JPO Protection Officer (WFP)

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    About WFP

    The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking for a Junior Professional Officer to fill the position of Protection Officer with our Emergency Preparedness and Response Unit based in Nairobi in the Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa.

    Context and background

    The Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN) provides strategic guidance, technical and operational support and direction to WFP operations and activities in ten countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. In Eastern Africa, the situations necessitating emergency response have become increasingly complex and frequently entail cross-border implications. Emergencies can be driven by single factors but more often are fuelled by protracted drivers of conflict, economic crisis, natural hazards and outbreaks of disease. Protection risks are very high in all of these crisis contexts, and WFP needs to ensure that the key risks within the operations are identified and mitigated. The Protection function is thus fully integrated into the EPR unit which works on humanitarian operations, and is closely aligned with the conflict sensitivity and analysis function.

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    The Protection Officer will work closely with the Regional Protection Adviser, to support in the role of technical advice, capacity building and support to guide the application of the protection principles throughout the humanitarian response in Eastern Africa. Efforts to integrate protection and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) in WFP programmes are informed by WFP’s Humanitarian Principles (2004), WFP’s five commitments to Accountability to Affected Populations (2012), WFP’s Protection and Accountability Policy (2020), the WFP Strategy for Protection & Accountability to Affected People (2019-2021), and WFP’s Role in Peacebuilding in Transition Settings (2013).

    General information

    • Title of Post: Protection Officer
    • Grade: P2
    • Supervisor: Regional Protection Adviser
    • Unit: Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR)
    • Division/Country Office: Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa
    • Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya
    • Duration of assignment: Two years

    Duties and responsibilities

    Under the direct supervision of the Regional Protection Adviser, the JPO will have the following responsibilities:

    • Protection Integration: Support the integration of protection into the different activity streams, through working with protection officers and activity managers in country offices to identify the key protection risks arising within the scope of each activity area and the mitigating measures necessary to address the risks. Work with the regional adviser and country officers to enhance protection monitoring, partnerships for protection and referral systems.
    • Mapping and Analysis: Develop country protection snapshots to provide an overview of the protection landscape of countries of operation, including needs and services linked to Gender Based Violence, Child Protection and Disability Inclusion, impacting food insecurity and vice-versa and arising from WFP operations. Support an assessment into the protection implications of ration cuts in the region and support the integration of protection into planning and design of Country Strategic Plans.
    • Training and capacity building: Liaise with country offices to identify training needs and thematic knowledge gaps, and facilitate the organisation of capacity building, including training, on protection and AAP for WFP and cooperating partner staff across the region.
    • Complaints and Feedback Mechanisms: Engage with CFM managers in country offices to strengthen the approach to management of complaints and feedback, and to ensure compliance with WFP’s minimum standards for functioning CFMs. Support country offices to produce regular reports on trends and responses relating to CFM.
    • Beneficiary Personal Data Protection & Privacy: Support relevant focal points in the country offices to strengthen data protection and privacy across the operations, and will assist with the planning and coordination of Privacy Impact Assessments and any training needs, in accordance with corporate policy and guidance.

    Expected outcomes

    • Annual country protection snapshots for each office in the region, detailing protection actors, protection issues, and protection risk mitigation measures in place in each context.
    • Organisation of annual regional workshop on protection and AAP for key staff from country offices, focused on implementation of the new corporate protection and AAP policy.
    • Organisation of annual regional briefing on Complaints and Feedback Mechanisms, focused on efforts to fulfil the minimum standards for a functioning CFM.
    • Support 2-3 country offices with Privacy Impact Assessments annually to strengthen beneficiary personal data protection and privacy across the region.

    Essential qualifications & experience

    • Advanced university degree or first level university degree with additional relevant work experience (preferably in: human rights, social work, international law, development, gender studies, etc).
    • Two years of relevant working experience in the subject matter.
    • Fluency in English;
    • Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook);
    • Behavioural competencies such as Action Management, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork.

    Desireable requirements

    To perform the wide range of tasks and excel in this position, the ideal candidate would also possess:

    • Exposure to the international arena either by direct work for an international institution/organization; or, if working for a national entity, by way of interacting with international stakeholders.
    • Intermediate level of one, or more, of the following official languages: French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese.
    • WFP’s international professionals are required to serve in different locations around the world during the course of their career (including in hardship duty stations); willingness to be mobile would maximise opportunities for long-term retention into the Organization.

    Training components

    • Country-level field missions for participation in country office training on protection, AAP, and emergency and response
    • Participation in regional workshops organized by WFP and/or partners on protection, AAP, CFM, PSEA, gender and other topics as relevant
    • Completion of WFP online trainings on emergency operations, protection, PSEA, etc on WeLearn platform
    • Mentoring on practical application of protection across the range of WFP activity areas

    Learning elements

    At the end of the two-year assignment, the JPO should have obtained:

    • Very good knowledge of practical application of protection in humanitarian operations, and emergency and response operations in general
    • Good skills related to inclusion and accountability approaches
    • Familiarity with global and regional frameworks regarding protection
    • Good general understanding of WFP’s overall operations and activities in the region of assignment

    Søknadsfrist: 8. august

    Stillingstittel: Protection Officer (JPO)

    Stillingsprosent: 100%

    Stillingstype: Engasjement, to år, tilknyttet JPO-programmet

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