Job description

Location: based in Beirut, Lebanon with displacement to field in other We World GVC missions and HQ

Job Title:  Global Protection Specialist

Type of contract: 9 months with possibility of extension (including a 3 months as probation period)

Starting date: ASAP

Monthly Gross Salary Range: 3500-4500 Euros

Application deadline: 31/08/2019

Application procedures: Send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] with reference L22.3 only preselected candidates will be contacted; the applications will be reviewed as they are received and the position may be awarded before the deadline

We World GVC, recently constituted from the merger of two NGOs, is an Italian secular and independent organization working since 1971 in international cooperation and humanitarian aid. Present in 29 countries with 128 projects, We World GVC operates in the following areas of assistance: human rights (gender equality, prevention and combating violence against children and women, migration), humanitarian aid (prevention, emergency relief and rehabilitation), food security, access to water, health and hygiene, education, global citizenship education, quality teaching and international volunteering. We World GVC works mostly with girls, boys, women and youth, actors of change in every community for a fairer and more inclusive world. Supports people overcoming emergencies and guarantees a life with dignity, opportunities and a better future through human and economic development programs, in the framework of the 2030 Agenda. Joining the We World GVC team means being part of the development of a dynamic organisation where the contribution of each staff member is promoted and valued, working together towards the collective achievement of shared goals and vision.

Scope of the job

The Global Protection Specialist coordinates the work of dedicated Protection Staff in different We World GVC Missions. This position is lined managed directly by the Humanitarian and Protection Policy Expert and is a core staff of the We World GVC Innovation and Learning Unit. The Global Protection Specialist is the first “clearing house” for quality and strategic aspects regarding the Individual Protection Approach (IPA) and related protection-specific strategies. He/she will provide as well technical advisory to We World GVC continuous development of the Protection Sector and Programs. IPA is a system to identify and assess people whose immediate physiological, dignity and safety needs are not met; it supports, through guidance or mediation, the linking of right-holders to an appropriate service provider. The IPA contributes to strengthening right-holders’ resilience capacities to claim their right to assistance, and to identifying service-provision gaps, challenges or obstacles for accessing services. The IPA is a core component of the Community Protection Approach (CPA) that is a community engagement and empowerment instrument to design and monitor Integrated Protection Programs (IPP).

Main responsibilities

Ensure the highest quality and relevance of the Individual Protection Approach

  • Responsible of the design, use and development of the Individual Protection Approach (IPA)
  • Ensure the establishing of quality procedures in line with the strategic approach of We World GVC, support in the homogenization of tools, as well as lead on innovation and development
  • Responsible of the coordination and liaison with We World GVC Missions’ and HQs’ processes related to the Individual Protection Approach
  • Lead and supervise the establishment of mechanisms of quality control of planning, monitoring and validation of the IPA development and management
  • Provide technical line management to Protection Specialists and Protection Staff in We World GVC missions.
  • Ensure the highest standard and compliance with protection principle and ethical considerations in the management, design and development of the IPA section within the We World GVC digital platform
  • Conduct on spot visits and missions to monitor processes and field presence, when necessary

Lead the methodological innovation, design and development of IPA

  • Lead the design, development and review of tools and procedures to operationalize the IPA and mainstreaming protection principles into the current Community Protection Approach (CPA)
  • Support the CPA Global Coordinator in the design, development and implementation of the IPA standard training and capacity building package
  • Design, in collaboration with the CPA Global Coordinator, specific capacity building plans for We World GVC areas of intervention, and provide on-going mentoring, technical support and training
  • Responsible of continuous stocktaking of third parties’ approaches and analyses to extract occurrences to confront, validate and suggest developments in We World GVC IPA approach
  • Work hand-in-hand with the CPA Global Coordinator and the Research and Data Analysis Expert to continuously define innovative and efficient tools to link the identification, referral, quality and accountability monitoring of individual and family cases to community mechanisms within the CPA overall methodology

Contribute to the We World GVC strategic thinking and knowledge management

  • Provide technical advisory to the design and development of new initiatives and proposals
  • Design, suggest and support the design of specific reports, outputs of analysis, info graphics, trend analyses and any other relevant output or documentation
  • Lead on behalf We World GVC the identification of innovative solutions to maintain the relevance of the IPA definitions and methodology, to align CPA to international standards and particularly ICRC, IASC, Global Clusters, ECHO and other relevant UN systems
  • Work hand-in-hand with the Humanitarian and Protection Policy Expert and related staff to establish advocacy strategies in the areas of implementation of the IPA


  • Any other request in the line of duties of the Protection Specialist, in accordance to defined time-priority agreements with We World GVC


Qualifications and Knowledge

  • Master Degree in social sciences, sociology, anthropology or similar subject
  • Specific specialization on protection related studies is considered an asset
  •  Strong and proven knowledge of protection principles, standards and criteria
  • Fluent in English both written and verbal

Professional Experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in field-based operations
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in systems of identification and referral
  • Experience of and commitment to work through systems of community participation and accountability in humanitarian and development programmes

Skills and Abilities

  • Politically and culturally sensitive with qualities of patience, tact and diplomacy
  • Good leadership and communication skills
  • Good capacity to organize the work of others
  • Highly organised and able to work independently
  • Passionate in the job, flexibility to adjust to changes
  • Ability to work under pressure and ability to develop and work within a team
  • Strong commitment to the Mission of We World GVC, genuine interest for international cooperation development topics
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the NGO values and ethical standards; displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability


  • Previous experience in the Middle East
  • Knowledge of the humanitarian context in Lebanon
  • Experience in advocacy and communications
  • Knowledge of Arabic

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Info su GVC Onlus

GVC is an Italian NGO founded in 1971 active in international development and humanitarian aid projects.

We work to return dignity to entire communities; we fight poverty and injustice so that the fundamental rights of every person can be recognised. In almost fifty years of activity, we have reached the remotest corners of the world, setting up thousands of sustainable development cooperation projects.

During a humanitarian emergency, GVC works to rebuild what has been destroyed and to rekindle growth and sustainable development processes. Our interventions aim to increase the population’s resilience, enhancing a community’s capacity to find, within its fabric, the skills and resources necessary to grow in a self-sufficient manner.

Our staff is the key to achieving ambitious goals. With nearly 770 professionals employed and 250 partners, over the past 12 months GVC has reached 1.4 million people. The organisation’s programmes are co-funded by the most important humanitarian and development aid donors such as EU (DEVCO, EACEA, ECHO, NEAR), United Nations (OCHA, UNHCR, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, FAO) and individual countries (AICS, JICA, France and Dutch Embassies) as well as by private donors and foundations.

Our programmes rely on highly specialised staff, able to implement tailored methods and practices in order to meet the different needs of beneficiaries and donor requirements.

The challenges that characterise the environments we work in are tackled by creating innovative synergies that draw on teamwork, multi-disciplinary experiences and by pairing international and local expertise.

Respect for individuals and constancy are essential and inalienable characteristics if operating in contexts requiring strong human and professional talents.

Being part of the GVC team means taking part in the development of a dynamic organisation where the contribution of each staff member is promoted and valued, working together towards the collective achievement of our goals and vision.