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Senior Protection Assistant - Temporary Appointment

Tripoli (Libya)

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Tripoli (Libya)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-18

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This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants. Senior Protection Assistant


There are currently more than one million Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in Lebanon, which makes Lebanon the highest refugee-hosting country per capita in the world. There are no approved camps in the country, and refugees are living in more than 1,700 urban and peri-urban locations across the country. The refugee response is led by the Government and local actors, supported by the international community.

As the designated lead agency in the refugee response, UNHCR has established a sector-based structure in Beirut and in the field. The structure brings together over 100 UN agencies, national and international NGO partners in identifying and agreeing on the strategic priorities to address the needs of Syrian refugees and other affected populations. The Lebanon national response falls under the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), whereby UNHCR guides the refugee response and UNDP facilitates the resilience and stabilization component.

The Senior Protection Assistant reports to the Associate Protection Officer.  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. This may include the follow up on a range of protection activities, including support to UNHCR¿s child protection and protection cash programs, and direct follow up on individual protection cases, depending on the needs of the office at any time.

The Senior Protection Assistant provides quality, timely and effective protection support to persons of concern and identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards in operational responses. He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on protection issues as guided by the supervisor.

The Senior Protection Assistant 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 UNHCR country protection strategy.
- The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through supporting participatory, rights and community based approaches.
- Support is provided to identify and report protection incidents.

- Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct. 
- Through relationships with persons of concern and network of partners stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice to the protection team.
- Provide counselling on protection issues to persons of concern and ensure timely follow-up on persons of concern that present multiple vulnerabilities and protection risks.
- Ensure timely and accurate tracking of child at risk referrals to sector partners, and vulnerable cases that are referred to the UNHCR protection / emergency cash program;
- Monitor and support child protection and emergency cash programming. This includes monitoring the adherence to established SOPs, and the quality of assessments and response provided. Assist partners with technical guidance and support as required;
- Manage the implementation of UNHCR¿s protection cash program in accordance with established SOPs. This includes individual beneficiary tracking, as well as regular field visits and engagement with beneficiaries of the program to collect feedback which supports enhancing the overall the protection response to persons facing serious protection risks. It also entails regular reporting in line with office requirements;
- Support capacity building efforts and for UNHCR and partner staff to prevent, mitigate and address child protection risks and a ensure holistic response;
- Manage routine correspondence, draft documents and reports and maintain an up-to-date and accurate database of referrals, in regular communication with partners that are working on child protection and emergency cash programs;
- Exchange routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries;
- Perform other relevant duties as required.


- Select persons of concern for preliminary interviews and decide which relevant information to share.
- Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners.


- Education: Completion of secondary school.  Additional Training courses in protection related issues.
- Job experience: relevant to the function: 4 years.
- Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language

(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of UN working language of duty station and working knowledge of English.)


- Good computer skills.
- Completed Protection Learning Programme. Please also note that Arabic and English are essential for this Job Opening. This position is advertised to replace a staff member on Maternity Leave for a maximum period of six months. Interested qualified internal and external candidates meeting the requirements of the Job Descriptions posted online can apply no later than 18 September 2019 Midnight Geneva Time.
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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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