Community Based Protection Associate

  • Secteur d'activité Fonction publique, Administration
  • Date d'expiration 27 Janvier
  • Nombre de postes 01 poste ouvert
  • Niveau de poste Confirmé / Expérimenté
Title of Post : Community Based Protection Associate 
Location :Algiers, Algeria
Effective date of assignment :1 March 2020
Category/grade : LICA 6
Type of contract : UNOPS
Date of Issue : 13 January 2020
Closing Date: 27 January 2020

Operational Context:

UNHCR Algeria is providing protection and assistance to asylum-seekers and refugees living both in camps and in urban areas through its two offices in Algiers and Tindouf. UNHCR in Algiers conducts registration of asylum-seekers, refugee status determination, and issues documentation to asylum-seekers and refugees. It also provides also assistance to persons of concern (PoC) with specific needs, and works to help find durable solutions for refugees, including resettlement to third countries.
The Community-Based Protection Associate will be part of the Protection Unit in the Algiers Office. Knowledge of international and national law, of local institutions and relevant UN/UNHCR protection and interagency standards, are desirable as well as relevant field experience in humanitarian settings or refugee contexts and good understanding of and working experience with refugee protection (such as community based protection, child protection and SGBV prevention and response).

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships:

The Community-Based Protection Associate 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 Community-Based Protection Associate 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 Community-Based Protection Associate is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of 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.


  • Assist functional units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection strategy and operational procedures.
  • 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.
  • Work with host communities to identify opportunities for national civil society involvement in improving the protection of PoC.
  • Work with implementing and operational partners as well as with 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.
  • Assist in planning and monitoring of programmes and budgets, with an AGD perspective
  • Build office capacity for community-based protection through training and establishing systems for community mobilization and participation of PoC.
  • 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.
  • Act as an interpreter in exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.
  • Contribute to 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, with external interlocutors, groups and individuals based on agreed parameters.
  • Identify and select which individuals or groups to prioritize for counselling and field visits based on agreed criteria.
  • Intervene with authorities on protection.
  • Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
  • Recommend and prepare payments to individual cases.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
  • Education and Professional work experience
  • Years of experience / Degree level  6 years of relevant job experience with high school diploma. 
  • Field(s) of Education Not applicable 
  • Certificates and or Licences :International development, International social work, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Social Science, International Law, Human rights, Political Science. 
  • Relevant job experience :Essential (not specified) 
  • Desirable :UNHCR Learning programmes (PLP),Knowledge of MSRP. 
  • Functional skills : IT-MS Office Applications ; IT-Computer Literacy 
  • Language requirements : Knowledge of French and English ,

  • Core Competencies
  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  •  Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies:

  • Judgement and Decision Making.
  • Managing Performance.
  • Cross-Functional Competencies
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Political Awareness


  • External candidates:
  • External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.

Submission of Applications:

  • Interested applicants should submit their Personal History Form (PHF) and its supplementary pages (if applicable) by e-mail to by 27 January 2020 (Midnight Algiers Time).
  • Applications without Personal History Form will not be considered.
  • No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted 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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