Protection Specialist

Protection Specialist

Solidarites International

Syrian Arab Republic

About the job

General objectives:

The Protection Specialist will lead the design and implementation of LEARN Consortium protection mainstreaming strategy for the project, ensuring protection principles are applied across all phases and sectors of intervention of LEARN Consortium activities, with a specific focus on PSEA, beneficiaries’ accountability and inclusion processes.

  • The Protection Specialist will lead the design and implementation of LEARN protection mainstreaming strategy for the mission.
  • He/she will ensure protection principles are mainstreamed across all phases and sectors of intervention of the project.
  • He/she will be in charge of strengthening coordination with other stakeholders on protection issues and cases in the area of intervention.
  • He/she assess opportunities regarding advocacy and design and lead a local-level advocacy plan on protection risks and needs faced by LEARN beneficiaries.

Specific stakes and challenges:

  • The post holder will have to set the protection imperative at the core of the implementation of an ambitious project gathering 4 partners of different working cultures in a challenging environment that requires protection mainstreaming to be kept upfront of operational modalities
  • The position holder will therefore need a high level of diplomacy skills, within the consortium management unit and towards LEARN partners
  • The position requires a high mobility inside and potentially outside the intervention area

Priorities for the 2/3 first months

  • Develop a protection mainstreaming strategy to set priority actions to be rolled out by project implementation teams, from a thorough needs and gaps analysis at field and partners’ levels
  • Coordinate with relevant protection actors and focal points, internally and externally to the consortium, to gather best practices in the intervention area
  • Recruitment of team (4 Protection Officers, 1 PSEA Officer, 1 Beneficiaries’ Accountability Officer)

Responsibilities and main activities:

Strategic development and orientation

  • Design and propose a protection mainstreaming strategy for the project and identify requirements, roles and responsibilities and steps to follow;
  • Realize a gap analysis on protection mainstreaming at project level and establish a learning and capacity-building plan for the LEARN project staff at coordination and field levels;
  • Develop commitment and accountability reflexes towards protection mainstreaming among staff at coordination and base levels;
  • Assess protection risks and needs in the context of intervention (especially risks directly or indirectly linked with SI intervention) and identify concrete mitigation measures;
  • Organize strategic workshops and ensure LEARN position and strategy on protection is clearly communicated internally and towards external stakeholders (especially protection actors);
  • Map protection actors and services in the context of intervention and ensure the services and stakeholders mapping is extensively disseminated and regularly updated;
  • Build capacities and train LEARN non-specialized staff on protection and relevant topics (e.g.: PSEA, accountability to beneficiaries, inclusion);
  • Ensure development, dissemination and use of required tools, guidance and methodologies to mainstream protection across SI intervention and contribute to capitalization and learning initiatives and processes.

Protection mainstreaming within the project cycle

  • Lead the inclusion of protection principles within the design of project’s SOPs and provide technical support regarding the allocation of resources for protection mainstreaming;
  • Ensure protection principles are mainstreamed within initial assessments tools and procedures;
  • Ensure that all groups – especially persons with specific needs – are systematically included in assessments and staff appropriately communicate with each of them;
  • Based on risks identified, develop and disseminate to program teams a Protection Risk and Mitigation Matrix and propose concrete mitigation measures;
  • Provide technical guidance to project teams to include corrective measures and adjustments during the project planning and implementation and develop with program managers and coordinators a Protection Mainstreaming Action Plan;
  • Work closely with the and relevant MEAL department at partners’ level to develop a protection-sensitive Complaint and Response Mechanisms;
  • Work closely with the MEAL department and program managers to develop a Protection Mainstreaming Monitoring and Evaluation Plan. Ensure progresses regarding the incorporation of protection principles are regularly tracked;
  • Contribute in the proposition and design of protection-sensitive evaluations;
  • Ensure staff members are aware about best practices with regards to protection mainstreaming to avoid causing harm;
  • Ensure staff members are well aware about donor policies towards PSEA and Child Protection and build capacities of the Field Coordinator as the PSEA Focal Point.

Coordination and referral mechanisms

  • Participate in protection coordination forums (clusters/working groups) meetings and events, and build strong linkages with protection actors at field and coordination levels;
  • Design and implement an internal referral pathway and system and ensure it is aligned with relevant partners’, donors’ and inter-agency policies and guidelines;
  • Ensure staff are equipped to safely and ethically refer protection cases to services providers;
  • Handle sensitive and complex cases and build capacities of field staff members to do so;
  • Explore opportunities of partnerships with and punctual support from protection actors;
  • Support the field management staff on coordination over protection issues and needs that are not addressed.

Local-level advocacy on protection

  • Assess the needs to conduct local-level advocacy on protection issues and human-rights violations in the context of intervention and develop an advocacy plan;
  • Assess the risks for LEARN project, staff and beneficiaries in engaging in advocacy efforts, under the policies developed at consortium level (Steering Committee) and under the supervision of Deputy Chief of Party;
  • Ensure protection is monitored at field level and analyze data to feed advocacy efforts.

ORG CHART POSITION (reporting and functional relationships)

  • Line manager: LEARN Consortium Deputy Chief of Party
  • Line report(s) (on base): 4 Protection Officers, PSEA Officer, Beneficiary Accountability Officer
  • (MEAL referent)
  • Functional report(s): LEARN Partners’ Protection focal points

Your profile


  • University degree in law or social sciences with experience/expertise in international law, and/or refugee law and other relevant studies.

Previous experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in managing protection programs or analysis protection issues;
  • Experience implementing a mainstreaming approach – PSEA, beneficiaries’ accountability, inclusion;
  • Experience in case management and expertise in referral mechanisms and systems;
  • Experience in advocacy on human-rights;
  • Experience in supporting emergency response.


  • Experience in representing an organization in strategic and operational meetings;
  • Team management, capacity building and training expertise;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  • Strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation;
  • Good knowledge of the different humanitarian actors and coordination;
  • Excellent communication and representation skills;
  • Excellent abilities to coordinate with people of different sectors/departments.


  • Full English proficiency;
  • Knowledge of Arabic would be appreciated.

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