Head of Protection UNHCR Project Jobs – Humanitarian Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)

Job Title:       Head
of Protection
Organisation: Humanitarian
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA)
Funding Source: UNHCR
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Country
Program Manager
About US:
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA) is an international African humanitarian and
development organization that positively contributes towards improving the
living standards and conditions of those adversely affected by disasters and
conflict in the Horn, East & Central Africa by implementing WASH, Health,
Education, Livelihoods, Community service & development and Protection
programs in the region for a period of more than 20 years.
About UNHCR Project:
HIJRA with funding
from the UNHCR in Uganda is implementing a multi-sectoral Program for refugees
in Oruchinga settlement (Isingiro district), Nakivale settlement (Isingiro
district), Nyakabande Transit Center (Kisoro district) and Kyangwali Settlement
(Hoima District).
Job Summary:  The Head of Protection will be responsible for
managing the implementation of the protection monitoring, community based
protection, and information dissemination project in the field offices of
Nakivale, Kyangwali and Matanda. The incumbent will also provide technical support
to the program teams to mainstream protection across interventions and oversee
the implementation of stand-alone Protection programming (Regular Programming
and Emergencies). To support the development and implementation of HIJRA’s
humanitarian work by providing specialist advice and support on humanitarian
protection. This will include implementing mainstreaming protection in the
humanitarian response, supporting safe programming and undertaking
gender-sensitive community-level protection activities in particular,
protection monitoring and information dissemination and referrals guided by
HIJRA’s policies and guidelines for managing information and the relevant
professional standards in protection work.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Project Implementation:
  • Ensure the delivery of protection activities and provide technical
    support to the Protection Team Leader and Officers to undertake their
    responsibilities in line with their role and responsibility;
  • Join field protection officers in monitoring and analyzing
    protection issues affecting populations in area of HIJRA operations;
  • Analyze protection concerns arising from HIJRA’s humanitarian
    response, provide recommendations on addressing them and throughout the
    process of addressing the protection concerns s/he must support continuous
    support to the relevant teams;
  • Provide specialist protection advice and support to HIJRA’s
    humanitarian response in areas of operation, including regarding
    humanitarian access and engagement with armed non-state actors and
    ensuring independence and impartiality in providing services;
  • Monitor protection issues affecting IDPs and host population in
    areas of operation;
  • Provide technical and analytical advise to manager in developing
    safe programming and conflict-sensitive approaches to the humanitarian
  • Provide capacity-building on protection;
  • Ensure program staff members are fully trained on existing referral
    systems and relevant SOPs;
  • Organize and prepare protection analysis, if and when required, and
    draft the reports;
  • Build proposals to ensure appropriate funding and response for
    protection activities; Review proposals to ensure protection is integrated
    and mainstreamed
  • Support the management to strategize, plan for and ensure
    appropriate integration and mainstreaming of protection throughout the
    humanitarian response in affected areas.
  • Provide technical support to all Protection sectors in integrating
    protection within their programmatic tools.
  • Support Protection Team Leaders and Officers in preparing and
    organizing community consultations and community based orientation
  • Lead and supervise assessment teams during thematic surveys, needs
    assessment and data collection for protection-related research.
  • Manage the identification, creation and initiation of programs
    relevant to the organizations work and act as the technical advisor to the
    country program manager
  • Ensures program growth by participating in the development of new
    project initiatives.
  • Lead assessments for emergency or longer-term programming in existing
    or new project locations
  • Stay abreast of developments in the humanitarian environment in
    Uganda and provide timely analysis on key issues on a regular basis
Representation and
  • Develop lines of communication and close collaboration with the
    teams and contribute to a coordinated humanitarian response;
  • Liaise with logistic and procurement to ensure protection activities
    have the required resources in good time. Complete and keep records of the
    necessary paperwork;
  • Represent HIJRA with key protection actors such as, UNHCR, IOM, OPM
    and actively participate in the Protection Cluster and relevant Areas of
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL) and reporting
  • To represent HIJRA in key relevant coordination meetings and working
    groups according to the needs of the project and upon the request of the
  • To ensure that HIJRA sectoral approach is diffused in key local
    humanitarian forums;
  • To ensure the coordination of the intervention with other
    humanitarian actors intervening in the same sectors;
  • To support capacity building of humanitarian actors and partners in
    technical approaches;
  • To represent HIJRA vis-a-vis external stakeholders;
  • To contribute to partnership identification and development.
  • To provide weekly reporting on the activities implemented to the
    line manager;
  • To develop activity reports and program follow-up documents as
  • To develop the technical reports to donors and contribute to
    providing specific information when required;
  • To ensure information sharing to and from external coordination for
    HIJRA intervention sectors and monitor regular reporting to clusters and
    working groups;
  • To provide technical inputs and collaborate with surveys,
    assessments and monitoring reports conducted by the M&E department;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the HIJRA Head of Protection job
    opportunity must hold a  Master’s
    degree in Law – including International Law , Political Science, Social
    Science, Peace and Conflict Studies or a related discipline;
  • Three years of involvement in humanitarian response work, preferably
    in field-based protection work in conflict or insecure environments;
  • Strong understanding of gender-related aspects of protection work.
    Commitment to gender equity, diversity and equal opportunities;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Experience managing diverse staff/teams including in complex and
    challenging environments;
  • Experience of capacity-building and training of colleagues and partners;
  • Strong conceptual and practical understanding of protection issues
    and specifically HIJRA’s approach to and role in protection work including
  • Understanding of the Protection Cluster and other protection
    coordination mechanisms and the roles and mandates of key protection
  • Analytical skills and strategic thinking, including experience
    developing written analysis and strategies for protection;
  • Willingness to travel to field up to 40%
Personal Competencies:
  • Proven managerial and representation experience
  • Strong communication skills
  • English mandatory (oral and written)
  • Strong writing and reporting skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good coordination skills
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send an application letter and
Curriculum Vitae including telephone and email contacts of three referees
including your current/most recent employer.
Application should
be addressed to the:
Country Program
Initiative Just Relief Aid (HIJRA),
P.O. Box 37703,
Kampala, Uganda.
Email to: vacancies.ug@hijra.or.ke.
The subject line should read: “Head of Protection.”
NB: Please
note that interviews will be done on a rolling basis given the urgency of the
Deadline: 28th June 2018
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