Job title: Associate Protection Officer (Youth Advisor) Under UNOPS At UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering an Associate Protection Officer (Youth Advisor) within the Kigali Office in our Operation in Rwanda.

The Associate Protection Officer (Youth Advisor) will function under the direct supervision of Senior Protection Officerin Kigali Office. S/he provides legal, operational and strategic support on protection activities including the implementation of the project recently introduced aiming at giving opportunities for youth to establish net-work, learn new skills, serve their community and make the best use of their time and energy for their own and community interest at Nyamata Field Office.

The incumbent works closely with protection staff as well as staff responsible for registration, resettlement, and training activities. S/he also liaises with relevant focal points in DIP.

UNHCR is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. We are in over 125 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

Title: The Associate Protection Officer (Youth Advisor) under UNOPS

Duty Station: Kigali Office

Duration: Initially up to 31st December 2021

Contract Type: Individual Contractor – International UNOPS ICA 1

Closing date: 30 March 2021

Start date: 15 April 2021

Organizational context

UNHCR Rwanda is adopting strategies to engage youth in problem-solving and peace building through involving them in decision making and structured activity to enhance their protection and well-being. The idea is to build on the existing opportunities, looking at how to better support the current youth programs. The operation in Rwanda is very keen in strengthening the adoption of community-based approach through meaningful engagement of youth in all camps and urban areas. This will be done through the establishment of forums for continued dialogue to ensure that youth’s views, ideas and frustrations are listened to and are taken into consideration while designing program interventions. Youth will be assisted to organize activities themselves in a structured manner. Youths will agree on a set of priority activities that can be adopted, under their own leadership and overall supervision of UNHCR and its partners. Further consultations on enhancing peaceful co-existence with the host community will be carried with guidance and support of the youth advisor at Kigali level.

The limited education opportunities beyond basic education, leave the vast majority of refugee youth at risk of idleness, frustration, which often lead to negative behavior such as violence and alcohol and drug abuse. The project being recently introduced aims at giving opportunities for youth to establish net-work, learn new skills, serve their community and make the best use of their time and energy for their own and community interest.

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.

The position

The Associate Protection Officer (Youth Advisor) provides functional protection guidance on all protection/legal matters and accountabilities. These include: statelessness (in line with the campaign to End Statelessness by 2024), Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) commitments, age, gender, diversity (AGD) and accountability to affected populations (AAP) through community-based protection, Child protection, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) prevention and response, gender equality, disability inclusion, youth empowerment, psycho-social support and PSEA, registration, asylum/refugee status determination, resettlement, local integration, voluntary repatriation, human rights standards integration, national legislation, judicial engagement, predictable and decisive engagement in situations of internal displacement and engagement in wider mixed movement and climate change/disaster-related displacement responses. S/he supervises protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards.

The Associate Protection Officer is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern, ensuring that operational responses in all sectors mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards. The incumbent contributes to the design of a comprehensive protection strategy and represents the organization externally on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor. S/he also ensures that persons of concern are meaningfully engaged in the decisions that affect them and support programme design and adaptations that are influenced by the concerns, priorities and capacities of persons of concern. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, authorities, protection and assistance partners as well as a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Protection Officer, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks:

  • Development of Youth Engagement strategy for refugees in Rwanda, in line with the community-based protection principles.
  • Take up the overall coordination of youth program in Rwanda. Advocate and facilitate youth engagement in national programs and strengthen cooperation with Ministry of Youth, MINEMA, NGO partners and the various UNHCR field offices and relevant sectors. Work closely with the UNHCR Livelihood, Education and Public Information sections to strengthen capacities within the refugee youth groups through coaching, mentoring and on-the-job training and internships opportunities.
  • Facilitate implementation of multi-year Sport for Protection projects. In cooperation with Edu-cation specialist, enhance and support Sport in Schools, including sport for girls.
  • Facilitate youth access to educational opportunities, such as tertiary education programs, online learning and TVET programs and promote youth access to recreations activities such as music, dance, taekwondo, sports library etc This will be done through establishment of operational partnership with local and international actors.
  • Further enhance cooperation with specialized partners to strengthen refugee Youth and Peace programs. Facilitate and coordinate refugee youth participation in national and international events.
  • Overseeing youth program implemented by partners and work closely with Prison Fellowship, SCF and Plan International and others to ensure effective implementation of youth activities in all field operations.
  • Advocate for additional resources including drafting proposals for various funding opportunities. Develop communication strategy and promote use of technology to enable refugee youth to reach out and establish linkages with all camps/locations, including use of social media and other innovative means.
  • Support the partners and refugees to make the best use of the community centers in Kigali and at the camp level. Facilitate procurement of necessary equipment and construction of playgrounds to support youth activities
  • Update the mapping of the community groups in urban and at camps settings and encourage women’s participation in youth activities and youth networks.
  • Coordination and support evaluation exercises of the various youth programs and their impact in their protection situation.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

University degree in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines.

  • 2 years of working Experience in management of youth programs including drafting project proposals, coordination with partners, monitoring and reporting.
  • Knowledge of UNHCR program management is an asset.
  • The candidate should have good experience on community-based protection aspects, especially on communication with communities.
  • Proficiency in both oral and written English
  • Good research, analytical and drafting skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team.
  • Ability to work in stressful situations.


The successful candidate will be Kigali Office/Rwanda


Initially the contract for this position is up to 31 December 2021. It is a full-time role with working hours – Monday to Thursday from 08:00 to 17:30, including one-hour lunch break, normally from 13:00 to 14:00

Fridays from 08:00 to 14:00

Saturdays and Sundays are week-end.

How to apply

Interested candidates are requested to submit their applications through the external UNHCR website – Vacancies

Important note: Only applications submitted through MSRP will be accepted. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. This vacancy announcement is open for internationals only. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Due to the expected volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted Candidates may be required to sit for a test in connection with these Job Opening.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted based on the information submitted during the application. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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