Temporary Appointment - Senior Protection Assistant G5



Organizational Context

The Senior Protection Assistant reports to Protection Officer . 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) to UNHCR 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.

The Senior Protection Assistant also ensures that PoCs 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. All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in

their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory

framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules,

UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability

frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a

manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies

and UNHCR's core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


• Conduct regular visits to monitor reception and immigration detention conditions of

asylum-seekers and other persons of concern to UNHCR

• Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and

IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.

• Provide counseling on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to

ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.

• Support activities in protection-related Age, Gender and Diversity based programming

with UNHCR partners.

• Conduct preliminary information gathering and interviews to support eligibility, durable

solutions and social needs assessment.

• 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 GBV and child protection. Monitor and report on cases of refoulement, expulsion, and other

protection incidents.

• Draft analytical protection reports, based on the identified protection gaps and issues

and contribute to the evidence-based advocacy efforts of the office.

• Draft routine correspondence with individual cases when required update relevant

databases, and compile statistics within the Area of Responsibility (AoR).

• Contribute to initiatives to enhance national and local protection capacities.

• Enforce integrity in the delivery of protection services by UNHCR's partners.

• Perform other related duties as required.

Essential minimum qualifications, professional experience and required competencies:

- Education & Professional Work Experience:

2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

- Language Requirements:

Fluency in English and Bulgarian languages are required.

Desirable qualifications and competencies:

- Knowledge of Russian, Farsi (Dari), Pashto, Arabic or Kurdish, languages are considered an advantage

- Functional Skills:

Computer Literacy

Refugee Protection & Solutions Awareness

Refugee Protection-related guidelines, standards, and indicators

Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

Contract and Remuneration

Temporary Appointment for a period of six months.

Remuneration as per UNHCR Staff Rules and Regulations. For information on UN salaries,

allowances and benefits, please visit the portal of the International Civil Service Commission

at: http://icsc.un.org

Eligbility and Applications

Internal candidates

General Service Staff members currently serving at the duty station where the vacancy exists,

who have been appointed through the AC process and have indefinite or Fixed Term

appointment. Interested staff members should consult the Policy and RALS.

External candidates must be legally present in Bulgaria.

Interested candidates are invited to apply only online through the following link:


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3. Review the job description and select the Apply button to begin your application.



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Изисквания към кандидата

Езикови познания:
Английски език

Трудов опит:
С професионален опит от 1 - 3г.


Ние предлагаме

Вид заетост:
Пълен работен ден

Срок на заетост:


Ниво в йерархията:
Експертен персонал без ръководни функции

Трудово възнаграждение:

От 2000 до 3000 лева на месец


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Институция/ Държавна администрация



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