Protection Associate, G6

Closing date



Iraq Operation

Vacancy Notice No. IRQ/ERB/FTA/2020/033

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Title of Post: Protection Associate

Category/grade: General Service, G6

Post Number: 10023498

Type of contract: Fixed-Term Appointment

Location:;Erbil, Iraq

Date of Issue:15 November 2020

Effective date of assignment:01 January 2021

Closing Date:28 November 2020


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.

The Erbil Field Response Unit covers Erbil governorate, serving refugees and IDPs residing in urban areas and camps. Erbil Governorate hosts about 50% of all the refugees in KRI with the vast majority being Syrian refugees but also substantial number of Iranian, Turkish and Palestinian refugees. Nearly 78% of refugees reside in urban areas and the remaining 22% reside in four refugee camps for Syrian refugees. Non-Syrian refugees (mainly Turkish and Iranians of Kurdish origin) mainly live in urban areas and informal settlements. Erbil governorate also hosts about 260,000 IDPs in six camps and urban areas. The camps accommodate about 20% of the total population of IDPs in Erbil, while the overwhelming majority of IDPs in Erbil (about 80%) are living in non-camp locations.

The incumbent will be part of the Protection team and act as the Gender based Violence (GBV) focal point. S/he will be responsible for GBV case management, which includes identification of protection needs, provide counselling to POCs and make referrals as appropriate. Therefore, strong interpersonal skills are required and proven experience in case management is also recommended. Furthermore, the incumbent will closely collaborate with the GBV partner and other stakeholders. Demonstrated skills in dealing with government entities and stakeholders is desirable. Sound drafting and training/capacity building skills are essential. Prior experience in handling issues of GBV will be considered a strong asset.

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 SGBV 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.

  • Assist 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.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher.

  • Knowledge of English and Kurdish Languages

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Certificate and/or licenses in International Law, Political Science, or other related field.

  • Protection Learning Programme

Functional Skills:

  • IT-Computer Literacy

  • CL-Protection & Solutions Awareness

  • PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators

  • PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

  • Knowledge of Arabic Language

Required Competencies:

Core Competencies

  • Accountability.

  • Communication.

  • Organizational Awareness.

  • Teamwork & Collaboration.

  • Commitment to Continuous Learning.

  • Client & Result Orientation.

Managerial Competencies

  • Judgement and Decision Making

Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

  • Political Awareness

  • Stakeholder Management

How to apply


Internal candidates (Group 1 and Group 2):

Interested staff members should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignments of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS) (UNHCR/AI/2020/1/REV.1 dated 01 May 2020). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit. Internal candidates are Group 1 and vetted group 2[1] candidates.

Group 1: Comprises current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment who, at the date of the deadline for application, are serving in the country of the vacancy at the grade of the position or one grade below or above.

Group 2: Group 2 comprises candidates from the categories listed below after completion of one cumulative or continuous year of service in the country of the vacancy. The Group 2 status will be confirmed by DHR or the HR/Admin in the relevant country, as applicable:

  • Current locally recruited UNHCR staff members holding a temporary appointment

  • Former locally recruited UNHCR staff members who held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment (within 2 years of separation for males and 5 years for females)

  • National United Nations Volunteers currently working for UNHCR

  • National UNOPS and individual contractors currently working for UNHCR

  • Current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment applying to a position in the same category two grades above the staff member’s personal grade

  • Current UNHCR staff members in the International Professional category holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment

  • Current UNHCR staff members in the NPO category holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment.

  • Current locally recruited female staff members from other UN system Organizations holding the equivalent of an indefinite or fixed-term appointment.

External candidates:

  • External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.**


A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission at:

Submission of Applications:

If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your letter of motivation, updated factsheet (for internals), signed Personal History Form (for Group 2 and external candidates) through the online portal at

The Personal History Form and its supplementary sheet can also be downloaded from the portal.

No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and oral interview. Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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[1]In order to be considered as group 2 candidates, the applicants must be vetted at the time of applications. To be considered for Group 2 status, candidates must apply for an open call through the following link: and go through the vetting process. Vetting process takes around 8 weeks.