Protection Technical Specialist
JOB Vacancy Announcement #: (1329)
Job Title: Protection Technical Specialist
Application deadline: 17.11.2018
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
This assignment is for 5 months to be extended depending on funding.
General Position Summary
Mercy Corps is seeking a dynamic individual with experience engaging actors from a variety of humanitarian sectors to support the implementation of a new DFID program focusing on referral processes in North East Syria between Protection actors and Mercy Corps’ Emergency and Livelihoods departments. These referrals will be conducted with a view to providing cash assistance and potentially livelihoods assistance to the most vulnerable households among girls, women, GBV and Blast survivors across the North East. The Protection Technical Specialist will be in charge of ensuring referral systems, tools and processes are in place between Mercy Corps and the various protection agencies taking part in this program, while identifying possible new partners. S/he will analyze challenging protection problems and find practical solutions which help vulnerable individuals mitigate risks. The Protection Technical Specialist will provide technical support and direction in the design, implementation, quality assurance and monitoring of the protection program, as well as protection mainstreaming and integration initiatives in North East Syria. In coordination with the Protection and Gender Technical Advisor for Mercy Corps Syria, the Technical Specialist will support in mitigating protection risks, ensuring beneficiary protection protocols are in place for non-protection sectors and look to strengthen protection outcomes in interventions that focus on accessing basic needs, WASH, Shelter, Food Security, Livelihoods, Early Recovery and Peace Building activities. The Technical Specialist will also provide capacity building and targeted technical support to integrated protection programming across all Mercy Corps’ programmatic departments and for its partners. The Protection Specialist will be responsible for providing technical support to teams in meeting protection and protection mainstreaming technical and organizational standards, ensuring safe, dignified and inclusive delivery of services for people of different gender, age and special needs. S/he will also play an active role in engaging as Mercy Corps’ representative within the relevant North East Syria Protection Coordination platforms. S/he is expected to provide support through regular field visits, working closely with MC protection and non-protection staff and partners.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Program Support and Coordination
Support the successful implementation of the DFID Cash Protection Program in close collaboration with the Emergency and Livelihoods Program Managers.
Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to MC NES Program-wide program implementation;
Support and oversee new program start-up;
Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan;
Ensure the Protection portfolio is well coordinated with other sectors and work towards a coordinated and integrated approach;
Provide management and guidance to all protection staff, and in coordination with the PaQ team and other program managers, roll out of the protection mainstreaming and integration strategy within other non-Protection sectors.
Coordinate and oversee grants developments and reporting deadlines – and any other tasks – in collaboration with the Grants Advisor, to ensure timely and high quality inputs are provided;
Coordinate and oversee quality Protection programming – in collaboration with the PaQ Manager and the Technical Advisors, to ensure MC NES programs are meeting minimum standards and are quality driven across all stages of the programs cycle.
Protection Technical Support
Provide technical inputs and oversight to the design of protection interventions
Develop all relevant tools, processes and systems to ensure referral mechanisms are in place in close coordination with the partner protection agencies
Work with the Protection and Gender Technical Advisor and the Emergency and Livelihoods Teams in NES, to ensure Protection is placed at the center of Mercy Corps Cash Protection program supported by DFID
Take ownership by developing new tools when necessary and/or ensuring existing protection mainstreaming systems and tools are implemented throughout programs with an emphasis on enhancing program quality.
Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination in order to ensure that protection is mainstreamed into all program activities.
Contribute to the development of assessments, monitoring and analyses that better understand and analyze protection risks.
Support Mercy Corps’ different sectors in their efforts to mainstream sector best practices of safe, dignified, and inclusive delivery of services for people of different gender, age and special needs.
Look at opportunities for Mercy Corps to develop case management programs over time in North East Syria
Program Quality And Capacity Building
Strengthen the capacity of protection and non-protection program staff and partners by training them in better designing, implementing and monitoring programs that meet best practices and standards including in PSS for youth and women, case management and building referral system.
Strengthen the capacity of MC program staff to better design, implement and monitor safe and inclusive programming by reviewing vulnerability assessments and targeting, monitoring tools and ensuring quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Develop, review, implement and monitor Protection SOPs (i.e: Cash for blast survivors; Cash for GBV and vulnerable women and girls); ensure staff follow and understand procedures and policies.
Identify gaps in current protection capacity within Mercy Corps and partner teams in regard to expected protection results.
Identify gaps in current programming within Mercy corps and partner teams in implementing protection mainstreaming standards, approaches and tools.
Lead the development of protection capacity within the Mercy Corps team, particularly focusing on PSS, youth empowerment, case management and referral system and other relevant protection and child protection standards.
Design, facilitate and lead the capacity development of Mercy Corps Team and partners in protection mainstreaming particularly focusing on PFA (Psychological First Aid); SOPs on minimum identification and referral; Protection Risk Assessment and Analysis; Gender, age and disability inclusion.
Recommend and implement a capacity building/development plan for protection and non-protection staff and partners; provide continuous support to ensure the targeted capacity building of staff.
Representation and Coordination
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders – including NGOs, clusters, UN agencies, community-based organizations, the Mercy Corps Syria team and other sectors to enhance cooperation and coordination.
Attend and actively participate in protection coordination meetings and/or represent Mercy Corps in other relevant forums and coordination platforms (Education, Health, Cash…)
Ensure that information from coordination meetings is shared internally and with other sectors, as appropriate.
Identify and nurture strategic partnerships with other organizations and institutions present in the region.
Serve as the focal point for Mercy Corps North East Syria protection approaches and policies.
Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by Director of Program.
Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Reports Directly To: North East Syria Director of Programs
Works Directly With: NES Youth and Protection Program Manager and Youth and Protection team, NES Program Managers, NES Directors of Programs, Protection and Gender Technical Advisor and PaQ Unit, and Grants.
Advertiser :Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Kobane
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