Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Regional Protection from Violence Adviser

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Job Description


A very exciting opportunity to work as the Regional Protection from Violence Adviser  at NRC Poland. 

What We Are Looking For
We are seeking a highly qualified, resilient and dynamic protection professional to provide support to  our teams working to respond to the Ukraine crisis. Based in the Central and Eastern Europe Regional Office, the Regional Protection from Violence Advisor will have overall responsibility for the implementation of the Protection from Violence core competency (CC), policy, guidelines and technical developments in the region.

You will lead strategic thinking on Protection from Violence, with a particular focus on ensuring that our in-country programming is considerate of the diverse protection needs that are a consequence of the Ukraine conflict. Recognizing that Protection from Violence is comprised of 4 strategic result areas, knowledge of a) site management and urban displacement outside of camps (UDOC), b) community safety and violence prevention, c) individual protection services, and d) thought leadership will be key to your success in this role.

You will be expected to provide Technical Support and Capacity Building for colleagues and partners working at country level towards the continued establishment of Protection from Violence activities.. Your thought leadership will be key, both internally in ensuring protection thinking and Analysis within regional strategic and programmatic decision-making, and externally representing NRC to influence the humanitarian community to invest in both specialised protection and deliberately contribute to collective protection outcomes


Region: The Norwegian Refugee Council has been present in Ukraine since 2014, helping more than 700,000 people with food, shelter, water, sanitation, and legal assistance. Following the escalation of conflict since 24 February 2022, NRC is scaling up its efforts inside Ukraine and in neighbouring countries Poland, Moldova and Romania to provide aid to hundreds of thousands people forced to flee. NRC is responding majority through local partners and to a lesser extent with direct implementation, by applying an integrated approach combining our sectoral areas of expertise such as legal aid (ICLA), protection from violence, shelter, education and livelihoods and Food Security. NRC is currently operational in Ukraine, Poland, Romania and Moldova. To support the regional response in the best way, NRC has established the Central and Eastern Europe Regional Office (CEERO), based in Warsaw, Poland. This ensures a centralised structure in proximity to the crisis and provides coordinated support, management, advice and oversight to the country operations.

In line with the regional championing approach outlined in the Protection from Violence Sub-Objective Roadmap, responsible for development of program guidance, documentation and knowledge management for identified priority areas. In particular, and in close Coordination with the Global Lead for Protection:Develop program guidance and operational toolsDocument and share best practices, resources and tools ensuring coherence, efficiency and effectiveness across operationsDevelop and oversee implementation of a structured learning agendaContribute to the identification and utilization of regional programmatic synergies between Protection from Violence and the other core competencies as well as with Safe and Inclusive Programming and the development areas through an integrated programme approach. Be a champion on regional integrated programme strategy development and pilotingAdvise and support Country Offices on the contextualization of guidance, tools and expertise produced by other regional champions (such as case management, humanitarian mediation and civilian self-protection) to ensure the CO teams have access to appropriate project implementation tools and relevant technical guidance. Respond to questions and problem-solving in relation to the core competency from Country Offices (COs) or Regional Office (RO) and provide considered, researched and timely support, to ensure that NRC delivers high quality, effective and relevant programming.Advise Country Offices in CEE Region on the integration of Protection from Violence into rapid response programming, including through direct implementation where necessaryContribute to donor applications and fundraising initiatives for the region, and where relevant for global or cross-regional grantsBe a focal point for specific donor updates and liaison related to regional protection monitoring and analysisSelect, organize and present key resources responding to emerging humanitarian trends supporting our Community of Practice to deliver on our global NRC Protection from Violence Strategy. Contribute to the overall regional analysis, strategic use and dissemination of relevant data for Protection from Violence.

Please take a look at the detailed job description to learn more about the position 

Minimum 6 years’ experience relevant professional experience as a Specialist/Adviser/Manager within the humanitarian protection field, including experience of working in both direct implementation and advisory rolesUniversity degree in a relevant Social Science studyExperience in Humanitarian Protection, including protection of civilians, protection case management and protection Cluster Coordination; demonstrated experience applying a risk-based approach within cash-for-protection modality will a strong assetExpertise in site management, UDOC and Community EngagementExperience in protection monitoring and analysis Experience in drafting and encouraging implementation of policy/strategic guidance, and developing practical tools and resourcesUnderstanding of and commitment to organisational learning, and the role and contribution of M&E to quality management and developmentUnderstanding of and commitment to integrated programming approachesUnderstanding of, and commitment to working collaboratively with technical and operational colleagues within a matrix structure, including experience in capacity buildingFluency in English, both written and verbal. Fluency in one or more languages spoken in the region would also be an advantageExperience from working in complex and volatile contextsExperience supporting access and/or community led negotiations would be an asset.  

What We Offer

Duty station:  Warsaw Poland (Flexibility in the region can be considered.)    Contract duration: National contract, 12 months, extension possible based on fundingTravel : up to 35% Salary/benefits: According to NRC salary scale, terms and conditions in Regional office in Poland NRC is an equal opportunities employer. In the selection of our staff, we are committed to diversity without distinction to age, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and physical ability.We think outside the box, encourage ideas, and give responsibility to all employees at all levels. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative. 

Key Information - Please Take Note When Applying

Learn more about NRC here and NRC PolandTo apply as an internal candidate, please click on the suitcase icon “I am an employee” on the top right of the page to be redirected to NRC’s internal career site.Apply by completing all the system-required fields of your experience, employment history, and education in your application.Ensure to attach your latest CV.Submit your application and CV in English.
When creating your profile, include your full name as per your passport.Applications that do not meet the minimum standards in terms of experience or qualifications will generally not be considered.Unsolicited applications not related to this specific job advertisement will not be considered.Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We receive many applicants for each vacant position.Nationals from Central & Eastern Europe are highly encouraged to applyEU nationals and those with the right to work in Poland will be prioritizedFor any questions pertaining to this role please write to with the "Job Title" as the subject line.

What Makes This Position Attractive?

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. The organisation protects displaced people and supports them as they build a new future. The organisation began relief efforts after World War II, and today, works in both new and protracted crises across more than 40 countries.Meaningful work that responds to the diverse needs, priorities, and concerns raised by beneficiary communities. NRC Ukraine meets immediate humanitarian needs, prevents further displacement, and contributes to durable solutions. 
  The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) is an independent humanitarian organisation helping people forced to flee. We work in crises across more than 31 countries, providing emergencies and long-term assistance to millions of people every year. We stand up for people forced to flee, advocating their rights. NORCAP, our global provider of expertise, helps improve international and local ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from crises. NRC also runs the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva, a global leader in reporting on and advocating for people displaced within their own country. Employment with NRC may lead to employment in or deployment to Regions, Countries, Areas or Offices that may be host to considerable health, safety and security risks. NRC takes this very seriously and we have procedures in place to reduce known risks, but will never be able to take away all risks. NRC is an equal opportunities employer and aims to have staffing diversity in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality and physical ability.

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