The NRC Central and West Africa region includes operations in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria. All countries are experiencing a deterioration of the security situation, increasing humanitarian needs and displacements due to conflict.
Located in Dakar, Senegal, the Central and West Africa Regional Office (CWARO) oversees the country programmes in the region, and provides strategic guidance and oversight across core programme, advocacy and support functions.
About Safe&Inclusive Programming (SIP):
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 is the term that NRC uses to describe protection mainstreaming in humanitarian aid, and also includes gender, age, diversity mainstreaming, community engagement 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 NRC 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 NRC works to incorporate protection principles and promote safety, dignity and access in humanitarian aid. NRC is 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)
About the role:
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 Offices and Regional Office systems. In 2022, Country Offices in the region have developed Action Plans to implement the Minimum Standards.
Particular focus will be:
- To support Country Offices in the CWA region in the implementation of their recently developed 2022-2023 Action Plans on Safe and Inclusive Programming, including through the delivery of capacity-building in the different country offices
- 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)
- Role and responsibilities
The Regional Adviser – Safe and Inclusive Programming is part of the Regional Office Programme Unit and will work closely with other Regional Core Competencies and Programme Advisers, the Country Office teams (Head of Programmes as focal points) and the Safe and Inclusive Programming Project Manager in Head Office. Some of your responsibilities include –
- 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.Ensure SIP action plans developed during the 2nd half of 2022 are carried-out as planned. This includessupporting Country Offices to develop capacities, tools and systems for applying and implementation of the Minimum Standards across NRC’s response.
- Capacity Development. Provide training (including Training of Trainers), capacity building and mentoring of Country Offices 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. 1 ToT is planned in each of the 6 Country Offices(COs) in 2023.
- **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 Regional Office(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.
- 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 safe and inclusive programming during planning, implementation and monitoring of NRC’s programming.
- 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).
- 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
- 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 (CP) , gender based violence (GBV), 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (6 field missions to be performed)
- Behavioural competencies:Working with people; Analysing; Empowering and building trust; Communicating with impact and respect
- Fluency in French and proficiency in English both written and verbal is required
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What We Offer
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to join our work culture that empowers every employee to share ideas and take responsibility: At NRC we think outside the box. We encourage ideas and give responsibility to all employees at all levels, to help solve the complex issues that we face. You will have many opportunities to be heard and take the initiative
- 12 months fixed term contract
- An opportunity to match your career to a compelling cause
- A chance to meet and work with people who are the best in their fields
Internal candidates are encouraged to apply but we are also open to external applicants who can show a commitment to NRC and being part of a challenging, but important mission to make a difference.
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 IASC Policy on Protection in Humanitarian Action (2016) and GPC Brief of Protection Mainstreaming
 NRC follows the approach set by the Global Protection Cluster for protection mainstreaming.
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