Protection Officer at CARE International

CARE works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. We seek a world of hope, tolerance and social justice, where poverty has been overcome and all people live with dignity and security.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:




Job Title: Protection Officer

Location: Karasuwa, Yobe
Job Type: Contract
Specialization (s): GBV & Protection
Employment Category: Contract
Employment Type: Full-Time
Vacancy Type: National
Reporting to: Project Manager
Technical Supervision: Gender and Protection Manager
Working Condition: 100% Field Based

Job Summary

  • The Protection Officer will ensure that protection and gender mainstreaming are integrated into all aspect of programming.
  • S/he will support in developing tools for the protection team to ensure they are accurate and comprehensive.
  • The Protection Officer will be responsible for identifying training needs of protection assistants in all locations, ensuring that protection mainstreaming is used effectively in all programming.
  • S/he will also conduct field visits to conduct Protection Mainstreaming assessments and site visits.
  • The Protection Officer will work with diverse communities including but not limited to persons with specific needs, IDPs, returnees, and persons with specialized protection concerns.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Working with programme staffs and beneficiaries to develop structure and methods for managing the complaints and feedback in the field as well as maintaining the integrity of information received.
  • Provide guidance and technical support to the implementing project team, in all phases of the project cycle.
  • Develop monthly activity implementation plan with the project team.
  • Lead/organize regular monitor visits and if required project action plans revisions and modifications.
  • Ensure compliance with donor rules and regulations.
  • Design a tailor-made information and training addressing the beneficiaries concerns and needs
  • Develop internal community based protection training materials and facilitate trainings
  • Participate in monthly protection sector meetings
  • Record monthly protection results and report to project management
  • Promote and implement effective measures for child protection including establishment of referral mechanism
  • Ensure proper filing of attendance sheets and project document.
  • Follow up on all paper work and reporting needed from the field
  • Collect protection case studies and success stories according to guidelines.
  • Working with M&E Coordinator, ensure adequate data capturing of project beneficiaries.
  • Liaise and provide project updates and reports on a frequent basis and whenever required.
  • Organize and attend regular meetings with donor and other key stakeholders
  • Support the delivery of orientation sessions and deliver trainings on gender, protection, GBV and PSEA, as required.
  • Support the capacity building of CARE staff, partners, Food Security Sector members to prepare for and respond to gender, GBV and PSEA protection initiatives.
  • Strengthen mechanisms to enable affected populations to provide feedback and submit complaints related to CARE’s interventions.
  • Organize community discussion and awareness raising on key protection issues, CFM and community engagement with PMCs
  • Facilitate the smooth operation of protection, Gender and AAP component of project, meeting project timelines and targets
  • Conduct trainings and capacity building
  • Conduct focused group discussion to identify the local issues to be addressed

Essential Qualifications and Experience

  • A University degree in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Guidance and Counselling or relevant fields.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with vulnerable communities, basic needs and distribution programming experience, and/or advocacy programs.
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel).
  • Ability to communicate in English, write reports in English and consolidate the reports prepared by protection monitoring assistants into formal English documentation
  • Ability to communicate in Hausa. Other Nigerian languages is a must.
  • Good organizational and management skills.
  • Experience in protection interventions in line with vulnerable or IDP operation.
  • Experience of working with UN or Non-Governmental organizations.
  • Good communication skills and ability to conduct training and awareness.
  • Willingness and ability to work full-time time in the field directly with communities.

Desired knowledge and skills:

  • Extensive knowledge of Nigerian displacement context.
  • Highly flexible, with the ability to use initiative.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and values.
  • Commitment to promoting gender equality.
  • Experience conducting focus group discussions, or the ability to learn rapidly.

Other Requirements:

  • Strong ability to work independently, organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
  • Experience in working in the protection sector.
  • Experience delivering training and curriculums.
  • Experience working with big teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity, and flexibility.
  • Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.




How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Note / Conditions

  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
  • CARE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CARE considers all applicants on the basis of merit without prejudice to race, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, color, national origin, marital status, or veteran status.
  • There are individuals who may use CARE’s name and trademark in emails and on websites in an attempt to solicit fees from interested job-seekers. Please note that CARE will not request for any monetary payments from applicants at any stage of the recruitment process.
  • CARE strongly encourage women to apply.
  • By submitting your Application for this position you agreed to CARE’s ZERO Tolerance to:
    • Fraud
    • Sexual Harassment, Exploitation, Abuse and Child Abuse


Application Deadline  17th March, 2021.

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