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Fresher UN Jobs – Assistant SGBV Officer – United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Job Title:   Assistant SGBV Officer (Fresher UN Jobs)

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Duty Station:  Uganda


About UNHCR:

UNHCR is committed to the effective protection to children of concern, with children representing more than half of the persons falling under its mandate. UNHCR adopts a rights and community-based approach to address the protection needs of children, with a strong emphasis on inclusion within national child protection, child friendly procedures and working with other sectors to protect children including education.  Child protection is recognized as global organizational priority for UNHCR. Dedicated child protection positions are needed to provide technical support to improve UNHCR’s operational capacity to deliver effective protection to children, adolescents and youth of concern.


Job Summary:  The Assistant GBV Officer supports the operations¿ efforts to fulfil UNHCR¿s mandate and associated obligations on GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response based on policy and guidance. The Assistant GBV Officer is part of the protection team normally reports to a higher-grade GBV or protection staff or the Head of Office. S/he works directly with communities and persons of concern to identify the risks and ensure the implementation of a community and rights-based approach. The incumbent plans and undertakes quality, timely and effective Gender-based Violence (GBV) prevention and response in line with UNHCR¿s policy and guidance on GBV, in an age, gender and diversity inclusive manner as well as in line with survivor-centred approach. The incumbent works closely with programme and other team members to design Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response programs, GBV being a key protection concern. S/he provides technical advice to other technical units to support GBV mainstreaming throughout the operation.  S/he is required to lead and strengthen the coordination with inter-agency partners, government authorities and persons of concern at the field. The incumbent contributes to the development of action plans and SOPs, capacity building and organizing GBV workshops for a range of audiences including partners, authorities and persons of concern. The incumbent will contribute to reviewing the current GBV prevention and response framework on the ground to identify critical gaps to be filled.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Function as the GBV focal point for the area of responsibility and coordinate implementation of GBV programmes for the operation.
  • Liaise with relevant local authorities and other UN agencies to shape and enhance the related working groups as well as technical meetings.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to operational and implementing partners to ensure good quality implementation of projects in line with the operations GBV Strategy and global GBV minimum standards.
  • Ensure monthly reporting, including GBVIMS and proGres v4 statistics with trends which informs policy, projects development.
  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
  • Promote mainstreaming of Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) across all sectors and activities such as health, safety and security, psychosocial and legal shelter, WASH, and Energy and coordinate with Programme and Protection sections to ensure that GBV risk mitigation is incorporated in activities of partners in all sectors.
  • Provide technical guidance on integration of the survivor-centred approach into PSEA complaints mechanisms and enhance access of SEA survivors to existing GBV services.
  • Support the integration of GBV risk mitigation into the role of UNHCR staff across all sectors
  • Support the initial needs/gaps and capacity assessments on GBV in close coordination with any on-going joint/common assessments being conducted in the early stages of an emergency response while ensuring compliance with ethical standards for data collection related to GBV.
  • Provide support to include GBV prevention and response programming in humanitarian action plans while providing guidance to other sectors for the inclusion of GBV risk mitigation into their plans.
  • Contribute to the planning and monitoring for multi-sectoral GBV programming using the Results Framework and Focus in close collaboration with Programme and different sectors.
  • Contribute to strengthening of GBV coordination mechanisms throughout the operation.
  • Contribute to establishment and/or strengthening of new strategic and innovative partnerships for GBV both with community-based, women-led, local, national, and international organizations.
  • Provide support in mapping existing services to address GBV in the various affected areas, including identifying community capacities and structures for potential partnership.
  • Advocate with senior management in UNHCR and other partners, to ensure prioritization of GBV prevention and response as a life-saving response.
  • Monitor GBV programs implemented by UNHCR and partners (both implementing and operational) and adjust programming as required.
  • Monitor the implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and global standards within all GBV programs, including GBV case management.
  • Contribute to the identification of durable solutions for persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Implement capacity-building activities for all actors, persons of concern, service providers including relevant Government institutions and NGOs to strengthen the prevention and response to GBV as well as risk mitigation thus contributing to enhance the overall protection situation.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Assistant SGBV Officer job should hold For P1/NOA – 1 year relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or no experience with Graduate degree; or no experience with Doctorate degree in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, Law, or other relevant field.
  • One year of previous work experience relevant to the function of GBV in an international context, preferably in the field and having experience in the field of GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response, broader protection or social work involving empowerment of women and girls, gender, child protection, mental health, counselling and working with survivors, humanitarian and development issues.
  • Applied experience in survivor-centred approach, GBV guiding and case management principles related to GBV programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls and apply, promote and integrate gender analysis into humanitarian programming.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and implementation of multi-sectorial responses to GBV and support to other sectors to mainstream GBV prevention, risk mitigation and response.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of GBV prevention theory and appropriate GBV prevention and behaviour change strategies at different stages of the humanitarian response.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated use of UNHCR and Interagency GBV tools and Guidance.
  • Please also note that English is essential for this Job Opening.



  • Demonstrated understanding of critical issues around GBV data and knowledge of safe and ethical data collection and analysis and conducting assessments.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of engagement with GBV Interagency humanitarian architecture.
  • Knowledge and experience of participatory approaches to engaging with and mobilizing communities
  • Good understanding of displacement and protection issues including, child protection, education and the application of the Age, Gender and Diversity Policy.


Functional Skills

  • IT-Computer Literacy
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Coordination
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention programming
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) risk mitigation
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) response programming
  • PR-Gender Based Violence (GBV) Capacity development and training
  • PR-Refugee Women issues
  • PR-Interviewing and counselling refugees/asylum seekers and in individual case management
  • PR-Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD)
  • TR-Training/Coaching/Facilitation
  • (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)



Core Competencies

  • Accountability
  • Communication
  • Organizational Awareness
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning
  • Client & Result Orientation

Managerial Competencies

  • Empowering and Building Trust
  • Judgement and Decision Making

Cross-Functional Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Planning and Organizing


How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join the United Nations in this capacity should apply online at the link below.


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Deadline: 29th July 2021


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