Career Opportunities: Protection Officer SC 9 - Beirut Country Officer (101361)

Requisition # 101361 – Posted 07/11/2018 – Short Term-SC WFP – Middle East – Lebanon – Beirut 

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


This Vacancy Announcement will close on 21 November 2018 at 11:59 PM (Rome Time)


– Female qualified candidates are highly encouraged to apply

– Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for further assessment and/or interview


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


The Protection Officer will support the WFP Country Office in Lebanon to improve protection mainstreaming based on all relevant WFP policies and guidelines into all programmes and operations. This will be done by strategically leading protection initiatives within WFP Lebanon; external coordination with relevant actors and coordination bodies; and supporting the practical implementation of protection activities. The Protection Officer will develop and lead initiatives independently, with a sound capacity to interact and coordinate internally and externally with relevant colleagues.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Accountability to Affected Population and Protection unit, the Protection Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Support efforts to integrate protection and relevant cross-cutting issues in all WFP Lebanon’s operations and strengthen WFP Lebanon’s strategic protection approach. All efforts closely coordinated with senior management, all WFP Lebanon units and Sub-offices, ensuring coordination and technical consultation with the Regional Humanitarian Policy Advisor when relevant.

Main duties:

  • Lead the development and implementation of achievable protection action plans for WFP Lebanon along the lines of the objectives of relevant policies, raising awareness of and commitment to protection with all staff and partners at country office and sub-office levels.
  • Support WFP Lebanon to ensure that programmes are based on context and risk analysis that consider the needs, capacities, vulnerabilities and other important characteristics such as age, gender, and (dis)ability, of affected populations receiving assistance. This will be done by conducting protection analysis for each WFP’s programme, and working with programme staff to integrate protection throughout the programme management cycle (design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation).
  • Provide technical guidance and advice on protection to all staff in WFP country office and sub-offices, including recommending and supporting practical solutions and adjustments for improving protection aspects of WFP activities, analyzing and anticipating potential protection risks related to targeting or transfer modality, and strengthening the inter-agency understanding of WFP’s relevant policies and its operational impact.
  • Produce regular updates on main protection risks linked to food security and protection risks related to WFP activities.
  • Advise senior management on protection and related humanitarian developments and updates in Lebanon and globally, including relevance for WFP activities, providing regular protection updates to use at HCT and other high-level coordination meetings and fora.
  • Develop advocacy strategy and implementation plan for key protection-related issues to be raised with relevant partners and stakeholders.
  • Ensure that capacity development support is provided to country team and sub-office colleagues so that they have the skills and confidence to systematically and meaningfully incorporate protection in their work and consider WFP’s accountability to affected populations. This will include briefings, training and follow-up capacity support on protection and AAP regularly for WFP staff, partner staff and contractors including bank staff.
  • Contribute to collection and analysis of data collected by programme, M&E, VAM colleagues from a protection perspective, particularly including links to food and cash assistance.
  • Contribute to programme reports for donors and prospective funders, as required.
  • Develop an internal referral mechanism and train Country Office and Sub-Offices on this. Contribute to the development of the external referral mechanism linked to WFP programmes in Lebanon.
  • Oversee the work of cooperating partners with a protection-related specific mandate.
  • Manage information on beneficiary contact data confidentially and according to WFP data management and privacy guidelines, in coordination with relevant WFP and partner staff.
  • Represent WFP in all relevant food security, protection and AAP coordination mechanisms, including the Protection Sector, PSEA Taskforce, and Food Security Sector.
  • Support existing organization commitments and efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), together with PSEA focal points.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Education: Advanced University degree (Masters) in International Affairs, Human Rights, Law, Social Sciences or other field relevant to International Development Assistance; or First University degree (Bachelor) with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


Experience: At least five (5) years of post-graduate professional experience in protection work in humanitarian settings.

▪ Designing and delivering protection and humanitarian trainings and training material.

▪ Working in complex political and humanitarian contexts.

▪ Experience analyzing data and information about context and affected populations.

▪ Developing and implementing relevant information, consultation and complaints and feedback mechanisms.

▪ Working with and understanding of the international humanitarian and development systems, including the UN system.

▪ Strong written and oral communication skills, including substantive analysis and report writing skills


Language: Fluency in English and Arabic languages.


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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