Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Protection Cluster Co-Lead

Sector:  Protection & Rule of Law                              
Location: Pakistan                            
Employee Type: Regular                               

Employee Category: Full Time
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The Protection Cluster Co-lead will work with the designated UNHCR lead to support the management of the Protection Cluster in order to coordinate the humanitarian response to the needs of disaster/conflict-affected populations in Pakistan. The position will split time between Peshawar or Islamabad, depending on programme requirements, with travel to the provinces/districts as feasible.
  • In coordination with the UNHCR lead, the incumbent will be responsible for the following roles (actual division of responsibilities may vary):
    • Coordinating protection activities and actors within the Protection Cluster
    • Identifying, reporting and responding to continuing and arising protection needs for disaster affected populations
    • Mainstreaming protection across the other Clusters
    • Building the capacity of the Government and other Protection Cluster members to create a stronger protection environment and to prepare for future emergency responses
    • Draft relevant policy and advocacy documents related to protection issues, report on regular basis as required on protection cluster activities
    • Supervise closely national protection cluster co leads at provincial level and support them in conducting protection monitoring visits
  • Establishment and Maintenance of Appropriate Coordination Structures
    • In collaboration with the UNHCR and Government co-leads, co-chair the Protection Cluster, ensuring agreement on key decisions and actions
    • Establish links and coordination with national and local coordination mechanisms
    • Encourage and support NGO and Governmental participation in the coordination of responses
    • Support the development and capacity of District Protection Working Groups, where relevant through the Provincial Protection Cluster lead and co-lead, and in close coordination with Child Protection and GBV sub-group/sub-cluster leads
    • Mobilize resources to respond to priority protection concerns
    • Represent the Protection Cluster at relevant inter-agency, government, donor and other forums, in partnership with the designated UNHCR lead
  • Needs Assessments and Information Management
    • Identify, analyze and report on local protection dynamics and concerns with a focus on ensuring durable solutions to displacement
    • Develop or introduce appropriate protection tools for use by Protection Cluster members to identify, report, monitor and respond to protection concerns
    • Map the needs, capacities and gaps in service provision and the protection of human rights
    • Advocacy
    • Support the design of advocacy strategies and take a strong role in coordinating and leading advocacy initiatives on identified protection concerns
  • Planning and Strategy Development
    • Prepare and update strategic action plans, disaster preparedness and contingency planning and ensure that these are adequately reflected in overall country strategies
    • Represent protection concerns in cross-sectoral/inter-cluster discussions on strategy, policy, prioritization and resource mobilization 
  • Mainstreaming Protection and Application of Standards
    • Establish and implement a strategy for mainstreaming protection across each sector/cluster
    • Support Protection Cluster members to understand and follow humanitarian and protection principles and standards that are based on international legal frameworks
    • Support the application of international and national protection standards across all sectors and with local government authorities
  • Capacity Building
    • Develop or make use of existing training tools to train on protection principles, international standards and protection responses
    • In close coordination with Protection Cluster sub-groups and sub-clusters, coordinate and facilitate training for Protection Cluster members, local government authorities and other humanitarian actors
    • Where relevant, provide ongoing capacity building and skills exchange with the protection District Working Group Chairs and with their members
    • Where relevant, provide capacity building and training for provincial and district authorities on protection response and application of standards
  • Monitoring, Reporting and Communication
    • Put in place a system for reporting on the progress of Protection Cluster members’ activities for effective monitoring and evaluation
    • Develop and maintain effective communication and information sharing within the PTG/Protection Cluster and among other sectors
    • Ensure a high standard of reporting on identified issues and production of regular situation reports
    • Supervision and Mentoring
    • Where relevant, supervise and work closely with a national counterpart to share skills and build their capacity to co-lead the Protection Cluster
  • Representation
    • Represent the Protection Cluster at relevant inter-agency, government, donor and other forums, in partnership with the designated UNHCR lead
  • Post graduate degree in international law, social sciences or related field
  • Minimum of 5-7 years proven experience working on protection or rule of law related issues in humanitarian environments, including provision of technical advice to field teams
  • Excellent understanding of protection issues in emergency situations and detailed knowledge of humanitarian principles, guidelines and laws;
  • Excellent leadership, coordination, capacity building, planning and analytical skills;
  • Excellent advocacy and representation skills including the development of strong interpersonal relationships to facilitate communication within the cluster;
  • Able to work successfully under pressure and ability to make timely decisions;
  • Excellent written and spoken English,
  • Self motivated and excellent observer and surveyor of protection issues in the country.
  • Previous experience of working within the cluster system preferred
  • Experience in Pakistan and/or in the region is preferred
  • Proven ability to live and work in an unstable, insecure environment
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