Regional Protection Adviser

Norwegian Refugee Council, Dakar, Niger

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th November, 2019

Job Description

NRC’s Central and West Africa Regional Office (CWARO) located in Dakar, Senegal is quite a recent regional office. It was moved from Oslo, Norway to Dakar, Senegal in March 2018 and started being operational in the summer of 2018.CWARO is overseeing the country programmers in the CWA region, and provides strategic guidance across core programme, advocacy and support functions. The CWA region is composed of Country Offices in Mali, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), North-east Nigeria, Cameroon and a new country office in Niger and Burkina Faso. All countries are experiencing a deterioration of the security situation, increasing humanitarian needs and displacements numbers due to conflict.Displacement across the region is fluid and complex. Across the region new displacements occur alongside secondary displacements of people who are trying to return home, but often find themselves unable to reach their place of origin. An increasing number of people across the region live in protracted displacement, and are dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival.

The Regional Protection Adviser will assume the overall responsibility for the development of the regional protection strategy and growth of the overall core competency programme in the region.

He/She reports to the Regional Programme Director

Duties and responsibilities

  • Compliance and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Provide strategic advice and technical support to the Country Offices in the region on protection or cross-cutting issues
  • Support Country Offices in the region to analyze protection needs and gaps and design appropriate responses
  • Support the development of country/regional protection strategies and implementation plans, including review of MLFA
  • Support and monitor country programme compliance with the Programme Policy and respective quality assurances
  • Contribute to the development of policies, strategies, tools and new approaches, with a focus on innovation and piloting
  • Ensure that best practices are identified, documented and disseminated both within the region and beyond
  • Provide capacity development across Country Offices in the region and the Regional Office
  • Identify and develop regional advocacy issues related to the core competency and relevant cross cutting issues
  • Contribute to global programme development projects and manage regional programme development projects


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience relevant professional experience as a manager within the humanitarian field, including experience of working as a technical adviser
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented/proven results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Fluency in French and English, both written and verbal
  • Experience in Protection in Emergencies and/or Integrated Protection Programming
  • Previous experience working in West and Central Africa preferred

Personal qualities

  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Seek to leverage learning on technical issues regionally
  • Stimulate to open discussions and close cooperation with all relevant NRC units
  • Stimulate a culture of innovation


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