Junior Protection Assistant (4)

Position: Junior Protection Assistant (4)
Job location:  
(1) South of Al-Hudaydah – (1) West Taiz – (1) Al-Dhale'e – (1) Shabwa.
Report to: Protection Assistant


FMF is a non-profit and non-governmental organization aiming to provide health, nutrition, food security and protection services as a humanitarian response to the escalating socio economic situation in Yemen since 2012.

Under UNHCR partnership and funds, FMF will implement a protection project entitled: ‘Provision of life-saving protection services to IDPs and conflict affected PoCs in south Yemen’ to respond and address the protection needs of IDPs, Returnees and conflict-affected community in South of Al-Hudaydah, West Taiz, Al-Dhale'e, and Shabwah.

Position Summary

The Junior Protection Assistant will support the Protection Assistant in leading the implementation of all protection field activities in area of responsibility. The incumbent will closely work with the Protection Assistant to supervise Protection Monitors, Case Management Supervisors, Social Workers, Lawyers, M&E Field Monitor and CBPN members, to organize and manage all activities on the ground, ensuring high quality and timely performance and the achievement of targets.

Position description/ key responsibilities:

·         Contribute in the overall qualitative and timely implementation and report of the protection activities in area of responsibility.

·         Assist to supervise field and monitor the work of Protection Monitors, Lawyers, Case Management Supervisors, and Social Workers to implement protection assessments and protection monitoring activities, and provide legal assistance.

·         Closely coordinate with Protection Assistant to ensure quality Case Management assistance and follow up to regularly update Service Mapping by the PSS staff to timely undertake internal and external referral mechanisms, including links with Service Providers and other stakeholders in the area.

·         Ensure that the referred cases for emergency cash assistance by PSS staff in accordance with vulnerability established criteria.

·         Support the Legal Assistant to ensure lawyers to provide quality legal assistance and support the legal information and awareness-raising sessions on relevant topics.

·         Along with the Protection Assistant, support the CBPN Officer and Assistant with activities implementation in the areas of intervention through monitoring the mobilization of CBPNs, referral of cases, flagging out the protection issues in area of intervention, and strengthening FMF’s relationship with IDP and host community leaders and local actors through regular field visits with the aim to maintain smooth access to targeted areas and persons.

·         Support the Protection Assistant in drafting monthly work plans for the field visits to ensure field presence and carry out regular monitoring and assessments, ensure a permanent monitoring of project's field activities for better and improvement of the quality of the project’s protection interventions, and document of all IDP sites in areas of intervention, manage contact lists of sites and community focal points to ensure extensive and thorough protection monitoring with good outreach to the IDP community.

·         Assure to conduct rapid assessments in the field with the protection monitoring teams to monitor the protection needs of newly IDPs, when needed and requested, and draft weekly reports from protection teams on their field visits through observation and findings.

·         With the guidance of Protection Assistant, undertake training and coaching on the job for the mobile protection teams on various protection related topics.

·         With direct guidance from Protection Assistant and Data Management staff, provide capacity building on the use of smart data collection tools to staff.

·         Assist the Protection Assistant to ensure regular internal meetings with all filed staff in order to organize and plan activities, listen to staff feedback, inform them of ongoing activities or changes, and track project indicators.

·         When requested by the Protection Assistant, maintain to attend any coordination meetings at AoR's level, and share minutes of meetings with Protection Assistant.

·         Closely coordinate with local authorities to assure smooth implementation of activities.

·         Assist the Protection Assistant that HR procedures are adhered by all field staff, provide training to staff on procedures and their role to attain full understanding of the project activities and objectives, and ensure timely submission of documentation to HR and leave management.

·         Draft monthly/weekly movement plans or missions, and coordinate the field teams' movements on the ground and ensure cost effective use of available resources.

·         Draft information in order to report on trends and changes in protection concerns, ensuring safe and confidential data management, with the support of Data Management staff, draft weekly, monthly reporting to Protection Assistant and guarantee consistency of the data to allow for smooth reporting mechanisms, using data collection formats.

·         Assist the Protection Assistant to maintain smooth communication and coordination with local authorities and community leaders and other humanitarian actors on the ground.    

·         Provide ongoing oversight, and guidance to the staff teams to ensure that the projects meet high quality and best practice standards and prioritize the safety and security of beneficiaries and staff.

·         Assist to strengthen and ensure communication among the projects’ field teams, ensuring that there is an overall link between the different project components.

·         Assist to provide objective feedback with regards to staff performance through evaluation of performance and delivery against jobs' descriptions, expectations and areas for growth and professional development, and promote and share ideas for technical improvement.

·         Timely flag out any challenges or constraints during field activities implementation to the Protection Assistant and provide suitable solutions and mitigating measures proposed or to be implemented.

·         Perform any other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

Position requirements

·         A university degree in in social sciences or any other relevant subject or any related field.

·         2 years of experience working with NGOs, particularly in the protection sector.

·         Experience in supervising field staff in challenging situations, carrying out professional team management, and providing capacity-building and training

·         Strong experience working in protection in a humanitarian/recovery, complex and volatile contexts.

·         Strong understanding of humanitarian principles and protection guidelines, and familiarity with case management principles, standards and procedures.

·         Experience in mainstreaming protection concepts within a humanitarian operation.

·         Strong organization, collaboration, representation and negotiation skills.

·         Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills.

·         Knowledge of the area of responsibility and understanding of local communities and customary rules.

·         Excellent observation, analytical and report writing skills.

·         Prior experience in working and/or coordinating with other humanitarian organizations.

·         Native Arabic and strong English skills are essential.

·         Strong knowledge and skills of computer and prior experience working with smart data collection tools such as KOBO.

·         Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission and vision of FMF.

·         Be available for regular trainings provided by FMF and support in identifying staff training needs.

·         Respect confidentiality of data and information.

·         Attention to details and ability to communicate professionally and effectively - practical and problem-solver.

·         Able to ensure quality delivery in stressful environment, punctuality and respect for rules and procedures, and to adhere to deadlines.

·         Ability to deal with heavy work pressure.

·         Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities.

How to Apply

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter, both in English, to Field Medical Foundation ( jobs@fmfyemen.org ) with the title of the position you are applying for in the title of email.