Protection and Gender Officer West Nile Emergency Response
Title : Protection and Gender Officer
Reports to : Food Resource Manager
Supervises : Complaint Response Mechanism Assistants / Field Monitors
Purpose of Position
To provide technical support in relation to relevant mainstreaming of protection ,child protection and gender based violence guidelines and minimum standards in all food programming, and ensure adherence to (SPHERE Standards) and principles as well as the Child Protection, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Red Cross Code of Conduct.
Train/orient all staff, partners and stakeholders on - protection minimum standards in humanitarian action, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse/Code of Conduct and periodically monitor for compliance.
Ensure adequate documentation of daily protection and SGBV incidents within the food programme, coordinate referrals and reporting internally and externally, and ensure proper follow up of documented incidents
Establish and/or strengthen protection mechanisms in the Food programme, including a proper data management system
In conjunction with the Food Resource Manager, undertake regular field trips to food distribution points to support field based protection, child protection and gender mainstreaming activities; and advise on monitoring and reporting on emerging/changing protection and gender related issues;
Facilitate proper implementation and reporting of protection activities in the food programme, according to World Vision and donor requirements
Contribute to efforts of mainstreaming protection and gender into food programmes and input into advocacy efforts/agenda, in particular through the analysis of information collected in Protection Incidents, patterns and trends
Develop and simplify humanitarian principles (SPHERE Standards), safe food distribution guidelines, CP & SGBV standards, laws and policies and other relevant guidelines for dissemination to staff, partners and communities
Build capacity of staff programme staff and key stakeholders on protection, child protection and Gender/GBV mainstreaming including facilitating of key training packages in humanitarian principles, staff/partner code of conduct and safe distribution to promote dignity to the beneficiary community
Conduct period reviews of information on gender and protection and assess barriers/ protection risks faced by women, adolescent girls and children in food distribution to inform programme implementation
In liaison with the Gender Specialist, CP manager and the WFP Gender and Protection Advisor adapt existing training materials, and IEC packages on protection , SGBV & child protection
Promote awareness/education on SGBV standard operating procedure (SOP) and protection minimum standards through pre-distribution food and cash meetings
Coordinate and facilitate communities meetings and dialogues with stakeholders on SGBV& C protection - action plans
Represent World Vision Uganda at the monthly & quarterly gender based violence and -protection working groups hosted by UNFPA, UNHCR and UNICEF- to share progress, challenges and appropriate follow up plans.
Develop and disseminate Information and Education Communication materials on SGBV and - protection
Establishment and implement feedback and complaints mechanisms on protection ,SGBV and Child protection( in collaboration with Child Protection specialist across the programme areas. This will include documenting all SGBV cases reported and contributing to the SGBV database/information management system at district and National level
Collaborate with gender and protection actors through enhanced synergies to implement protection education at food distribution points and provide appropriate referral of urgent cases where applicable. The Officer shall ensure that such cases are followed up to completion
Intentionally, regularly informally and formally consult with beneficiaries, non-beneficiaires, Government, other agencies to receive feedback regarding the programme commitments and staff conduct.
Compile and submit quality reports to Food Assistance Manager as directed. Ensure that all reports are highly accurate, comprehensive, well documented and will guarantee the credibility of the program;
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
A university degree in Gender Studies, Social Work, Human Rights or relevant field. Certificate courses in IASC Guidelines and key training packages preferred protection mainstreaming, , psychological First Aid in Emergencies, , gender based Violence in emergencies, International Humanitarian & Human Rights Law Foundations, (Caring for [Child] Survivors of Sexual Violence , CPiE Minimum Standards, and GBV IMS is a plus).
At least 2-3 years of experience working on protection and gender development programming, preferably in fragile contexts . Familiarity with key international standards for humanitarian work (e.g. CP Minimum Standards, Red Cross and Red Crescent Code of Conduct, SPHERE, and the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) Standard, etc.)
Ability to communicate and work with beneficiary communities, government and stakeholders at the district level
Experience in training and community consultation highly desired
Good understanding of monitoring and evaluation processes
Networking and collaboration skills
Good interpersonal skills with ability to communicate and negotiate, taking into account cultural and language difficulties.
Willingness to participate in chapel and group devotions; and Commitment to WV Core Values and Mission Statement.