Protection Assistant


Job Location

Georgetown, Guyana


This selection process considers only national candidates or current residents with the legal right to work in Guyana.

HIAS Guyana seeks to recruit a Protection Assistant who will provide advice to HIAS on GBV and migration regularization following Guyanese laws to ensure appropriate guidance to vulnerable populations. In this regard, he/she will draft legal opinions, memoranda and briefing papers, provide information on accessing protection services and follow up cases with the GBV Officer. The Protection Assistant should be conversant with GBV, migration and refugee laws and regulations.


• University degree or equivalent in law or other related studies.
• Current residence in Guyana
• Ability to travel within the country.
• Fluency in Spanish and English (written and oral) is required.
• At least 2-3 years of legal practice experience.
• Preferably with proven knowledge of Migration Law, Humanitarian Law, International Refugee
Law, International Human Rights Law and Constitutional Law.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment, which requires adequate, assertive and
empathetic communication skills to deal with the different cases and situations that the
position requires.
• Ability to maintain the highest level of integrity and confidentiality.


• Promote and protect the rights of the most vulnerable migrants in the community.
• Give support and direction in designing, planning and implementation of legal protection activities
• Work with GBV survivors, men, forcibly displaced women, and host communities in urban and rural sectors.
• Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of good coordination relationships with counterparts, be they government authorities, local community leaders and advocates.
• Actively observe the general context and actions of authorities in their approach to potential persons of concern, to provide legal analysis and reports on trends, impressions of guidance, legal interventions and coordination.
• Provide legal guidance on access to regular migration status, protection against GBV and access to rights following international regulations through the preparation of information material, working groups, applications, official letters and administrative appeals, information sessions, training, and specialized training, among others-
• Detect risk situations that may be faced by persons of interest and coordinate quality, timely and effective protection measures. In this regard, it should identify cases for referral to other program areas or other partner agencies.
• Accompany and, if required, represent forcibly displaced persons in processes to obtain their migratory regularization, as well as survivors of GBV.
• Build Capacity for HIAS staff, partner staff and other stakeholders on protection of persons of concern
• Produce accurate, detailed and timely reports highlighting objectives, achievements and impact on project activities.
• Contribute to the development of project proposals and concept notes as well as information education and communication (IEC) materials.
• Produce accurate, detailed and timely reports highlighting objectives, achievements and impact on project activities.
• Any other task assigned by the Country Directorate, Program Manager and/or the GBV Coordinator.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills required or permanent location. Location is subject to change based on programmatic needs. Flexibility is essential as we grow and develop. The successful candidate must be comfortable in a fast-paced, changing work environment with many crucial deadlines. All team members may be required to perform duties outside of their normal work hours of responsibilities as needed.

A Job By

HIAS Guyana Inc


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish
people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.
HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply.

We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers
around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • ?????? ?????) Hachnasat Orchim)
We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice • ???) Tzedek)
We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • ???) Chesed)
We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • ??????) Chevruta)
We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage • ????) Ometz)
We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • ???) Ruach)
We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for
employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship
status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical
condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial
status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other
legally protected status

HIAS is committed to the protection of children, vulnerable adults and any other person from any harm caused directly or indirectly due to their coming into contact with HIAS. We will not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or any form of child abuse or neglect by our staff or associated personnel. Any candidate offered a job with HIAS will be expected to sign and adhere to HIAS’ Code of Conduct and Safeguarding policies. All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records. HIAS also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this Scheme, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. Likewise, HIAS will share this information when other organizations inquire about current and former HIAS staff as part of their recruitment process. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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