Protection Consultant, Humanitarian Assistance

Global Communities
  • Location
    Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 13

Position description

Global Communities’ (GC) Department of Humanitarian Assistance (HA) oversees the full business development and programming cycle of GC’s humanitarian programs, from design and inception, to implementation and learning. Our HA programming includes protection mainstreaming and stand-alone protection activities focusing on Child Protection (CP), Psychosocial Support (PSS), supporting survivors of Sexual and Gender Based violence (SGBV), case management, and others. As GC’s protection portfolio continues to grow, the Department of Humanitarian Assistance is seeking a qualified Protection Consultant to serve as a consultant for approximately 4 months to support the design and implementation of high-quality protection programming in multiple countries. S/he will be responsible for leading the design of protection activities and supporting technical proposal development; developing and standardizing the use of proven protection tools across GC’s HA programs; identifying opportunities to enhance protection mainstreaming across program activities; and providing technical and operational support to program implementation in the field. The Protection Consultant reports to the Vice President, Humanitarian Assistance. GC estimates that the Protection Consultant position will require approximately 25% travel.


GC is seeking a Protection Consultant to support the high-quality design and delivery of protection programming. The Protection Consultant contributes to the development and execution of technical and business development strategies for the protection sector. S/he also contributes technical expertise to programs; oversees program implementation; and contributes to program development efforts. The Protection Consultant will ensure the centrality of protection in humanitarian action under all HA programs, standardizing HA’s approaches on gender and inclusion, supporting the mainstreaming of protection in all interventions, promoting client safeguarding, and building the capacity of staff and partners on pertinent protection issues.

  1. Supports program implementation

a. Ensures field teams have needed technical support (directly providing technical assistance within key sectors and overseeing technical consultants)

b. Lead the development of informal protection risk analysis at the start of programs to inform program design and adaptations to enhance equal and inclusive access to services

c. Ensure all program implementation is guided by continuous analysis of gender and inclusion through safety, inclusion, and safeguarding audits

d. Advise on development and implementation of program baseline and other programmatic monitoring, including output and outcomes to drive quality implementation via partners as well as leading review of desegregated data on a quarterly basis to inform program adaptations to understand needs of men, women, boys, and girls

e. Work with MEAL teams to establish and track protection-sensitive output and outcome indicators

f. Promote inclusion throughout program design and implementation by identifying barriers that prevent individual and community participation due to disabilities or age in humanitarian programming, and also identify capacities for self-reliance

g. Work with MEAL team to reinforce beneficiary feedback mechanism to ensure services are safe and accessible to women, people with disabilities, and elderly and ensure feedback in incorporated, including promoting existing and new measure to ensure confidentially and privacy of personally identifiable information

  1. Develop and support business development efforts

a. Engages actively with donors, private sector and other humanitarian and development organizations to ensure Global Communities knows the direction of donors, country policies and directions, and trends within the protection sector within target countries.

b. Leads and/or contributes significantly to proposal efforts from capture to submission through supporting the technical design of programs, ensuring program designs fall within the requirements of the donor, and are technically sound

c. Oversees or conducts field assessments for program design, intelligence gathering and/or to increase Global Communities network within the sector within target countries

d. Develops relationships with partner and donor organizations.

  1. Technical and thought leadership

a. Coordinate and network with GCs field teams and country-based Protection to understand key protection issues within specific country contexts to inform program design and planning

b. Establish programmatic technical standards in collaboration with FSL, WASH, Shelter, and other HA technical teams to integrate protection, gender, and inclusion into technical program design and implementation

c. Develop GC-specific protection approaches that are in line with global technical standards and best practices

d. Liaise with HA and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) staff to ensure protection mainstreaming approaches are aligned with global models and best practice

e. Provide training to HA staff and partners on protection tools and approaches, and best practices in program design

f. Contribute to knowledge capture and dissemination of key learnings via journals articles, conference proceedings, social media, and internal papers.

g. Provide training to HQ and field staff on protection principles, approaches, and standards, and serve as a knowledge management focal point for the protection sector

  1. Represent Global Communities externally and help expand the organization’s visibility and broader participation in the protection sector through participation in protection-focused workshops, conferences, and other events.

  2. Undertakes all other duties and projects as may be assigned from time to time.


· Demonstrated understanding of protection approaches, standards, and programming in humanitarian contexts

· Prior experience designing protection interventions and protection mainstreaming approaches within a proposal or business development team

· Ability to travel approximately 30% of time

· Prior experience managing and implementing humanitarian protection programming

· Excellent oral and written communication skills, coordination skills, analytic skills, and interpersonal skills

· Demonstrated ability to work independently in an effective manner

· Fluency in English, working knowledge of Arabic preferred

· Demonstrated familiarity with USAID/OFDA and/or USAID/FFP protection programming


· A Masters’ Degree in international affairs, social work, or a related field preferred, and at least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in the humanitarian protection field; or Bachelor’s degree and at least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in the humanitarian protection field.

· At least 1 year of experience in overseeing or implementing humanitarian protection activities in conflict-affected environments

· Equivalent combination of education and experience

An applicant or employee may request a reasonable accommodation at any time. Global Communities will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Essential functions include travel to areas with diverse cultures, unstable social economic environments, and difficult physical conditions that require physical endurance and mobility by foot. Employee must be able to travel independently.

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