UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ongoing Recruitment

Posted on :

20 Jun, 2017

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United Nations Jobs in Nigeria

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Representation Office in Nigeria invites application from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position whose particulars are given below:

Job Title: Assistant Protection Officer, NO-A
Vacancy Number: 2017/VA/015
Location: Maiduguri Office
Job Description

  • The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nigeria wishes to engage the services of an Assistant Protection Officer in its Maiduguri Office on a Fixed-Term basis.
  • The Assistant Protection Officer, under the supervision of the Senior Protection Officer, will coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern; identifying opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.
  • S/He will contribute to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and represent the organization externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.
  • 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 incumbent will have the following Responsibilities:

  • 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.
  • Assess resettlement needs and apply priorities for the resettlement of individuals and groups of refugees and other persons of concern.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy with sectorial and/or cluster partners.
  • Contribute to and facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.
  • Contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
  • Provide inputs for the development of global / regional international protection policies and standards.
  • Implement and 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.
  • Assess needs for Promote and find durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • 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 and education plan as part of the protection strategy.

Essential Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of University degree in Law, International Law, political Sciences or related field.
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional job experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language and/or local language.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:

  • Diverse field experience desirable.
  • Good IT skills including database management skills.
  • Completion of the Protection Learning Programme, RSD- Resettlement Learning Programme.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their application/letter of motivation, resume and fully completed and signed UN Personal History Form (P11) and send via email to: [email protected] quoting in the subject line the above vacancy notice number and title of the position.

Click here to download P11 Form (Doc)


  • There is no need to send other certificates with the application at this stage
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
  • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.
  • Applications from female candidates are strongly encouraged.

Application Deadline  1st July, 2017.