Dec 062018

Organization: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 16 Dec 2018

Today, displacement is currently of a magnitude not seen since the end of the Second World War. Over eight million people were displaced in 2014 alone, the highest annual increase in a single year. A total of 59.5 million people were displaced worldwide by the end of 2014, owing to persecution and conflict, generalized violence or human rights violations. Within this global forced displacement trend, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre estimates there are 40.8 million IDPs, which is the highest number ever recorded. In addition, 19.2 million people were internally displaced in 2015 alone due to natural disasters. Against this background, the humanitarian response system has been challenged to act faster and more effectively, particularly in protecting the human rights of crisis-affected people.

The Global Protection Cluster, led by UNHCR, brings together UN agencies, NGOs and international organizations working on protection-related themes in humanitarian response, including those with mandates and/or expertise in human rights, child protection, gender-based violence, housing, land, and property issues and Mine Action. With its focus on protecting the human rights of crisis-affected populations, which is core to and yet transcends humanitarian action, the GPC also acts as a bridge between humanitarian, development, political, peacekeeping and security actors.

The work of the GPC covers three broad areas: i) operational support (including rapid response in emergencies; protection assessments, analysis and strategy development; programme design and delivery; protection information management; adherence to the Humanitarian Programme Cycle; innovation in humanitarian response; inter-agency collaboration); ii) providing a global platform for protection advocacy (including on promoting respect for the human rights of crisis-affected populations; linkages with Human Rights upFront; the protection of civilians and IDP law and policy); iii) developing global policy, practices, guidance and tools in relation to protection (IASC policy on protection; protection mainstreaming; HCT protection strategies; diagnostic tool for protection clusters in collaborating with integrated missions).

The Senior Coordinator (GPC) will report to the Deputy Director and work closely with the Internal Displacement Section – the latter having been recently upgraded to meet growing demands for increased technical advice and operational support to UNHCR’s IDP operations at a time of significant large-scale and concurrent emergencies and complex humanitarian crises. The Senior Coordinator will be responsible for galvanizing support and input from partners inside and beyond the GPC in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the GPC’s new Strategic Framework. He/she will accordingly conceptualize, promote and where necessary lead GPC initiatives, events (including thematic roundtables), research and studies that seek to strengthen protection response in humanitarian crises. Equally important is the Senior Coordinator’s outreach with donors and key stakeholders aimed at mobilizing funding and support for the activities of the GPC and its partners. As a member of DIP’s senior management, the Senior Coordinator will also generate more visibility for the GPC inside UNHCR (at headquarters and in the field) and, through timely advice and expertise, seek to contribute to agency-wide efforts to strengthen UNHCR’s leadership of national protection clusters. He/she will additionally ensure sufficient awareness of and access to the GPC resources and services, including training and capacity building as well as deployments. Synergies and close collaboration with the Global Shelter Cluster and Global Camp Coordination Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster, both co-led by UNHCR, will be pursued to ensure a stronger and more strategic focus on protection.


  • Graduate degree (equivalent of a Master’s) in law, political science, international relations or another related field plus minimum 11 years of relevant professional job experience, preferably in the area of refugee and IDP protection, human rights or international humanitarian law, including a minimum of 10 years relevant field experience. Undergraduate degree (equivalent of a BA/BS) plus 12 years or Doctorate degree (equivalent of a PhD) plus 10 years of previous relevant work experience may also be accepted.
  • Experience in managing and supervising teams responsible for developing and implementing protection strategies.
  • Knowledge of international law and ability to apply the relevant principles, and of UNHCR and other protection strategies and policies.
  • Knowledge of UNHCR’s standards, policies and positions related to internal displacement.
  • Experience working in diverse protection environments and organisations, including human rights and peacekeeping.
  • Experience in protection coordination in the field and with the Humanitarian Programme Cycle.
  • Experience of creating and implementing protection programmes and with programming in general.
  • Experience of working in Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • Experience of working in network organisations.
  • Excellent drafting, report writing and editing skills, including drafting of legal and policy positions.
  • Excellent knowledge of English and another UN language.


  • Training and coaching experience.
  • Working knowledge of French, Russian, Spanish or Arabic.
  • Experience of coordination responsibilities at HQ.

How to apply:


Interested candidates should submit their online application on the UNHCR career page by clicking on the ‘international vacancies’ tab here:

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 16 December 2018 (midnight Geneva time).

To view all UNHCR vacancies, go to

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Klicken Sie hier für weitere Informationen und zu bewerben


T ypische Fragen
“What are your salary requirements?” “What employers are really asking is, ‘Do you have realistic expectations when it comes to salary? Are we on the same page or are you going to want way more than we can give? Are you flexible on this point or is your expectation set in stone?’” Sutton Fell says. Try to avoid answering this question in the first interview because you may shortchange yourself by doing so, Teach says. Tell the hiring manager that if you are seriously being considered, you could give them a salary range–but if possible, let them make the first offer. Study websites like and to get an idea of what the position should pay. “Don’t necessarily accept their first offer,” he adds. “There may be room to negotiate.” When it is time to give a number, be sure to take your experience and education levels into consideration, Sutton Fell says. “Also, your geographic region, since salary varies by location.” Speak in ranges when giving figures, and mention that you are flexible in this area and that you’re open to benefits, as well. “Be brief and to the point, and be comfortable with the silence that may come after.”
Fragen zu Fragen
What is the next step in the process? This is the essential last question and one you should definitely ask. It shows that you’re interested in moving along in the process and invites the interviewer to tell you how many people are in the running for the position.