Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer 32787, Djohung, UNHCR

Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer 32787, Djohung, UNHCR

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Eligible Applicants

This Job Opening is available to eligible UNHCR staff members and external applicants.

Procedures and Eligibility

Interested applicants should consult the Administrative Instruction on Recruitment and Assignment of Locally Recruited Staff (RALS). Applicants must be nationals of, and be locally recruited within ;the country of their employment.

Duties and Qualifications

Assistant Community-Based  Protection Officer

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer is a member of the Protection Unit in a Country Operation 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 Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer 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 may have direct supervisory responsibility for part of the protection and/or support staff and 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 Assistant Community-Based Protection Officer 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.


– Be fully informed about community structures and the protection and security situation of the PoC and develop strong links with a cross-section of members of refugee/IDP/stateless communities, using an AGD approach.

– 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 senior management.

– Ensure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC are reflected in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, and marginalized groups.

– Support a consultative process with government counterparts at local levels, partners and PoC to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities, including, for example, child protection, education and GBV, and solutions approaches.

– Provide technical guidance and support to UNHCR and partners and implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on all community-based protection related issues.

– Support the design, implementation and evaluation of protection centred and solutions oriented programming with implementing and operational partners guaranteeing that community-owned activities are integrated.

– Support communities in establishing representation and coordination structures

– Promote confidence building and conflict resolution among PoC, authorities and host communities.

– Maintain protection presence through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with PoC, host communities, local authorities and partners. In operations applying the humanitarian cluster system, contribute the development of an AGD-compliant strategy on which the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded and covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.

– Support the Operation’s work to fully integrate the protection strategy into the Country Operations Plan, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF), the Humanitarian Country Team¿s common humanitarian action plan where applicable.

– Contribute to the Protection team’s information management component which: provides disaggregated data on PoC and their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery and provide technical advice if necessary.

– Support the inclusion of participatory, community-based protection and AGD approaches in strategies and plans in the Country Operation.

– Support community understanding of UNHCR’s commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.

– Support PoC to develop structures that enhance their participation and protection.

– Contribute to the design of project submissions and the budget for endorsement by the supervisor.

– Intervene with authorities on community-based protection issues.

– Negotiate with local counterparts, partners and PoC.

– Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For P1/NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights,

International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science,

Anthropology, International Law or other relevant field.

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

Certificates and/or Licenses

Not specified

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

Relevant Job Experience


Some professional working the areas of community services, social work (e.g., gender, GBV programs, women¿s empowerment and protection, work with refugees) or/and human rights or related tasks in government, NGO or international organisation.


Proven communication skills, both oral and written.

Demonstrated knowledge of community communication and engagement approaches

Understanding of and demonstrated competencies in forced displacement and protection, particularly GBV prevention and response, child protection, education, gender equality, and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.

Functional Skills

PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

IT-Computer Literacy

DM-Database Management

PR-Coordination in Forced Displacement situations

PR-Child Protection Prevention and Response Programming

PR-Gender Equality

PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)

PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention programming

PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) response programming

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Language Requirements

Good Knowledge of French and English

Knowledge of Local language is an asset.

Additional  Information

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).

Only Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an eliminatory written test and an interview.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.


See below for this postion’s Operational Context


Nature of the Position (up to 2,500 characters)

Les conflits armés en Republique Centrafricaine depuis la fin de l¿annee 2013, ont provoqué un afflux massif de refugies centrafricains vers les regions du Nord, de l¿Adamaoua et de l¿Est du Cameroun. L¿Unite de Terrain de Djohong est l¿un des bureaux qui ont été crées afin d¿apporter une assistance de proximité à cette population de réfugiés.

L¿unité de Terrain de Djohong apporte actuellement assistance et protection à 49 694 réfugiés en majorité des musulmans repartis dans plus de 30 villages situés dans les arrondissements et communes de Djohong, Ngaoui et Meiganga et dans deux sites amenagés que sont Ngam et Borgop.

L¿etendue de la zone d¿installation des réfugiés centrafricains, très large, contraste avec les ressources humaines et les moyens logistiques limites pour le suivi individuel des cas.  Les gaps à combler dans l¿assistance de cette population sont de plusieurs ordres.

Il apparait, au regard de ce contexte, qu¿un travail important est dévolu à la section Protection à base communautaire. Sous la supervision administrative du chef de l¿unite de Terrain, le titulaire du poste s¿attelera à soutenir l¿effort du Gouvernement dans la mobilisation des ressources adequates de l¿offre educative dans les zones qui accueillent les refugies.

Ainsi, ce poste nécessite une grande conscience politique, de solides compétences en coordination et en communication. Cela nécessite une collaboration et un plaidoyer solides avec les collectivités locales et autres acteurs clés de l’État. On s’attend à ce que le titulaire procède au renforcement des capacités des ministères de tutelle concernés, des réseaux de protection à base communautaire, d’autres parties prenantes clés et du personnel du HCR et des partenaires du HCR. Il/elle devra également surveiller et évaluer de près et de manière cohérente les besoins des réfugiés. Le titulaire du poste supervisera 2 personnes et doit donc posseder des compétences managériales.

Living and Working Conditions (up to 2,500 characters)

Djohong est un arrondissement du Département du Mbere, Région de l¿Adamaoua. S¿étendant sur 3000km2 environ, la Commune de Djohong est limitée au nord par la commune de Touboro, à l¿ouest par la commune de Meiganga, au Sud par la commune de Ngaoui et à l¿est par la République Centrafricaine.

Le climat de Djohong est de type tropical de transit entre le climat équatorial du Sud et le climat tropical du Nord. Son relief est accidenté. Sa population est estimée à environ 30.000 habitants, constitués essentiellement des ethnies, peuhls et Gbaya et qui pratiquent comme activités principales l¿élevage, l¿agriculture et le commerce.

Les conditions de vie à Djohong sont rudes avec un plateau technique médical très insuffisant, pas de banque, pas d¿eau, pas d¿électricité et l¿offre de logements est excessivement réduite, voire inexistante. Pas d¿offre de loisirs et de sport, pas d¿internet/cyber, pas de service de courrier, pas de bibliothèques, pas d¿hôtel. Un réseau de téléphonie mobile existant mais capricieux. Déplacements urbains effectués par taxis-motos, les taxis jaunes étants inexistants. Des marchés périodiques très peu fournis. Niveau scolaire trop bas. Climat assez rude en fraicheur. Etat des axes routiers très mauvais. Transport en commun de très mauvaise qualité et très risquant (cars saviems dont les commodités n¿offrent aucun confort.

Duration of Appointment

One-year Fixed-term Appointment.

Closing Date

Closing date for submissions of applications is 12 January 2021.

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