Associate Protection Officer

Closing date

1. Job Information

Post Title : Associate Protection Officer

Post Number : Nil

Contract Type : UNOPS Contract (Individual Contract Agreement) (IICA)

Post Level : IICA-1/P-2

Number of Positions : 1 Position

Position Start Date : As soon as possible

Post Duration : Initially until 31 December 2021 (with possible extension)

Duty Station : Sittwe, Rakhine State

2. Operational Context

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 Myanmar, UNHCR works to provide protection and humanitarian assistance to stateless persons, internally displaced persons mainly in camp setting and refugee returnees. In particular, in Sittwe, Rakhine, UNHCR has been working in the area of protection, CCCM, NFI/shelters, community based peaceful coexistence initiatives, as well as emergency responses including for natural disaster response. According to the IASC cluster system, UNHCR also coordinates and leads the Protection Working Group as well as the CCCM/NFI/Shelter Cluster as a part of inter-agency response to internal displacement in central Rakhine, while maintaining its mandated responsibilities for statelessness and serving as a lead agency for protection. In addition to directly delivering protection and humanitarian services to persons of concern in camps and villages, UNHCR also works with a variety of UN/NGO partners both implementing partners and operation partners. **

The Associate Protection Officer is directly supervised by the Protection Officer, while receiving guidance from relevant protection / coordination staff at national level. S/he may receive indirect guidance from other sections and units relevant to the country/regional programme(s), while overall supervision will be assumed by the Head of Office. The Associate Protection Officer will assist in the protection sector coordination as well as delivering UNHCR’s direct protection field activities. S/he may function as an officer-in-charge for the unit in absence of the supervisor.

The incumbent is expected to provide regular coaching to junior staff in consultation with supervisors. Direct supervisory role may be requested should there be any change in the office structure in the future. S/he has daily contacts with staff in the field office and where relevant with coordinating structures in Sub-Office and Country Office. S/he also has close liaison with counterparts in UN agencies, NGO partners, local authorities to discuss matters of common interest in inter-agency forums. S/he is expected to undertake regular field missions including protection monitoring activities, conducting community consultation sessions, overseeing/monitoring at field level on various protection projects implemented by UNHCR and its partners.

  1. Duties and responsibilities

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.
  • Promote International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Foster their consistent and coherent interpretation and application through mainstreaming in all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations.
  • Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern.
  • Provide legal advice and guidance on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Conduct eligibility and status determination for persons of concern in compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.
  • Promote and contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy to ensure programmes use a child protection systems approach.
  • Contribute to a country-level education plan.
  • Implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities which integrate AGD sensitive procedures.
  • Oversee and manage individual protection cases, including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners.
  • Recommend durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Assess resettlement needs and apply priorities for the resettlement of individuals and groups of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Participate in the organisation and implementation of participatory assessments and methodologies throughout the operations management cycle and promote AGD sensitive programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy through a consultative process with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
  • Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.
  • Promote and integrate community-based approaches to protection and contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Support activities in the area of risk management related to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, fraud, case-processing, data protection, and human rights due diligence at country level.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
  • Intervene with authorities on protection issues.
  • Negotiate locally on behalf of UNHCR.
  • Decide priorities for reception, interviewing and counselling for groups or individuals.
  • Enforce compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
  • Enforce compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

  • Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

*For P2 - 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree***

Field(s) of Education

Law, International Law, Political Sciences or other relevant field

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

Protection Learning Programme

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


Professional experience in the area of refugee protection, internal displacement, human rights or international humanitarian law. Good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles.


Field experience, including in working directly with communities. Good IT skills including database management skills.

Functional Skills

*PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators

*LE-International Refugee Law

*PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)

PR-Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Coordination

MG-Projects management

PR-PR-Human Rights Doctrine/Standards

PR-International Humanitarian Law

PR-Protection and mixed-movements

PR-Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Operations & IDPs Status/Rights/Obligation

PR-Climate change and disaster related displacement

PR-Community-based Protection

MS-Drafting, Documentation, Data Presentation

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

*Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.*

  1. Competency Requirements

All jobs at UNHCR require six core competencies and may also require managerial competencies and/or cross-functional competencies. The six core competencies are listed below.

Core Competencies:



Organizational Awareness

Teamwork & Collaboration

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies:

Judgement and Decision Making

Empowering and Building Trust

Cross-Functional Competencies:

Analytical Thinking

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Political Awareness

How to apply

Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.**

Please declare if you have any immediate relative currently working with any UN agencies.

UNHCR is an equal opportunity employer and regrets its inability to reply individually or attend to telephone queries on the advertised posts.

Applications should be addressed directly to: the Senior Administrative Officer, UNHCR Representation in Myanmar, 287 Pyay Road, Sanchaung Township, or by email to not later than 9 March 2021 submitting the application together with complete duly filled UNHCR-P11 form and referring clearly to the vacancy notice number as advertised.

Please note that the completion of UNHCR Personal History Form and its supplementary sheet is

mandatory when submitting the application to UNHCR.

Only short-listed candidates will be individually notified and invited for a test and panel interview.