INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.
Terms of reference
Job Title: Protection Specialist
Duty station: 25% Aden and 75% Taiz (Al-Turba and Taiz city)
Starting date: 30/01/2023
Contract duration: 6 months
Reporting to: Protection Coordinator
Supervision of: Technical supervision of the work of all protection staff working under this project
Dependents: Non-family duty station
General context of the project
This program is part of the integrated multi sectorial humanitarian response plan for Taiz, to be implemented by INTERSOS, combining protection and nutrition services, livelihoods (ERMS) and WASH assistance (under BHA funding), with protection monitoring (UNHCR) and health services.
The program further integrates different humanitarian programming strategies: community participation and engagement throughout the project cycle, gender, conflict, age, and environmental sensitivity in the design and implementation of activities. The project builds on the ‘do not harm principle.
The activities will be implemented through a combination of static and semi-permanent approaches, further ensuring maximum coverage and impact through outreach activities. Professional staff will be supported by a team of trained community outreach volunteers to establish community protection mechanisms. Local partnerships, including the involvement of local committees, local authorities, and local associations (CBOs), will be a key factor in the project implementation.
The project aims to provide an integrated intervention, where protection activities consider the WASH and nutrition conditions of conflict-affected communities and seek referral pathways for other services (referral maps). WASH and nutrition activities will ensure a very high level of protection mainstreaming, while protection activities will ensure heightened attention for WASH/HP messages, and permit integration of nutrition services at the community centers and COVID-19 adaptation and prevention/mitigation mainstreaming.
General purpose of the position
Support the Protection Coordinator in defining, supervising, and implementing specific areas of the protection programme.
In close collaboration with the Protection Coordinator, provide technical guidance and advice to protection staff ensuring that specific components of the program are delivered according to internal guidelines and in line with international standards and principles, in order to achieve the mission’s goals effectively, according to INTERSOS vision and values.
Main responsibilities and tasks
Coordination and support:
- Contribute to the design of the protection strategy of the mission and provide technical support and assistance to its implementation
- In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, support to contextualize and adapt internal and global guidelines, guarantying these are rolled out and known by staff
- Ensure cohesion and harmonization of protection activities and services across the different implementation sites within the mission
- In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, deliver training and workshops to protection staff to build their skills on specific protection topics identified with them
- Support the Protection Coordinator to deliver training and workshops to non-protection staff to build skills and knowledge of protection principles and enable staff to mainstream protection in different sectors
- In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, assess protection needs and gaps of target populations in current and prospective areas of operations, periodically update the protection situation analysis and inform the programme accordingly
- Support the Protection Coordinator in providing ongoing strategic protection analysis and development of periodic trend reports (including aspects of conflict analysis, gender, and risk management) and lessons from programme experience to inform programme development, implementation, and policy/advocacy work
- Support the Protection Coordinator in overviewing that protection data is collected, archived, processed, analyzed and disseminated in ethical modalities, in line with internal data protection protocols
- Under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator, undertake regular field monitoring visits and provide support tools to monitor the quality of programme implementation
- Identify opportunities for new protection interventions and support assessments and developments of new project proposals
- Support the Protection Coordinator in the development of complaints mechanisms for beneficiaries and make sure complaints are addressed properly
- Support the Protection Coordinator in the follow-up on the implementation of the Child Protection (CP) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) policies
Supervision and Staff Management:
- In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, organize ad hoc protection meetings with protection staff to share challenges and priorities and develop action plans to address them
Networking and Partnerships:
- Maintain collaborative relations with relevant clusters and related working groups at the national and/or field level
- In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, ensure that main protection concerns are brought to relevant stakeholders to advocate for respect of human rights and minimum protection standards
- Network with Protection Specialists of other missions to share best practices and resources
Required profile and experience
- BA in relevant field (Social Science, Psychology, Social Work, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, or other fields related to social development and humanitarian work)
- Desirable Master’s degree (MA or LLM) in Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law or related subjects.
- Minimum of four years of relevant working experience in protection-related sectors, preferably within an INGO, and two years for higher education degree (Masters/LLM).
- Strong theoretical, technical, and practical background in protection
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work and integrate in a multicultural team
- Ability to work under pressure, flexibility
- Problem solver, dynamic, mature, proactive
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage efficiently multiple priorities, deadlines, and tasks
- Solid time-management skills, resourcefulness, and attention to detail.
- Diplomatic skills in networking with partners, authorities, and donors
- Experience in complex emergency settings involving internal displacements
- Reporting skills, experience with monitoring tools and systems, data collection and analysis
- Capacities in developing training programs in specific thematic areas
- Excellent computer literacy (word, excel, and internet)
- Excellent written and spoken English
- Native Arabic speaker would be a strong asset (incl. reading and writing)
- Ability to deal with stress and demanding working environment
- Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission, and vision of INTERSOS
How to apply
Interested candidates are invited to apply following the link below: https://www.intersos.org/posizioni-aperte/missioni/#intersosorg-vacancies/vacancy-details/62eb8908decdb500219cdc75/
Please note that our application process is made of 3 quick steps: register (including your name, email, password, citizenship and Skype address), sign-up and apply by attaching your CV and motivation letter in PDF format. Through the platform, candidates will be able to track their applications’ history with INTERSOS. In case you encounter severe difficulties applying through the platform, you can send an email attaching your CV and motivation letter (both in PDF version) via email to [email protected], with subject line: “Platform issue – SR-35-2698-Position”.
Please also mention the name, position and contact details of at least two references, including the line manager during your last job. Family members are to be excluded.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.
Closing date: 24 Jan 2023