Since February 2020, Mercy Corps has been implementing Building Resilience in Affected Communities (BRAC) in South Kordofan state. The aim of the program is for women, men, girls and boys in vulnerable households to have increased resilience to economic, social and climate related shocks and stressors through improved access to gender responsive basic services and increased agricultural production. By improving access to equitable improved climate-adapted agricultural skills and inputs as well as access to financial, WASH and protection services then households the BRAC programs aims to have improved food security and income, health and nutrition outcomes, gender equitable relations and resilience to future shocks and stresses.
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Mercy Corps is looking for an experienced, qualified, practical, and solution-oriented person to fill the position of Protection Officer. Reporting to the Program Manager, this is a technical position aiming at promoting increased equality between men, women, boys and girls and increased empowerment of women and girls in smallholder agricultural and livestock market systems and at household and community levels.
He/she is responsible for, designing and or reviewing program protection strategy and implementing all protection activities in consultation with the program manager and other colleagues. S/he represents the Mercy Corps to authorities, humanitarian agencies and other stakeholders.
The Protection Officer coordinates quality, timely and effective protection responses to the needs of populations of concern. S/he ensures that persons of concern of all age, gender and diversity groups are involved with the Office in making decisions that affect them, whether in accessing their rights or in identifying and implementing appropriate solutions to their problems. To undertake this role effectively, he/she will need to build and maintain effective interfaces with other relevant teams within the program, organization, humanitarian space, communities of concern, authorities and a broader network of stakeholders who can contribute to enhancing protection and achieving solutions.
He/she will lead project protection activities and manage the protection activities action plans, including, the service gap analysis map, developing disseminating resources on information sharing with communities, capacity building of local protection structures and cash for protection. She/he will support sectorial teams to apply Safe-Programming standards throughout the programme cycle. The protection Officer will support the team in delivering contextual and practical analysis (on-going) of the protection issues in the assigned area, including constraints, sensitivities and risks associated with the work. She/he will support effective implementation of the protection activities with an emphasis on the gendered aspect of conflict, violence and abuse.