Protection Coordinator-MPHSS


Vacancy Announcement

Protection Coordinator

Department: Protection and MPHSS Department

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

**Reports to:**Project Director-Nairobi.

Organizational Context

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is ministry of the Society of Jesus, incorporated as an international non-governmental organisation with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for the rights of refugees and forcibly displaced people. The organisation was founded in November 1980 and now has a presence in over 56 countries. JRS undertakes services at national and regional levels with the support and guidance of an international office (IO) in Rome. The style of JRS service is human and spiritual, working in situations of greatest need, seeking the long-term well-being of refugees and displaced people while not neglecting their immediate or urgent needs. The main services provided are in the field of education, reconciliation, livelihood activities and psychosocial support. Currently, more than 724,000 individuals are direct beneficiaries of JRS projects. In Kenya, JRS has two projects: an urban refugee project in Nairobi focussing on Education and Livelihoods and field project in Kakuma Refugee Camp focussing on Education, Integrated psychosocial inclusive Education programme in Centres and Safe Shelters.

Key Responsibilities

The Protection Coordinator will directly support the Project Director in the development, and implementation of the JRS protection program in Nairobi while building Kakuma staff capacity in Protection. He/She will also be the PSEA focal point of JRS in Kenya. He/she will oversee the MHPSS/Protection department, coordinating a team based at JRS main compound and in the satellite offices in Nairobi. The responsibilities and activities of the Protection Coordinator will be integrated in the JRS thematic areas; Livelihood, MHPSS, and Education to enhance the community well-being and resilience.

Coordination and representation:

  • Assist in coordination with NGOs, UNHCR and other UN agencies, and government (DRS), as requested by the Programs Officer
  • Represent the JRS protection program in coordination forums, as requested by the Programs Officer
  • Encourage and facilitate coordination between JRS and NGOs at the satellite Offices when necessary.
  • Develop a working referral mechanisms and feedback mechanism between JRS, NGOs and beneficiaries.
  • Represent JRS in PSEA forums as the JRS PSEA focal point
  • Work closely with Psychosocial counselor in MHPSS project activities

Capacity building:

  • Assist in the development of data collection tools, guidelines and frameworks for program implementation
  • Conduct trainings to Staff on protection principles, MHPSS guidelines, Do No harm approaches, and Core Humanitarian Standards.
  • Develop and maintain a schedule of trainings and for staff
  • Support the development and implementation of protection mainstreaming principles

Communications and advocacy:

  • Assist in the identification and compilation of key protection information and issues for preparing protection briefs and advocacy documents as needed
  • Analyze daily, weekly and monthly situations for identification of key advocacy issues
  • Draft briefs and other advocacy documents
  • Support development of the JRS Kenya advocacy strategy with the Coordinators and the Regional Advocacy Officer.

Reporting, documentation, and accountability:

  • Support the collection of data from the field, collating, drafting, editing and submitting to the Project Director for review and final submission to the Program Officer.
  • Provide technical support and guidance to the teams, ensuring that data is collected and stored properly, and is used effectively in reporting and as monitoring and evaluation tool
  • Track progress against activities and outputs as committed, and support team to adjust work plans to achieve targets most effectively
  • Develop/ Revise MHPSS standard guidelines customized to JRS working context

Program design, development and planning:

  • Support the drafting of program planning documents, proposals, budgets, and related tools
  • Support the development of M&E components into program design, along with any necessary tools for implementation
  • Supervise and coordinate the MHPSS/Protection team and provide strategic direction
  • Performs other, similar duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualification and Competencies

  • A degree in international law, human rights, social sciences, or a related field is preferred.
  • Understanding of protection, human rights, refugee law and humanitarian principles
  • Understanding of project design, management, and implementation of field-based protection programs
  • Understanding of programmatic reporting
  • Understanding of budgets and financial reporting
  • Strong coordination, communication, and advocacy skills
  • Demonstrated experience in refugee protection work with international humanitarian organisations.
  • At least three (3) years of similar professional experience in an NGO and/or international organization
  • Good knowledge and experience in community development work
  • Experience in working with or managing MHPSS program


  • Previous experience in working with children and vulnerable communities
  • Previous experience with a faith-based NGO is an added advantage

Core values and ethics

  • Commitment to JRS’s mission, vision and values; ability to convey with enthusiasm JRS’s role in accompanying and serving forcibly displaced people and to advocate for their right to protection and a life in dignity
  • High integrity, honesty and confidentiality; ability to deal tactfully and discreetly with people, situations and information
  • Acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core value

Terms and Conditions

Contract is for Six Months, renewable, with an initial probationary period of Three months. The JRS remuneration policy is aligned with the JRS ethos to offer effective and professional services and at the same time express solidarity with the people served.

How to apply

All applicants are requested to submit the following documents to: no later than 13th June 2022:

  1. A cover letter describing the candidate’s desire and motivation to work for JRS and how her/his qualifications and experience are a good fit for this position
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English, including three (3) professional references with contact information, phone and email address.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Thank you for your interest in joining JRS

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