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UNHCR-Protection Cluster Coordinator-P3-Mekelle, Ethiopia

Mekelle, Ethiopia
Terms of Reference
Protection Cluster Coordinator (Protection Cluster – P3 ) – Mekelle, Ethiopia
Mission location
Based in Mekelle, Ethiopia with frequent missions to field locations in the Northern Response Ethiopia. This includes extended missions in the field and deep field missions.
1 Year
Operational Context
The Northern Response continues to be first and foremost a protection crisis. Available reports indicate that the conflict that started in Tigray and quickly spread to Amhara and Afar regions – Northern response- has had a devastating impact on human security. Over 5 million people remain displaced internally as a result of the conflict. Protection threats continue to intensify in scale and scope and the population is exposed to repeated deliberate attacks on civilians and other violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. Poor rule of law continues to prevent perpetrators being held accountable for the overwhelming number of violations, including the most egregious abuses, such as rape, torture, killing, targeted discrimination and  destruction of property. The prolonged conflict has resulted in: widespread food insecurity and economic deterioration; reduced resilience to recover from shocks; growing dependency on humanitarian assistance and negative coping mechanisms (including family separation and survival sex); dire impacts on both the physical and psycho-social well-being of the population. Existing evidence suggests that gender-based violence (including conflict related sexual violence) are increasing as well as concerns of civilian character of the sites. Landmines and unexploded ordnance pose a constant threat of injury or death to the civilian population and humanitarian workers equally.

The Northern Response Protection Cluster coordinates humanitarian protection activities for internally displaced persons (IDPs) on community protection, gender-based violence, child protection, protection of civilians, rule of law, mine action and Housing Land and Property issues across three(3) states – Tigray, Afar and Amhara of Ethiopia. The Protection Cluster is co-led by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). The seat of the Northern Response Protection Cluster is in Mekelle with focal points at the state levels. At  the national level is in Addis Ababa with focal points at  priority locations across the country.
Aim of the Mission
To strengthen UNHCR’s leadership role of the Protection Cluster in the field, to ensure that the protection needs of affected populations are identified and met by cluster members through timely and coordinated action, in line with the overall strategic objectives of the cluster.
  • Improved cluster coordination in the field, primarily in locations where UNHCR is the state focal point;
  • Improved nexus between the state level protection cluster coordination team and national level coordination teams,  including timely data collection, analysis and reporting and implementation of guidelines and strategies;
  • Protection Cluster initiatives are successfully coordinated and implemented in the field by cluster members and reporting by partners is strengthened;
  • Inter-cluster coordination is strengthened to maintain the centrality of protection and protection mainstreaming by other clusters and their partners.
Under the supervision of the UNHCR Senior Protection Cluster Adviser, the Protection Cluster Coordinator will:
  • Conduct regular field missions to support UNHCR cluster coordination in the field, assisting field focal points as and when required, particularly in the implementation of protection cluster activities, initiatives and strategies, and local level advocacy;
  • Assist in the rollout of Protection Cluster policies and tools to the field by conducting trainings and workshops and providing general guidance and feedback, in collaboration with the partners and field level focal persons, who will be covering deep field locations where UNHCR does not have static presence;
  • Support to field focal points in the collection and analysis of protection information from partners in field locations, compilation, and review for monthly and other regular reports in addition to ad hoc reports.
  • Identify gaps in information collection and sharing at the field level;
  • Strengthen the coordination structure between sub-national level Protection Clusters and deep field locations;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned at the field level to strengthen Protection Cluster coordination countrywide and identify strategic approaches to common challenges;
  • Assist cluster coordination in the field in facilitating the implementation of solutions activities and programmes to ensure the continuity between humanitarian response, recovery and development, including developing and/or strengthening partnerships with relevant actors on issues such as housing, land and property and the rule of law;
  • Support mainstreaming of protection in the activities of clusters and agencies in the field through the provision of technical advice and trainings;
  • Support training, coaching and capacity building initiatives in the field for Protection Cluster focal points and cluster partners as well as other clusters as necessary, with particular focus on developing the capacity of national NGOs;
  • Provide technical guidance and support to ensure effective protection analysis and monitoring, and streamlining data and information reporting to the national level on protection concerns;
  • Provide surge Protection Cluster support to areas following large scale influxes and/or significant changes to the protection environment;
  • Attend Protection Cluster meetings as request by the Senior Protection Cluster Adviser;
  • Perform other relevant duties as required by the Protection Cluster.

At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the international level in the human rights and/or the humanitarian field, preferably in relation to complex emergencies and humanitarian operations; proven protection cluster experience; proven experience in protection and coordination related issues. Previous experience in  Ethiopia would be an asset.

Essential requirements
  • Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, political science, international relations, social sciences or any other discipline related to human rights and protection. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and field experience in protection may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Familiarity with protection in complex emergencies.
  • Knowledge of the cluster coordination system.
  • Experience with the cluster coordination system. 
  • Strong English verbal and written skills.
  • Solid analytical, writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent computer literacy and skills on MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out roles and responsibilities under hardship conditions.

Personal Characteristics
  • Strong inter-personal skills, including coordination, negotiation and an ability to work multi-cultural in teams.
  • Self-management
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Strategic Planning and Vision
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Technological Awareness
  • Planning and Organizing


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