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The Protection Officer serves as the focal point for ensuring the rights of the IDPs and other affected populations are articulated and respected throughout project implementation. S/he will work with relevant stakeholders to support the issuance of civil documentation to the IDPs, thereby enhancing social protection. S/he will take the lead in the mapping of referral pathways for community members with other protection concerns. S/he will facilitate the mainstreaming of protection priorities into all other components of the project. S/he will provide technical support to staff involved in protection activities, demonstrating good practice while doing in the affected communities. Establishes and/or reviews guidelines and working tools related to protection activities, including restoring family links. Regularly participates in the efforts of the Protection Cluster and sub-clusters, as when assigned by the Project Coordinator to whom s/he reports.
Bachelor’s degree and preferably masters in law, social work, community development, political science, or related field. Minimum of five (5) years of professional work experience in the protection arena, ideally in situations of displacement. Experience in community engagement and participatory action planning required. Likewise, collecting and properly managing protection-related data. Proficiency in the formulation and implementation of training designs as well as adult education is required. Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English is required, ideally complemented with fluency in Maranao, Maguindanaon, Visayan and/or Cebuano dialects. Knowledgeable about Mindanao, the conflict-affected areas, and the socio/political dynamics. Proactive and rigorous approach to problem solving and professional responsibilities. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team. Proficient with personal computers and appropriate software.