Protection & Gender Deputy Program Manager at Action Against Hunger

Job Description



As a registered charity, founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger operates in 45+ countries. The international network of Action Against Hunger is represented in France, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, USA and India. Teams in the field combat hunger on 4 fronts: Nutrition and Health, Food Security and Livelihoods (FSL), Water, Sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS).

We are currently looking for the following professional:

Protection & Gender Deputy Program Manager

General Assignment:

  • The Protection & Gender Specialist (reporting to the Program Manager) will be responsible for ensuring protection related activities are implemented, monitored and coordinated in West Wollega and Kamashi.   The position will require close liaison with local government and humanitarian staff, including training and technical support, representation in protection clusters in both regions and general mainstreaming of protection & gender in all programs.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Objective 1: Implementation of protection and gender related activities

  • Implement protection activities as part of program plan, including; Raise protection and GBV awareness amongst community leaders, health systems, teachers, parents and caregivers
  • Provide supervision, support and guidance to field staff
  • Assure weekly group clinical supervision, reflective practice and regular practical support in the field.
  • Strengthen good team cohesion through the organization of internal communications for the MHPSS team: work meetings, coordination meetings, training/workshops with the support of the PM.
  • Coordinate the distribution of dignity kits to the most vulnerable cases identified ensuring Do No Harm
  • Support the establishment of Mother, pregnant, adolescent girls and child safe spaces or, where appropriate women support groups at community level or at health services to provide psychosocial support activities, and behavior change as part of mitigating negative coping behaviors, promotion and awareness of child protection and GBV.
  • Support and strengthen the referral pathways through linkages with existing services (health, protection) and follow-up to ensure the assistance is delivered.
  • Capacity building to social workers in local government  including the Ministry of Women, Children, and Youth Affairs, local women associations, as well as to teachers and health facility workers on minimum standards, Prevention and Response for GBV and CPIE, Psychosocial Support and develop counselling skills, and Psychological First Aid.
  • Protection Monitoring – Providing monitoring information on internally displaced persons to provide information on human rights violations and protection risks to the protection cluster and to inform program design and modification.
  • Standard Safety Risk Audit – coordinate the use of the Action Against Hunger toolkit for psychosocial workers to help identify potential GBV-related safety risks at and around Nutrition & Health sites
  • Represent at all protection cluster meetings and advocate for the protection and gender need of beneficiaries
  • Work closely with the PM and other departments to coordinate activities with the various actors present in the field/camp (e.g. health facilities, NGOs)
  • Represent in meetings, visits and thematic forums related to protection and gender as needed.
  • Participate and share information with other program managers and Technical Support in technical meetings as well as general Action against Hunger meetings.

Objective 2: Logistics and administrative management for the program


  • Understand and follow the logistics procedures enabling the project implementation (purchase requests follow-up with logistics team, support in movement plan, ensure staff are trained in security SoP’s)
  • Prepare the purchase request for required items and submit them to the logistics department.
  • Ensure that the list of needs is in line with the program budget(s).
  • Ensure, with logistics, the weekly programming, daily if necessary, of all of the logistics resources for the program (vehicles, items etc.)
  • Responsible for inventory management and “quality control” of inputs (equipment for the BFS, etc…), in collaboration with logistics and the PM.

Objective 3: Monitoring, reporting and learning of the project


  • Ensure timely submission of donor, monthly and situational programmatic reports as requested by the country office, HQ or the funding agency.
  • Contribute in the capitalization/learnings of program implementation
  • Participate in the drafting of project proposals in collaboration with other managers and the Technical Support.
  • Provide due support and/or participate in any external/internal protection, gender, mental health, nutrition or health related assessments within the camps and host communities.
  • Collaborate with MEAL Specialist and TA in conducting PDM and other protection& Gender Surveys.

Objective 4: Contribute to gender and protection mainstreaming and support staff care activities

  • Lead and support gender and protection mainstreaming, and GBV and child protection integration, into programmes and activities, by respecting Action Against Hunger standards and monitoring these aspects with dedicated indicators
  • Support the Action Against Hunger teams in gender and protection mainstreaming or integration into activities through trainings, supervisions and monitoring; as well by conducting gender and protection assessments and analysis.
  • Coordinate and support in the implementation of staff care and critical incident response plan

Objective 5 : Strictly respect confidentiality :

Activities :

  • Ensure that confidentiality of data, property of project beneficiaries and Action Against Hunger, is strictly respected.
  • Respect confidentiality of clinical interviews apart from dealings with the psychologists in charge.

Job Requirements

Educational and Professional Background Requirements:


  • University degree in social sciences, psychology, law, social work, international development, or other relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing English.
  • Excellent skills in speaking, reading and writing in Affaan Oromo and Amharic
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working in protection for government or humanitarian agencies of displaced or conflict affected populations (for instance refugees and/or internally displaced persons (IDPs))
  • Technical understanding of core protection concepts on Child Protection and GBV), prevention and response strategies
  • Proven experience in delivering protection program activities
  • Proven experience of providing training on protection


  • Strong planning, organizational and problem-solving skills with the ability to work both independently and within a team.
  • Integrity, strong work ethic, and ability to consistently meet deadlines under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and commitment to learning and implementing organizational policies and procedures.

Full proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel.

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