E (most hardship)
Non Family with Residential Location
Non Family with Residential LocationDanger Pay
Residential location (if applicable)
Nairobi (CO), Kenya
Staff Member / Affiliate Type
Regular > Regular Assignment
December 15, 2022
Community-Based Protection Officer
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Community-Based Protection Officer is a member of the Protection Team in a Regional Bureau or a Country Office and normally reports to the Senior Community-Based Protection Officer, the Senior Protection Officer, Head of Sub-Office or the Assistant Representative for protection.
For a regional position, the incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for Protection and Community-Based Protection staff in the regional office, and a technical support role for Community-Based Protection staff in the region. For a country level position the incumbent may have direct supervisory responsibility for Community-based Protection staff and other protection staff in the operation.
H/he supports the implementation of protection standards and provides advice on community-based protection to senior management and Country Operation(s) in close collaboration with the Division of International Protection (DIP).
The incumbent is relied upon by senior management to support a coordinated approach in the implementation of UNHCR's rights-based and community-based engagement with all persons of concern and contributes to the achievement of UNHCR's commitments to accountability to affected people.
S/he maintains close working relationships and supports Protection and Community-Based Protection staff in the field, who act as the critical interface between UNHCR and communities of concern, enabling them to provide the AGD-sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities that form the essential foundations of national and regional programmes. The incumbent maintains close working relations with sister UN entities, governmental entities, non-governmental organisations and academic institutions that can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions through people centred, community-based and gender responsive approaches.
The incumbent provides guidance to country operations to strengthen their coordination and advocacy on community-based approaches to protection with governments, partners and other key stakeholders.
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.
- Assist in the development, implementation and monitoring of a community-based protection strategy reflecting the organization's global, regional and country level protection priorities, and ensuring systematic application of participatory, rights- , community-based, and gender responsive approaches in protection and solutions planning, programming and strategies.
- Support compliance with UNHCR Age, Gender and Diversity Policy, including ensuring AGD inclusive programming, advocating for gender equality and strengthening accountability to affected populations (AAP).
- Assist with the implementation and integration of community-based corporate policies in multi-year and multi-partner protection and solutions strategies and operations plans.
- Support the systematic application of participatory, community, rights based, and gender responsive protection approaches throughout the phases of the operations management cycle and across the work of the organisation and implement community-based GBV prevention and response as well as community-based child protection programmes.
- Contribute to the appropriate adaptations of programmes as a result of the analysis of feedback received from persons of concern, as well as other political, social, economic and cultural developments that impact the protection environment.
- Participate in country level planning exercises and advocates for the mobilization and (re)allocation of funds to the implementation of community-based and gender responsive approaches across programmes and sectors in line with regional and country community-based protection strategies.
- Support the establishment and management of a feedback and response system (including on PSEA) and participate in the analysis of feedback gathered through formal and informal feedback and response systems.
- Support capacity development through training and coaching of staff in the domain of AGD, Accountability to Affected People (AAP), CBP, Gender Equality, Youth, Disability and inclusion of other Diversity elements, and mainstreaming of the CBP approach in other sectors.
- Provide technical guidance and support to ensure data relevant to assess and monitor progress on the implementation and impact of community-based and age, gender and diversity approaches is collected and AGD-sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities is undertaken.
- Support the consolidation of reporting on community-based protection and contributes to reporting on the protection of different AGD groups, including identification of trends and collection and dissemination of good practices.
- Contribute to the development of partnerships with a variety of stakeholders including government institutions, UN, civil society actors, and the private sector inclusive of youth, disability, LGBTI, women rights stakeholders and other diverse groups; for the purpose of advocating for community-based approaches for the protection of displaced persons, including implementation of Outreach and communication with diverse groups.
- For functions at a regional level, support harmonization of CBP strategies in the region and their alignment with global policies, identifies and disseminates good practices, supports exchange of expertise in the region and provides a regional level analysis of trends as well as aggregated reporting on implementation of Community-based and AGD approaches.
- Perform other related duties as required.
Years of Experience / Degree Level
For P3/NOC - 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
or other relevant field.
(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Certificates and/or Licenses
Relevant Job Experience
2-3 years experience of working in the field with direct engagement with persons of concern. Demonstrated expertise in field protection, community development, social surveys/ assessment, counselling, or related areas
Very good understanding of displacement and protection issues, particularly GBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the age, gender and diversity approach. Completion of UNHCR learning programmes or specific training relevant to functions of position such as: PLP (Protection Learning Programme), OMLP (Operations Management Learning Programme), MMLP (Middle Management Learning Programme), CBPLP (Community-based Protection Learning Programme), CBP e-Learning, and Gender Equality e-learning. Experience in project management, and strategy development and implementation.
PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators
TR-Training - Virtual and face to face
MG-Team building (development/facilitation)
PR-Community-based Protection - Planning, implementing and analysing surveys/assessments
PR-Community-based Protection - Coordination and project management
PR-Community-based Protection - Principles and methodologies
PR-Community-based Protection - Community engagement and capacity building
PR-Accountability to Affected People - Principles and Framework
(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
Candidate is an allround CBP officer, with excellent knowledge and experience in community based protection for IDPs, refugees and returnees. The candidate is further familiair with capacity building on CSO, NNGOs, and CBPNs and has managerial experience to act as SPO and lead the operational protection unit
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
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Nature of Position:
In Nyala, South Darfur, UNHCRs operation centres on providing protection and assistance to South Sudanese refugees, IDPs, CAR refugees and reintegrating Sudanese refugee returnees from Chad.
Most South Sudanese refugees in South Darfur live in settlements (out of camp) in harmony with the host community. Majority of CAR refugees live in settlements while a number of them live in urban areas- Nyala town. South Darfur is host to the largest IDP population in Darfur. UNHCRs main government interlocutor is COR on refugee issues and HAC on IDP programmes. UNHCR works closely with other humanitarian agencies as well as UN Peacekeeping force- UNAMID that is scheduled to exit by June 2020 for which reason peace building projects are being implemented to prevent relapse into conflict. UNHCR is one of the key implementers of these projects mainy focusing on durable solution.
The Community-Based Protection Officer is a member of the Protection Team in Nyala Field-Office and reports to the Head of Field Office. S/he supports the implementation of protection standards and provides advice on community-based protection to senior management and Country Operation(s). S/he maintains close working relationships and supports Protection and Community-Based Protection staff in the field, who act as the critical interface between UNHCR and communities of concern, enabling them to provide the AGD-sensitive analysis of community risks and capacities that form the essential foundations of national and regional programmes. The incumbent maintains close working relations with sister UN entities, governmental entities, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions that can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions through people centred, community-based and gender responsive approaches.
The incumbent is expected to have a pro-active mature attitude and be able to perform well under stress, albeit in less than ideal living and working conditions. It requires more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable in Darfur. Therefore, flexibility and the ability to live and operate in hardship conditions (including dust, heat, shared living quarters, and possibly minimal water supply) are essential. The Darfur region has been in a state of humanitarian emergency since 2003. This environment requires a mature level of cultural awareness.
Living and Working Conditions:
Sudan is Africa 's largest country; the living conditions vary between duty stations. Darfur is in the western-most region and is divided into 5 federal states: West Darfur, South Darfur, Central Darfur, East Darfur & North Darfur. Nyala is located in South Darfur. International staff in Nyala live in UNHCR Guesthouse, having a separate bedroom with bathroom, but shared kitchen and living room. All bedrooms and offices have an AC, the showers have hot water, with satellite TV in the living room. Meat and a limited selection of fresh vegetables and fruits are usually available in the local market, depends on the season. Tap water is not potable hence the need to drink bottled or boiled drinking water as alternatives. There are also Government hospitals and private health providers in towns. For serious medical condition, patients are referred to Nyala Level-3 hospital or Khartoum. There are pharmacies in towns but not all drugs are available. Banking facilities exist in Darfur, but major banking facilities are only available in Khartoum. No international credit card is accepted in Sudan. UNHAS provides air service to Khartoum and other field locations. R&R cycle is 6 weeks.
The security situation within Darfur is unpredictable and the security level in Nyala is at Level 3 (Moderate). Risks to personnel are reduced by strict adherence to UN security guidelines, instructions and mitigating measures. It is mandatory for all personnel to receive a security briefing upon arrival.
Temperatures in Darfur do not vary greatly with the season. Throughout the year, it is generally hot with a brief mild winter period between December and February. The heat can reach 40-45 Celsius at times, especially between March and June. Rainy season starts in July and ends in October. In this regard, there might be no need for heavy warm clothing or blankets. Cotton clothing is recommended where possible. It is also important to carry clothing that is both light and covers the arms. This is mainly to protect against many insects (including mosquitoes, flies among others). South Darfur is tropical malaria zone, use pesticides and mosquito net to prevent Malaria disease.
BA: Anthropology (Required), BA: Cultural Studies (Required), BA: Human Rights (Required), BA: International Development (Required), BA: International Law (Required), BA: International Social Work (Required), BA: Political Science (Required), BA: Social Science (Required)
Annual Budget OL in Operation/Office, Number of Persons of Concern Served, Number of Workforce in Operation/Work Setting, Workforce to Supervise, Working with Persons of Concern: Asylum Seekers, Working with Persons of Concern: Internally Displaced Persons, Working with Persons of Concern: Refugees, Working with Persons of Concern: Returned IDPs, Working with Persons of Concern: Returned Refugees
Accountability, Analytical thinking, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Managing performance, Managing resource, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration
Bi-annual Compendium 2022 Part B – November 2022
This position doesn't require a functional clearance