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Protection Assistant (Community Based)

Protection Assistant (Community Based)
22 March 2017

Job Description
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Protection Assistant (Community Based)
Job ID
Vacancy End Date
(Midnight New York, USA)
Time Left
4d 17h 14m
Alexandria, Egypt
Education & Work Experience
G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 1 year(s) experience
Arabic, English
Vacancy Type
National Regular UN Volunteer
Posting Type
Arab States
Contract Duration
Till end of December 2017
Opening for Egyptian Nationals Only.


Egypt is a signatory State to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol, as well as the 1969 OAU Convention Governing Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa. In accordance with the 1954 MOU between UNHCR and the Government of Egypt, all activities pertaining to registration, documentation and refugee status determination are carried out by UNHCR. UNHCR’s Regional Representation in the Arab Republic of Egypt is based in Cairo with a Field Office in Alexandria on the North Coast of Egypt with a total of 45 staff including UN volunteers. UNHCR main governmental counterpart is the Refugee Affairs Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Partners include CARITAS, Refuge Egypt, CRS, ACSFT, AMU, Terre des Hommes, and Psycho-Social Training Institute in Cairo (PSTIC), in addition to IOM, ICMC, UNOPS and UNV. UNHCR is an active member of the UN Country Team in Egypt.

Duties and Responsibilities

Description of tasks:  Under the direct supervision of Senior Protection Assistant (Community Based) and the overall supervision of the Protection Officer (Community Based), the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  1. Provide counseling to refugees and asylum seekers in need of UNHCR’s intervention and support and ensure proper feedback is provided to persons of concern.
  2. In coordination with UNHCR implementing partners, assist in assessing the needs of vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers and identify assistance as required.
  3. Monitor registration processes to ensure that persons with specific protection needs are identified and provided specific attention and services.
  4. Assist in exploring opportunities for mainstreaming persons of concern (POCs) into available national services and contribute to developing communication strategies for POCs to access such services.
  5. Support community outreach meetings, participatory assessments and other mechanisms for consultations with POCs.
  6. In coordination with the supervisor, assist in monitoring visits to Community Based Organizations and partners to oversee programme implementation and provide inputs for further planning.
  7. Contribute to age gender and diversity mainstreaming in all of UNHCR Egypt’s activities.
  8. Provide regular analytical and statistical reports of activities carried out.
  9. Compile and enter statistical data into the database on community services activities.
  10. Draft routine correspondence relating to individual cases.
  11. Perform other relevant duties as required.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:

  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD).
  • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country.
  • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities.
  • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.
  • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers.
  • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/Expected Output:

  • Between 4 – 6 protection/social Assessments completed per week.
  • An average of 30 – 50 persons counselled per week.
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
  • Excellent command of Arabic and English (written, read, and spoken).
  • Good inter-personal and communication skills especially with people from different cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to work individually or as part of a team.
  • Basic computer skills with adequate familiarity with word processing, spread sheet databases etc.
  • Initiative, sound judgment and dedication to the United Nations principles.
  • At least 22 years of age.
  • Nationality: Egyptian
Required Skills and Experience
  • Completed secondary education with a university degree in social sciences, preferably in psychology, community development, sociology, anthropology, law, political science are an asset.
  •  At least one year of professional experience. Previous job experience related to refugees and asylum-seekers or in the human rights field is an added asset.

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.