Position No.: 10023094

Vacancy Notice: 021/2016

Reports to: Senior Protection Officer

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Post Grade: NOA

About UNHCR:

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Job Summary: The Assistant Protection Officer (SGBV) will be working closely with programme and other team members to create a multi-sectoral SGBV prevention and response mechanisms as a life-saving priority. This will require setting up and/or leading coordination with interagency partners, government authorities, and persons of concern, including development of strategies, action plans, SOPs. Capacity development will be required, including leading SGBV workshops for a range of audiences. The incumbent will also be tasked with reviewing the current SGBV prevention and response framework on the ground to identify critical gaps to be filled. Furthermore, the incumbent will be tasked with ensuring that SGBV-related responsibilities are fully incorporated into the existing protection staffing structure.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Function as SGBV Coordinator for the country chapter and coordinate rapid implementation of SGBV programmes for the Uganda operation;
  • Work closely with Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development of the Republic of Uganda and the other UN agencies to shape the related working groups as well as technical meetings;
  • Offer iimely technical support and guidance to operational and implementing partners to ensure that good quality implementation of project in light to the Uganda SGBV Strategy.
  • The incumbent will ensure monthly reporting, including GBVIMS statistics with trends which informs policy, projects development.
  • Keep abreast with 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.
  • Support the country office to conduct initial needs/gaps and capacity assessments on SGBV in close coordination with any on-going joint/common assessments being conducted in the early stages of emergency response.
  • Provide support to integrate SGBV prevention and response in humanitarian action plans of all programme areas.
  • Support the three UNHCR strategies with linkages; SGBV strategy in partnership with protection and programme leads in the country operation as part of the overall protection strategy, with particular emphasis on linkages with child protection and education
  • Actively contribute to the planning and monitoring for multi-sectoral SGBV programming using the Results Framework and Focus in close collaboration with Programme and different sectors.
  • Contribute to establishment/strengthening of SGBV coordination mechanisms.
  • Significantly contribute to establishment and/or strengthening of new strategic and innovative partnerships for SGBV both with community-based, local, national, and international organizations.
  • Provide support in mapping existing services to address SGBV in the various affected areas, including identifying community capacities and structures for potential partnership.
  • Advocate with senior management in UNHCR and other partners, to ensure prioritization of SGBV prevention and response as a life-saving response.
  • Work closely with senior management to identify/review potential /partners and coordinate with Programme and Protection sections to incorporate SGBV programming in sub-agreements.
  • Monitor SGBV programs implemented by UNHCR and partners (both implementing and operational) and adjust programming as required.
  • Routinely monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all GBV activities and case management systems.
  • Receive and compile data including on GBVIMS from Sub Offices to prepare monthly country report on SGBV informing country operation progress and major issues and challenges in regards to SGBV prevention and response interventions
  • Contribute in the identification of durable solutions for persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Implement capacity-building activities for all actors, the refugees, service providers, including relevant Government institutions and NGOs to strengthen the prevention and response to SGBV and the enhancement of overall protection situation.
  • Oversee programme implementation of Safe from the Start initiative in the country.
  • Ensure the harmonization of SGBV Prevention and Response Programming in the Operation.
  • Perform other related duties as required

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Multi-sectoral SGBV prevention and response programs based on needs and capacity assessment results are established and programmed.
  • SGBV coordination mechanisms function with all relevant stakeholders and partners.

 Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR Assistant Protection Officer (SGBV) job vacancy should have completed a University degree in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines.
  • At least two years relevant professional experience.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of SGBV prevention and response in displacement.
  • Good training design and facilitation skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of local institutions.
  • Another UN language an asset.
  • Prior Inter-agency experience an asset.
  • Knowledge of the GBVIMS is an asset.

How to Apply:

All interested Ugandan nationals who wish to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to click on the link below and follow the application instructions after reviewing the job details.

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Deadline: 30th September, 2016



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