H (no hardship)
Residential location (if applicable)
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
Fast Track > Fast Track
December 5, 2022
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Protection Associate normally reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. The incumbent 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 Protection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (PoC) and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. S/he contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.
The Protection Associate also ensures that PoC are involved 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.
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. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCR's core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
- 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 PoC.
- Provide advice on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
- Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for PoC.
- 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.
- Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
- Manage individual protection cases including those on GBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
- Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of PoC 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.
- Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on PoC and their problems.
- Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
- Assist the supervisor in prioritizing PoC for interview, counselling and propose protection support for individual cases.
- Assist the supervisor with enforcing compliance of local implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
- Assit the supervisor with enforcing compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.
- Submit individual payments request for PoC for approval.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For G6 - 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher
Field(s) of Education
Certificates and/or Licenses
International Law, Political Science
or other related field
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience
Protection Learning Programme
PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
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.
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.
As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.
This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Desired Candidate Profile
Like all countries neighbouring Ukraine, Slovakia faced immediately the direct and indirect implications of the war in Ukraine, including a rapid flow across its borders of people fleeing hostilities. Already on 26 February 2022, a state of emergency was declared in the country in connection with the mass influx of individuals, including Ukrainians and third-country nationals (TCNs) caused by the armed conflict on the territory of Ukraine. Since then, the Government of Slovakia has generously kept the borders open and local communities have welcomed refugees, and other persons of concern. By the 25th of October, there was a total of 885,705 border crossing points, including mainly Ukrainian citizens and some TCNs (excluding Slovak nationals).
As of 1 March 2022, temporary protection status has been accessible to refugees arriving from Ukraine and their families. This temporary protection regime aligned Slovakia’s reception of refugees from Ukraine with the broader, EU-wide application of its Temporary Protection Directive (TPD) by EU member states. Over 98,800 individuals have applied for Temporary Protection in Slovakia, with the Government estimating that an additional number of 10,000 Ukrainians benefit from tolerated stay, within the legal framework, and hence are not registered for protection in Slovakia.
The protection environment in Slovakia remains favorable, with Government-led efforts in favor of supporting and providing assistance to those who have arrived and keep arriving from Ukraine. In addition to UN Agencies and NGOs, local responders, including civil society organizations, faith-based institutions, refugee- and women-led organizations, academia, sport associations and the private sector, as well as volunteers, have also played an important role in supporting and complementing the state authorities’ initiatives and efforts, throughout 2022.
Despite the favorable environment for refugees in the country, there remain major challenges in addressing areas such as access to longer-term accommodation, labor market, health care, education and social protection, ensuring specialized services for GBV survivors and that persons with disabilities have access to existing assistance mechanisms.
UNHCR operates in Slovakia under the inter-agency refugee response plan (RRP) which brings together 28 partners in a coordinated multi-sectoral response with the aim to further complement the Government-led efforts and in particular by addressing any gaps in the provision of assistance to refugees, and others in need, while helping reinforce the reception and monitoring capacity of local authorities including for those with additional and specific protection needs and seeking to ensure equality of access to services according to needs.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
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Nature of Position:
Living and Working Conditions:
IT-Computer Literacy, PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators, PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
International Law - Other, Political Science - Other
Accountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Judgement & decision making, Negotiation & conflict resolution, Organizational awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
Candidates must be legally present in Slovakia at the time of application, recruitment and hire.
Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member and engagement under a UNHCR affiliate scheme or as an intern is subject to proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
This position doesn't require a functional clearance