Hardship Level (not applicable for home-based)D
Family Type (not applicable for home-based)
Staff Member / Affiliate TypeUNOPS LICA4
Target Start Date2023-09-01
Job Posting End DateSeptember 13, 2023
Terms of ReferenceFollowing the August 2017 refugee influx, Rohingya refugees fled Myanmar seeking safety and protection in Bangladesh. The population, including the pre-existing refugee population living in Bangladesh combined with new arrivals, currently stands at 861,545 as of September 2020. The majority are reliant on humanitarian assistance including for shelter, food, healthcare, clean water, and sanitation.
UNHCR Office in Bangladesh mobilized efforts to assist the Government in identifying the needs and protection concerns of the refugees. UNHCR coordinates and promotes the implementation of its mandate within the model of the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, with the Government, civil society and other relevant international and national stakeholders to provide protection and assistance to the hundreds of thousands of women, men, boys and girls sought protection in Bangladesh and live under very compelling human and protection conditions.
The Community-Based Protection Assistant is a member of the Protection Unit and may report to the Protection Officer, Community-Based Protection Officer, or another more senior staff member in the Protection Unit. Under the overall direction of the Protection Unit, and in coordination with other UNHCR staff, government, NGO partners and other stakeholders, the incumbent works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. S/he supports the application of community-based protection standards, operational procedures and practices in community-based protection delivery at the field level. To fulfil this role, the Community-Based Protection Assistant is required to spend a substantial percentage of the workday outside the office, building and maintaining networks within communities of persons of concern (PoC). The development and maintenance of constructive relationships with PoC that measurably impact and enhance protection planning, programming and results, form the core of the work of the incumbent. S/he also supports the designing of a community-based protection strategy by ensuring that it is based on consultation with PoC.
2. Purpose and Scope of Assignment
(Concise and detailed description of activities, tasks and responsibilities to be undertaken, including expected travel, if applicable)
- Through relationships with Refugees and networks of partners, stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice and support to the protection team. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of refugees and advise the protection team, accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, marginalized groups.
- Support implementing and operational partners as well as displaced and local communities to develop community-owned activities to address, where applicable, the social, educational, psycho-social, cultural, health, organizational and livelihood concerns, as well as supporting the protection of those at risk of serious concerns including child protection and gender-based violence.
- Assist in working with host communities to involve national civil society groups in improving the protection of refugees.
- Assist in the analysis that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face.
- Conduct participatory assessments and ongoing consultation with refugees.
- Supports communities in establishing representation and coordination structures.
- Ensure community understanding of UNHCR's commitment to deliver on accountability and quality assurance in its response.
- Collect data for monitoring of programmes and budgets from an AGD perspective.
- Draft and type routine correspondence, documents and reports and maintain up-to-date filing systems.
- Act as an interpreter in exchange of routine information, contribute to related liaison activities and respond directly to routine queries.
- Assist in the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR’s work.
- Identify and recommend which individuals or groups to prioritize for counselling and field visits based on agreed criteria.
- Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
- Perform other related duties as required.
3. Monitoring and Progress Controls
(Clear description of measurable outputs, milestones, key performance indicators and/or reporting requirements which will enable performance monitoring)
The Community-Based Protection Assistant is contracted to serve as a focal point for the management, technical support and capacity building of over 140 community groups comprising over 4,000 community volunteers in 30 camps. The responsibilities of the Protection Assistant include:
• Supporting the Community Groups pillar team in the planning, coordination and implementation of the annual training needs assessment for community groups volunteers, as well as for relevant partner staff.
• Supporting the community groups pillar in the development and rollout of training of trainer (ToT) learning modules for CBP partners who implement the community groups activities.
• Monitoring the rollout of ToT modules for all community groups volunteers across all partner camps of operation
• Providing in-person monitoring, mentorship and technical support of community groups field activities, including planning meetings, development of discussion and awareness modules, project implementation and impact assessment in the field.
• Providing dedicated mentorship and support to women and girls volunteers, promoting greater women’s engagement in community groups activities.
In addition, the Community-Based Protection Assistant is expected to provide support to the CBP unit with the Female Preacher’s programme. The Community-Based Protection Assistant will hold regular meetings with the female religious groups on streamlining protection, identifying main community concerns and utilizing religious communities to deliver the main protection messages among the community.
4. Qualifications and Experience
(List the required education, work experience, expertise and competencies of the individual contractor. The listed education and experience should correspond with the level at which the contract is offered.)
a. Education (Level and area of required and/or preferred education)
Bachelor or equivalent or higher in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines.
-Fluency in English and working knowledge of another relevant UN language or local language
b. Work Experience
(List number of years and area of required work experience. Clearly distinguish between required experience and experience which could be an asset.)
Job experience: relevant to the function: 1 years
Desired: UNHCR learning programmes (PLP), CBP LP, Facilitation of Trainings
c. Key Competencies
(Technical knowledge, skills, managerial competencies or other personal competencies relevant to the performance of the assignment. Clearly distinguish between required and desired competencies)
Fluency in Rohingya/ Chittagonian language
*IT-MS Office Applications
PR-Community-based Protection - Principles and methodologies
CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
SkillsCL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community, IT-Computer Literacy, IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), PR-Community-based Protection - Principles and methodologies, UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures
CertificationsDevelopment Studies - Other, HCR Learning Program - UNHCR, Human Rights - Other, International Law - Other, Political Science - Other, Social Sciences - Other
Other informationThis position doesn't require a functional clearance