Protection Associate, UNHCR Stockholm, G6 level

Internal & External Vacancy Announcement

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of women, men and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution.

The UNHCR Regional Representation for Northern Europe is responsible for eight countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. Within the Protection Unit at the Regional Representation for Northern Europe, this Protection Associate position supports the protection work in the RRNE region and is based at the UNHCR Office in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Protection Associate is expected to support and coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors.  He/she contributes to designing and implementation of a comprehensive protection strategy and liaises externally with authorities and partners on protection doctrine and policy as guided by the supervisor.

The Protection Associate also ensures that persons of concern are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying appropriate solutions to their problems. To achieve this, the incumbent will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with communities of concern, local authorities and protection and assistance partners.

Areas of responsibility are:

  • Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
  • Consistently apply International and National Law and applicable UN/UNHCR and IASC policy, standards and codes of conduct.
  • Assist in providing comments on existing and draft legislation related to persons of concern.
  • Provide advice on protection issues to persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for persons of concern.
  • Contribute to measures to identify, prevent and reduce statelessness.
  • Contribute to a country-level child protection plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Contribute to a country-level education plan as part of the protection strategy.
  • Monitor Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Manage individual protection cases including those on SGBV and child protection. Monitor, and intervene in cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents.
  • Assist in identifying durable solutions for the largest possible number of persons of concern through voluntary repatriation, local integration and where appropriate, resettlement.
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection related AGD based programming with implementing and operational partners.
  • Contribute to effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on populations of concern and their problems.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.

Qualifications and Professional experience:

Completion of Secondary education with certificate/training in International Law, Political Science or other related fields. Minimum 6 years of relevant experience. Fluency in English and working knowledge of Swedish. Work permit in Sweden required.

Salary: Approximately tax free monthly salary SEK 22 500 to 26 000.

Duty Station: Stockholm, SWEDEN

Closing date:   18 September 2019


For more information: Please contact Johan Frantz, [email protected]

IMPORTANT: Submit your application (personal letter and CV in ENGLISH. Please also attach the P11 form available at to your application. Only those candidates who are short-listed will be contacted. Applications by e-mail will not be accepted.

Send your application to: UNHCR, Sveavägen 166, 113 46 Stockholm, SWEDEN.