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12 Jun 2019

Protection Officer

Job Description

[Protection Officer]

Fixed Contract: up to 31st December 2019

Somaliland National

Fulltime/ 40 hours a week

Based in Bur’o, Somaliland with frequency travel to the field

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty.

We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries.

All our work is led by three core values: Empowerment, Accountability, Inclusiveness. To read more about our values please click here.

Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

The Role

Job Purpose 

The Protection Officer will support both Oxfam and  partner implementing project activities at field level that  including capacity building training for community committees, community protection volunteers and service mapping of target villages, disseminate protection information, and contribute to strengthening the protection capacity of Somaliland population affected by the drought.

The protection Officer is responsible for implementing planned project activities in a timely and effective manner, identifying protection risks faced by crisis affected communities.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Training /Capacity Building:
  • Ensure the delivery of protection activities in SOOL and SANAG regions of Somaliland, this including protection capacity building trainings, services mapping, dissemination of protection information and support to women’s forums.
  • Support technical teams and partners to put in place and maintain risk analyses linked to specific project activities ensuring that protection concerns are taken into account in project implementation
  • In coordination with the Senior gender and protection officer, act as focal point for coordination working group on protection taking place at field level.
  • Accompany partner teams in the field to provide technical support identifying and reporting areas of improvement for partner staff technical capacities to obtain quality implementation of project activities.
  • Prepare and carry out trainings for community committees, volunteers, women groups, on service mapping, protection information management/self-referrals, basic protection concepts, gender-based violence, protection risk identification and mitigation;
  • Organize and facilitate capacity building trainings for authorities e.g. District and Regional administrations other regional coordinators on IDPs rights, Do No Harm and protection basics;
  1. Programme Implementation:
  • Ensure that protection activities are integrated WaSH and EFSVL during the implementation and in line with Oxfam’s protection and humanitarian strategy.
  • Work closely with community committees, local authorities, partner organizations
  • Establish close relationship with protection agencies operating to facilitate referral pathways and strengthen field level coordination;
  • Monitor protection issues affecting IDPs and host population in areas of operation;
  • Support the periodic updates and monitoring of protection trend analysis;
  • With support from the field Protection team and Senior Gender Protection Officer, develop and update relevant information, education and communication tools leaflets, brochures, posters etc;
  • Carry out periodic surveys and FGDs to measure protection knowledge and progress, satisfaction with and access to service providers;
  • Feed into protection trend monitoring update of protection issues to be presented to Protection Working Group);
  1. Programme approach:
  • Ensure that wherever possible an empowering approach to working with communities is employed rather than an approach, which relies solely on message-based methodologies.
  • Ensure that all members of the community, women, men and children are involved in all aspects of the programme implementation.
  • To ensure that all work is carried out in a way that is sensitive to community needs, protection and gender issues.
  • To ensure that work aims to meet Minimum Standards and adheres to Oxfam’s emergency guidelines and protocols
  1. Documentation and Representation:
  • Document lessons learned success stories to maximize the impact of Oxfam community-based protection work.
  • As part of an integrated team, contribute towards planning and proposal writing in order to provide clear objectives and establish indicators for monitoring and evaluating the programme.
  • Contribute to regular reports adhering to OXFAM reporting formats at intervals for Program implementation
  • Ensure the delivery of protection activities in SOOL and SANAG regions of Somaliland, this including protection capacity building trainings, services mapping, dissemination of protection information and support to gender and protection analysis;
  • Ensure that the specific protection distributions e.g HH solar lamps, wheel barrows and dignity kits are reflected in the practical  protection needs and contributes improving safety and dignity of crises affected women men boys and girls of target communities.
  • Produce regular reports weekly and monthly and submit to the Senior Gender Protection Officer and Burao Programme Manager as well contribute to donor site reports.
  1. Mainstreaming Gender Protection
  • Ensure that protection activities are implemented in a conflict sensitive manner, carry out risk analysis before implementing project activities, monitor the risk register and update regularly any significant risks identified;
  • Ensure the age, sex and gender segregation of all beneficiary data for protection activities, reports and support teams to be more gender protection sensitive for program implementation.
  • In close collaboration with the Senior Gender Protection Officer, support gender mainstreaming in humanitarian response and support Oxfam team and partners to properly implement Oxfam gender standards in all work,
  • Any other work-related duties assigned by line manager.



  • University degree in a relevant discipline such as law, political science, social science, psychology or any other relevant educational profile.
  • Demonstrate experience of minimum 3 years with INGOs/UN/ LNGO, in the field of protection, experience in working with communities, partners, local authorities and other government agencies.
  • Good understanding of protection concerns including GBV issues in in the target regions.
  • Experience in working with partners in protection program implementation.
  • Familiarity with community-based protection approach and experience of community mobilisation activities.
  • Able to build strong networks with communities, local civil society and local authorities and experience of building knowledge and capacity of these groups on protection issues.
  • Previous experience in gender and protection mainstreaming in project management and related tasks.
  • Experience in undertaking monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning in protection program implementation.
  • Experience of undertaking needs assessments in communities.
  • Proven experience as a team player and demonstrably cooperative with members of other teams, responding flexibly, with speed and accurately to queries and issues.
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken English.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles, safeguarding principles, and gender.
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skill of using Microsoft word, PowerPoint and excel.
  • Commitment to Oxfam’s principles and values of accountability, inclusiveness and empowerment.  This includes demonstrated experience of integrating gender and diversity issues into programmes.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and the ability to work in a wide variety of cultural contexts.
  • Ability and willingness to live and work in remote fields locations with limited facilities under basic conditions.
  • Previous experience working in the regions of Sool, Sanag and Awdal is an asset

Application Procedure:

Please apply the position by clicking the Apply button. Application Deadline on June 24, 2019, However, applications will be shortlisted as we receive it and interviews will be carried out if necessary, before the end date. Therefore, qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and before the deadline. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The protection Officer will be based in Burao but will require the staff to be roving when necessary during emergencies. It is expected that the staff will be travelling to field for at least 70% of the programme duration.

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