Assistant Representative (Protection)


The Assistant Representative (Protection) is the senior protection manager in a Country Office and reports to the Representative. A member of the senior management team, the incumbent has direct or reviewing supervisory responsibility for protection staff who may include community services, registration, resettlement and education. He/she has country-wide functional supervisory responsibility for all protection staff and provides protection oversight and guidance to the information and programme management functions.

The Assistant Representative (Protection) transposes UNHCR's Global Strategic Priorities into a comprehensive protection strategy adapted to the country context. He/she is guardian of protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery at country level and represents the UNHCR to authorities, UN sister agencies, partners and other stakeholders on protection policy and doctrine.

The Assistant Representative (Protection) is relied upon by the Office to plan, manage and guide country-wide protection delivery to populations of concern and to promote and gain support for UNHCR's protection agenda externally. This includes ensuring that operational responses in all sectors are shaped in a protection optic, mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards. He/she ensures that persons and communities of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them and that their interests are effectively represented to authorities, protection and assistance partners and to the broad network of donors and stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection.


  • Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master's) in Law, Political Science, and International Relations with specific focus on International Humanitarian/ Refugee law plus minimum 11 years of previous work experience in progressively responsible functions in an organisation or institution that administer/manage and assist a large number of asylum seekers, refugees and Displaced persons, preferably within the UN. Of the 11 years, minimum of 10 years should be in the same functional area directly relevant to the current position. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 12 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 10 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted. Thorough knowledge in International refugee law, its applications under different circumstances; ability to analyse and advocate the application of various regional refugee instruments for the benefits of the persons of concern to UNHCR. Field experience, preferably in the context of UNHCR, in repatriation and resettlement of refugees.
  • Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.


  • Solid UNHCR experience from both the Field (including Hardship Duty stations) and Headquarters.
  • UNHCR specific learning/training activities (i.e. Management Learning Programme, Protection Learning Programme).
  • Knowledge of additional UN languages.



Interested candidates should submit their online application on the UNHCR career page by clicking on the 'international vacancies' tab here:

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 16 December 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

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The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 00:00
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Masters Degree
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