Caribbean Protection Unit


Position Title:               Senior Protection Associate Caribbean Protection Unit
Location :                     UNHCR Regional Office, Washington DC
Type of Contract:         1 Year Fixed Term Appointment

Category/ Grade:          General Service/G7

Position No:                  10008150

Date of Issue:                7 December, 2018

Closing Date:                21 December, 2018

Effective date of           7 January 2019






The Senior Protection Associate reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. The position may entail supervisory responsibilities for protection staff including community services, registration, resettlement and education depending on the structure of the Office.  He/she monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff.

The Senior Protection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.  He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the Office externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.

He/she also ensures that persons of concern are 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 protection and assistance partners.





  • The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.
  • Protection activities are guided by the protection strategy and respect UNHCR’s policy on age, gender and diversity (AGD).
  • The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches.
  • Protection incidents are immediately identified and addressed.



  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern.
  • Provide advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for persons of concern in compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.
  • Contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Contribute to a country-level education plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Implement and monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Assist in promoting durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
  • Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.



  • Intervene with authorities on protection issues.
  • Decide priorities for reception, interviewing and counselling for groups or individuals.
  • Enforce compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
  • Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.
  • Recommend and prepare payments to individual cases.

–         Completion of secondary school.  Certificate/ training in International Law, Political Science or related field is required.

–         Job experience relevant to the function: 11 years.

–         Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language.

–          Fluency in Spanish an asset.



–         Good computer skills.

–         Completed RSD-Resettlement LP and/or Protection Learning Programme.


Terms of Employment

  • Fixed term appointment with a possibility of renewal. Grade and category of the position is Snr. Protection Associate (G7). Employment is subject to all United Nations staff rules and regulations. A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.  For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at icsc.un.org



Interested candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit 1) UNHCR Personnel History Form available: www.unhcr.org/recruit/unhcr-phf.docm if needed extra space, please also use Supplementary Sheet available: www.unhcr.org/recruit/unhcr-phf-sup.docm along with 2) a letter of motivation by e-mail to usawaadm@unhcr.org quoting “Senior Protection Associate (G7)” in the subject line of the email. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. Late or incomplete application will not be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview and written test.


*The deadline for all applications is 11:59 pm (EST) on 21 December 2018.