Protection Coordinator

Norwegian Refugee Council, Kabul, Afghanistan

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

Job Description

We are now looking for a Protection Coordinator.

NRC Afghanistan now seeks a dedicated and courageous protection coordinator with international experience to help NRC reduce the impact of the armed conflict upon civilians. Someone who is well versed in protection related legal instruments, policy frameworks both domestic and international.


Afghanistan remains a protracted and complex emergency. Conflict-induced displacement and recurrent natural disasters occur at the same time as ongoing return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and Iran. The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) established operations in Afghanistan in 2003. We respond across Afghanistan, including in hard-to-access provinces, by providing Information, Counselling and Legal Assistance, Education, Shelter, Food & Livelihoods, Camp Management and Emergency programmes. For the past 2 years the NRC Afghanistan programme has grown exponentially. We have a dedicated team of over 1200 staff, in 5 areas offices and 8 field offices, our operations are spread across Afghanistan reaching highly volatile environments with lifesaving assistance and protection. NRC has been a champion for principled humanitarian action and reaching affected people in hard-to-reach areas. The government, UN agencies, donors and other stakeholders now recognize NRC as one of the most significant and important humanitarian players in Afghanistan.


The purpose of the Protection Coordinator position is to support the implementation of delegated Protection initiatives as defined by Country Office’s strategic and policy frameworks.

In particular, the position holder will be supporting close management, coordination and monitoring of field activities focused on Protection of Civilians components and reduction of exposure to secondary violence for NRC beneficiaries, such as: sensitization, capacity-building, negotiations and advocacy with relevant stakeholders, development of early warning mechanisms, protection monitoring, community-based conflict resolution, unarmed civilian protection, risk analysis and mitigation measures to prevent/mitigate exposure of vulnerable families to protection risks. The position holder will be travelling to the field locations on a regular basis supporting protection field staff.


  • Recruitment and capacity-building of protection field staff
  • Negotiation and advocacy with local authorities, community representatives and other relevant stakeholders on prevention/mitigation of exposure of conflict affected communities to primary and secondary violence
  • Supporting the implementation and monitoring of field activities, with focus on developing community-based early warning systems and contingency plans, establishment of community safety networks, establishment of conflict prevention/resolution mechanisms through community-based humanitarian mediation and/or negotiation
  • Supervision of referral mechanisms on sensitive protection cases identified at field level and protection monitoring activities
  • Regular collection, analysis and internal dissemination of protection information
  • Support protection advocacy, particularly evidence-based advocacy on PoC-related issues, Gender and Child Protection issues
  • Representation of NRC in relevant meetings with humanitarian actors and government counterparts at regional and field level
  • Leading role in field data collection to inform relevant internal and externally-commissioned protection assessments, risk analysis, needs assessments
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and transfer key skills
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders
  • Promote the rights of IDPs/returnees in line with the advocacy strategy
  • Provide regular progress reports to Protection Specialist
  • Promote and share ideas for improvement and necessary changes in the activities
  • Adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Contribute to Protection strategy development, project proposals and provide input on needs and gaps


A University Graduate with a minimum of 3 years’ protection related experience in a humanitarian/ recovery context. Someone with experience working in complex and volatile contexts , and can withstand the rigors of frequent field travel. An individual who is well versed in protection related legal instruments, policy frameworks both domestic and international. Someone with protection expertise with a focus on Protection of civilians and International Humanitarian Law. A good communicator and has a knack for negotiating with different actors. Someone who can work independently and has the capacity and experience to support our staff through training and coaching. We are looking for a dedicated and courageous individual that is highly motivated to be a part of enabling NRC to deliver high quality assistance.


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