Protection Technical Advisor

Sanaa, Yemen
Apply by 31 January 2019
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 14 January 2019

Job Description

Title: Protection Technical Advisor - International

Location: Yemen – Sana’a with travel to support field offices

Report to: Program Director

ABOUT RI : Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

General Position Summary

The primary role of Protection Technical Advisor is to provide strategic direction and vision for the protection program, ensuring its comprehensive development and high quality implementation. S/he will provide technical guidance and leadership in embedding protection-mainstreaming approach across all RI programs, by identifying programming gaps, providing recommendations, designing assessment and monitoring tools, and building staff capacity. In addition, Protection Technical Advisor will ensure Protection Mainstreaming in both quality and delivery, in line with the agreed projects, ensuring the protection context is well understood and the programme adapted to ensure mitigation of risks and response to protection concerns in RI’s programs. The Protection Technical Advisor will play a pivotal role in capacity building and mentoring staff on technical standards, tools, approaches, and communicating effectively with affected populations. Further the Protection Technical Advisor will contribute to the development of proposals where protection programming is concerned and engage with other protection actors within the sector to ensure effective coordination and collaboration externally with donors, clusters; and internally with RI’s Health, Nutrition, RRM programming.


Essential Job Functions:

General Management

  • Guided by protection principles and best international practices, assess the protection program concept and lead identification and adjustment of Protection interventions, to ensure their high quality, appropriateness and comprehensiveness, in conformity with RI global strategy and the international standards and protocols.
  • With Program Director and with the protection project budget holders, supervise that activities and expenses are regularly monitored and that action plans are developed to correct any over- or underspending in a timely manner.
  • Work with Reporting and Communications Officer to ensure that the protection program is well documented and that the institutional memory of RI Yemen is preserved.
  • Adapt training materials and build staff capacity on PSEA Policy as well as be responsible to ensure the efficiency of the complaints mechanism set in place.
  • Review and share program-specific tools / resources / curricula and work with Regional Protection Advisor to contextualize and adapt global and country-specific materials
  • Help country programs in designing/implementing research on the impact of the Women’s Protection and Empowerment projects developed in-country as well as the impact on Mainstreaming Protection in access to Health Services in Emergencies

Representation/coordination with external actors

  • Represent RI in meetings relevant to RI’s work in Yemen, including meetings with partners, donors, government officials; and cluster/sub-cluster meetings as assigned.
  • Ensure RI’s mandate is shared and explained to relevant stakeholders.
  • Pro-actively liaise and build rapport with local officials, community representatives, UN agencies, and any other relevant stakeholders.

Program Quality

  • In consultation with the Protection Lead at the regional level, Program Director and Program Managers, and RI staff, support the development of Yemen’s protection strategic planning documents.
  • Stay abreast of emerging and best practices in protection and share information with the teams.
  • Work closely with field teams and community groups to involve communities to organize their resources for preventing or responding to protection threats and increase resilience, particularly ensuring safety and dignity of the most vulnerable groups
  • Ensure that staff and the community-outreach groups have appropriate knowledge and understanding of the protection programming
  • Provide technical support to protection teams consistent with international and national standards and ensure that program design and implementation creates no harm in the communities, promotes human rights and has positive impact.
  • Provide support and recommendations for delivering of service in line with RI protection policy
  • Integrate RI Psycho-social support and GBV approaches in the humanitarian interventions, in order to ensure protection form violence and child protection in intervention areas
  • Assist RI programs in establishing a referral network with available service providers in the target area particularly Health and Nutrition programs.

Donor Relations / Funding

  • Ensure that high quality, integrated, and needs-based proposals are developed and according to RI Yemen priorities identified in its country strategy.

Administration: Finances, Human Resources, and Logistics

  • Support project managers to develop job descriptions and recruit qualified protection staff (national)

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Reporting

  • Include the participation of beneficiaries and communities, particularly those most vulnerable or at-risk, in all stages of the project cycle wherever possible and appropriate.
  • Develop and enact “protection risk analysis”, “protection mainstreaming assessment/monitoring” and other relevant tools, jointly with respective programs units.
  • Develop and support effective monitoring and evaluation system by collection, analysis of data about protection issues in order to improve the program interventions


Knowledge and Experience

  • Post-graduate qualification in the field of law, social sciences/humanities
  • An excellent professional track record with a minimum of five years of work experience, with at least three years of oversees experience in a managerial role; technical knowledge and experience in one of the areas – Reproductive Health and protection services, GBV programming or MHPSS.
  • Experience working in insecure environments with demonstrated ability to adapt to culturally different and challenging environments
  • Work related experience from the Middle East or similar complex displacement situations.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English with excellent writing and verbal skills for project proposals, reports, and communications.
  • Excellent M&E knowledge and experience, including understanding of how to conduct assessments and analyse data
  • Ability and willingness to network with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Proven experience in leading training and conducting research will be added advantage
  • Arabic skills is considered an asset

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

About the Organization

About RI: Relief International is a leading nonprofit organization working in 16 countries to relieve poverty, ensure well-being and advance dignity. We specialize in fragile settings, responding to natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and chronic poverty.

Relief International combines humanitarian and development approaches to provide immediate services while laying the groundwork for long-term impact. Our signature approach — which we call the RI Way—emphasizes local participation, an integration of services, strategic partnerships and a focus on civic skills. In this way, we empower communities to find, design and implement the solutions that work best for them.

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