Job Title: Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant Vacancy Notice: VN-083-20-MEX Position Number PN 10030575
Location: Tapachula Position Grade: G5 Closing Date: 2020-07-19
Organizational Context

The Senior 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 Senior Community-Based Protection Assistant works directly with communities of concern to identify the risks they face and to leverage their capacities to protect themselves, their families and communities. The incumbent 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 Senior 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. 


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.


  • Assist functional units, the Multi-Functional Team (MFT) and senior management to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the overall protection strategy.  
  • Through relationships with PoC and network of partners, stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice to the protection team. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the PoC 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.
  • Assist in initiatives with host communities to involve national civil society groups in the protection of PoC.
  • 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, organisational and livelihood concerns as well as child protection and prevention and response to SGBV.
  • Assist in the analysis that identifies the capacities of communities of concern and risks they face. 
  • Support participatory assessments by multifunctional teams and ongoing consultation with PoC. 
  • Support efforts to build the office capacity for community-based protection. 
  • Support 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.
  • Initiate AGD sensitive interventions at the appropriate level on community-based protection issues and to respond to protection concerns and incidents within the office and with persons and communities of concern based on agreed parameters. 
  • 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.






Essential Minimum Qualifications and Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level 

  • For G2 - 2 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 1 year relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education 
  • N/A

Certificates and/or Licenses
  • Development Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Community Development /Social Work
  • Social Science
  • Political Science
  • International Law

Relevant Job Experience


  • Not specified.

Functional Skills 

  • IT-MS Office Applications
  • IT-Computer Literacy
  • IT-Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • UN-UN/UNHCR Administrative Rules, Regulations and Procedures
  • UN-UN/UNHCR Financial Rules and Regulations and Procedures
  • PR-Community-based Protection
  • PR-Community-based Protection - Principles and methodologies
  • CL-Multi-stakeholder Communications with Partners, Government & Community
Language Requirements:

  • Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • UNHCR learning programmes (PLP). Knowledge of MSRP.


Core Competencies
  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning 
  • Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies

  • Not specified. 

Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Stakeholder Management
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Political Awareness



Group 1 Candidates: comprises current GS staff membersholding an indefinite or fixed-term appointment who, at the date of thedeadline for application, are serving in the country of the vacancy atthe grade of the position or one grade below or above.


Group 2 Candidates: comprises candidates from the categorieslisted in the RALS after completion of one cumulative or continuousyear of service in the country of the vacancy. The Group 2 status shouldhave been confirmed by the HR Unit in the relevant country before the applicationis submitted. For further information regarding the categories, pleaseconsult the RALS. 

ExternalCandidates: arecandidates who are not in Group 1 or Group 2.

Must belegally present in Mexico at the time of application, recruitment and hire.

Onlycandidates holding a permanent residency in Mexico will be considered eligible.


Ifyou have questions regarding eligibility, you may also contact the HR Unitthrough





A competitive compensation andbenefits package is offered.  Forinformation on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, please visit the portal ofthe International Civil Service Commission at:  


Submission of Applications:


Ifyou wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your complete application(letter of motivation, updated factsheet (for internals), signed Personal HistoryForm (for externals)  on by 19July 2020.


The PersonalHistory Forms (PHF) and its Supplementary Sheet are available at:

EnglishPHF Form / Supplementary Sheet 


No late applications will beaccepted. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidatescould be required to sit for a technical assessment to determine theirsuitability and/or a written test and oral interview. UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitmentprocess (application, interview, processing or any other fees).


UNHCR is committed to diversity andwelcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability,gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour or ethnicand national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation. UNHCR seeksto 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 strictestconfidentiality.




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