Concern WorldwideClosing Date : 2017-01-15
Duty Station : Dublin, Ireland
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Organization: Concern Worldwide
Country: Ireland
Closing date: 15 Jan 2017

Working with the world s poorest people to transform their lives. Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world s poorest countries. We work in partnership with the very poorest people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives, as well as using our knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty.

Humanitarian Protection Advisor

Job Title:

Humanitarian Protection Advisor

Reports to:

Emergency Director when in Dublin

Relevant Country Director when in the field

Job Location:

The post holder will be based in Dublin with frequent travel overseas.

Approximately 30% of the Advisor s time may be spent overseas each year.

Contract Details:

2 year fixed term contract

Pay Band:

Grade 5: 41,747 to 49,114

Job Purpose:

To support and strengthen the integration of humanitarian protection into programmes through the development of good humanitarian protection practice and the dissemination and application of Concern s Programme Participant Protection Policy (the P4) throughout the organisation.

To ensure that our humanitarian protection interventions including those addressing GBV in emergencies - are consistent with internationally established good practice.

To engage with the International Programme Directorate in establishing stronger accountability mechanisms across Concern s humanitarian programmes, and to lead on the Complaints and Response Mechanism (CRM) at head office and field level.

Main duties &Responsibilities:

1. Technical Support

Humanitarian protection

Provide support, advice and direction in technical aspects of humanitarian protection, outlining how a more informed approach to protection may affect programme design and implementation.

Provide training to staff and partners on mainstreaming protection into programmes, with a focus on prevention, and contributing to the improvement of the safety of conflict and disaster affected populations.

Assist the International Programmes Directorate (IPD) to mainstream protection analysis into all programme interventions. In line with the Strategic Plan, assist country programmes to look at risk and vulnerability as part of the protection approach that all country programmes must follow. Provide technical support on the design of protection elements to new and existing programmes.

Document and share good practice, lessons to be learned from the fields on protection work, etc. from Concern and others. This may include through the review of current protection programmes or components of programmes, and of the GBV work done in emergency contexts to identify lessons for learning and replication.

Facilitate project reviews and evaluations as requested.

Roll out the Approach to Protectionpaper and develop additional tools for field teams on protection principles, identify and map protection issues, protection gaps and analysis of protection risks, referrals, collection and management of sensitive information, and information dissemination for improving vulnerable people with access to services and community based protection activities.

Support the development and delivery of the training being planned by the Emergency Unit in humanitarian principles and practice.

Support the Dublin induction process.

As appropriate, link with the Education and Equality Advisors.

Increase our networking and sharing of experience to raise organisational profile in relation to protection, especially through the Global Protection cluster and related task teams, ALNAP, CDA, etc.


Work with IPD in relation to the Core Humanitarian Standard and take the lead on all issues related to Complaints and Response Mechanisms (CRMs).

Provide the necessary support for reviewing the organisational CRM.

Ensure that learning and good practice on CRM is captured and shared across the organisation.

Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4)

Although the P4 is substantially integrated across the organisation, support is needed to ensure that the progress made in relation to it is not lost. The Advisor will be the key point of contact in relation to its implementation at field level and for any necessary review of the level of utilisation of the P4 Guidelines.

Follow up with RDs and country programmes on the progress made in ensuring the dissemination and application of the P4 (progress against the P4 Plan of Action).

Provide technical support and training as needed to help country programmes (and if requested - the staff of their partner organisations) reach a good understanding of the policy and an agreed standard of application.

Ensure a focus on preventive measure to abuse and exploitations (including sexual exploitation and abuse).

Review the P4 baseline to assess improvements in Dublin, country programmes and Concern UK.

Engage with the HR Directorate in relation to the roll out of Concern Investigation guidelines (2011), and consistency in the way P4 issues and complaints are handled and disciplinary action is taken at the country programme level.

2. Policy, best practice and strategy

Support RDs and CDs to monitor the implementation of the P4 through the P4 Plan of Action. This will require the delineation of responsibilities between IPD and the Emergency Directorate, engagement with HR, and agreement on how best to take the relevant issues forward at home office and country programme level.

Develop good practice guidelines on the design and management of humanitarian protection interventions.

Keep abreast of relevant policy trends and thinking, ensure that Concern s policy and practice reflects these, and that this information is widely disseminated throughout the organisation.

Develop an understanding of the mandates, programming capacities and priorities of other organisations engaged in this sector, and on the policies of our principal government donors. Advise on strategic linkages to ensure maximum impact in this area.

3. Emergency deployment

The Advisor may be required to respond quickly to emerging needs by undertaking or participating in humanitarian or protection assessments or in supporting the establishment of programme interventions.

4. Networking, representation, and information sharing

Establish and maintain links with other organisations, institutions or professional groups in relation to humanitarian protection.

Represent Concern to relevant institutes, universities, organisations, and donors in areas related to humanitarian protection issues.

Attend workshops or seminars on humanitarian protection and wider emergency-related issues as appropriate.

5. Organisational policies and strategies

Contribute to Concern s organisational policy, strategic development and general programming work through active participation in organisational programming discussions, and through making proactive suggestions on improving Concern s approaches and strategies.

Assist with the development of advocacy issues in relation to emergency programming.

Person specification:


A relevant third level qualification is essential, together with a theoretical knowledge of the principles of humanitarian protection.

Minimum of five years experience in a programme that involved areas of protection in humanitarian response work, preferably in a humanitarian or protection role in conflict or insecure environments. This should include two years at management level, preferably working with refugees and IDPs.

Proven experience in protection mainstreaming in emergencies from the needs assessment to the project development and delivery stages.

Proven experience in the provision of technical advice and support to field programmes, and skills in staff and partner development and training.

Proven experience in developing training material and delivering workshops, particularly in cross-cultural settings.

Proven experience in or understanding of accountability principles and mechanisms.

French speaker.

Proven experience of working in an insecure environment.

Strong conceptual and practical understanding of protection issues and approaches in humanitarian contexts, including the constraints, sensitivities and risks associated with such work.

Strong understanding of international humanitarian law, refugee law, humanitarian principles, protection principles and standards, key sectoral issues and processes including advocacy for protection.

Demonstrable understanding of the gender dynamics of protection work and ability to implement protection activities with an emphasis on the gendered aspects of conflict, violence and abuse.

Or any other criteria which we deem to be appropriate for the role.

Candidates must be legally entitled to work in Ireland at the time of application.

Concern has a Programme Participant Protection Policy and an organisational Code of Conduct which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation, and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context, staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Code of Conduct, candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List).

Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will only be made following a successful clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

By submitting a formal application for paid or voluntary employment to Concern, you agree to Concern carrying out a clearance check as outlined above and that Concern will not proceed to recruit you should your name appear on any of the aforementioned lists.

How to apply:

All applications should be submitted through our website at: 15th January 2017

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