Position: Protection and Gender Officer
Report to: Food Resource Manager
Location: Arua, West Nile
Purpose of the position:
The Protection & Gender Officer has a dual role of implementing the WFP Protection and Gender programme interventions, as well as ensuring protection and gender mainstreaming across the programme. S/he will be responsible for initiating action in the areas of protection and gender, identify and deal appropriately with existing and emerging child protection and gender gaps/issues, and generate ideas for programming.
To provide technical support in relation to relevant child protection and gender standards; mainstream child protection and gender in all food programming, and ensure adherence to child protection minimum standards in humanitarian action (SPHERE Standards) and principles as well as the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse/Code of Conduct.
Key areas of focus for this role will include:
Ensuring compliance to Protection and SGBV standards of operation and other guidelines
Capacity building of programme staff and key stakeholders in protection, child protection and Gender/GBV including facilitating of key training packages in alignment with the programme plan
Partner engagement, representation and networking with respect to the protection, gender and related subsectors
Community & stakeholders education and dialogue for behavior change/policy enforcement
Providing guidance and quality assurance for implementation of Protection and Gender interventions as well as mainstreaming of protection considerations, gender analysis and approaches for achieving gender sensitive and transformative outcomes in the programme.
Support the programmes developing identifying key gender and protection indicators, defining the M&E plan and other documentation needs in relation to protection
Train/orient all staff, partners and stakeholders on child 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 child protection and gender 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 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 develop training materials, and IEC packages on 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& Child protection issues to develop action plans
Represent World Vision Uganda at the monthly & quarterly gender based violence and child 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 Child protection
Establishment and implement feedback and complaints mechanisms on SGBV and Child protection 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, case management at food distribution points and referral of SGBV cases received to existing SGBV referral mechanisms. 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.
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
A university degree in Gender Studies, Social Work, Human Rights or relevant field. Certificate courses in IASC Guidelines and key training packages preferred (Caring for [Child] Survivors of Sexual Violence, psychological First Aid in Emergencies, CPiE Minimum Standards, and GBV IMS, International Humanitarian & Human Rights Law Foundations, etc).
At least 5 years of experience working in child 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.