Humanitarian Protection Advisor

Organization: Trócaire
Closing date: 7 Jun 2021


Trócaire works in partnership with local and church organisations, supporting communities in over 20 developing countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to bring about lasting change. Trócaire envisages a just and peaceful world where; people’s dignity is ensured and rights are respected; basic needs are met and resources are shared equitably; people have control over their own lives; those in power act for the common good.

Humanitarian response is a cornerstone of Trócaire’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan. This includes a commitment to Humanitarian Protection as a priority area, with a focus on Safe Programming (Protection Mainstreaming) and Protection of Women and Girls programming (specialised GBV in emergencies). Trócaire is a member of the GBV AoR, the Call to Action on Protection from GBV in Emergencies and the Irish Consortium on GBV.

This role is one of two Humanitarian Protection Advisors in the global Humanitarian Unit, and will focus, in particular, on:

· Driving and coordinating the continued strengthening of Trócaire’s Safe Programming approach in the humanitarian programme globally.

· Advancing key organisational protection priorities as cross-cutting themes within the humanitarian programme, including the integration of psychosocial support (PSS), GBV risk mitigation, accountability to affected populations and do no harm strategies.

· Strengthening inclusive access, participation and empowerment of women, girls and at-risk groups in our work, as well as progressing Trócaire’s work to support women-centred organisations in line with wider localisation commitments.

For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, Trócaire offers a competitive package of salary and benefits.

This is a fixed-term contract for 3 years and is based in Trócaire Headquarters (Maynooth, Ireland) or another Trócaire Country Office,[1] with frequent travel.

Safeguarding Programme Participants-Children & Adults

Trócaire is committed to Safeguarding people within our programmes from Exploitation and Abuse and has specific policies on this commitment (including a Global Code of Conduct) which outlines the expected behaviour and responsibility of all staff, consultants and other organisational representatives. Any candidate offered a job with Trócaire will be expected to sign Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policies and Global Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these documents.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

Safe Programming

· Lead on the continued strengthening of safe programming approaches in Trócaire’s humanitarian work globally by developing and rolling out tools/resources and by strengthening capacity of Trócaire and partner staff, working in collaboration with the Programme Impact and Learning and the Safeguarding teams.

· Collaborating across teams, help to advance the integration of key protection priorities as cross-cutting issues, in line with the 2021-2025 Strategic Plan, including psychosocial support, Do No Harm, conflict sensitivity and accountability to affected populations.

· Ensure the inclusion and rollout of safe programming considerations in emergency preparedness planning processes/tools.

· Drive strategies for ensuring inclusive access, participation and empowerment of women, girls and potentially vulnerable or at-risk groups in humanitarian programmes.

Protection of Women and Girls (GBViE) programming

· Lead on the integration of GBV risk mitigation strategies in humanitarian response.

· In collaboration with the Humanitarian Protection Advisor (Gender), support the implementation and growth of Trócaire’s stand-alone GBViE interventions, including a focus on building GBViE capacity of non-humanitarian partners as part of emergency preparedness planning.

Internal and External Stakeholder Engagement

· Build links with, and represent Trócaire at, relevant national and international working groups and networks for protection/GBV, and within Caritas Internationalis.

· Feed into the development of policy briefs and advocacy messages as required, reflecting global Protection of Women and Girls priorities as well as the perspectives of the partners and communities we support.

· Work with colleagues across the organisation to ensure coherence and synergy. This includes collaboration within the Humanitarian team, as well as with colleagues in Policy; Safeguarding; Programme Impact and Learning; Localisation and Development teams.

Capacity Strengthening, Technical Accompaniment and Standard Setting

· Provide supportive, proactive and high-quality capacity strengthening and technical accompaniment to Trócaire and local partner staff.

· In collaboration with Women’s Empowerment, GBV and Localisation colleagues, help to advance Trócaire’s commitment to supporting and working increasingly with women-centred organisations.

· Stay abreast of, and align Trócaire’s approach to, sectoral best practice and minimum standards. This includes the IASC Guidelines for Integrating GBV Interventions in Humanitarian Action; the Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for GBViE Programming; the IASC Guidelines on MHPSS in Emergency Settings; the Core Humanitarian Standards and Trócaire’s Protection Mainstreaming / Safe Programming Framework, etc.

Other Duties

· Provide protection input to support high quality funding proposals/reports as required.

· Travel to project locations worldwide, sometimes to insecure areas and at short notice.[2]

· Any other reasonable duty as may be assigned by line management.

Behavioural Competencies in Line with Trócaire’s Competency Framework

· Leading: Reflecting our values of Participation & Accountability, acts to inspire and lead others to achieve their potential, demonstrating Trócaire’s values with integrity in order to achieve our organisation’s objectives.**

· Communicating: Reflecting our value of Participation, being one organisation, communicating clearly and transparently across, teams, units, divisions, locations and other external organisations. Getting our message across with impact.

· Collaborating: Reflecting our values of Participation & Solidarity, partnering effectively as One Trócaire organisation and, in solidarity, maintains positive relationships built on trust and respect.

· Stewardship of Resources: Reflecting our value of Accountability and decision-making around the best use of resources. Using our resources transparently, sustainably, ethically, fairly & with integrity; acknowledging Trócaire’s reputation in the use of resources.

· Delivering Results: Reflecting our values of Accountability & Perseverance, getting a quality job done through effective performance, planning and decision making.

· Continual Improvement & Learning: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, constantly looking to learn and develop self, employees, and partners to better fulfil Trócaire’s’ mission.

· Flexibility & Change: Reflecting our values of Participation & Courage, adapts positively to change and to different ways of doing things; manages or takes part in change processes in a way that is appropriate to role in the organisation.

Person Specification – Essential Requirements

(E) Qualification

· Relevant third level qualification

· Relevant humanitarian training

(E) Experience

· 4 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector in a programmatic role, including at least 2 years’ experience in a humanitarian/development context

· 2 years’ experience in the design and implementation of GBV, MHPSS or women’s empowerment programmes in development or humanitarian settings

· Comprehensive experience in protection mainstreaming/safe programming and/or GBV risk mitigation strategies

· Experience with participatory, community-led programming approaches, including strategies for supporting the participation of women, girls and potentially marginalised / at-risk groups

· Experience supporting skills building and capacity strengthening, including developing training materials, providing training to a range of audiences and providing accompaniment/mentoring

· Experience developing programme documentation (proposals, reports, etc.) for a range of institutional donors

· Experience developing strategy documents, programmatic guidance/resources, policy briefs and advocacy asks

(E) Skills

· In-depth knowledge of protection programming in humanitarian contexts, particularly GBV, PSS and/or protection mainstreaming / safe programming, including familiarity with sector standards and best practice approaches

· Understanding of safeguarding and do-no-harm principles, and how these interact with safe programming and risk mitigation strategies in humanitarian settings

· Understanding of programming in a partnership model and ability to work effectively with local, national and international partner organisations

· Excellent capacity strengthening skills, including training/ facilitation skills and techniques for accompaniment and mentoring

· Ability to think strategically and programmatically

· Excellent communication skills

· Fluency in written and spoken English.

(E) Qualities

· Believes in the values of localisation, working in partnership with local actors and locally-led responses in emergencies

· Is committed to justice, equality and women’s voice and leadership

· Shows drive, initiative, courage, integrity and accountability

· Is committed to continuing personal and professional development and to supporting the professional development of colleagues

· Works effectively on a team and cross-organisationally

· Manages time and resources efficiently

· Shows flexibility, adapts easily to change

(E) Other

· Willingness to travel and work in developing (sometimes insecure) contexts when and when required, sometimes at short notice.

Person Specification – Desirable

(D) Qualification

· Relevant post-graduate qualification

· Qualification in gender, inclusion, GBV, PSS, social work, psychology or other area relevant to humanitarian protection programming

(D) Experience

· Protection programming experience in fragile or conflict-affected settings, or with displaced communities

· Experience engaging with the UN cluster system and/or other relevant coordination fora (particularly protection fora) at global or country level

· Experience supporting the development of emergency preparedness and contingency plans, particularly with a protection lens

· Experience with the ‘triple nexus’, and with the integration of protection into peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity processes

(D) Skills

· Knowledge of French and/or Spanish desirable

(D) Qualities

· Empathy with the work of Trócaire as a Catholic organisation

[1] The successful candidate must have valid permission to work and reside in Ireland or the country in which the Trócaire office is located.

[2] Travel for up to 4 months a year (COVID dependent), typically in blocks of 2 – 3 weeks, but could include longer deployments when required.

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