Protection Analysis Specialist - NY/London

from International Rescue Committee
Closing date: 30 Nov 2019

Over the past 16 years, the IRC has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and children, as well as other vulnerable groups in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts, making the IRC a global leader in this field. IRC is one of the first humanitarian organisations to bring together specific expertise involved in violence prevention and response in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and still specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. This expertise is housed in the Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU), which is responsible for ensuring overall quality and communication of VPR work within the IRC through support to the field and promulgation of global best practice. The VPRU includes specializations focused on violence against women, violence against children, and protection/ rule of law for refugees, IDPs and other vulnerable populations. IRC presently implements VPR programs to support social and political environments that foster freedom from violence, discrimination, and exclusion for vulnerable populations in contexts of crisis. Today, IRC manages VPR programmes in over 26 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Haiti, with funding from governments, the UN, foundations, and private donors.

Job Overview / Summary:

The Protection Analysis Specialist sits within the Technical Innovations and Emergency Response team of the VPRU. The Technical Innovations and Emergency Response team focuses on the development and testing of innovative programme models and approaches; development of programming tools, guidance, curriculum and other resources; the generation of evidence through research and learning; and evidence-based advocacy to influence policy and practice in the field of VPR.

The Protection Analysis Specialist will oversee a dynamic project which will strengthen collective analysis for protection outcomes by building a core approach to protection analysis that is fit for use by both frontline protection teams as well as by protection coordination mechanisms. The project, using formative consultation and a human-centred design process, will develop a ‘Results-Based Protection Analysis Resource Package’ of easy to use modular tools and approaches to Protection Analysis. The goal of this resources package is to ensure frontline protection actors and coordination actors have the analytical skills and operational tools to identify, document, explain and analyze protection risk in ways that lead to actionable responses at the program level, and responsive protection strategies at the cluster and Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) level. By harnessing human-centered design techniques, the project will take an iterative approach to the development and field testing of the resource package including training curriculium and tools rooted in proven adult learning and human centered design techniques and convening key stakeholders to inform the highest standard design and delivery process. Uptake will be ensured by targeting frontline actors at scale by rolling out via existing global protection pathways (Protection Information Management (PIM), Global Protection Cluster, InterAction).

Major Responsibilities:

The Protection Analysis Specialist will be responsible for implementing all aspects of the Protection Analysis: Results-Based Protection project, including programmatic, financial and administrative responsibilities. Two consultants will be hired to support specific components of the project. In collaboration with a core Project Team and also a project Advisory Group, the Protection Analysis Specialist will be responsible for leading the recruitment of consultants. The Protection Analysis Specialist will report to the IRC’s Senior Technical Advisor – Risk Mitigation and Inclusion, with matrix management to the IRC’s Senior Technical Advisor – Protection and Rule of Law Advisor for technical oversight. The Protection Analysis Specialist will be responsible for the following:

  • Lead the establishment of the project’s advisory group and ensure ongoing coordination between the advisory group and project team members
  • Conduct mapping of existing tools, guidance and trainings and best practices on protection analysis for frontline staff
  • Undertake formative consultation and design workshop to ensure the project’s work meets the needs of frontline staff
  • Based upon mapping, adapt and finalise protection analysis package for frontline and coordination actors.
  • Develop competency framework and protection analysis standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • In collaboration with a consultant, the advisory group, and the ‘PIM and Protection Analysis Task Team’ under the Global Protection Cluster, lead the development of Protection Analytical Framework and suite of tools focused on the analysis workflow.
  • Develop protection analysis training material for 1) frontline protection staff and 2) protection coordination actors. Training materials for frontline staff will be based on the finalized protection analysis package, while the training material for protection coordination actors will focus on the Protection Analytical Framework and analysis workflow.
  • Field test training materials in two sites and adapt materials based on feedback.
  • Lead dissemination activities of tools, approaches, and training material
  • Ensure strong coordination and collaboration with the project’s advisory group, existing Protection Information Management, Information Management and Analysis stakeholders.

Outputs: At the end of the assignment, the following outputs will be achieved:

  • Creation of a Results-Based Protection Analysis Resource Package, including tools and guidance for frontline protection staff
  • Creation of a Protection Analysis Competency Framework and SOPs
  • Creation of a Protection Analytical Framework and suite of tools and guidance
  • Development of tailored protection analysis training material and facilitation guides targeting frontline staff and another set targeting protection coordination staff
  • Field testing of the resource package and training material in two locations
  • Training material and protection analysis tools and guidance disseminated globally through two webinars, a workshop and also via online platforms


  • Work: Demonstrable, progressively responsible experience within the humanitarian sector. Prior experience working with in the field of protection information management and developing protection analysis at an operational level required. Experience working in diverse settings / contexts and at both the field and global level.
  • Education: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent). A relevant combination of academic qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • Language: For this position, fluent oral and written English is essential.

Key Skills:

  • Proven experience applying protection analysis tools and structured analytical techniques
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of information management, analysis workflows and analysis levels.
  • High level of familiarity with coordination mechanisms, protection norms, standards and understanding of a holistic approach to protection, and the ability to incorporate these into operational and technical solutions
  • Experience with/openness to human centered design approaches
  • Proven experience developing capacity building & learning materials
  • Proven experience in convening workshops and training events
  • Understands existing and new technological solutions for information management in humanitarian contexts
  • Excellent communication - written and oral presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect or diversity
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate diverse issues simultaneously and to develop clear goals, establish priorities and allocate time and resources appropriately

Working Environment: Standard work environment. The position will require approximately 10% travel.

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