South Africa: Associate Child Protection and SGBV Officer

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: South Africa
Closing date: 19 Dec 2017


The Associate Regional SGBV and Child Protection Officer is a member of the protection team in a Regional office. The position will report directly to the Senior Regional Community Services Officer in the Protection Unit.

The role of the Associate Regional SGBV and Child Protection Officer is to work closely with country Protection teams to ensure that they are employing a community-based approach in their protection work. This implies that priority is given by managers to tasking field–based Protection staff (including staff who have Protection or Community Services in their title) to act as the critical interface between UNHCR and communities of concern, enabling them to provide the AGD-sensitive analysis of community risks as well as self-protection capacities that form the essential foundations of national and regional programmes.

The incumbent supports the Regional Protection team in providing guidance, coordination and advocacy in respect of community-based approaches to protection for governments, implementing and operational partners and other key stakeholders.


Support provided to the formulation of a coherent regional community-based protection strategy reflecting the Organization’s global, regional and country level protection priorities, including in the key areas of education, child protection and SGBV prevention and response.

Participatory and community-based structures and systems are in place in both camp and urban settings at the country level.

The age, gender and diversity approach is applied in all aspects of protection and solutions work on behalf of persons of concern.

Participatory and community-based approaches are integral to the regional protection strategy and are appropriately resourced

Terms of Reference:

  • Through a network of partners, including persons of concern, stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment in the region and provide advice within the regional office and to protection teams at country level. Understand the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the persons of concern and advise the protection team accordingly, highlighting the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, and minority groups.

  • Support consultative processes led by offices in the region with government counterparts, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement community-based protection, child protection and SGBV strategies at the country level.

  • Work with country protection teams to support development of work plans of field-based Protection teams which reflect the need for regular presence in the field working directly with communities of concern.

  • Establish links with regional inter-agency capacity building initiatives which promote participatory, community-based and AGD approaches, specifically on child protection and SGBV.

  • Provide support to regional units, country offices and partners in the region, in order to integrate participatory, community-based and AGD approaches in the overall protection strategy and ensure that programme formulation is based on the results of participatory assessments.

  • Provide technical support to country offices and partners to map and provide analysis on protection, child protection and SGBV risks to communities of concern as well as their capacities and resources for community-based protection and self-protection initiatives.

  • Assist in building Office capacity for community-based protection (child protection and SGBV) through training and establishing systems for community mobilization and participation of persons of concern.

  • Promote community-based protection priorities to be incorporated in UN and NGO training and learning programmes.

  • Contribute to UNHCR communication strategies, including mass communication campaigns, by emphasizing participatory, community-based and AGD approaches.

  • In partnership with the Global Learning Centre, support in addressing the learning needs for UNHCR and partner staff to develop and implement participatory and community-based approaches.

How to apply:

Qualifications and experience of the consultant

  • Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines.

  • Minimum 3 years (2 years with graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s)) relevant professional experience, including in the areas of community based protection, community services, social work, and human rights.

  • Excellent knowledge of English and working knowledge of another UN language.

  • Specific technical experience of working in child protection and / or SGBV.

Interested candidates are invited to send a motivation letter, CV highlighting the experiences in similar assignments, references, a completed Personal History Form (P11 Form) and a confirmation of availability to the following email address:

Please include the position title and vacancy notice number VA/2017/023 in the subject line.

Personal History Forms are available at

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.