Regional Community Based Protection Adviser

from Norwegian Refugee Council
Closing date: 16 Oct 2019

The humanitarian community continues to witness the highly disturbing situation where the rights of civilians’ safety is ignored, or even where civilians are purposely targeted by parties to a conflict. As a humanitarian community it is important that we reflect on our programming, and seek to identify, in a collaborative fashion, what is working and what is not. While protection services continue to provide much needed support to vulnerable groups, NRC sees that there are under-recognized approaches and methodologies to ensuring safety that can be missed with a reliance on traditional protection approaches. There are opportunities for innovation in the protection sector to see where new approaches can make meaningful impacts to the lives of vulnerable communities.
NRC aims to expand its protection projects in new areas in Latin America and Afghanistan to address unmet needs and respond to new emergencies. Through an inclusive approach with other organizations, NRC seeks to carry out a learning based project that will include:

1) A scoping and analysis process of current prevention of violence approaches (in the wider humanitarian sector) to assess and document ways of working across different organizations and identify innovative methods for violence prevention;

2) The piloting of three innovative approaches for prevention of violence through community-led mechanisms based on the previously mentioned assessment; and

3) Working together with other organizations and agencies to advocate for these approaches through the humanitarian community.

Duties and responsibilities:

The role of the Regional Community Based Protection (CBP) Advisor is to act as global focal point and lead on technical CBP and Prevention of Violence issues; lead on an upcoming global CBP two-year project; serve as regional focal point for protection services and issues in Afghanistan and Latin America specifically, and in the Asia, Europe and Latin America region more broadly; and support the growth of CBP within NRC.

  • Support the development of global, regional and country office protection strategies and resources.
  • Compliance with and adherence to NRC policies, guidance and procedures
  • Contribute to fundraising, develop and revise funding proposal, budgets and donor reports
  • Identify trends technical standards and donor priorities
  • Provide technical direction and project implementation support
  • Ensure that key learnings are extracted from project implementation, with lessons learned for future programming
  • Provide systematic training and build capacity of technical staff
  • Represent NRC in relevant forums with partners, UN agencies, donors Contribute to advocacy initiatives within areas of responsibility


  • Minimum 6 years of experience leading and advising community-based protection programming in humanitarian settings
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Experience working with and supporting geographically diverse teams
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Fluency in English, both written and verbal. Skills in Spanish are necessary.

  • Expertise in community-based protection programming, and the ability to implement successful programs

  • Experience and/or knowledge of the protection environment in Afghanistan and Latin America

  • Strong program development skills, including in the monitoring and evaluation of prevention-based programming

  • Experience with start-up or expansion of new programmes

  • Experience in team capacity building

  • Ability to conceptualize and explain complex technical issues used in the protection community to non-professionals.

  • Advanced computer skills, especially in Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook

  • Experience in community based and participatory programme planning approaches, with operational based experience in supporting camp and out of camp projects. In depth knowledge of the humanitarian architecture, key actors and ongoing policy discussions related to protection

Personal qualities:

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships. The employee is personally responsible for ensuring access to documents including NRC handbooks and guidelines on intranet, and other information necessary to the post.

We can offer:

Duty station: Oslo, or other NRC office location

Travel: 35%

Contract type: Fixed term ending on September 30th 2020

Commencement: As soon as possible

Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions

Grade: 9 - in the NRC grade structure

Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start.

Application procedures and CV registration: Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for both company and location