Organization: Norwegian Refugee Council
Are you our next Protection Specialist?
NRC Afghanistan now seeks a dedicated and courageous protection specialist with international experience to help NRC reduce the impact of the armed conflict upon civilians, particularly through community-based measures, field-based protection advocacy, protection by presence, and field support to protection coordination, in line with NRC Afghanistan’s Protection Strategy.
Read below for more details about the position.
NRC in Afghanistan
Afghanistan remains a protracted and complex emergency. Conflict-induced displacement and recurrent natural disasters occur at the same time as an ongoing return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) established operations in Afghanistan in 2003. We respond across Afghanistan, including in hard-to-access provinces, by providing Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance, Education, Shelter, Food & Livelihoods, Camp Management and Emergency programmes. For the past 2 years, the NRC Afghanistan programme has grown exponentially. Funding has grown to over 190 million NOK in 2018, with a dedicated team of over 1400 staff, in 5 areas offices and 8 field offices, our operations are spread across Afghanistan reaching highly volatile environments with lifesaving assistance and protection. NRC has been a champion for principled humanitarian action and reaching affected people in hard-to-reach areas. The government, UN agencies, donors and other stakeholders now recognize NRC as one of the most significant and important humanitarian players in Afghanistan.
About the position
A commitment to Protection is at the core of NRC’s mission. The purpose of the Protection Specialist position is to strengthen protection in NRC’s programmes and response and outline NRC CO’s Protection position vis-à-vis relevant coordination and decision-making fora. The Protection Specialist is responsible for / leads on protection analysis, identifying priority protection issues, building Protection capacities and developing and implementing protection strategies and plans.
The Protection Specialist provides expertise and is responsible for strategic advice, programme development, technical support and capacity building to country and programme management on Protection. The Protection Specialist will develop strong working relationships with the NRC field, programme and management teams and external Protection actors.
The Protection Specialist will report to the Head of Programme.
- Lead on development of NRC Afghanistan protection strategy and relevant SOPs and strengthen NRC’s protection response in-country.
- Lead on programme and proposal development for integrated or stand-alone protection projects in Afghanistan.
- Lead on regular protection analysis, identifying protection issues and gaps
- Contribute to the development of tools and methodologies to better integrate cross-cutting issues and prioritized development areas into protection programmes.
- Contribute to the institutionalization and promotion of best practices and learning related to protection.
- Responsible for networking and representation of NRC for protection-related issues at the strategic level ensuring NRC protection work is valued and understood by the wider humanitarian sector in Afghanistan.
- Contribute to the development and facilitate the use of effective assessment and M&E systems in Afghanistan ensuring compliance with NRC programme policy, quality standards and technical guidance.
- Responsible for line management and overall technical supervision of international Protection staff who are directly responsible for field implementation of Protection projects and initiatives
- Contribute to the identification, prioritization, development and documentation of advocacy issues related to protection in Afghanistan.
- Support the Afghanistan Protection Cluster as Co-Coordinator, with the division of responsibilities as per UNHCR-NRC Memorandum of Understanding
- Chair monthly and ad-hoc Regional Protection Cluster meetings and ensure close follow-up on action points
- Be responsible for developing capacities around Protection and Protection Mainstreaming of Protection and non-Protection actors at regional level
- Lead the development and implementation of Protection Cluster’s coordinated assessments, monitoring and reporting mechanisms at the field level to ensure evidence-based and timely response and advocacy on urgent Protection issues
Download the detailed Job Description at the bottom of this page
Our ideal candidate has:
- An advanced academic qualification in a relevant field (law, social sciences or related disciplines).
- A clear understanding of protection issues, legal frameworks and professional standards in humanitarian and displacement contexts.
- At least 5 years of senior working experience in humanitarian protection.
- Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
- Experience in international organisations and/or NGOs.
- Excellent analytical skills and communication skills in writing and speech.
- Experience with facilitating and leading internal organisational processes.
- Ability to coordinate tasks and work processes and work with short deadlines
- Ability to work independently and proactively with limited daily support and supervision.
- Knowledge of relevant legal and policy frameworks, international and domestic, with focus on International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and Protection of Children in Armed Conflicts
- Knowledge of the protection context in Afghanistan, desirable
What we offer:
- Contract period: 12 months (renewable)
- Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s salary scale and terms and conditions.
- Duty station: Kabul, Afghanistan
- Grade 9 (See the NRC Global Job Grade Below)
- Travel: 50% travel expected to Afghanistan field offices.
This is an unaccompanied post/ non-family duty station, with shared housing/ accommodation of moderate standard. Due to the unstable security situation, recreational and social facilities are limited. All international staff working and residing in Afghanistan are obliged to pay income tax to the Afghanistan authorities.
An approved health certificate will be requested before contract start. Selected candidate need to provide certified University diplomas prior to applying for a visa to Afghanistan.
NRC may be required to verify the identity of its partners and to check that its partners have not been involved in illegal activities.NRC reserves the right to use electronic screening tools for this purpose.
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