The protection specialist will be an integral part of DRC’s program team, ensuring that protection teams are supported with the relevant training and capacity building to thrive in their roles and implement high quality protection response across DRC’s areas of intervention. In addition, the specialist will support in capacity assessments and capacity building of partners, duty-bearers, and CBOs (community-based organizations) to enable them to deliver protection programming to relevant standards and achieve their goals in respect to protection response to vulnerable populations.
Your main responsibilities will be:
Capacity building and training to DRC protection teams:
In coordination with DRC’s protection coordinator, specialists, and managers, the specialist will support protection teams with capacity building, mentorship, and technical support.
The specialist will work with managers and the DRC protection coordinator to develop and implement training plans alongside the necessary tools, guidelines, SOPs and presentations in order for protection teams to have robust technical capacity which aligns with DRC and global standards.
In coordination with protection managers and area program managers/area managers, support team leaders in covering for managers, and support managers in building the capacity of team leaders to have the capability to take on increasing responsibility.
To achieve this, develop clear performance plans with dedicated milestones, regularly reviewing these with managers and TLs against planned progress.
Capacity building, mentorship, and support for DRC partners and government service providers/duty-bearers, and CBOs
In coordination with DRC’s partnership unit, conduct capacity assessments with protection implementing partners and utilize the results to formulate training and mentorship plans for partners.
Support partners, duty-bearers, and CBOs in understanding and applying the relevant DRC and donor guidelines, and compliance and technical standards for projects
Based on partner’s ongoing and planned programming, and organizational mandates and strategies, outline the key areas where partners require guidance and support to meet national and global standards.
Conduct regular follow-up meetings and field visits with partners and contribute to the implementation of capacity building and training plans.
In coordination with the MEAL and partnership teams, conduct regular monitoring visits of partners and debrief with partners on progress, challenges, and required support needs.
Liaise with partners regularly on ongoing challenges, successes, and lessons learned, to provide the relevant support with partners for them to success with ongoing
Support in the provision of high-quality training to government service providers/duty-bearers, partners, and CBOs as defined in DRC’s protection and country strategy.
Technical coordinators, area program managers, sector managers, MEAL team, etc.
National implementing partners
Protection Specialist reports to: Head of Programme.
Direct reports to Protection Specialist: N/A
To be successful in this role as a Protection Specialist we expect you to have Bachelor's degree in international relations, social work, law or another relevant field, at least 2-3 years of experience implementing protection programming in complex crises, at least 2 years of experience with people management and full professional proficiency in English and Ukrainian.
Moreover, we expect:
Knowledge and experience implementing protection programming in the areas of GBV, general protection, and PSS
Previous proven experience in programs implemented through local partners or in remote management
Proven experience in capacity building and training of national staff and local partners
Strong computer skills, including Microsoft office