Mercy Corps, Protection Advisor (Portland, Or)

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Protection Advisor - US
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Mercy Corps’ Youth, Gender and Girls (Y2G) Technical Support Unit helps our country teams design, implement and evaluate high quality programs that understand and respond to the unique needs of men, women, boys and girls. The Y2G researches how different individuals perceive and respond to shocks and stresses. With field teams, the Y2G team learns how to best cultivate avenues for youth, both boys and girls, to gain more access and influence in their communities. Y2G help teams link this information to their objectives to ensure smart, responsive and effective programing and projects.

During 2014 and 2015, Mercy Corps conducted an internal assessment to better understand our strengths and areas of growth in the protection sector. Findings confirmed that the agency will benefit from increased technical expertise on the headquarter-based technical support unit. As a part of the Y2G team, the Protection Advisor will provide technical support to the design, implementation and evaluation of protection sector programming as well lead efforts to mainstream protection across the program portfolio. This position will have an emphasis on capacity building and helping teams to consistently meet industry and Mercy Corps protection policies and minimum standards. This position will work in close coordination with the Prevention and Compliance Specialist on the Human Resources Services team.

Agency Protection Strategy and Prioritization 
• Lead agency-wide protection capacity building initiatives through developing and delivering trainings on protection mainstreaming and specialized areas of protection for key staff at HQ and field-level.
• Coordinate with the Humanitarian Capacity Building Initiative (internal) to ensure protection capacity building tools are integrated into the overall initiative. Priority will be on ensuring new and existing complex crises teams have the training, tools and resources to effectively implement protection mainstreaming standards. 
• Help provide/propose corrective measures to programming where needed and/or promote success in our protection portfolio. 
• Identify and collate evidence base of promising practices; support dissemination and ensure that new programming is informed by this learning. 
• Establish learning group of field members engaged in protection to help share experiences, challenges, successes, tools, as well as encourage on-going dialogue and learning across teams. 
• Develop recommended protection indicators and supporting measurement tools to contribute to agency measurement initiative. 
• Work closely with the Safeguarding, Prevention and Compliance Specialist to ensure that Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and Community Accountability Response Mechanisms (CARM) training roll out is coordinated and reinforced.

Technical Support to Country Teams
• Advise country teams on technical aspects of specialized protection programming and protection mainstreaming throughout the program cycle, ensuring a unified and effective approach to protection within Mercy Corps.
• Conduct field monitoring visits to provide in-person advice and ensure verification that tools and resources are being applied to meet minimum standards.
• Write and provide technical input to proposals on protection mainstreaming and appropriate protection programming. 
• Develop and adapt protection tools and resources as required to improve quality.
• Support field teams in the recruitment of protection team members and consultants.

• Attend protection sector meetings; present and publicize MC’s protection work globally and build links with protection stakeholders to share knowledge, experience and ideas.
• Support Mercy Corps to raise its profile on protection with key donors.
• Link to advocacy team to promote protection concerns, where viable.

Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Senior Gender Advisor
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Y2G team, Safeguarding, Prevention and Compliance Specialist, Strategic Response and Global Emergencies team, country teams, other technical support units

• Master of Social Work, MA in international studies, political science or other relevant area strongly preferred
• 5-7 years of experience, including significant time spent living and working internationally and in humanitarian contexts required
• Minimum of 3 years of experience working in the protection sector, including gender-based violence, child protection or other protection areas
• Experience managing humanitarian response programs including both personnel and budget management
• Strong English writing skills
• Intermediate or high level of fluency in at least one other language preferred with French preferable

The successful candidate will have excellent cross-cultural communication skills, an ability to work in matrix teams and across departments, and will be able to encourage teams to adopt new behaviors without direct authority over them. S/he will be a strong strategic thinker – able to see the big picture and prioritize immediate and long term requests accordingly, have well-developed time management skills and a confidence in making agency level recommendations for mainstreaming protection across programs, including to senior leaders. An ability to work closely with existing agency initiatives that share synergies with protection, including agency-wide capacity building efforts and the agency gender and youth strategies is critical.

The position is based in either Portland, Oregon or Washington, DC and it requires up to 30 % travel to global locations.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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