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International UN Youth Volunteer in Protection


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Jordan
  • Grade: Volunteer - International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Youth
    • Volunteerism
  • Closing Date: Closed


Mission and objectives

The Office of the UNHCR was established on 14 December 1950 by the UN General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country ( In support of the rural – urban linkages, SDG-aligned strategies, UNHCR in Jordan has a dedicated Technical Unit in Amman and technical staff in camps. Together, they support in coordination with the Government, to assess needs and coordinate the provision of WASH (Water, sanitation and hygiene), and in particular, hygiene promotion services to Persons of Concern (PoC) to UNHCR. This will include coordination at site level with WASH partners in conjunction with the government authorities, and monitoring progress of hygiene promotion programme implementation to ensure that an adequate level of hygiene promotion service is provided at each site in accordance with the UNHCR WASH Manual and Technical Guidelines, and applicable UNHCR Standards and/or National Standards.


UN Volunteers should be provided equal duty of care as extended to all host entity personnel. Host entity support to the UN Volunteer includes, but is not limited to: • Introductory briefings about the organisation and office-related context including security, emergency procedures, good cultural practice and orientation to the local environment; • Support with arrival administration including setting-up of bank accounts, residence permit applications and completion of other official processes as required by the host government or host entity; • Structured guidance, mentoring and coaching by a supervisor including a clear workplan and performance appraisal; • Access to office space, equipment, IT support and any other systems and tools required to complete the objectives of the assignment including a host entity email address; • Access to shared host entity corporate knowledge, training and learning; • Inclusion of the volunteer in emergency procedures such as evacuations; • Leave management; • DSA for official travel, when applicable; • All changes in the Description of Assignment occurring between recruitment and arrival or during the assignment need to be formalized with the United Nations Volunteer Programme.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Senior Protection Officer who oversees the Protection profile of Jordan including all urban areas and camps, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Assist in monitoring 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. • identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. • contribute to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the Senior Protection Officer. • Participate on behalf of UNHCR in the Jordan Resident Coordinator’s Youth Task Force; a task force made of UN Youth focal points from all agencies, the YTF is dedicated to advancing the youth profile in Jordan across the UN and Government of Jordan • Contributes to building and maintaining effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners. • Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to refugees in Jordan • 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. • Participate in initiatives to build the capacity of authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures • Support the coordination of the National Protection Working Group • Participate in monitoring and development missions to the camps and the various governorates of Jordan. Results/Expected Outputs: • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment. • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

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