Protection officer

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of Head of Programme, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

The Protection Officer coordinates WFP's protection activities with the objective of providing timely and effective protection to beneficiaries, as well as supervising protection interventions within the country office (CO). The incumbent must be able to contribute to the development of a protection strategy that is solutions-oriented and based on a consultative process with multi-functional teams and partners. The incumbent should be able to forge partnerships with government entities, other UN agencies, and NGOs to contribute to WFP’s objectives. To achieve this the Protection Officer will need to build and maintain effective relations with the beneficiary communities.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Through relationships with beneficiaries, authorities and network of partners stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide advice to management.
  • Ensure that the perspectives, capacities, needs and resources of the beneficiaries are reflected in the protection strategy, planning processes and operations plan addressing the specific protection needs of women and men, children, youth and older persons, persons with disabilities, minority groups and persons living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Coordinate the implementation and monitoring of programmes ensuring that identified protection needs are adequately addressed.

  • Provide guidance and operational support to WFP staff and cooperating partners on protection issues.
  • Assist in the coordinated implementation and oversight of WFP’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all protection/solutions activities.
  • Support a consultative process with WFP’s government counterparts at local levels, cooperating partners and beneficiaries to develop and implement integrated strategies that address the key protection priorities.
  • Maintain WFP’s presence ensuring that protection issues are highlighted through regular field missions and reports, making direct contact with beneficiaries, host communities, local authorities, and cooperating partners.

  • Contribute with disaggregated data on beneficiaries’ and their problems; researches, collects and disseminates relevant protection information and good practices to enhance protection.

  • Liaise with the local JICA office to seek possibilities of collaborative activities between IFAD and JICA in line with IFNA (Initiative for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa), SHEP (Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion) and CARD (Coalition for African Rice Development), where appropriate;


Required degree level:

Bachelor degree or equivalent

Education - Additional Comments:

  • International Law
    • Gender Studies
    • Public administration
    • Programme Management

Required experience:

24 Months

Experience remark:

Have 2-5 years of experience in any of these areas:

  • International Law
  • Gender Studies
  • Public administration
  • Programme Management

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge

Area of expertise:

International law, Development programme management

Area of expertise details:




Will be an asset

Public administration

Will be an asset

Programme management


Excellent computer skills

Driving license:


Competencies values:

Accountability, Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Commitment to Continuous Learning, Communication, Creativity, Empowering Others, Ethics and Values, Integrity, Knowledge Sharing, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

Application procedure:


This assignment is funded by JICA, therefore only former Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JICA-JOCV) who could get recommendation by JICA-JOCV Secretariat are eligible to apply. Please check your application eligibility here: JICA website.

This is a UN Volunteer assignment and eligible candidates must be 25 years of age or older.

Selection process

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment, via competency-based interviews held via skype or telephone.

How to apply

Please apply via the link below. You can then either log in if you already have an account or register via ‘Candidate Signup’.

You may apply to a maximum of three assignments per advertisement and indicate your order of preference in the ‘Additional Remarks’ section of your profile.

Application deadline: 20 June 2021

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