR-International Humanitarian Law

  • *PR-Refugee Resettlement programs

  • *PR-Managing large influx of Persons of Concern

  • *PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

  • FO-Operational activities in hardship duty stations

  • *PR-Application of various regional refugee instruments

    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.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Asst Representative - Prot Jobs in Rwanda

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