Protection Adviser (Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator)

  • Added Date: Monday, 16 September 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 27 September 2019

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We are looking for a Protection Adviser to join our teams in Democratic Republic of Congo!
RC has been present in DR Congo since 2001 and currently runs operations in the Provinces of North & South Kivu, Province Orientale and Kasai and Tanganyika Province with offices in Goma, Bukavu, Beni, Bunia, Kananga and Kalemie. The program has an annual turnover of approximately NOK 308M. The DR Congo operation responds to populations affected by conflict and displacement. We reached around 700.000 beneficiaries with education, food security, ICLA, WASH/shelter and Rapid Response Mechanism projects.
The main role of the Protection Adviser (Protection Cluster Co-coordinator) is to facilitate the coordination in the National Protection Cluster in DR Congo.

The role will closely work with NRC protection, programme and advocacy units to ensure relevant information-sharing on protection, advocacy and programmatic discussions and processes (e.g. the humanitarian programme cycle).

The Protection Adviser reports to the Country Director

Duties and responsibilities

  • Facilitate and co-chair meetings for the national Protection Cluster with the UNHCR cluster coordinator, ensuring agreement and follow-through of key decisions and action points; and contribute to inter-cluster coordination and planning;
  • Ensure coordination and information exchange with Protection Cluster partners, UN and Government counterparts related to protection issues, situation analysis, gaps, planning, funding processes etc.
  • Represent the Protection Cluster and its interests to government, donors, inter-cluster, stakeholders and other fora;
  • Provide practical support and guidance to Cluster partners on needs assessments, coordination, project development and implementation, and utilization of funding opportunities.
  • Provide capacity building to cluster partners and relevant counterparts including government, including design and facilitation of protection trainings, including tools and methodology for protection mainstreaming in emergency response and protection needs assessment
  • Represent NRC in relevant events and coordination mechanisms, such as Gender working group, Humanitarian Advocacy Group, etc.
  • Keep abreast of NRC protection, programme and advocacy work to be able to strengthen NRC visibility at national level
  • Together with NRC protection staff, design, adapt and roll-out a core package of protection tools/resources with a focus on safe programming and integrated protection
  • Provide technical support and field level technical assistance, training and monitoring as prioritized by senior management


  • Minimum 5 years of experience working on protection related issues in humanitarian emergencies, including experience with protection clusters and provision of technical advice to field teams;
  • Excellent understanding of protection issues in emergency contexts and displacement situations and detailed knowledge of humanitarian principles, guidelines for humanitarian assistance, and relevant international legal frameworks;
  • Sound understanding of humanitarian coordination, funding, and leadership mechanisms and experience working with the protection cluster or sector coordination;
  • Strong leadership, coordination, and inter-personal skills, working well both in teams and independently;
  • Strong research, analytical, planning and drafting skills;
  • Excellent advocacy and representation skills including the development of strong interpersonal relationships to facilitate communication within the cluster;
  • Experience developing and delivering protection training, and good presentation skills in French/ English;
  • Experience from working in complex and volatile contexts;
  • Fluency in both written and verbal English and French;
  • Knowledge of the context in DRC is preferred

Personal qualities

  • Analyzing
  • Strategic thinking
  • Empowering and building trust
  • Working with people
  • Communication with impact and respect
  • Handling insecure environments
  • All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organisation’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusiveness and accountability

We can offer

  • Commencement: November 2019
  • Duration: 6 months
  • Salary/benefits: According to NRC’s general directions and free housing of moderate standard.
  • Grade: 8
  • Duty station: Kinshasa with up to 30 % travels. Kinshasa is a non-family posting. International staff members are required to live in joint accommodation.
  • Approved health certificate will be requested before contract start.
  • Application procedures and CV registration: Please note that you are required to enter the geographical location for all your previous positions while registering your CV. There is no specific field for this information in our CV form, but you can use the "Company name" field for both company and location

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