Protection Associate, Budapest, Hungary

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

UNHCR Global Service Centre Budapest

Hardship Level: H (no hardship)

Family Type: Family

Family Type: Family

Residential location (if applicable): Grade: GS6

Staff Member / Affiliate Type: General Service

Reason: Regular > Regular Assignment

Remote work accepted: No

Target Start Date: 2023-01-20-08:00

Job Posting End Date: February 5, 2023

Standard Job Description: Protection Associate

Organizational Setting and Work Relationships

The Protection Associate normally reports to the Protection Officer or the Senior Protection Officer. The incumbent monitors protection standards, operational procedures and practices in protection delivery in line with international standards and provides functional protection support to information management and programme staff.

The Protection Associate is expected to coordinate quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern (PoC) and identify opportunities to mainstream protection methodologies and integrate protection safeguards in operational responses in all sectors. S/he contributes to designing 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 PoC are involved 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.

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


  • 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 PoC.
  • Provide advice on protection issues to PoC; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of personal and other relevant documentation.
  • Assist in conducting eligibility and status determination for PoC.
  • 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 GBV 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 PoC 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.
  • Facilitate effective information management through the provision of disaggregated data on PoC and their problems.
  • Participate in initiatives to capacitate authorities, relevant institutions and NGOs to strengthen national protection related legislation and procedures.
  • Assist the supervisor in prioritizing PoC for interview, counselling and propose protection support for individual cases.
  • Assist the supervisor with enforcing compliance of local implementing partners with global protection policies and standards of professional integrity in the delivery of protection services.
  • Assit the supervisor with enforcing compliance with, and integrity of, all protection standard operating procedures.
  • Submit individual payments request for PoC for approval.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Professional Work Experience

Years of Experience / Degree Level

For G6 – 3 years relevant experience with High School Diploma; or 2 years relevant work experience with Bachelor or equivalent or higher

Field(s) of Education

Not applicable

Certificates and/or Licenses

International Law, Political Science

or other related field

(Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)

Relevant Job Experience


Not specified


Protection Learning Programme

Functional Skills

IT-Computer Literacy

PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework

PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators

(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.

All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power.

As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise.

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.

Desired Candidate Profile: The UNHCR Multi-Country Office (MCO) covers 4 countries, namely the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Slovenia. The Office is based in Budapest, Hungary. Countries in the region play a central role in the context of the Ukraine Refugee Response and support immediate protection, basic needs, and longer-term solutions for refugees arriving from Ukraine. At the same time, Hungary is on the Balkan route toward EU countries for migrants and refugees originating from other parts of the world.

The Protection Associate is a member of the Legal/Protection Unit of the MCO and will report to the Legal Officer. S/he will mainly focus on protection in Hungary and might support protection activities in other MCO countries, as required.

The Protection Associate supports the Legal Officer and the Senior Protection Officer with handling matters pertaining to refugee protection and durable solutions, including in relation to asylum law, doctrine, and implementation in practice. In particular, S/he will play an important part in legal research and advocacy around refugee inclusion and employment in particular.

The Protection Associate will monitor developments of law and policies which are relevant to refugee inclusion and integration in Hungary and in the region, and support the Legal Officer in preparing advocacy papers and strategy documents some addressed to Governments at a senior level as well as Parliaments. S/he will have the responsibility to undertake an analysis of existing legislation and policies to support the inclusion and integration of refugees, and a mapping of relevant actors in this field. S/he will also contribute to advocacy and technical support activities for the development of a national integration plan, in close coordination with CBP and AAP.

To fulfill his/her functions, the Protection Associate will need to have excellent knowledge of international refugee law. This includes a good understanding of the Common European Asylum System and its legislation. Excellent research and networking skills are essential. Experience in the field of inclusion and integration of refugees, including with regard to the national inclusion systems, employment schemes, access to documentation, and nationality, is to be positively considered. Knowledge of any of the languages spoken in the countries covered by the Representation for Central Europe is an asset.

The Protection Associate is required to have excellent drafting skills, particularly with regard to his/her involvement in the drafting of strategy or guidance documents. Furthermore, s/he will be a dynamic team player with a proactive approach to work and a keen interest in refugee inclusion and integration.

Knowledge of Hungarian language is essential for the position.

Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):: Hungarian ,

Desired languages: ,

Operational context: Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:: Nature of Position:: Living and Working Conditions:: Additional Qualifications: Skills

IT-Computer Literacy, PR-Protection-related guidelines, standards and indicators, PR-Refugee Protection Principles and Framework



International Law – Other, Political Science – Other

Work Experience

Competencies: Accountability, Client & results orientation, Commitment to continuous learning, Communication, Judgement & decision making, Negotiation & conflict resolution, Organizational awareness, Stakeholder management, Teamwork & collaboration

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Compendium: Candidates must be legally present in Hungary at the time of application, recruitment and hire.

Recruitment as a UNHCR staff member is subject to proof of vaccination against Covid-19.

Shortlisted candidates might be required to sit a on written test.

Functional clearance: This position doesn’t require a functional clearance

Tags: abuse of power, basic needs, child protection, codes of conduct, conflict resolution, cultural development, durable solutions, gender inequality, hungarian language, inequality, information management, international law, international refugee law, legal research, occupational safety, political science, refugee law, refugee protection, refugees, resettlement, statelessness, voluntary repatriation