Protection Advisor

Norwegian Refugee Council, Erbil, Iraq

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th December, 2019

Job Description

NRC in Iraq

Iraq has seen an unprecedented rise in displacement over the last several years, reaching a peak between 2014 and 2017. Of the more than 5.8 million Iraqis who fled their homes since 2014, two million remain displaced. Over four million Iraqis have returned to their area of origin. Many Iraqis have returned to areas that lack basic infrastructure, services and livelihood opportunities, or where explosive devices have not been cleared. Other challenges include: lack of security, community rejection, housing, property and civil documentation issues and lack of educational opportunities.

The UN estimates that more than 6.7 million Iraqis will need assistance in 2019, of this, those in critical need include 1.75 million people which includes both in- camp and out-of-camp IDPs, returnees, and vulnerable host communities. Humanitarian agencies are asking for 701 million USD to deliver basic assistance to these Iraqis (HRP 2019). With military operations against IS group having ended, the Iraqi government faces new challenges to ensure displaced populations return home, receive adequate services while ensuring inclusive reconstruction and reconciliation efforts that will sustain peace.
Since 2010, NRC Iraq has been assisting internally displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, and host communities in Ninewa, Dohuk, Erbil, Kirkuk, Basra and Anbar Governorates.

We focus on assisting the newly displaced, those in lengthy displacement in camps and those in hard-to-reach areas. In 2018, NRC scaled-up programmes across Iraq to respond to the large-scale displacements and returns, especially in Anbar governorate, around Kirkuk and in Ninewa using our water and sanitation, education, camp management, legal assistance, livelihoods, camp management, and cDuties and responsibilities
The purpose of the Protection Adviser position is technical development of strategic direction, mainstreaming, and quality control in line with the protection strategy. The Protection Adviser is responsible for mentoring, training and capacity building of staff on Protection technical capacity. The following is a brief description of the role:

Provide strategic protection direction and vision to NRC’s programming and implementation
Provide protection input on proposals from other sectors to ensure protection is mainstreamed across NRC programming
Lead on the development of training packages and ensure (via Coordinators where available) that protection is mainstreaming into all of NRCs programming. This includes ensuring regular training, acting as a help desk and promoting the importance of protection analysis and response
Support the protection monitoring and evaluation systems, design tools and integrate into all stages of the NRC Iraq programmes
Dotted technical line support to area level Protection Coordinators (when present) with a focus on community centre staff
Support the effective mainstreaming of protection principles related to the management of sensitive information within the NRC Iraq programmes
Participate in cross-departmental integration, collaboration and coordination in order to ensure that linkages between programmes are made and programmes gain from protection best practice; in particular, through regular contact and coordination with Technical Advisors and Project Managers in Information, Counselling, and Legal Assistance, RRM, shelter, WASH, CCCM, cash and Education


  • Support all interventions are in compliance with NRC’s Protection Policy, NRC’s Protection Good Practices, and minimum standards for protection mainstreaming, global protection guidelines, international law, and national policies.
  • Provide continuous support to and ensure targeted capacity building of staff on protection principles, protection mainstreaming, and operationalization.
  • Represent NRC in high level and strategic meetings involving protection actors such as the National Protection Cluster, governorate-level protection working groups, meetings and bi-lateral meetings.
  • Work with the protection cluster lead agencies to ensure coherence and harmonization of humanitarian protection standards and interventions in Iraq

Advocacy focus

  • Support the Advocacy department through the development of briefing notes and strategies on engagement with duty bearers to fulfil their responsibilities
  • Support the development and implementation of the country advocacy strategy, primarily at the local level
  • Support and coordinate the planning and implementation of quality advocacy activities across NRC programme activities in collaboration with the Advocacy Manager
  • Support the consistent collection and analysis of information gathered through programme activities for advocacy purposes
  • Establish and strengthen local level strategic advocacy networks and alliances
  • Ensure that NRC’s M&E systems include reporting on advocacy initiatives and achievements.
  • Support local level advocacy trainings for Area Office staff as relevant

Knowledge, Experience & Skills that will help you succeed in this role

  • 4 years experience in Protection in a humanitarian/recovery settings, especially in complex and volatile environments
  • Advocacy work experience within Protection
  • Professional knowledge of humanitarian and protection principles with practical hands on experience in mainstreaming protection in other sectors
  • Knowledge of Arabic and previous work experience in the Middle-East and Iraq will be a distinct advantage
  • Knowledge of the legal framework applicable to protection work in IDP settings, including IHL and IHRL
  • Experience networking, with substantial experience of building relationships.
  • Experience in community based and participatory programme planning approaches, with operational based experience in supporting camp and out of camp projects,
  • Good understanding of key technical standards (SPHERE, HAP, gender mainstreaming, IHL, hum principles etc.) with the ability to integrate into programming
  • Demonstrate ability in thinking creatively and practically to improve the quality of projects
  • Demonstrate ability in conceptual, analytical and critical thinking with the ability to develop strategies
  • Strong project management and planning skills: assessments, design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation; with good skills in managing related data analysis
  • Strong capacity building, facilitation, and presentation skills
  • Strong capacity in influencing and liaison with a range of stakeholders and represent in high profile environments
  • Experience with humanitarian coordination mechanisms in a cluster response
  • Conversant in proposal writing with effective communication skills including fluency (speaking and writing) in English

Personal Qualities

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Influencing
  • Initiate action and change
  • Analysingash activities.


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