Jordan, Kenya: Regional Adviser Safe and Inclusive Programming - EA&Y / MERO Regions

NRC is in the process of rolling out a comprehensive approach to mainstreaming protection across its programming interventions through ‘Safe and Inclusive Programming’ (SIP). SIP the term that NRC uses to describe protection mainstreaming in humanitarian aid, and is strongly linked to/encompasses also gender, age, diversity mainstreaming and disability inclusion.

SIP is a foundational element to all our Ways of Working - It is about how we work, and what we do to make sure it is safe for others to participate in our programming. It ensures that our programmes respect certain standards, so they are safe, participatory, accountable and dignified for the communities and people we work with and for. It is an imperative for all humanitarian actors engaged in humanitarian response no matter what sector.

Through Minimum Standards for Safe and Inclusive Programming we work to incorporate protection principles and promote safety, dignity and access in humanitarian aid. We are doing this by taking into account the following elements

  • Prioritising safety, dignity and avoiding causing harm (preventing and minimising as much as possible unintended negative effects of our interventions)
  • Promoting meaningful access to assistance and services (paying attention to individuals and groups who may be particularly vulnerable and have difficulty accessing, including diverse age, gender, and diversity groups)
  • Accountability (ensuring appropriate mechanisms for affected populations to measure the adequacy of interventions, and address concerns and complaints)
  • Participation (of communities in our programming and empowerment of individuals to claim their rights)

The Regional Adviser is responsible for facilitating and coordinating the roll-out and of the Minimum Standards for Safe and Inclusive Programming as well as the supporting their institutionalization/integration into the Country Office and Regional Office system.

Particular focus will be:

  • To support Country Offices in the two regions (EAY and MERO) in the implementation of their 2022-2023 Action Plans that have recently been developed
  • Ensure sustainability and further institutionalisation of Safe and Inclusive Programming across Country Offices and the Regional Office (including through Training of Trainers, integration of SIP into NRC’s ways of working)

General Responsibilities

  1. Safe and Inclusive Programming roll-out. Facilitate and coordinate the dissemination, roll-out and institutionalization of Safe and Inclusive Programming in the Regional and Country Offices, in line with NRC's global Safe and Inclusive Programming Strategic Initiative.This includesbuilding systems, capacities and tools for applying and implementation of the Minimum Standards and humanitarian principles across NRC’s response.
  2. Capacity Development. Provide training (including Training of Trainers), capacity building and mentoring of Country Office and Regional Office staff on Safe and Inclusive Programming. This includes both the technical standards as well as the NRC routines for design, implementation and compliance checks.
  3. **Institutionalization of SIP into NRC’s Ways of Working.**Support the integration of Safe and Inclusive Programming into NRC’s Ways of Working across relevant departments, particularly the CO and RO programme teams. Collaborate also closely with colleagues working on Monitoring and Evaluation, HR, Finance, Logistics, and Risk and Compliance, on common issues, ensuring SIP integration within their systems and processes.
  4. Programme Quality. Provide ad hoc technical advice and support to the Regional Programme Unit and Country Office project teams Field Teams throughout the programme-cycle. This is to ensure adherence to the safe programming standards (especially on the minimum standards) during planning, implementation and monitoring of NRC’s programming.
  5. Grant Processes. Review and provide safe and inclusive programming feedback to project/grant processes, including: concept notes, proposals, grant agreements and reports, in close collaboration with the other Regional Advisers (CC and Programme).
  6. Reporting. Contribute to reports, including: updates on the Safe and Inclusive Programming roll-out situation reports (sitreps), assessments, background/briefing papers, talking points, information memos, and other relevant documents relating to safe programming as required by the Regional Program Director.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Support the implementation of the Country Offices Action Plans on Safe and Inclusive Programming in the regions of EAY and MERO. This may include capacity-building, contextualization/development of tools, and ad hoc support and mentoring.
  2. Support the development of Country Office Action Plans (including facilitating self-assessment and Action Plan workshops) for those Country Offices who have yet to develop an Action Plan (likely 1-2 maximum)
  3. Coordinate/develop and roll-out in-person and online trainings to facilitate the roll-out of the SIP Minimum Standards.
  4. Provide capacity building (Training of Trainers) and mentoring of Country Office focal points related to Safe and Inclusive Programming and the application of the Minimum Standards
  5. Capacity-building of relevant Regional Advisers (CC, thematic and programme advisers) on SIP, with a view to cascade learning across their departments in the region
  6. Coordinate, analyse, monitor and report on the country office SIP action plans and integration into country office strategies for the EAY and MERO region
  7. Support and find avenues for the integration of SIP into NRC’s programming, systems, documents and routines

Professional Competencies:

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience within the area of protection (mainstreaming). This also includes working in the area of gender, age, diversity mainstreaming, disability inclusion, child protection mainstreaming, gender based violence risk mitigation, and community engagement.
  • Strong knowledge of global protection mainstreaming standards and relevant bodies of international law (international human rights law, international humanitarian law and refugee law).
  • Master's degree in related field (desirable).
  • Knowledge of working with NRC’s programmes and systems is an advantage.
  • Experience in developing and delivering high quality protection-related training and tools to support practical implementation of protection standards
  • Strong communication skills and ability to build trust and confidently navigate both internally and externally at different levels.
  • Skills related to and/or experience from driving organisational change processes
  • Ability to think strategically and constructively and to apply these skills in developing policy frameworks and guidelines to support institutionalization of protection mainstreaming.
  • Experience in working with partners and supporting development of their organisational and programmatic protection capacities.

Context/ Specific skills, Knowledge and Experience:

  • Knowledge of risk, compliance and accountability mechanism
  • Knowledge of donor requirements linked to safe and inclusive programming (protection mainstreaming)
  • Willingness to travel, including in insecure environments

For more information, here is the detailed Job Description

Additional Details:

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya / Amman, Jordan.

Locations - East Africa and Yemen Region (EAY) / Middle East Regional Office (MERO) - The candidate can operate from either of the Regional Offices.

Type of Contract: 12 Months renewable based on funding, performance, and the need for position

Salary: Based upon the NRC grading Scale

Travel: 40%

This position is open to qualified candidates of all nationalities! Experience in the stated regions is highly desired!

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