Detalles del Empleo

Senior Protection Assistant


  • Distrito Central, FM
  • oct 3º, 2020 - oct 23º, 2020
Tiempo completo

Title of Post:           Senior Protection Assistant

Category/Grade:     General Service, G5

Post Number:          10028237

Type of Contract:    Fixed-term Appointment

Location:                Tegucigalpa – Honduras

Date of Issue:          02 October 2020

Effective date of

Assignment:            01 November 2020

Closing Date:          11 October 2020

 Operational Context:

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has an international mandate to protect refugees, people who have left their countries of origin due to acts of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or belong to a particular social group.  The National Office in Honduras is located in Tegucigalpa and requires support in the protection area to analyze the needs of the displaced population and strategies to guarantee their protection. The Protection Assistant will support institutional and community strengthening to guarantee the protection of the displaced population both from the legal point of view and through the institutional presence of UNHCR through the 3 priority strategies: 1) Improvement of the systems national protection, 2) comprehensive  measures for to improve durable solutions, and 4) Improvement of strategies with partners, coordination with other humanitarian and Human Rights agencies working in the area.

The Senior Protection Assistant normally reports to a more senior Protection colleague. The incumbent 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 (PoC) and identifies opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and safeguards in operational responses. S/he contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and may liaise externally with local authorities and partners on protection issues as guided by the supervisor.

Functional Statement:


The Senior Protection Assistant also ensures that PoC are involved 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.


  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Provide counselling on protection issues to PoC; 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 eligibility, status determination, durable solutions and social needs assessment.
  • Contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Contribute to a country-level education plan for PoC 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 and child protection. Monitor and report on cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Assist in identifying durable solutions for PoC in voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Draft reports, routine correspondence, update relevant databases and compiling statistics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).
  • Contribute to initiatives to enhance national and local protection capacities.
  • Select PoC for preliminary interviews and decide which relevant information to share.
  • Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by local implementing partners.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

 Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

  • 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher in Law, development studies, social science, human rights, political science, social work or a related field.
  • Fluency in Spanish and working knowledge English

Required Competencies:

 Core Competencies

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

Cross-Functional Competencies:

  • IT-Computer Literacy
  • CL-Protection & Solutions Awareness
  • PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators
  • PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework
Eligibility:  Internal & External candidates:

Group 1 Candidates: comprises current GS staff members holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment who, at the date of the deadline for application, are serving in the country of the vacancy at the grade of the position or one grade below or above.

Group 2 Candidates: comprises candidates from the categories listed in the RALS after completion of one cumulative or continuous year of service in the country of the vacancy. The Group 2 status should have been confirmed by the HR Unit in the relevant country before the application is submitted. For further information regarding the categories, please consult the RALS. 

External Candidates: are candidates who are not in Group 1 or Group 2. 

Must be legally present in Honduras at the time of application, recruitment and hire.  

Only candidates holding a permanent residency in Honduras will be considered eligible.

If you have questions regarding eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit through

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 and Personal History Form by e-mail clearly stating the position title, vacancy notice number and your Last Name in the subject line to: by the closing date 11 October 2020
The Personal History Form and its supplementary sheet area available at: 

No late applications will be accepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a written test and/or 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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