Sub-National Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator / Aden hub – Yemen
INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.
Terms of reference
Job Title: Sub-National Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator / Aden hub – Yemen
Duty station: Yemen – Aden, up to 50% roving with monthly travels to the different governorates and hub-offices or sub-offices
Starting date: 01/04/2022
Contract duration: 30/06/2023
Reporting to: INTERSOS Head of Mission, Technical: Protection Cluster Coordinator and Sub-National Protection Cluster Coordinator Aden-Hub
Supervision of: n/a
Dependents: Non-family duty station
General context of the project
Yemen finds itself in a man-made protracted crisis with devastating effects on the lives of ordinary people. The protection of civilians is continuously undermined and/or ignored by the parties to the conflict. Armed conflict, risk of famine and disease outbreaks in Yemen have resulted in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with over 24 million people estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance. At the heart of this man-made humanitarian emergency is a protection crisis that threatens the life, safety and well-being of millions of civilians, not least the most vulnerable already struggling to survive. Underlying the armed conflict, deep financial and economy crisis, and collapse basic services and institutions, are ongoing violations of international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) and that result in civilian casualties, displacement, damage to civilian infrastructure and disruption and loss of livelihoods. These factors have exacerbated the vulnerabilities of the Yemeni population, leading to households and individuals resorting to negative coping mechanisms, such as child marriage, child labor, forced recruitment, etc. Moreover, there is an increased family separation and the breakdown of community support structures, not to mention increased psychosocial and mental distress.
General purpose of the position
With protection being strategic and cross-cutting, the Sub-National Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator (SN-PCCC), together with the Sub National Protection Cluster Coordinator (SN-PCC), under leadership of UNHCR, assumes the responsibility of promoting the centrality of protection in the overall humanitarian response in areas under the Aden Hub. In addition to ensuring access to quality protection services, the Sub-National Protection Cluster, in cooperation with the SN-PCC, is also responsible for providing training and guidance so that protection is sufficiently mainstreamed across clusters and sectors.
The SN-PCCC represents the Protection Cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms, at the Inter-Cluster Working Group and in other relevant fora (as necessary). The SN-PCCC represents the interests of the members of the Protection Cluster, respecting and promoting humanitarian principles.
The SN-PCCC supports the work of the sub-clusters (Child Protection, GBV and the MATWG) while ensuring a holistic and coordinated approach in the protection response and ensures consultation to represent interests of sub-clusters.
Main responsibilities and tasks
• Support the SN-PCC to convene and facilitate Sub-National Protection Cluster meetings in line with the Principles of Partnership, ensuring that meetings are consultative and results-oriented
• Promote the coherence of national programming and overall coordination. Promote the centrality of protection in the overall humanitarian response throughout the humanitarian program cycle, incl. timely and comprehensive protection analysis and recommendations for action
• Ensure that the protection response is driven by a Protection Cluster strategy, which is informed by protection considerations and humanitarian principles, developed in a consultative process with Sub-National Protection Cluster members and external partners
• Ensure monitoring and reporting on activities, needs, and performance against the Protection Cluster strategy and agreed results
• Proactively represent the Sub-National Protection Cluster and the interests of Sub-National Protection Cluster members in inter-cluster working group, including with the government, ensuring consultation with Sub-National Protection Cluster members on key messages and adherence to humanitarian principles of impartiality, independence, neutrality and humanity
• Ensure coordination with government counterparts and other relevant authorities as well as complementarity with government policies and plans, where possible
• Co-lead and coordinate protection need assessments of all affected populations within the Protection Cluster or at the inter-cluster level
• Ensure evidence-based collaborative planning
• Provide timely information as available and appropriate to Sub-National Protection Cluster members concerning funding opportunities as well as advocating of funding of protection activities under the Aden Hub
• Co-coordinate and contribute to initiatives, including the delivery of protection training activities, to build the protection capacity of inter alia Sub-National Protection Cluster members and local authorities, external partners and civil society;
• Co-facilitate reporting and information sharing within the Sub-National Protection Cluster and at the inter-cluster level and information sharing / collaboration with other sub-national clusters, particularly in regard to geographic areas of intersection.
• Facilitate reporting, information-sharing and collaboration with the national cluster coordinator / coordination team
• Ensure the collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data, and that reporting captures gender, age and diversity dimensions
Required profile and experience
Hold a master’s degree in social science or any related field (unless compensated with minimum 5 year of relevant work experience)
- Familiarity with the Cluster system and OCHA functions is mandatory
- Prior experience in providing coordination, training and guidance to partners (UN agencies, INGOs, NNGOs) in carrying out protection & multi-sector rapid assessments and intention surveys in challenging environment
- Prior experience in roles of coordination & representation of national and international NGOs
- Deep knowledge of protection mainstreaming, referral pathway mechanisms and service mapping
- Prior experience in working in protracted complex emergency setting, involving high numbers internal displacement
- Demonstrated knowledge of project proposal writing, while prior experience in Cluster defense would be an asset
At least 3 years relevant coordination experience in the protection sector in emergency settings
Excellent written and spoken English
Highly recommended that the candidate is an Arabic speaker
- Strong team spirit, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment
- Strategic vision and planning
- Ability to work in a team as well as independently
- High flexibility
- Constructive critical thinking
- Ability to work and adapt in different environments
- Very strong interpersonal skills: strong communication and diplomatic skills
- Practical and problem-solver
- Ability to work independently while soliciting inputs from others on issues of mutual interest and/or linking back to mission vision and strategy
- Excellent analytical skills, observation and analysis capacity
- Ability to plan ahead and output oriented
- Able to ensure quick quality delivery in very stressful and confined environment
- Ability to adhere to deadlines and respect line management
- Ability to deal with heavy work pressure
- Ability to deliver finished products with high attention to accuracy, logic and comparative context
Please also mention the name, position and contact details of at least two references, including the line manager during your last job. Family members are to be excluded.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.