Senior Protection Officer – Liben

at Humanity & Inclusion (new brand name of Handicap International)
Location Filtu/Deka Softu, Somali, Ethiopia
Date Posted January 26, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Base Salary 19558
Currency ETB


The Senior Protection Officer (SPO) will be part of the mobile protection team and be responsible to assess the situation of protection issues in target communities (IDPs site and host community) by conducting weekly protection monitoring activities on the field (through Focus Group Discussions, Key Informant Interviews, direct observations,… ).
S/he will be responsible to proceed with consistent data analysis based on the findings, trends monitoring and qualitative monthly report in order to prepare an evidence-based related to protection risks.
The project implemented in Liben Zone target mainly IDPs and host community with specific needs through an integrated protection response and the provision of protection, PSS and functional rehabilitation services.
The Senior Protection Officer will be expected to travel with the NRC team to respond to IDPs and host communities protection needs.
Duty Station: Filtu Woreda of Liben zone and covers as well Deka Softu Woreda
Duration: Until end of July 2020
Roles and Responsibilities
1. Implementation and reporting related to Protection activities
- Assess the context and current situation of the working area and situation of IDPs and Host community;
- Gather general protection related information in the targeted areas including using the findings of the DTM and other organization assessment reports to make subsequent follow-ups on protection concerns;
- Conduct weekly protection monitoring activities (through Focus Group Discussion and/or Key Informant Interviews, direct observations…) among the community to collect, identify the main protection risks and assess current situation;
- Use participatory tools and approaches in a manner that will not create risks for informants and the communities they represent and that are inclusive for PWSNs;
- Identify specific needs including any specific referral related of protection issues and proceed accordingly;
- Ensure community mobilization through informal discussion with key community members;
- Ensure a range of community members (including leaders, women and girls, persons with disabilities,…) contribute and attend to those group discussions;
- Ensure Persons with specific needs (PWSNs) especially persons with disabilities are included when conducting FGDs/KIIs and information shared are inclusive;
- Ensure qualitative data collection from the FGDs/KIIs in order to report on activities (age, gender and diversity approach);
- Prepare weekly and monthly reports related to findings from FGDs/KIIs and do an analysis of the trends especially of the protection trends;
- Identify specific protection mitigation measures that are relevant to be implemented based on the findings of the group discussions and interviews conducted;
- Identify violation of rights and protection threats and risks encountered by IDPs and host community;
- Monitor the changes and protection trends and report accordingly to the Project Manager and operational coordinator for specific issues related to safety and security of the beneficiaries and community members;
2. Implementation of Project activities
- Map available services and activities for IDPs in Kabeles that are hosting IDPs and covered by the UNOCHA-funded project and provide monthly updates to the Project Manager;
- Ensure establishment of a strong referral pathway in the working area with the support of the Project Manager;
- Liaise with the Bureau of Women and Children Affairs representative in the mobile protection team, ensuring that they are informed of weekly activities and report back to the Project Manager;
- Inform the Project Manager related to specific gaps in the provision of services;
- Report back to the Project Manager for specific coordination of activities with Kebele authorities and other partner teams as may be necessary;
- Other responsibilities may be given by the line manager as necessary;
3. Proper Documenting and record keeping
- Ensure proper record keeping and documentation of beneficiary’s cases and records of day-to-day activities following protection principles;
- Ensure compliance of the protection principles and minimum standards when collecting, storing and sharing information and data to ensure confidentiality are respected (beneficiary’s file, data records…);
- Ensure proper documentation of the protection activities (including attendance sheet of FGDs/KIIs, qualitative data,…);
- Prepare weekly reports related to protection activities (achievement as well as qualitative data, specific comments and identification of gaps…) and report to the Project Manager;
- Maintain quality project database information system on disaggregation basis (age, gender, disability, etc) and share to the Project Manager when required;
- Document specific lessons learnt, best practice, success stories and progress reports and share to the Project Manager when needed and required;
- Produce activity reports for each specific activity implemented and carry out regular recording and reporting of activities, field trips in coordination with other team members, including NRC HLP team with the support of the Project Manager;
4. Develop resources and conduct capacity building/awareness-raising initiatives
- Take part in development of user-friendly awareness-raising IEC material;
- Translate short documents or review the translation of materials in local language if required by the Project Manager;
- Conduct specific training to field staff based on the needs identified with the support of the Project Manager;
5. Maintain a high quality of work
- Maintain a high level of knowledge and skills in understanding needed responses to general protection issues of IDPs and host community;
- Coordinate with Partners (including NRC) to ensure the project and its activities comply with local laws and regulations, HI standards and donor requirements;
- Ensure the implemented project meet the quality requirements of HI, partners and the funding agency;
6. Responsible for implementing the safeguarding policies at project level
- Ensure respect of HI’s policies (Child Protection and Child Safeguarding Policy, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse [PSEA] policy, Anti-fraud and anti-corruption policy, Code of Conduct) as well as their implementation at all levels in project locations with the support of the Project Manager;
- Ensure reporting mechanisms are implemented and accessible for persons with specific needs in the working areas;
- Report immediately any concern, incident to the PM and operational coordinator related to child protection and safeguarding and PSEA;
7. Relationship management
- Work in close cooperation and partnership with local government stakeholders to facilitate implementation of the activities and report back to the Project Manager;
- Create and maintain conducive working relationships with host communities and beneficiaries as well as other partners including: protection partners, Zone and Woreda Women & Children Affairs, DPPO, Health, Justice, Education Offices, and other stakeholders to facilitate smooth implementation of the project activities;
- Represent the HI IDPs protection team in different forums and meetings when assigned and provide minutes meeting to the Project Manager;
- Set-up and maintain effective communication system with partners and stakeholders;

Job Requirements

- Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Child Development or other related field.
- Strong experience and knowledge on protection in humanitarian settings to conduct monitoring activities;
- Strong ability to provide qualitative protection reports and analysis;
- Good knowledge of data collection, analysis and reporting following humanitarian and protection principles as well as minimum standards;
Professional Experience
- Minimum of 2 years of technical experience on General and Community Protection response in humanitarian settings;
• Computer literacy (Word, Excel and Power Point).
• High degree of confidentiality.
• Good interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to work with teams and develop team spirit.
• Diligence and attention to detail.
• Never been convicted, free from khat, smoking, alcohol and substance abuse addictions.
• Knowledge of working area language (Somali) is Must.


Applying Instructions

Interested applicants who meet the above criteria should fill in the attached application form Job application form.docx and submit it with a 1 page motivation letter through ethiojobs or email it at on or before the above mentioned deadline.

Please clearly state the position you apply in the subject of your email and also for which duty station.  Only short listed candidates will be contacted for exam/interview no phone calls please.

We’re committed to safeguarding and promoting child protection and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This position involves working with beneficiaries and is subject to strict safer recruitment checks. The successful candidate will be required to complete a police check and sign self-declaration form to help us verify your suitability to work with children including checks with past employers.

Humanity & Inclusion is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes women and persons with disabilities to apply.

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