Work as a Senior Protection Associate, Dublin, Ireland

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Snr Protection Assc, Dublin, Ireland


Closing date: Thursday, 14 March 2024

Hardship Level: H (no hardship)


Family Type: Family


Family Type: Family


Residential location (if applicable): Grade: GS7


Staff Member / Affiliate Type: General Service


Reason: Regular > Regular Assignment


Remote work accepted: No


Target Start Date: 2024-03-11


Job Posting End Date: March 14, 2024


Standard Job Description: Senior Protection Associate


Organizational Setting and Work Relationships


The Senior Protection Associate reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. The position may entail supervisory responsibilities for protection staff including community services, registration, resettlement and education depending on the structure of the Office. 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 Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (PoC) and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. The incumbent contributes to designing a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the Office externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.


S/he also ensures that PoC 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.




 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 PoC.

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

 Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for PoC in compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.

 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.

 Assist the supervisor in implementing and monitoring Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.

 Manage individual protection cases including those on GBV and child protection. Monitor, and assist the supervisor with intervening in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents. eFxkRFh u3BrC

 Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of PoC 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 and facilitate a programme of results-based advocacy with sectorial and/or cluster partners.

 Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on PoC and their problems.

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

 Assist the supervisor with intervening with authorities on protection issues.

 Provide assistance to the supervisor in deciding priorities for reception, interviewing and counselling for groups or individuals.

 Assist the supervisor with enforcing compliance of staff and implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

 Assist the supervisor with enforcing compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.

 Recommend and prepare payments to individual cases.

 Support the identification and management of risks and seek to seize opportunities impacting objectives in the area of responsibility. Ensure decision making in risk based in the functional area of work. Raise risks, issues and concerns to a supervisor or to relevant functional colleague(s).

 Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications


Education & Professional Work Experience


Years of Experience / Degree Level


For G7 – 4 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher


Field(s) of Education

Not applicable


Certificates and/or Licenses

International Law;

Political Science;

or other relevant field.

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


Not specified.


RSD-Resettlement LP and/or Protection Learning Programme


Functional Skills

IT-Computer Literacy


PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators

PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)


Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.


For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.


For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.


All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.


As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Desired Candidate Profile: The selected candidate will be appointed in a replacement capacity for at least one year until the current incumbent returns to their position.


Should the current incumbent not return to their position, the assignment could be extended subject to performance and operational needs.

The candidate will support the protection determination systems in Ireland as part of a quality initiative project which will involve the conduct of regular quality assurance reviews and the development and delivery of training. Among other tasks the candidate will assist with protection casework management, the delivery of outreach information sessions to accommodation centres and support the development of resettlement and complementary pathways including monitoring the implementation of Ireland’s resettlement commitments and assisting in the logistics of resettlement missions.

Experience in or familiarity with the Irish asylum system is an essential requirement for the role.


Experience in refugee status determination/conducting quality assurance activities is considered an asset.

Only candidates with an existing right to reside and work in Ireland will be considered.


Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):: ,


Desired languages: ,


Operational context: Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:: Nature of Position:: Living and Working Conditions:: Additional Qualifications: Skills


IT-Computer Literacy, PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators, PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework



International Law – Other, Political Science – Other

Work Experience

Competencies: Accountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Empowering & building trust, Judgement & decision making, Negotiation & conflict resolution, Organizational awareness, Political awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration


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Compendium: Additional Information: Appointment in Replacement Capacity (1 year). Should the lien to the position not be exercised by the current incumbent, the assignment could be extended subject to performance and operational needs.


Functional clearance: This position doesn’t require a functional clearance on ll


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