The Senior Protection Officer is a key person in the protection department and reports towards Protection Manager. S/he is an essential part of the team and ensures that all needs in terms of the field-based Protection team are met, in line with ASB and Donor regulation.
Job Title: Senior Protection Officer
Department: Protection – Programs
Location: Thessaloniki, Northern Greece
Period: 01.01.2019 – 31.03.2019
1. Background/ASB Summary:
The “Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund Deutschland (ASB)” is a German aid and welfare organization with more than 300 branches at national, regional, district and municipal level all over Germany. More than 1.2 million members provide a broad social basis for our organization and more than 20,000 employees as well as over 17,000 volunteers form part of the ASB ensuring a high level of quality in areas such as rescue services, civil protection and social services. Since its foundation in 1888, the ASB has acted as a politically and denominationally independent association ensuring a high level of continuity and reliability.
ASB Foreign Aid:
ASB Foreign Aid Department provides both direct emergency relief to people hit by man-made or natural disasters and longer-term rehabilitation measures designed to promote recovery and to rapidly help restore the livelihood of refugees, internally displaced persons and other vulnerable people. ASB currently has a portfolio of more than 50 relief, rehabilitation, development and DRR projects in countries like Niger, Nicaragua, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Nepal, Haiti, Georgia, Ukraine, Iraq and Greece.
ASB started its activities in Greece in March 2016, focusing on the provision of Humanitarian Aid to refugees/migrants. The ASB country office is based in Thessaloniki. In 2017 ASB Greece has built the technical facilities and shelters for the Diavata camp and it is currently operating the Site Management Support (SMS) role at this site. Through our partners ARSIS, ASB also supports the provision protection services towards refugees and migrants in Greece. Our main donor is DG ECHO.
Currently ASB Greece is having operations both in Thessaloniki (Diavata) and Epirus Region (Katsikas, Filippiada and Doliana) of Greece. The main ASB Epirus office is in Ioannina – reporting towards the main Country Office in Thessaloniki.
2. Job Overview/Summary:
The Senior Protection Officer is a key person in the protection department and reports towards Protection Manager. S/he is an essential part of the team and ensures that all needs in terms of the field-based Protection team are met, in line with ASB and Donor regulation. The Senior Protection Officer should have in depth knowledge in GBV, Child Protection, and General Protection. The Senior Protection Officer will be responsible for ensuring all thematic materials developed within their thematic area of protection are comprehensive and accurate. The Senior Protection Officer will work with diverse communities including but not limited to persons with specific needs and persons with specialized protection concerns.
General Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Support the protection capacity of national and local government, partners and civil society to assume their responsibilities vis-à-vis all persons of concern through protection training, mainstreaming and related activities. Provide advice and guidance on protection issues to the team and persons of concern; liaise with competent authorities to ensure the issuance of civil documentation.
- Oversee and manage individual protection cases, including those on SGBV and child protection
- Liaise with relevant public and military authorities and service providers in order to foster effective collaboration and encourage a conducive protection environment for affected populations and encourage national interest and ownership in protection of beneficiaries
3. Specific Tasks:
Management and Coordination:
- Coordinate the design, implementation and evaluation of protection-related programming with partners. Contribute to and facilitate a program of results-based protection programming through a consultative process with sector and/or cluster partners.
- Support the development of training and materials to deliver to communities and humanitarian actors regarding how to develop community-based protection teams. Support the training of community members on how to identify vulnerable cases and refer cases in a confidential manner based on humanitarian and protection principles.
- Collect and compile protection referral information; train PAT on how to use referral mechanisms and make referrals to appropriate service providers within their communities
- Plan and implement community-based protection activities with men, women, girls and boys based on the community’s needs and interests, including initial trainings of PAT teams, as well as outreach activities into the wider community
- Provide advice and practical assistance to ensure that the protection monitoring program is well-targeted, contextually appropriate and – as a priority – does not do harm to the beneficiary population
- Design and implement awareness-raising campaigns for IDP, host communities and service providers
- Work with Field Services Manager and Protection Manager to develop implementation and monitoring plans for protection activities in field sites.
- Liaise closely with Field Services and Sr. SMS officer to identify barriers to implementation and ensure the smooth running of activities
- In the event of repeated, prevalent or serious incidents, refer to relevant ASB staff for advocacy for further service provisions and on other protection-related matters
- Support the Protection Manager and Protection Coordinator to conduct staff trainings on Protection, human rights and other related topics.
- Support the implementation of trainings for Government, Local NGOs and other partners through field teams.
Supervision and Collaboration:
- Supervises the relevant team on field in Thessaloniki
- Collaborates with the Protection Manager and the SMS team
- Overviews documentation archiving, both digital and hard copy
- Ensure that the database records are regularly and timely updated
- Prepare briefs, presentations and write-ups for in-house meetings for clusters or as per program requirement and asked by Protection Manager.
- Prepare weekly and if necessary ad hoc reports detailing protection concerns, efforts to mitigate or eliminate them, issuing recommendations as necessary.
- Provide verbal and written feedback on a weekly/monthly basis to direct line manager; assist in writing regular narrative and quantitative reports when requested.
- Document program activities and lessons learned from implementation
- Prepare monthly protection monitoring reports
- Compile information collected through protection monitoring into the monthly analytical protection reports
- Is responsible for the team’s transportation route/visit planning
- Plans and controls all support related costs for the field
- During his/her work, uphold all relevant ASB standards, codes of conduct, and humanitarian principles
- Act in a way that is sensitive to gender, protection, the environment and other important cross-cutting concerns
- Fully comply with the ASB safety and security procedures
- Stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment.
- Ensure that ASB ’s age, gender and diversity approach to protection is consistently applied through community-based protection methods.
- Cultivate good relations with key humanitarian actors
This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position. All staff of ASB is expected to be flexible and contribute constructively towards achieving the goals of ASB in Greece.
4. Reports to:
5. Staff Management:
i. Field-based Protection staff
a. SMS staff
- Greek National, or legally allowed to work in Greece (Greek National Contract);
- Relevant University degree in Social science, Law, Psychology or any equivalent degree.
- Minimum of two years of experience working in Protection field.
- Relevant professional experience, preferably in emergency and/or development context.
- Familiarity with international protection and human rights legal standards, Guiding principles on Internal Displacements. Post holder will hold extensive knowledge and experience in General Protection, Child Protection, or Gender Based Violence responses.
- Excellent report writing skills.
- Excellent verbal & oral communication skills in Greek and English
- Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people from different cultures and backgrounds and especially those with special needs and other vulnerability.
- Flexibility and ability to work under pressure, manage time and prioritize work to deadlines.
- Well-developed organizational skills.
- Punctuality and respect for rules and procedures.
- Must have strong ethos of working as a team player.
- Must be able to maintain the highest level of confidentiality regarding work-related information and data.
- Valid driving licence
- Creativity and capacity to produce would be highly appreciated.
- Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, flexible and wide understanding of the community’s needs;
- Patience, a ‘can-do’ mentality and a good sense of humour;
- Standard twenty-four days of paid leave per year (plus seniority legal additions);
- Extra consideration on maternal/ paternal leaves and kid related leaves;
- Flexible working schedule, with rolling starting hours;
- Extra private life and accident insurance;
- Relocation accommodation bonus, 7 days if the applicant is not a resident, plus flexibility in working schedule the first 15 days to fulfil accommodation research;
- Organizational phone, with monthly credit;
- Transportation to and from work, with an organizational mini bus; Vehicle for trips outside of the main office perimeter;
9. How to apply:
All interested parties are requested to submit their CV and Cover Letter in English to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org clearly stating the “SR-PROT-OFF/SKG ” in the subject field.
The deadline for application submission is February 18th 2018 at 23:59 hrs.
By applying to this Job Advertisement, the applicant concedes that ASB Greece will manage any data provided by her/ him until the end of this process and only.
If the applicant wishes for the data to be kept for a period of 6 months, in order to be included in other similar recruitment process, should be clearly stated in the application email by copying the exact following:
“ I concede and allow ASB Greece to keep the documents/ files and data included in them, for a period of 6 months, starting from the date of dispatch, and in order to be used only for the purpose of further recruitment that I might be suitable. I have the right to recall this consent at any point, by sending a written application in the form of e-mail to email@example.com ”.