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Job Description

IRC is recruiting a Protection Officer, who will be a member of the Protection and Rule of Law (PRoL) team in the South West Region, with main office in Buea. The Protection Officer role generally will be to ensure quality implementation of the Protection and Rule of Law activities which include but not limited to Protection Monitoring, Protection Case Management, protection assessment, capacity building of humanitarian actors on protection mainstreaming, training of community leaders and emergency response for persons with specific needs while ensuring inclusion of age, gender and diversity and adherence to COVID 19 preventive measures. The officer will accompany and support the work of the Protection Assistants and Community Mobilizers with specific focus on ensuring the quality and quantity of field protection monitoring, analysis and reporting of protection incidents. The Protection Officer will work closely with other IRC sectors such as Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE), Child Protection (CP), Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) and WASH to ensure integration of program activities.


The Protection Officer is responsible for protection activities in the areas affected by the crisis in the South West Region. The main tasks will be to monitor the situation in terms of protection of populations affected by the crisis, to conduct mapping for existing service providers and provide information to the communities through the organization of focus groups discussions or individual interviews and finally refer the most urgent cases to the appropriate service. The Protection Officer will respect the principle of confidentiality of the information received during the activities. S/he will work closely with the Protection Manager, other Protection Officers, Child Protection Officer, M & E Officer and other mobile team members to provide a protection response during deployment.

The Protection Officer will report to the Protection Manager.


- Conduct protection risk analysis in deployment areas and in coordination with WPE, and CP teams, work with communities including CBOs to develop risk reduction mechanisms - Conduct rapid protection assessment and refer at-risk individuals to relevant / appropriate service providers, including health centers, community-based organizations, NGO programs or other care services in the intervention areas. - Provide emergency response to cases of protection for persons with special needs

- Conduct mapping of existing service providers on deployment areas and, through focus group, provide an update on existing services and their accessibility for people with specific protection needs.

- In collaboration with the Protection Manager and the WPE team, organize capacity building sessions for CBO members and community leaders on protection topics.

- Work with WPE and Child Protection teams to facilitate internal referencing.

- Report daily protection situation to the Protection Manager and M & E Officer for integration in monitoring reports.

- Ensure ethical and confidential data collection during, case management, monitoring and evaluation.

- Monitor the progress of the program and identify any delays that have been or may be expected

- Comply with the IRC security procedures and report the security information provided to her/him to ensure a safe and secure environment for the implementation of the program.

- Ensure that all relevant financial documentation is accurately completed and submitted, as required by IRC policies.

- Ensure Staff Supervision & Development

Monitoring & Reporting

- Ensure that activities are fully documented, including regular and systematic collection of data required by the lessor and for use in M & E activities.

- Establish and implement a training evaluation system as pre/post tests to measure participants' learning level.

- Produce / contribute to the writing of reports required by IRC and the lessor (monthly reports, progress of activities, monitoring of indicators, etc.)

Coordination & Representation

- Ensure coordination on the organization of training in mainstreaming protection with other stakeholders on the theme as well as with communities.

- Work closely and coordinate with the IRC Support Services to carry out program activities. This includes participation in the opening, follow-up and closing meetings of grants.

- Ensure linkage, coordination and sharing of information on activities with national NGOs, international organizations, donors and the government.

- Participate in Protection Cluster (including GBV and CP AoRs) meetings and other humanitarian coordination meetings as will be assigned by the Manager from time to time

- Ensure completion of 5 Ws of the Protection Cluster


- Any other task requested by his supervisor for efficient program implementation.

Professional Standards

- Commit to IRC Way (or Code of Conduct / Mandatory Reporting Policies)

- Commit to ensuring the optimal implementation of these policies in its framework.

- Commit to comply with IRC's Internal Regulations in Cameroon




- Bachelor of Arts or Science in Social Science, Law, Public Health, Humanities or other related field.

- Master Degree is an asset.


- At least, two years of experience in protection activities in particular protection monitoring, case management, counselling, social work or other related field; - Previous experience supervising field protection staff; - To be of Cameroonian nationality; - Clear understanding of and interest in the protection field of expertise; - Strong ability to maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure; - Proven experience working in a difficult environment; - Fluency in English Language, Pidgin English is required as well as fluency in at least one local language spoken in the South West Region is desirable; - Clear understanding of human rights, and issues surrounding violence against civilians; - Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients; - Knowledge and experience with community outreach and mobilization; - Positive and professional attitude, including ability to lead and work well in a team setting; - Strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail: - Excellent communication and writing skill; - Orderly presentation of work.


Application files can be deposited online in our website or in our office in Bamenda at GRA Up Station or in our office in Buea at Camp SIC, Bokwango Road not later than 3rd January 2022 by 5pm.

The Application package must contain:

- Hand Written Application/Cover Letter

- Updated Curriculum Vitae

- Relevant Academic Credentials

- Relevant Previous Work Attestations


All in a sealed Envelop. You should not write you name on the Envelop. Write only the position.

Male applicants are encouraged to apply.

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