UNOPS Vacancy Announcement

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Vacancy Notice No.: LICA/KEN/NBI/17/002

Functional Title: Protection Associate (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer – LGBTIQ)

Duty Station: Branch Office Nairobi

Date of Entry on Duty: 1 July 2017

Duration: Up to 31 December 2017

Contract Type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement – LICA

Category/Grade: LICA-6

Closing Date: 7 May 2017

1. Operational Context

The Protection Associate is a staff member of the Protection Delivery Unit, and is responsible for the overall coordination of activities related to the LGBTIQ caseload. The protection environment for LGBTIQ refugees and asylum seekers is adverse in Nairobi. Challenges include threats to the immediate security of persons of concern (including discrimination, harassment, and prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence), access to services, economic barriers, and distinct psychosocial and health needs. In collaboration with UNHCR colleagues from relevant departments and partner agencies, the Protection Associate is expected to provide overall strategic direction for the LGBTIQ caseload, as well as responsibility for individual case management.

2. Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Assistant Protection Officer, the Protection Associate shall assist in the management of the LGBTIQ urban caseload by:
  • Conducting protection/credibility assessments in cases of late disclosure (identity not explored at Refugee Status Determination (RSD) level);
  • Participating in BID panels containing cases of LGBTIQ minors;
  • Conducting intake interviews with new LGBTIQ arrivals to map trends in countries of origin, flight stories, and to document narratives for later RSD purposes; and
  • Identifying, assessing and referring highly vulnerable cases to relevant units/agencies
  • Liaise with key UNHCR partners to undertake regular monitoring exercises of the LGBTIQ population to map protection, health, psychosocial, and other needs; and incorporate information into programming;
  • Under the guidance of the Livelihoods Unit, oversee and provide direction on the implementation of LGBTIQ livelihoods programmes;
  • Identify and build a network of partnerships with local, regional, and international actors and individuals that benefit the provision of services and information to LGBTIQ persons of concern, including drafting memoranda of understanding to solidify and clarify relationships, where appropriate;
  • Contribute to and undertake LGBTIQ sensitisation trainings for UNHCR, government, and partner staff on legal, procedural, and social issues related to LGBTIQ individuals;
  • In partnership with the Livelihoods and Protection Units, identify vulnerable and livelihoods-specific LGBTIQ cases, and follow up with the RSD Unit on strategic fast-tracking of cases for documentation/protection purposes;
  • Undertake regular identification exercises of the urban caseload and update ProGres to maintain accurate data on the LGBTIQ population;
  • Establish and oversee regular meetings between parties in key areas affecting the LGBTIQ refugee population;
  • Undertake local (i.e. Nairobi area) and national (i.e. Dadaab and Kakuma) research missions to build a more comprehensive understanding of the LGBTIQ refugee population, especially in regard to vulnerable groups that are not widely documented i.e. minors, trans*, intersex, Somali/Sudanese populations, etc;

Expected Output:

  • Document interactions with and actions taken for individual cases in individual files as appropriate, to permit a complete understanding of the individual’s situation by other colleagues dealing with the case
  • Ensure an Age, Gender, Diversity (AGD) approach is taken across all programmatic levels to promote access by LGBTIQ persons to key services, and participate in reporting on Project Partnership Agreements (PPAs) to this effect
  • Monitor new developments in the field and ensure timely dissemination of information to key parties (internal and external) including drafting reports/minutes

3. Qualification and experience

  • University Degree in Law, political science, international relations, gender studies, or another related field;
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant professional job experience, preferably in the area of human rights (including issues related to sexual and gender minorities), gender issues, refugee protection, or international humanitarian law.
  • Previous experience interacting with LGBTIQ persons in a professional context
  • Experience in interacting with NGOs and other relevant actors in project coordination, as well as in providing training or coaching, guidance or advice to staff.
  • Experience working on livelihoods/empowerment projects strongly desired
  • Experience working with procedures and principles related to protection of refugees, asylum seekers, or Internally Displaced Persons (especially in Sexual & Gender Based Violence) strongly desired
  • Experience in counselling asylum seekers or refugees strongly desired

(In offices where the working language is not English, excellent knowledge of the working language of the duty station and working knowledge of English.)

Desirable Qualifications & Competencies

  • Sound knowledge of sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) issues, especially in Kenya/East Africa.
  • Knowledge of International Refugee Law and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles
  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; an ability to be diplomatic and level-headed.
  • Excellent knowledge of English; Swahili or Luganda would be advantageous but are not required.
  • Knowledge of internal UNHCR procedures related to RSD, resettlement, and protection strongly desired.

Submission of Applications:

This vacancy is open for qualified Kenyans ONLY. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.


Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should complete a Personal History form (P.11) available on the following link – and attach it to their application for the position. Applications should be send to:

The Human Resources Officer,

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR),

P.O. Box 43801, 00100

Nairobi, Kenya

or hand delivered to UNHCR Branch Office for Kenya, Lynwood House, Waiyaki Way (opposite Lions Place). Please quote Reference: LICA/KEN/NBI/17/002.

Candidates should also submit copies of academic Certificates from the relevant institutions. Only applications received by close of business on 7 May 2017 will be considered. Short listed candidates will be invited for a written and then oral interview.