Category Host entity Country
Protection Assistant Nat. Specialist UNHCR Turkey

Protection Assistant

Protection Assistant

National Specialist
Host entity
Location, Country
Ankara (TUR)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
until 31 December 2021
Application deadline
Eligibility criteria
Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.
Description of task

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of a Senior Protection Associate and overall guidance of an Assistant Protection Officer and general oversight of Senior Protection Officer, the UNV Protection Assistant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Support the Unit in its activities aiming to reinforce the national asylum procedures by conducting status determination interviews and drafting decision recommendations in line with the cooperation framework agreed by UNHCR and DGMM, if and when necessary.
  • Support the unit in sharing with DGMM the summary RSD assessments of the cases adjudicated by UNHCR Turkey under Mandate RSD as well as other summary documents, advisory opinions as required, to support the national decision-making procedures.
  • Conduct research (on country of origin and legal issues), manage and improve the country of origin materials database, report on general trends in the relevant countries of origin and replying to queries on specific legal and protection issues, while referring to the supervisor or seeking for advice on more complex issues.
  • Assist the Unit in capacity-development initiatives organised internally and at those events targeting partners.
  • Consult information on ProGres and Turancore database on individual cases as required.
  • Observe and respect relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Filing in-coming/out-going correspondence.
  • To support the Office’s priorities and objectives in the protection field.
  • Support the Unit in its activities in the areas falling under the cooperation with DGMM
  • Support the Unit in preparation and delivery of trainings sessions on specific matters delivered to DGMM / PDMM staff and other institutions.
  • Participate in trainings, workshops and meetings and support the unit in note taking and reporting.
  • Translate materials and proofread the translated materials, if and when necessary.
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.
Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments

Bachelor’s degree in Law, Political Science, International Relations, regional studies or other relevant fields is desirable

Required experience
24 Months
Experience remark
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience is an asset;
  • Professional work experience at the national and/or international level, working in the UN or other international development organization is an asset;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and knowledge of the basics of refugee law and international human rights law is desirable;
  • Legal Knowledge and the ability to apply legal principles is desirable.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with vulnerable groups and gender issues: women, children, and marginalized groups is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with trauma victims would be an asset.
  • Languages: Excellent written and spoken English; Excellent written and spoken Turkish.
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines;
  • Sound security awareness;
  • Have affinity with or interest in refugee protection, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Turkish(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise
Emergency response, immediate relief operations, and post-conflict humanitarian aid operations, Protection of refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs, Human rights
Driving license
Competencies values
Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Working in Teams
Application procedure
* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first register your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/signup. Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply. * Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool? Please first update your profile at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/profile. Then go to ‘My Page’ at https://vmam.unv.org/candidate/mypage and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply. This is a national UN Volunteer assignment, therefore only nationals of Turkey and legal residents in Turkey with the status of refugee or with the status of being stateless are eligible to apply. Application deadline:10-08-2021