Associate Protection Officer

  • Full Time
  • Katthmandu
  • Applications have closed

Website United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


(NEP/HR/002/2021, 19/11/2021)

Associate Protection Officer

Duty Station: UNHCR Kathmandu
Position Number/Level: 10036599/NOB
Effective: 01/01/2022
Duration: 1 year FTA (extendable)

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the direct supervision of the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for performing the following functions and responsibilities:
  • 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 of 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 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 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 which integrate AGD sensitive procedures.
  •  Oversee and manage individual protection cases, including those on GBV 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.
  • Participate in the organisation and implementation of participatory assessments and methodologies throughout the operations management cycle and promote AGD sensitive 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.
  • Promote and integrate community-based approaches to protection and contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights.
  •  Support activities in the area of risk management related to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, fraud, case-processing, data protection, and human rights due diligence at country level.
  •  Participate in initiatives to capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
  •  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.
  •  Perform other related duties as required.

Essential minimum qualifications and competencies required:

  • Education: For P2/NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant
    experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree
  • Field of Education: Law, International Law, Political Sciences or other relevant

Relevant Job Experience:

  • Professional experience in the area of refugee protection, internal displacement, human rights or international humanitarian law. Good knowledge of International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles.

Certificates and/or Licenses:

  • Protection Learning Programme

Interested individuals are requested to send in their application marked “Application for the post of Associate Protection Officer with complete P.11 (UN Personal History Form available at UN Website: (, addressed to HR Unit, UNHCR Representation in Nepal, P.O. Box. 2374, Kathmandu, Nepal or by email at no later than 24:00 hrs on Thursday, 2 December 2021.

Source: Kantipur Dainik, 24 November, 2021