Snr. Protection Assistant 6016





Title of Post Snr. Protection Assistant Category/grade General Service GS5
Post Number 10027638 Type of contract Fixed-term appointment
Location Tegucigalpa, Honduras Date of Issue 7 June 2019
Effective date of assignment 1 August 2019 Closing Date 23 June 2019

Operational Context:

The Senior Protection Assistant reports to the Protection Officer.  He/she 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 Senior Protection Assistant provides quality, timely and effective protection support to persons of concern and identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards in operational responses. He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on protection issues as guided by the supervisor.

The Senior Protection Assistant also ensures that persons of concern are involved with the Office 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.

Functional Statement:

 Under the direct supervision of the UNHCR National Office Protection Officer, the Senior Protection Assistant will undertake the following task.



  • The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.
  • Protection activities are guided by the UNHCR country protection strategy.
  • The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through supporting participatory, rights and community based approaches.
  • Support is provided to identify and report protection incidents.



  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Provide counselling on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Support activities in protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Conduct preliminary information gathering and interviews in support of protection needs, durable solutions and social needs assessment.
  • Contribute to a country-level education plan for persons of concern as part of the protection strategy.
  • Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Participate in individual protection case management including cases of SGBV. Monitor and report on cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Assist in identifying durable solutions for persons of concern in returns, local integration, and relocation and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Assist in drafting reports, routine correspondence, updating relevant databases and compiling statistics for the protection unit / section.
  • Contribute to the design of community based protection strategies and community strengthening.
  • Contribute to initiatives to enhance national and local protection capacities.
  • Contribute to the improvement of legal frameworks, public policies in protection related matters for persons on concern.



  • Select persons of concern for preliminary interviews and decide which relevant information to share.
  • Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners.

 Travel Plan:


  • Should be available for missions to Central American Countries as required, inter alia to attend trainings.


Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:


  • Education: Completion of secondary school. Preferred with studies in law and Lawyer Degree or related science.  Additional Training courses in law and/or protection related issues is a plus.
  • Job experience: relevant to the function: 4 years.
  • Fluency in English and in Spanish working knowledge of another relevant UN language is a plus.
Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:


  • Good computer skills.
  • Completed Protection Learning Programme.
  • Additional Training courses in protection related issues
  • Previous experience in forced displacement, international protection, human rights.
Required Competencies:


  • Empowering and building trust
  • Strategic Planning and Vision
  • Managing Resources
  •  Analytical Thinking
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • Political Awareness
  • Stakeholder management
  • Change capability and adaptability


People interested in applying for this position must be Nationals from Honduras or must hold a valid work permit in Honduras.


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, signed Personal History Form by e-mail clearly stating the position title and your Last Name in the subject line to: by the closing date.

The Personal History Form and its supplementary sheet is attached.

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

UNHCR strongly encourages qualified female applicants for this position. UNHCR seeks to ensure that male and female employees are given equal career opportunities. UNHCR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.


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