United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Programme Policy Officer (Protection & Accountability to Affected Population)

United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

Job Description


Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters Duty Stations.

Under the direct supervision of the Country Representative and Director, and with the support of the Regional Protection Adviser, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide technical advice, training and guidance on protection and APP to colleagues who are working at the national and sub-office level;

  • Enhance WFP's contribution to relevant external forums at country level (e.g. protection cluster meetings) and inter-agency processes (e.g. joint assessments);

  • Establish and maintain operational partnerships and collaborative approaches related to protection and AAP with other humanitarian-development actors;

  • Ensure compliance with WFP policies and procedures, handbooks and guidelines and/or propose new initiatives to address gaps or impediments in a complex political context;

  • Develop systems and SOPs that address Protection needs and follow up on their implementation with activity managers, Head of Programme and Head of Field Offices;

  • Support programme teams in carrying out brief Analysis, onsite monitoring, linking with protection actors and other similar exercises to identify address and mitigate protection risks;

  • Ensure participatory, community-based protection and accountability to affected population approaches are included at all stages of the programme cycle;

  • Through regular interaction with beneficiaries, authorities and network of partners stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide information and support to management;

  • Whenever possible, maintain protection presence through field missions and reports, making direct contact with beneficiaries, host communities, local authorities and partners;

  • Work with the programme team (particularly M&E and VAM) to strengthen protection analysis and protection Data Collection and reporting (including age, gender and diversity data), including through remote methods as necessary;

  • Work with the programme team to strengthen complaints and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) for affected populations, particularly for refugees;

  • Support the Burundi Country Office in the implementation of SCOPE and mVAM to ensure that protection, gender and AAP considerations – particularly in the field of Data Protection – are adequately integrated;

  • Link in with the WFP Regional Bureau Nairobi and Headquarters for support and updates as necessary;

  • Perform other related duties as required.

Master degree or equivalent

Advanced university degree (MA) in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, international development, development economics or another related field like international relations, Human Rights, political science, or humanitarian studies.

36 Months

At least 3 years of progressively responsible professional work experience working on protection, preferably in humanitarian and resilience settings.

  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge

Emergency response, immediate relief operations, and post-conflict humanitarian aid operations, Other emergency management experience, Other development programme/project experience

Other Desirable Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of protection in humanitarian and resilience settings, including gender-based violence, humanitarian policy issues, and their linkage with Food Security and nutrition.

  • Solid analytical, writing skills, and communication skills.

  • Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation.

  • Knowledge of UN system policies and functions of gender-mandated agencies.

  • Flexibility to travel on short notice and to challenging and difficult environments.

  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations.

  • Experience using MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint.

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