Ended Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant

The Job



Title of Position:                        Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant

Job Opening (JO):                     22438

Position Number:                      10014041

Category & Level:                      General Service, G-5

Open to:                                      Group 1, Group 2 and External applicants

Location:                                    Al Kharaz, Yemen

Effective date:                           As soon as possible

Duration:                                    One Year

Closing Date:                            27 October 2020


Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant is a member of the Protection Unit and may report to the Protection Officer, Community-Based Protection Officer, or another more senior staff member in the Protection Unit. Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. The incumbent supports the application of community-based protection standards, operational procedures and practices in community-based protection delivery at the field level. To fulfil this role, the Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern (PoC). The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results, form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC.

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 functional units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection strategy.

- Through relationships with PoC and network of partners, stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice to the protection team. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC and advise the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups.

- Assist in initiatives with host communities to involve national civil society groups in the protection of PoC.

- Support implementing and operational partners as well as displaced and local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organisational and livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and response to SGBV.

- Assist in the analysis that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.

- Support participatory assessments by multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with PoC.

- Support efforts to build the office capacity for community-based protection.

- Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures.

- Ensure community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.

- Collect data for monitoring of programmes and budgets from an AGD perspective.

- Draft and type routine correspondence, documents and reports and maintain up-to-date filing systems.

- Act as an interpreter in exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.

- Assist in the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR's work.

- Initiate AGD sensitive interventions at the appropriate level on community-based protection issues and to respond to protection concerns and incidents within the office and with persons and communities of concern based on agreed parameters.

- Identify and recommend which individuals or groups to prioritize for counselling and field visits based on agreed criteria.

- Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

- Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications

For G5- 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

This is part of the Vacancy Notice. For more information about this Job Opening, eligibility criteria and procedures please follow this link (or go to www.unhcr.org /Careers/ Vacancies). Please follow the below instructions on applications.

How to Apply

Submission of applications

  • Interested candidates should submit their applications for this Job Opening online.
  • The Applicants will need to follow this link or go to www.unhcr.org/Careers/ Vacancies
  • The Applicants will need to search for the Job Opening with its number (22438) or by using the available filters (e.g. Compendium Exercise: Local Vacancies; Country: Yemen).
  • Once the Job Opening is selected, the Applicants will be directed to the Job Description page in the online application process.
  • Applicants must “Sign in” or “Register” and then “Sign in”, in order to apply. They must click on “New User” for the first time they apply as an external candidate.
  • Applicants begin by clicking the “Apply” button, after which the page in the next image will open. The applicant must click on “Next” in order to move ahead in the application process.
  • Applicants must agree to the terms, before reaching the Letter of Interest page of the application. They must include a Letter of Interest and completed online application including personal, profile and qualifications information. 
  • In the “Additional Information” section all questions MUST be answered. Once all is completed, the applicant may click “Review/Submit” application. Here the candidate may preview their application and review it by section.
  • By clicking on “Confirmation and Consent” the applicant will submit their application, and receive automatic notification by e-mail that the application has been submitted.


Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.

If you have questions during the on-line application, please contact HR Team well before the deadline: at yemadhr@unhcr.org (Aden) and yemsahr@unhcr.org (Sana'a).


As of 1 May 2020, UNHCR released new administrative instruction on recruitment and assignment of national staff (reference is made to the attached administrative instruction). The new administrative instruction introduced a new category of applicants for UNHCR internally advertised general services GS position (G1 to G7) which is called Group 2. It allows current locally recruited female staff members from other UN system organizations holding the equivalent of an indefinite or fixed-term appointment to apply for Group 2. In case of successful application for Group 2, the candidates may apply to UNHCR internally advertised positions. Please note that internally/externally advertised positions are open to all candidates. In case of questions about Group 2 or if you have questions during the on-line application, please contact UNHCR HR Team well before the deadline: at yemadhr@unhcr.org (Aden) and yemsahr@unhcr.org (Sana'a).

  • Employer: UNHCR
  • Category: Development/Non-Profit
  • Location: Kharaz
  • Posted on: 15 October 2020
  • Deadline: 27 October 2020