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Protection Advisor (Syria Country Office)

International Role - Yes
1-2 Years


World Vision Syria Response is recruiting a Protection Adviser to provide technical leadership and in leading the protection aspects of its Syria Implementation Strategy. Technical and programmatic guidance on Gender Based Violence (GBV), Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR), Community Based Protection (CBP) and Psychosocial Support (PSS) programmes is required to support the development and improvement of cross border programs and service delivery in Syria. In addition, protection mainstreaming in WV’s health, Nutrition, FSL,, WASH and education programmes, is required throughout. Under the supervision of the Head of Programmes, the Protection adviser will lead the development and maintenance of a results based protection programme outcomes throughout the Syria Strategy portfolio. Capacity building of WV’s staff and local partners will also be an essential skill and deliverable of this role. The position is an advisory position and will have to utilize strong communication skills to work cross departmentally, across multiple geographic areas and externally.


Technical Programme Quality:

  • Ensure WV’s programmes adhere to the Syria Strategic Implementation Plan in protection, gender and conflict sensitivity.

  • Ensuring WV’s programmes adhere to. international standards and tools, including upholding IHL, Do No Harm, Protection/Child Protection/GBV standards etc.

  • Develop high quality prevention and empowerment activities at women and girls’ centres, and survivor-centred GBV specialized response services.

  • In light of the findings of iterative assessments, provide recommendations to areas/sectors that might need improvement and determine the relevance of expanding operations in new sites and to scale-up interventions.

  • Work with the MEAL team to ensure feedback mechanisms and accountability structures are accessible by the most vulnerable and are appropriate to safeguard sensitive personal data.

  • Provide technical support to the MEAL team on monitoring and evaluation of protection activities, as required.

Programme Development:

  • Work with SMT, Portfolio Managers, Technical Advisers and MEAL in programme development and proposal writing by providing inputs and reviewing technical information to draft standalone protection concept notes/proposals. Key areas to

  • focus on will be Child Protection (CP), GBV, FTR, PSS, Community Based Protection and referral structures.

  • Create awareness raising materials and process with beneficiaries.

  • Strive to ensure as much as possible different protection interventions are integrated into proposed programs and with other sectors, ensuring cross-cutting themes are incorporated into program design (disability, conflict, gender, CP).


  • Coordinate with all pertinent actors and actively participate in relevant cluster and sub working groups meetings if required: strategically engage with donors, and liaise and maintain good working relationship with external partners

  • including health authorities, UN agencies, local and international NGOs and other stakeholders supporting the protection sector.

  • Search for opportunities to partner and coordinate programmes with other agencies, including but not limited to Red Cross agencies, UN, INGO, local NGOs and private sector.

Management and Capacity Building:

  • Manage directly at least one technical protection staff

  • Conduct assessments of staff capacity gaps in Protection, IHL, CP, Conflict Sensitivity and Gender. Work closely with implementing partner organizations to determine the training needs of their staff.

  • Develop and roll out training of staff and partner staff on key protection themes outlines above.

  • Develop on going remote training materials for staff inside Syria implementing GBV, FTR, PSS etc.


  • University degree in social work, social science, political science, law or related subject. Masters strongly preferred.

  • At least 3 years’ experience in working in a protection-related field.

  • Experience in emergency programming, remote management and protection programming in the Middle East strongly preferred.

  • Experience of developing and delivering training on key protection and GBV protocols/minimum standards (required).

  • Experience of GBV and protection mainstreaming across other sectors.

  • Proven experience of proposal development.

  • Experience working in complex and volatile contexts.

  • Experience in undertaking assessments and supporting others to do so.

  • Previous engagement with the Syria Crisis response in Turkey, inside Syria, Lebanon, Jordan & Iraq can be an advantage.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English.

  • Arabic strongly preferred.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Knowledge and experience of humanitarian principles and minimum protection standards, humanitarian coordination mechanisms, applying protection standards to vulnerable communities, referral services and protection service delivery, including protection monitoring.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Ability to work and produce high quality outputs in an intense & dynamic working environment, with local and international staff having different working styles and different levels of competencies is essential.

  • Ability to perform well under pressure and comply with donors & partnership deadlines is essential.