VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT – Protection Associate, GS 6, UNHCR Moscow

Duty station: 
Moscow, Russian Federation
Fixed-term Appointment
DEADLINE: 28 June 2019 

Operational Context:

The Protection Associate reports to the Assistant Protection Officer. He/she 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 Protection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. He/she contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.

The Protection Associate also ensures that persons of concern are involved with the Office 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.


Functional Statement:

Accountability (key results that will be achieved)

- The protection of populations of concern is met through the application of International and National Law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.

- Protection activities are guided by the UNHCR country protection strategy.

- The participation of persons of concern is facilitated through continuous assessment and evaluation using participatory, rights and community-based approaches.

- Protection incidents are immediately identified and reported.


Responsibility (process and functions undertaken to achieve results)

- Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.

- Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.

- Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern.

- Provide advice on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.

- Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for persons of concern.

- 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 as part of the protection strategy.

- Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.

- Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.

- Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through 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.

- Contribute to effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.

- Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.


Authority (decisions made in executing responsibilities and to achieve results)

- Prioritize persons of concern for interview, counselling and propose protection support for individual cases.

- Enforce compliance of local 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.
- Submit individual payments request for persons of concern for approval.

Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience:

Completion of secondary school. Additional certificate/training in International Law, Political Science or related field is required.
Job experience:
Relevant to the function: 6 years.

- Excellent knowledge of English and Russian languages.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies:
- Good computer skills
- Completed Protection Learning Programme.
Required Competencies:
- Judgement and Decision-Making
- Political Awareness
- Stakeholder Management


Internal candidates: Interested staff members should consult the Policy and Procedures on Assignments of Locally recruited Staff (IOM/49-FOM/50/2012 dated 15 June 2012). If you have questions regarding your eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unit.

An applicant who has internal status is a staff member holding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment in any duty station in the country. Former UNHCR General Service staff members, having held an indefinite or fixed-term appointment for an uninterrupted period of at least one year may apply for internally advertised vacancies at their previous grade or equivalent or one grade above, if the seniority requirements are met, for a period of two years following separation (if such criteria are not met, former staff members can still apply as external candidates).

External candidates: External candidates must meet the essential minimum requirements of the position and candidates not citizens of the country must comply with all eligibility requirements for employment in line with the prevailing legislative prerequisites in the country.[1]



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, updated factsheet (for internals), signed Personal History Form (for externals) by e-mail clearly stating the position title, vacancy notice number and your Last Name in the subject line to: by the closing date.

The Personal History Form and its supplementary sheet is attached.

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.

1 Completed and relevant university education can count as maximum 50% of the required years of work experience