Associate Protection Officer

Associate Protection Officer

International Youth
Host entity
Location, Country
Port-au-Prince (HTI)
Language skills
Expected Starting Date
01 October 2021
12 months
Application deadline
Description of task

Under the direct supervision and within the protection and capacity building Unit; the overall supervision of the Head of the Human Rights Component, Representative of OHCHR in Haiti or her/his designate, and in close collaboration with OCHA and other agencies involved in the protection sector, the UNV associate protection officer will undertake the following task:

  • Promote the understanding of protection issues ensuring the observance of internationally accepted or legally binding standards.

  • Support the coordination, implementation, the development and monitoring of protection activities.

  • Participate to – and facilitate the organization of – meetings with key states authorities such as the National Human rights institution, leading the protection sector and other relevant partners, to strengthen interinstitutional dialogue and cooperation.

  • Provides legal advice and guidance on protection issues to the National Human rights institution, the subgroup leads and the protection sector members and ensures implementation of policy objectives, timely and appropriate response to reporting requirements.

  • Gather information, analyse, and report on the human rights situation, specially affecting vulnerable groups including migrants and internal displaced persons, Children, persons leaving with disabilities and women in the designated AOR, including through close cooperation with other United Nations actors and the community.

  • Contribute to and/or draft various reports, communications, briefing notes, statements, or other products.

  • Ensure protection and human rights mainstreaming within UN planning and programming.

  • Ensure the integration of protection gender perspectives, with specific attention to issues related to women and girls,

  • When working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-)governmental counterparts, set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching, mentoring and formal and on-the-job training; and

  • Perform other related duties as required.

Required degree level
Bachelor degree or equivalent
Educational additional comments
  • First-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • Law, political science, international relations, Humanitarian social science, or another discipline relevant to human rights.

Experience remark
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to 2 years) in the field related to protection, humanitarian or human rights, Knowledge of International Human Rights instruments and tools for the promotion and protection of human rights is required. Knowledge of International humanitarian law is desirable. Experience in research and drafting documents and coordination such as reports is desirable.

    Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;

Language skills
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • Crioulo(Optional), Level - Working Knowledge
Area of expertise
Other development programme/project experience
Area of expertise details

Learning Expectations

Learning and development are a central part of the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment and take place before, during and after his or her assignment in the field. Ideally, offering diverse opportunities for learning and development aim to strengthen the volunteer’s skills and competences, improve the quality of the assignment and keep the volunteer’s motivation high.

Learning elements for the UN Youth Volunteer include the development of:

  • Professional skills: including specific competencies and reflection on assignment-related abilities; and on-the-job skills such as time management, problem solving, team building; and career preparedness such as interview skills, CV preparation, job searching.

  • Inter-personal skills: including communication and listening skills; multi-cultural awareness and cultural competency; and conflict and stress management.

  • Volunteering-related skills: including leadership; civic responsibility; and engagement and active participation.

Beyond the learning opportunities provided by UNV, the host agency will support knowledge and capacity development in the technical areas that are relevant to the UN Youth Volunteer’s assignment. The host agency will provide, at its expense, UN Youth Volunteers with equal opportunity to participate in training courses and workshops offered to its personnel.

Age requirement

UN Youth Volunteers should be between 18 and 29 years old throughout the duration of their service.

Driving license
Competencies values
Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Commitment and Motivation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Integrity, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Application procedure
Prerequisites This assignment is funded by the Government of the Republic of Ireland, therefore only the following are eligible to apply: Irish citizen or a European Economic Area national with an unrestricted right to reside in Ireland or have a declaration of refugee status from the Minister for Justice and Law Reform. This is a UN Youth Volunteer assignment and eligible candidates must be between 18 and 29 years of age throughout the assignment. Selection process Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment, via competency-based interviews held via skype or telephone. Selected candidates will be invited to an assignment preparation training. How to apply Please apply via the link below. You can then either log in if you already have an account or register via ‘Candidate Signup’. You may apply to a maximum of three assignments per advertisement and indicate your order of preference in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile. Application deadline: 27 June 2021