LWF World Service is the humanitarian and development arm of the Lutheran World Federation. We are a widely recognized, international, faith-based organization working in over 20 countries. We seek to bring people of all backgrounds together in the common quest for justice, peace, and reconciliation in an increasingly complex and fragmented world.
A commitment to the human rights of every individual, regardless of their status, guides our work, actions, and operations. We are particularly known for our timely, compassionate, and professional humanitarian work, and for our field presence in hard-to-reach areas. Our work is people-centered and community- based. Above all, we work with the most vulnerable, and in order to claim and uphold their rights, we engage proactively with local government and community structures.
LWF Uganda works closely with United Nations agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, IOM, UNFPA, WFP), PRM, EU/ECHO, BFTW, etc. LWF Related and faith-based agencies and their back donors.
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Under the guidance of the Programs Coordinator, The Protection Advisor will be the Country Office’s primary focal point overseeing LWF’s protection sector. S/He will ensure that protection is mainstreamed across programs and that relevant capacities are built. S/he will be responsible for developing clear strategies on protection and will lead sectoral implementation. S/he will work directly with partners to build capacities and provide technical advice/supervision to implementing staff and volunteers. She will monitor the impact of the implementation of LWF Uganda protection strategy and the impact of capacity building activities. S/he will also work closely with program staff to embed protection and transformative approaches within design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation processes.
This position will ensure alignment of these strategies and actions to LWF’s Uganda’s Response Emergencies Strategy and LWF’s global humanitarian commitments. Protection activities will be guided by the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and the IASC Guidelines on Gender-based Violence (GBV), Interventions in Humanitarian Settings and the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. S/He must collaborate effectively and maintain good working relationships with donors, government, the local communities and other stakeholders.
Education, Experience, Skills & Technical Competencies
• A Master’s Degree in Gender Studies, Social Work, International Relations, Conflict transformation, Development studies, or related discipline.
• A bachelor’s degree will be acceptable only if the candidate can demonstrate sufficient experience in gender and protection programming in conflict settings;
• At least Eight years of experience working on gender and protection issues in humanitarian contexts, including experience of field-level management of complex humanitarian response and resilience programs; and all phases of the project/program cycle;
• Proven experience of successful capacity-building of humanitarian field staff and partners on gender and protection concepts, theory and practice
• Strong communication skills, with excellent written and spoken English;
• Ability to work in multi-cultural team;
• Strong networking capability;
• Ability to organize and facilitate training sessions;
• Ability to build & develop capacity frameworks and work plans
Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:
Good problem Solving, Decision Making, interpersonal, Communication and negotiation skills; Fluency in English, both written and verbal; Information Technology (MS Office, Internet); Ability to work under pressure to meet tight deadlines; Good team worker with good communication skills; Ability to exercise sound judgment, to remain flexible to a changing environment, and to make decisions independently.
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 96
• Promote collaborative working relationships among all the Program Staff implementing protection related activities (Child Protection, GBV, Legal, community-based protection and Psychosocial services) to support the delivery of effective, high quality humanitarian programmes in line with LWF’s vision for humanitarian responses.
• Ensure that all protection programming is standardized in the Sub Programs responding to humanitarian needs of refugees, displaced or communities affected by natural disasters; ensuring that protection activities are of high technical quality, meet humanitarian standards and are flexible and responsive to contextual changes.
• Ensure that protection related projects design and implementation is consistent with LWF’s quality and accountability standards, emergency guidelines, the Core Humanitarian Standard and that protection work meets Sphere Standards and other external quality commitments.
• Ensure all protection work includes a strong gender and child protection analysis and works to promote children and women’s rights, including gender equity.
• Promote integrated, gender aware protection responses which demonstrate accountability to beneficiaries and are consistent with LWF policies and international quality standards
• Carry out protection analysis, develop the protection element of the response strategy and support program staff and or Protection Team to design appropriate interventions and approaches to protection.
• Participate in field assessments in order to include protection issues, and/or carry out specific protection assessments to inform decision making and program performance improvement.
• Provide guidance to Protection team in all sub programs on meeting safe programming minimum requirements (in line with Sphere Protection Principles and the Core Humanitarian Standard).
• Support the integration of specific protection activities into the humanitarian response forums (e.g., into advocacy, coordination, information dissemination, features, newsletters etc.) including establishing internal referral processes.
• Ensure that protection-related internal and external reporting and donor requirements are met, and that reports are of a high quality and are submitted on time.
• Work closely with the field Protection Team to mainstream protection and gender principles through LWF programs.
• Build on and improve protection monitoring tools and reports allowing for actionable, informed decision-making, and context-appropriate project design.
• Develop positive and strong working relationships with protection stakeholders to ensure a coordinated protection response.
• Represent LWF in coordination meetings and working groups (Protection Working Group), and to donors, UN agencies, government officials, national civil society and NGOs.
• Support (in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders (e.g., UNHCR, UNFPA, UNICEF) the capacity building of LWF staff on protection e.g., specific issues such as gender-based violence, child protection, e.g., through mentoring, coaching, training.