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Protection Officer - P3 (Evergreen)

Multiple locations

  • Organization: UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Grade: Mid level - P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date:

Job Requisition Type

Evergreen (Formerly known as talent pools, in order to have a balanced number of ready-to-hire candidates who can be deployed at short notice to a vacancy that best matches their skills. Evergreens are primarily used to fill Temporary Appointments.)

Call for applications - Protection Officer, P3

Location: Various location

Why should you join us?

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, takes the lead in protecting people forced to flee the world, providing life-saving aid including protection shelter, food and water to ensure safety, rights and dignity. With over 20,000 women and men working in 137 countries, we work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of millions forcibly displaced people worldwide.

Our dedicated and professional staff work around the world in roles including legal protection, community-based protection, health and more. Despite the challenges, our staff are proud to work for UNHCR and determined to make a positive impact on the lives of people forced to flee.

How can you make a difference?

The Protection Officer coordinates quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern. S/he ensures that persons of concern of all age, gender and diversity groups are involved in making decisions that affect them. To undertake this role effectively, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with other relevant teams within the operation or the Regional Bureau and with DIP, communities of concern, authorities, partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions.

Key responsibilities and duties:

  • Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners on all protection related issues.

  • Engage relevant national authorities and structures in identifying and expanding opportunities in view of developing or strengthening national asylum/RSD systems.

  • Facilitate a consultative process with government counterparts, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement a comprehensive protection and solutions strategy

  • Ensure the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in a strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.

  • Develop, implement and monitor community-based protection strategies and ensure systematic application and integration of participatory and community-based

  • Support the operation to develop and implement robust prevention, identification, and responses to fraud within protection processes and procedures, including registration, RSD, resettlement and complementary pathways, ensuring the integrity of interventions across all protection activities.

  • Oversee and manage individual protection cases including those on GBV and child protection.

  • Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to internal and external interlocutors.

  • Oversee and undertake eligibility and status determination. Advise and capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and civil society to strengthen legislation and status determination procedures and mechanisms.

  • Promote and implement effective strategies and measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of an education plan and child protection plan.

  • Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.

Who are we looking for?

Candidates with 6 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 5 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 4 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree.


Minimum 4 years of relevant professional experience in the area of refugee protection, internal displacement, human rights or international humanitarian law, including experience in working directly with Field Offices. Good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles. Excellent legal research, analytical skills and drafting.


Diverse field experience. Good IT skills including database management skills.

For a more detailed description, please review the job description:


UNHCR’s workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, age and perspectives. We seek to sustain and strengthen this diversity and to ensure equal opportunities, as well as an inclusive working environment, for our entire workforce. Joining us means living, sharing and promoting these core values of inclusion, diversity and gender equality.

Applications are encouraged from qualified candidates without distinction on the grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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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.