Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees seeks temporary Protection Associate

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Washington, D.C.
Temporary Appointment (TA)
External Vacancy Announcement


The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is seeking a temporary Protection Associate for its Regional Office in Washington, D.C.


TITLE: Protection Associate (Caribbean Protection Unit)
CATEGORY / GRADE: General Service 6 (G6)
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: 3-4 month Temporary Appointment (TA) (beginning December 1, 2016 or January 2, 2017 through March 17, 2017)


The Protection Associate (TA) will be a member of the Caribbean Protection Unit (CPU) in UNHCR’s Washington regional office, under the supervision of the Senior Regional Protection Officer. The CPU monitors the protection of persons of concern to UNHCR in 27 countries and territories in the Caribbean. The vast majority of these countries and territories do not have functioning asylum systems. As a result, UNHCR conducts refugee status determination (RSD) under its mandate and/or provides Advisory Opinions on individual cases for asylum-seekers in a number of countries in the Caribbean. The Protection Associate will contribute to UNHCR’s mandate RSD activities in the Caribbean, as well as a number of other strategic protection interventions, including: promoting alternatives to detention for asylum-seekers, providing support to Caribbean governments to strengthen and establish asylum procedures, and participating in ongoing capacity-building efforts with government authorities and local partner organizations.



  • -The protection of asylum-seekers, refugees and stateless persons is promoted through the application of international and national law, relevant UN/UNHCR protection standards and IASC principles.
  • -Protection activities are guided by the CPU protection strategy and respect UNHCR’s policy on age, gender and diversity (AGD).
  • -Protection incidents relating to persons of concern to UNHCR are immediately identified and addressed.



  • -Support initiatives to advocate with and support government authorities and legal partners to establish and strengthen fair and efficient asylum procedures and RSD decision-making in the Caribbean.
  • -Draft correspondence and reports relating to the RSD activities of the operation.
  • -Assist with conducting interviews and preparing written assessments of asylum-seekers’ claims as part of UNHCR mandate RSD activities in the Caribbean.
  • -Conduct research on country of origin information (COI) and other issues related to RSD.
  • -Stay abreast of legal, political, security and other developments which impact on the protection environment in the Caribbean , and in particular, on protection delivery through RSD.
  • -Provide counselling to, and respond to queries from, asylum-seekers and refugees.
  • -Maintain accurate and up-to date records and data related to all work on individual cases.
  • -Assist in developing and maintaining processes to ensure that persons of concern, authorities and partners have accurate information on the RSD procedures, including UNHCR standards, policies and practice.



  • -University degree in international law, political science or related field.
  • -Minimum 6 years of relevant professional job experience.
  • -Strong research and analytical skills, oral and written communication skills.
  • -Fluency in English.
  • -Authorization to work in the United States.



  • -Demonstrated experience working with procedures and principles related to asylum and refugee status determination
  • -Knowledge of International Refugee Law and Human Rights Law and ability to apply relevant legal principles.
  • -Experience counselling asylum-seekers or refugees.
  • -Experience working with vulnerable or traumatized individuals.
  • -Completion of UNHCR’s RSD Learning Programme, COI Learning Programme, or Protection Learning Programme.
  • -Working knowledge of another UN language (including Spanish or Arabic).




To apply, send a copy of your completed P11 form, a cover letter and resume to: and note in the subject line “Protection Associate (Caribbean) – G6 Temporary Appointment.”


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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