Protection Assistant (Community-Based)/Interpreter (Deadline: 12 May 2017)

Protection Assistant (Community-Based)/Interpreter (Deadline: 12 May 2017)

Protection Assistant (Community-Based)/Interpreter (Deadline: 12 May 2017)

The Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Rwanda, Kigali, Branch Office is inviting applications from suitably qualified National Consultant (Under UNOPS) to fill the following vacancy:

Position Title: Protection Assistant (Community-Based)/Interpreter

Duty Station: Kirehe

Type of appointment: Until 31 December 2017

Entry on Duty: Immediate

Closing Date: 12 May 2017

Under the direct supervision of the UNHCR Protection Associate (Community Based) and overall supervision of the UNHCR Protection Officer the incumbent will undertake the following tasks: Accountability UNHCR provides international protection and works to ensure respect for human rights while providing basic humanitarian assistance to refugees and other persons of concern pending durable solutions in Rwanda. The staff member will be part of the Protection unit at UNHCR Kirehe, which looks after the operations for the Burundian refugees in Mahama camp.


    • Monitoring school enrolment; attendance and assistance provided by partners including the feeding programme; hygiene at ECD Kitchens, lower primary as well as hot meals for secondary school.
    • Identify and document People with specific needs. Ensure that these persons are given priority in the on-going relocation into semi-permanent shelters and integrated in all services
    • Monitoring sign language training to parents of children with hearing and speech impairment.
    • Ensure access to community rehabilitation (CBR) program to all people with severe disability. Functional training to parents of children with disability to be offering such services at home
    • Monitor and participate in refugee therapeutic groups’ sessions in both Mahama 1& Mahama 2.
    • Ensure regular monitoring of all livelihood sites to assess the progress and offer support.
    • Conduct reception/Counselling at community services desks
    • Providing interpretation services for international staff when conducting interviews or when communicating with refugees.
    • Translation of documents.
    • Writing minutes for meetings and reports for missions.
    • Act as interpreter and translator when needed.


    •  Assist in the enforcement of participatory AGD sensitive analysis as an essential basis for all of UNHCR’s work.
    • Identify which individuals or groups to prioritize for counselling and field visits based on agreed criteria.
    • Enforce compliance of implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.

    Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

    • Completion of the Secondary education; Training in International Development, Cultural Studies, Human Rights, International Social Work, Social Science, Political Science, Anthropology, International Law or other clearly related disciplines .

    • Minimum of 3 years previous relevant job experience.

    • Computer skills (MS Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access)

    • Language Skills-Excellent written and spoken English, Kinyarwanda and Swahili required. French is recommended.

    • Strong computer skills (including MS Office, email, and internet).

    • Comfortable working in multi-cultural contexts.

    • Ability to conduct interviews, communicate respectfully, problem-solve and organize data.

    Desirable qualifications & competencies:

    • Knowledge of Administrative/financial rules, procedures, processes in the context of UNHCR offices and Field operations.

    • University degree

    • UNHCR learning programmes (PLP).

    • Knowledge of MSRP.

    • Prior exposure to UNHCR refugee operations and functions relating to office administration and programme activities.

    Submission of Applications

    If you wish to be considered for this vacancy, please submit your Personal History Form (P11) and its supplementary pages (if applicable), motivation letter and CV by e-mail with “LAST name – Protection Assistant (Community-Based)/Interpreter position” in the subject line to: by 12 May 2017. Shortlisted candidates may be required to sit for a test.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

    No late applications will be accepted. UNHCR is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified candidates regardless of disability, gender identity, marital or civil partnership status, race, color or ethnic and national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

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

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