Protection Officer

UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th November, 2017

Job Description

As Protection Officer, the role is to support the GPC Operations Cell to deliver the strategic objectives set out in the GPC Strategic Framework 2016-2019. The role is focused on providing direct field support to clusters and cluster like mechanisms in the field with the overall objective of achieving a more predictable, accountable and effective response to ensure that protection is central to humanitarian response.


  • Stay abreast of developments and initiatives that have an impact on the protection environment and humanitarian situations.
  • Provide operational guidance, technical advice and support to field protection clusters and other protection coordination mechanisms, including on the Cluster Approach, protection cluster coordination, protection cluster strategies and Terms of Reference, the Humanitarian Programme Cycle, Humanitarian Response Plans, L3 guidance, protection mainstreaming, and engagement with missions.
  • Respond to field requests in a timely manner and organize country briefings on key countries.
  • On-going follow-up with the Task Team Learning focal points regarding the implementation of the activities.
  • Act as focal point for innovation.
  • Manage the ECHO-funded and US-funded grants for multi-sector projects.
  • Represent the GPC Coordinator as required in inter-agency fora, with Global Cluster Coordinators, GPC partners and/or donors as required, as well as in UNHCR-specific meetings and initiatives when requested.


  • Five contributions to the development of the GPC Operations Cell Protection Cluster tracking matrix (living document) providing information on the most pertinent protection issues and coordination challenges facing operations as well as the requests for the GPC assistance and support.
  • Six Help Desk requests from field protection clusters responded to.
  • Four protection trainings supported.
  • Two operations helped to develop a Protection Sector Strategy.
  • Two country briefings organised.
  • Two funding proposals submitted.
  • Two funding proposals successful.
  • Maintain a knowledge inventory of good field practices for more in-depth guidance and research by the GPC Operations Cell and its partners.


Education: Masters’ in public administration, political science, law or forced migration studies

Experience: Between 6 – 10 years’ relevant experience in managing projects, including in the field. Experience which would be an asset would be in child protection or GBV and working with NGOs in the field.

COMPETENCIES: Project management, humanitarian protection, education, child protection, innovation, community of practice, refugee law, human rights law, international law, protection operations in the field.

LANGUAGE: Excellent knowledge of English and good working knowledge of another UN language desirable.


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