UNHCR Ghana Vacancies 2018

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27 Jun, 2018

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UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.

Job Description

Job Title: Associate Protection Officer

Functional Statement


• The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of international and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles
• The protection strategy incorporates a thorough age, gender and diversity (AGD) analysis and reflects the organisation’s global, regional and country level priorities
• The participation of persons of concern is assured through continous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community based approaches
• Protection incidents are immediately identified and addressed


• Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment
• Promote international and National law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes od conduct
• Foster their consistent and coherent interpretation and application through mainstreaming in all sectors and/ or in clusters in applicable operations
• 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 issues to persons of concern liaise with competent authorities to ensure the insurance 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 plan as part of the protection strategy to ensure programmes use a child protection systems approach
• Contribute to a country-level education plan
• Implement and oversee standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities
• Oversee and manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners
• Recommend durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
• 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 through a consultative process with sectorial and/or cluster partners
• 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 national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures


Qualification Required & Experience

• Undergraduate Degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in law, international law, political sciences or related field plus minimum 3 years of previous work experience relevant to the function. Graduate Degree (equivalent of a Master’s) plus 2 years or Doctorate Degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 1 year of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted
• Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language


• Intervene with authorities on protection issues
• Negotiate locally on behalf of UNHCR
• Decide priorities for reception, interviewing and counselling for groups or individuals
• Enforce compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services
• Enforce compliance with and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures

Location: Accra

How to Apply

Candidates with relevant qualifications and experience are invited to submit their applications in sealed envelopes quoting the vacancy notice number and the position number for which they are interested addressed to: The Representative UNHCR Representation in Ghana, Private Mail Bag, KIA Location of Office: 16 Labone Drive, 4th Dade Walk Or email to: ghaac@unhcr.org With post title and position number as the subject

Closing Date: 20 July, 2018

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