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Protection Officer

Uganda (Uganda)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Uganda (Uganda)
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req5884

Job Title: Protection Officer

Sector: Protection and rule of law

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Yumbe, Uganda

Job Description

The Protection Officer will be responsible for providing direct support for the implementation of protection monitoring, protection case management and follow ups, operating Information and Support Centers (ISCs); Persons of Specific Needs a (PSNs) identification and support. She/he will supervise the activities of Protection Assistants in the field to ensure timely and successfully implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts protection information and awareness sessions (community dialogues).
  • Collaborates with the legal team, SGBV, health, and ERD sectors of IRC and other agencies in providing protection related services to refugees and Persons of Concern (PoC).
  • Ensures service mapping is complete and continuously updated; referral pathway established and follow up of cases conducted by protection team.
  • Liaise with and refer all legal related cases to the legal team for redress.
  • Supervises Protection Assistants to effectively carry out their roles.
  • Ensure protection case management is done according to established standards while respecting the principle of confidentiality.
  • Supports Volunteers in their integration and support to the desk and team.
  • Oversees PSN needs assessments and provide appropriate responses ‐ targeted assistance as necessary. 
  • Conduct regular monitoring and report on the welfare and living conditions of PSNs in the settlement.
  • Ensure protection team manages information according to established procedures and respects principles of confidentiality.
  • Ensure good coordination with refugee leadership structures (RWCs and Neighborhood watch) and appropriate support provided.
  • Appropriately refer protection incidents/events to UNHCR, OPM and relevant partners.
  • Participate in Zonal Coordination meetings involving UNHCR, OPM and all partners operating in the Zone.
  • Prepare daily/weekly/monthly reports and timely submit to Deputy Protection Manager for review and further actions.

Key Working Relationships

Position Reports to:Protection Manager

Position directly supervises:Protection Assistants and Community Based Volunteers

Other internal and/or external contacts

Internal:Community Services Officers and Assistants Officers, Legal Officers,

External:UNHCR, OPM, and other Protection Actors.


  • Educated at degree level in the humanities or other relevant field.
  • At least two years of prior professional experience in a similar post, preferably with an international organization.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of protection issues and knowledge of refugee context.
  • Strong supervisory and organizational skills.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
  • Flexible and able to work in a dynamic and diverse environment.
  • Comfortable using information technology (Computers, Smartphones and Tablets) and MS Office Word and Excel.
  • Proficiency in English (written and verbal)

Please note:

  • This position is open only to Ugandan nationals.
  • Deadline for receiving applications is Monday 5th August 2019.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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