UN Youth Volunteer in Protection (Swiss Youth Programme - UNYV)

Muyinga, Ngozi, Gitega, Burundi

Siège Burundi, Bujumbura, Bujumbura

Secteur: Services sociaux et pour la communauté/Associations à but non lucratif

Poste: Autre

Date: 04/08/2023


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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation working to save lives, protect rights and build a better future for refugees, internally displaced communities and stateless people. They work to ensure that everybody has the right to seek asylum and find refuge from violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. UNHCR also works to end statelessness for millions of people worldwide without a nationality.

UNHCR Burundi's objective is to advocate for access to protection on appropriate terms and promote durable solutions for all persons they serve. The engagement of the office is built on the premise that Burundi is primarily responsible for managing asylum and refugee affairs in the country and taking care of returnees and internally displaced persons.

UNHCR works closely with the Burundian government, social partners, local organizations, and NGOs to find durable solutions for persons we serve and beneficiaries of protection in Burundi and to advocate towards improved access to protection and conditions to all in Burundi.

As UN Youth Volunteer in Protection you support UNHCHR as follows:

Stay abreast of political, social, economic, and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment;

Implement and oversee Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities which integrate AGD sensitive procedures;

Learn how to oversee individual protection cases, including those on GBV and child protection. Learn how to monitor cases of refoulement, expulsion and other protection incidents through working relations with governments and other partners;

Participate in the organisation and implementation of participatory assessments and methodologies throughout the operations management cycle and promote AGD sensitive programming with implementing and operational partners;

Promote and integrate community-based approaches to protection and contribute to capacity-building initiatives for communities and individuals to assert their rights;


Part of the Talent programme "Swiss Youth at the United Nations", this position is sponsored by the Peace and Human Rights Division (PHRD). The programme ensures that travel, relocation, life and health insurance costs are covered, and a monthly living allowance is paid. Find more information in the UNV "Unified Conditions of Service" and the UNV "Entitlement calculator".

Please find the full job description here: 


Taux d'occupation: Temps plein = 100%

Type de contrat: Freelance

Niveau de formation: Master

Permis de conduire: B


For the programme:

Swiss nationality;

Master's degree;

Ideally 12 months of relevant professional experience (min. 3 months - max. 24 months);

Max. 28 years old at the date of application;

Excellent command of English and 2 official Swiss languages (one active = C1/C2, one passive = A2/B1);

Proven interest in joining the international cooperation sector. 

For this position:

Master's degree in Law, International Law, Political Sciences or other relevant field;

Demonstrated interest and/or experience (ideally one year) in:

Refugees and their hosting community;

Refugee protection, internal displacement, human rights or international humanitarian law;

International Refugee and Human Rights Law and ability to apply the relevant legal principles;

Fluent in English and French;

Driving license.

Please find more details in the full job description.

We value diversity and different perspectives and encourage applications from qualified individuals of all genders, gender identities and from people with different backgrounds, including sexual orientation, disability, cultural or religious background. We value an inclusive working environment that promotes equal opportunities and a non-discriminatory culture.

Important details regarding your application

Make sure your profile on cinfoPoste is complete and up to date:

Motivation letter in English (not more than 3500 characters, to be inserted in the pop-up window when you click on 'apply')

CV in English incl the exact length and the % of your employments

Work certificates, diplomas and university credentials (as PDF) uploaded under the section "documents"

Copy of your driving license

Find useful tips and resources related to UN applications on the cinfo website and read this article. 

Application deadline: 29 August 2023

First round of interviews carried out by cinfo: between 18 and 27 September 2023

The final selection is done by the host organisation based on cinfo's recommendation. Selected candidates will be informed by mid-December 2023.

Any questions? Contact Saskia Zaugg and Sandrina Grangier, cinfo's Recruitment Specialists, https://recruitment@cinfo.ch/

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