Deputy Representative, Washington, United States

Organization: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Country: United States

City: Washington, United States

Office: UNHCR Regional Representation office in Washington

Closing date: Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Job Title: Job ID: Deputy Representative - Prot


Location: Washington, U.S.A.

Salary Grade: D1

Hardship Level: H

Family Location Type: Family

Procedures and Eligibility

Before submitting an application, UNHCR staff members intending to apply to this Job Opening are requested to consult the Recruitment and Assignments Policy (RAP, UNHCR/HCP/2017/2 and the Recruitment and Assignments Administrative Instruction (RAAI), UNHCR/AI/2017/7 OF 15 August 2017.

Duties and Qualifications

Deputy Representative - Protection

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Deputy Representative - Protection is the senior protection manager in a Country Office and reports to the Representative at D2 level. A member of the senior management team, the incumbent has direct or reviewing supervisory responsibility for protection staff who may include community services, registration, resettlement and education. S/he has country-wide functional supervisory responsibility for all protection staff and provides protection oversight and guidance to the information and programme management functions.

The Deputy Representative - Protection transposes UNHCRÂ’s Global Strategic Priorities into a comprehensive protection strategy adapted to the country context. S/he is guardian of protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery at country level and represents the UNHCR to authorities, UN sister agencies, partners and other stakeholders on protection policy and doctrine.

The Deputy Representative - Protection is relied upon by the Office to plan, manage and guide regional and country-wide protection delivery to populations of concern and to promote and gain support for UNHCRÂ’s protection agenda externally. This includes ensuring that operational responses in all sectors are shaped in a protection optic, mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards. S/he ensures that persons and communities of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them and that their interests are effectively represented to authorities, protection and assistance partners and to the broad network of donors and stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection.

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 UNHCRÂ’s core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.


Stay abreast of political, social, economic and security developments that have an impact on the protection environment and protection delivery capacity and advise the Representative in the overall management of UNHCRÂ’s operations.

Manage a consultative process with government counterparts, partners and persons of concern to develop and implement a comprehensive protection strategy addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, minority groups such as sexual minorities and persons living with HIV/AIDS; and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) priorities with regard to these persons.

In operations applying the Cluster Approach, ensure the response of the Protection Cluster is grounded in a strategy which covers all assessed and prioritized protection needs of the affected populations.

Ensure the protection strategy is fully integrated into the Country Operations Plans in the region, the UN Development and Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and in respect of UNHCRÂ’s mandate, the Humanitarian Country TeamÂ’s common humanitarian action plan where applicable.

Ensure that necessary resources are allocated to address protection gaps.

Promote International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct. Foster their consistent and coherent interpretation and application and ensure that all sectors and /or in clusters in applicable operations fulfil their responsibilities mainstreaming protection.

Design, deliver and monitor programmes on an AGD basis to address identified protection needs.

Oversee the provision of expert legal advice and guidance on protection issues to internal and external interlocutors and ensure that legal assistance and documentation is accessible to persons of concern.

Oversee Eligibility and Status Determination operations ensuring compliance with UNHCR procedural standards and international protection principles.

Oversee the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection /solutions processes and systems.

Promote and supervise the delivery of effective measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.

Develop and implement country/regional-level education plans as part of the protection strategy. Ensure the provision of quality and protective education with an emphasis on learning outcomes and lifelong learning opportunities forging partnerships with the Ministry for Education, UNICEF and other partners as appropriate.

Develop and implement country/regional-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy ensuring programmes use a child protection systems approach.

Ensure that appropriate interventions are undertaken by the Offices in the region, or intervene directly, in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners.

Coordinate the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related programming with implementing and operational partners.

Ensure with governments and partners that durable solutions through voluntary repatriation, local integration, and where appropriate, resettlement are sought and provided to the largest possible number of persons of concern.

Oversee the development and implementation of a results-based advocacy programme in consultation with sectorial and/or cluster partners.

Advocate with authorities and stakeholders for access to and respect for the rights of persons of concern and their access to services.

Ensure the Protection Sector or Cluster strategy has an effective information management component to provide disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems; and researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection delivery.

Build the protection capacity of national and local government, partners and civil society to assume their responsibilities vis-Ã -vis all persons of concern through protection training, mainstreaming and related activities.

Coordinate capacity-building initiatives for communities and persons of concern to assert their rights.

Advise and capacitate national authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen legislation and status determination procedures and mechanisms.

Contribute to a communications strategy to generate external support for UNHCRÂ’s operations and the Protection Sector/Cluster.

Provide effective supervisory and managerial oversight, direction and guidance of the protection function.

Design and establish effective protection staffing structures in all Offices ensuring staffing configurations, profiles and competencies are commensurate with protection challenges.

Approve the comprehensive protection strategy for endorsement by the Representative and Regional Office or Headquarters.

Chair strategic or operational protection meetings, including Protection Cluster meetings in applicable operations and represent the protection sector/cluster in inter-agency mechanisms.

Tags access to services asylum seekers child protection codes of conduct displaced persons durable solutions good practices humanitarian law information management international refugee law international relations local government political science programme management refugee law refugees resettlement sexual minorities statelessness voluntary repatriation

Issue advocacy statements on behalf of UNHCR or the Protection Cluster in applicable operations. Intervene with authorities on protection issues.

Negotiate with resettlement countries and countries of return on behalf of UNHCR.

Clear documents and reports prepared by the Protection Unit / Section.

Take decisions on individual cases.

Negotiate with the Humanitarian Coordinator/Resident Coordinator, the Humanitarian Country Team and partners on protection funding priorities in inter-agency funding appeals.

Enforce compliance of staff and partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

Enforce regional compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.

Approve regional expenditures under the UNHCR protection budget and direct transparent and accountable financial and other resource allocation within the Protection Cluster in applicable operations.

Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For D1 - 17 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 16 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 15 years relevant experience with Doctorate degree

Field(s) of Education

International Relations; Law; Political Science;
or other relevant field.

(Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk

are essential)

Certificates and/or Licenses

HCR Learning Prog; HCR Management Lrng Prg; HCR Protection Learning Prg;
(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk

are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


17 years of previous work experience in progressively responsible functions in an organisation or institution that administer/manage and assist large number of asylum seekers, refugees and Displaced persons, preferably within the UN. Of the 17 years, minimum of 10 years should be in the same functional area directly relevant to the current position. Thorough knowledge in International refugee law, its applications under different circumstances; ability to analyse and advocate the application of various regional refugee instruments for the benefits of the persons of concern to UNHCR. Field experience, preferably in the context of UNHCR, in repatriation and resettlement of refugees.


Solid UNHCR experience from both the Field (including Hardship Duty stations) and Headquarters.

Functional Skills

*LE-International Refugee Law

*PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

*PR-Resettlement/Repatriation/Voluntary Repatriation

*PR-International Humanitarian Law

*PR-Managing large influx of Persons of Concern

EX-Experience in intergovernmental organization (UN or similar)

*EX-Field experience with UNHCR and/or with other humanitarian organizations

EX-HQs experience with UNHCR and/or with other humanitarian organizations

FO-Operational activities in hardship duty stations

*MG-7 years managerial experience;
(Functional Skills marked with an asterisk

are essential)

Language Requirements

For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.

For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.

For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.

This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.

Position Competencies

C001L4 - Accountability Level 4

C002L4 - Teamwork & Collaboration Level 4

C003L4 - Communication Level 4

C004L4 - Commitment to Continuous Learning Level 4

C005L4 - Client & Result Orientation Level 4

C006L4 - Organizational Awareness Level 4

M001L4 - Empowering and Building Trust Level 4

M002L4 - Managing Performance Level 4

M006L4 - Managing Resources Level 4

M005L4 - Leadership Level 4

M003L4 - Judgement and Decision Making Level 4

M004L4 - Strategic Planning and Vision Level 4

X007L4 - Political Awareness Level 4

X001L4 - Analytical Thinking Level 4

X008L4 - Stakeholder Management Level 4

Additional Information

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Additional Information

Please note that UNHCR does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, travelling, processing, training or any other fees).