International Protection Officer, Nonviolent Peaceforce (Iraq) needed immediately

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis. This is an urgent post – priority will be given to applicants who can deploy within one month of recruitment.
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Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) envisions a worldwide culture of peace where conflicts within and between communities and nations are managed through nonviolent means. NP is a global civil society organisation that works with people affected by violent conflicts to enhance their security and dignity through unarmed civilian protection (UCP) and by helping to transform the world’s response to conflict situations


To implement civilian protection and violence-prevention programming for those affected by violent conflict in Iraq.


A. Commitment to NP Principles

– Demonstrate a commitment to NP’s mandate and principles
– Maintain a positive image of the organization full time while in the field.

B. Project Implementation/Programming

– Information gathering and context analysis
Assess security risks and develop mitigation strategies for both host and IDP communities, including mobile IDP populations.
Continuously monitor local conflict situation in order to track conflict trends and identify protection needs.
Work and live within conflict affected communities to build trust, to establish deep contextual understanding and to effect a nonpartisan position
Engage in analysis around protection and conflict risks as related to humanitarian response and work with all sectors to mainstream protection into broader humanitarian response.
Monitor all protection issues and coordinate with concerned local authorities and NGOs to ensure that relevant protection partners are fully informed on the situation in the region;

– Community Engagement
Identify and flag communities or individuals in need of specialised support services, maintain updated referral pathway, ensure effective dissemination of information
Establish and support community protection mechanisms, including intensive follow-up and support.
Facilitate active participation and leadership of women in community peace and security strategies

– Training
Provide technical skills training in conflict analysis, nonviolent conflict resolution and community based protection strategies
Develop training materials and tailor existing training materials to field-level contexts

– Protective presence, accompaniment and other interventions
Design and implement protection interventions appropriate to context and need within parameters of mandate and projects
Provide protective presence and accompaniment to vulnerable groups and persons with specific needs, with particular focus on improving child protection and combating gender-based violence.
Facilitate communications and relationships between communities in conflict, providing proactive engagement to mitigate potential conflict including facilitated dialogue, shuttle diplomacy and the development of specific implementable agreements
Manage cases of individuals who are vulnerable or under threat, including working with other service providers and managing a follow-up process.

C. Administration and Operation:
Produce activity, field and training reports and support the Team Leader in internal and external reporting as needed
Support the team in consistent security analysis and development of security protocols.
Ensure all project work is consistent with agreed safety and security policies and procedures
Complete team-level finance reports as requested and support monitoring of team cash, spending and financial documentation
Support team-level logistics and operations, including completing procurement requests, supporting asset management and compound management
Assist with procurement of supplies or other logistical matters when delegated by the Team Leader
Perform any other work duties assigned by the Team Leader
Be available to work in any field site as needed by the organization.


A. Education, Knowledge and Experience
3 -5 years’ work experience in human security, child or civilian protection.
Demonstrated successful experience in working in complex security environments
Demonstrated experience working with state authorities, negotiation and mediation
Demonstrated ability to live, work and solve problems independently and effectively in remote, highly challenging locations
Demonstrated ability to analyse conflict, security and political contexts
Post secondary education in law, human rights, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, negotiation, mediation, human security or related, or equivalent experience

B. Skills
Independant Judgement/ Analytical:
– Ability to set priorities, solve problems and analyse data
– Ability to manage information with discretion
– Demonstrable conflict analysis skills, identify entry points and design prevention and protection strategies


– Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and motivate and provide leadership to team and to work and live in a multi-cultural environment
– Solutions focused, creative problem solver
– Proven ability to build relationships with the full range of actors including government, sheikhs, military, police and non state actors
– Genuine commitment and interest in living and working at the community level
– Flexibility and adaptability

– Fluency in English
– Arabic highly desired

Information technology:– Good skills in Microsoft Office applications

C. Other Specialized Requirements
This posting can be physically demanding. Some teams work in remote areas, and during field visits there is limited access to electricity or running water.
This field site is a complex security environment where conditions change rapidly – experience in insecure environments is essential to success in this position

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