National Protection Officer (GBV & MHPSS)


Open to Internal and External Candidates

Position Title: National Protection Officer (GBV & MHPSS)

Vacancy Number: SVN/IOMSO/015/2023

Duty Station: IOM Somalia Support Office in Nairobi, Kenya.

Classification: National Officer Category, Grade NO-A

Type of Appointment: Special Short Term (SST)

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: 15 May, 2023

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment. Internal candidates are eligible to apply to this vacancy. For the purpose of the vacancy, internal candidates are considered as first-tier candidates.


Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all and it does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
The position is to support IOM Somalia’s non-specialized sectors integrates the centrality of protection in their program design and implementation through a protection and gender analysis, do no harm-survivor-centered approaches; psychological first aid as well as ensuring inclusion of different ages, genders, people with disabilities and other socially marginalized groups.
The Protection Officer is required to strengthen the Protection, GBV and MHPSS prevention and response in the health, Shelter-NFI, WASH, Durable Solutions, CCCM, DTM, Community Stabilization (CS), Migrant Protection Assistance (MPA), IBG, DDRR units in various locations of Somalia. The position is expected to support the delivery of protection, GBV prevention and response programming and build capacity of IOM’s team and partners organization’s on GBV Risk Mitigation, GBV referrals, Psychological First Aid (PFA), and Survivor Centered Approach.

Under the overall supervision of the Senior Programme Coordinator of the Emergency and Post Crisis Division and the direct supervision of the Protection Coordinator, the National Protection Officer will contribute to the implementation of IOM’s Protection, MHPSS and Gender Based Violence in Crises Framework for IDPs, Returnees and Host Communities in Somalia

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Assist the Protection Coordinator in the overall management and implementation of Protection, GBV and MHPSS components in Somalia, including planning, coordination, and implementation of the component activities.
  2. Support counselling to the affected populations to facilitate smooth psychosocial reintegration within family and community as well as identification and timely referral to adequate services for continuum of care.
  3. Conduct field visits to the beneficiaries’ sites and monitor developments.
  4. Ensure the documentation and filing of all Protection and MHPSS beneficiaries for reference and monitoring including regular update of beneficiaries’ information.
  5. Liaise with relevant governmental, non-governmental (NGOs), international organizations as well as other relevant stakeholders including Ministry of Health and academic institutions.
  6. Monitor GBV and MHPSS activities including those implemented by partners by reviewing a variety of records, including control of plans, progress reports, project inputs identify issues and propose adjustments as necessary.
  7. Provide general support to the assessment of the qualitative and quantitative impact of psychosocial support activities at individual, family and community level.
  8. Provide guidance, coaching, training and follow ups in the fields of GBV and MHPSS to other staff and any relevant person involved in returnee’s assistance.
  9. Collect and analyze information and prepare periodic and ad-hoc reports on GBV and MHPSS activities.
  10. Participate in the development of new projects based on identified needs during project component implementation.
  11. Undertake duty travel within Somalia to very challenging areas when necessary.
  12. Perform any other duties as may be assigned

Required Qualifications and Experience
• Master’s degree in Psychology, Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Development Studies or a related field from an accredited academic institution; or,
• University degree in the above fields from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience.
• Experience in Protection response programming especially on GBV and MHPSS;
• Experience working with GBV survivors and on GBV Prevention and Response programmes focusing on psychosocial support and survivor centered approach;
• Ability to deliver training, to coach and to manage case workers in GBV case management and psychosocial support and knowledge of and strengthening referral pathways;
• Proven ability to establish and maintain strong working relations with relevant Government counterparts, international organizations, civil society organizations/NGOs, and private sector entities; Work experience in an international context is an advantage;
• Demonstrated knowledge of information technology and proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint;
• Knowledge and understanding of IOM’s institutional approach on PSEA and related strategies, policies, rules and regulations;
• Knowledge of the UN system and architecture;
• Knowledge of mainstreaming best practices and partnership models to ensure coordination of the same across a diversified range of actors; and, ability to work with and maintain strict confidentiality, when necessary.
• Fluency in English and Kiswahili both written and spoken are required. Working knowledge of Somali and Arabic will be an added advantage.
Required Competencies
• Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
• Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
• Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2
• Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
• Delivering results produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
• Managing and sharing knowledge continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
• Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
• Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.

Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this special vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.
Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered. In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance, and work permit, as applicable.

How to apply

How to apply:
If you are interested, please submit your CV and Cover Letter via email with the subject of position title and SVN number to before the closing date.
No Fees: IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training, or other fee).

Posting period:
From 09.05.2023 to 15.05.2023

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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