Job Title: Sub National Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator
Code: 35-705
Duty station: Aden, but with regular field visits for cluster-related purposes to other governorates (meetings, assessments, surveys). Other governorates include: Lahj, South Taiz, Al-Dhale’a, Abyan, in addition to Mukalla-hub (Shabwa, Hadramout and Al-Mahra) until present presence is established by protection cluster in Mukalla.

Starting date:
Contract duration: 9 Months
Reporting to: INTERSOS – Head of Mission & UNHCR – Sub National Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator (UNHCR SN-PCC)

Supervision of:
Dependents: n/a

General context of the project

Yemen finds itself in a man-made protracted crisis with devastating effects on the lives of ordinary people. The protection of civilians is continuously undermined and/or ignored by the parties to the conflict. Armed conflict, risk of famine and disease outbreaks in Yemen have resulted in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with over 18 million people estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance. At the heart of this man-made humanitarian emergency is a protection crisis that threatens the life, safety and well-being of millions of civilians, not least the most vulnerable already struggling to survive.

Underlying the armed conflict, deep financial and economy crisis, and collapse basic services and institutions, are ongoing violations of international human rights law (IHRL) and international humanitarian law (IHL) and that result in civilian casualties, displacement, damage to civilian infrastructure and disruption and loss of livelihoods.

These factors have exacerbated the vulnerabilities of the Yemeni population, leading to households and individuals resorting to negative coping mechanisms, such as child marriage, child labor, forced recruitment, etc. Moreover there is an increased family separation and the breakdown of community support structures, not to mention increased psychosocial and mental distress.

General purpose of the position

With protection being strategic and cross-cutting, the Sub-National Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator (SN-PCCC), together with the Sub National Protection Cluster Coordinator (SN-PCC), under leadership of UNHCR, assumes the responsibility of promoting the centrality of protection in the overall humanitarian response in the southern governorates. In addition to ensure access to qualitative protection services, the Sub-National Protection Cluster, under the leadership of the SN-PCC, is also responsible for providing training and guidance so that protection is sufficiently mainstreamed across clusters and sectors.

The SN-PCCC represents the Protection Cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms, at the Inter-Cluster Working Group and in other relevant fora (as necessary). The SN-PCCC represents the interests of the members of the Protection Cluster, respecting and promoting the humanitarian principles.

The SN-PCCC supports the work of the sub-clusters (Child Protection, GBV and the MATWG) while ensuring a holistic and coordinated approach in the protection response and ensures consultation to represent interests of sub-clusters.

Moreover the SN-PCCC will ensure:

  • Timely and coordinated action to address the protection needs of affected populations by Sub-National Protection Cluster members
  • Relevant and robust coordination mechanisms, incl. information management, are established and maintained with Sub-National Protection Cluster members, government counterparts and donors, for timely and effective needs assessments, planning, prioritization, implementation, reporting and evaluation
  • Quality analysis of context and data, permitting prioritization of protection related response activities, considering age, gender, disability and other diversities of the affected populations
  • Ensure that Sub-National Protection Cluster members are accountable to affected populations through consultation, participation, feedback and response mechanisms integrated throughout the programming cycles
  • Timely and evidence-based advocacy for adequate funding of activities delivered by the Sub-National Protection Cluster.

Main responsibilities and tasks

  • Support the SN-PCC to convene and facilitate Sub-National Protection Cluster meetings in line with the Principles of Partnership, ensuring that meetings are consultative and results-oriented;
  • Promote the centrality of protection in the overall humanitarian response throughout the humanitarian program cycle, incl. timely and comprehensive protection analysis and recommendations for action;
  • Ensure that the protection response is driven by a Protection Cluster strategy, which is informed by protection considerations and humanitarian principles, developed in a consultative process with Sub-National Protection Cluster members and external partners;
  • Ensure monitoring and reporting on activities, needs, and performance against the Protection Cluster strategy and agreed results;
  • Proactively represent the Sub-National Protection Cluster and the interests of Sub-National Protection Cluster members in inter-cluster working group, including with the government, ensuring consultation with Sub-National Protection Cluster members on key messages and adherence to humanitarian principles of impartiality, independence, neutrality and humanity;
  • Ensure coordination with government counterparts and other relevant authorities as well as complementarity with government policies and plans;
  • Co-lead and coordinate protection needs assessments, including participatory assessments of all affected populations within the Protection Cluster or at the inter-cluster level;
  • Ensure evidence-based collaborative planning;
  • Provide timely information as available and appropriate to Sub-National Protection Cluster members concerning funding opportunities as well as advocating of funding of protection activities in southern Governorates;
  • Co-coordinate and contribute to initiatives, including the delivery of protection training activities, to build the protection capacity of inter alia Sub-National Protection Cluster members and local authorities, external partners and civil society;
  • Co-facilitate reporting and information sharing within the Sub-National Protection Cluster and at the inter-cluster level;
  • Ensure the collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data, and that reporting captures gender, age and diversity dimensions.

Required profile and experience


Hold a master’s degree in social science or any related field (unless compensated with minimum 5 year of relevant work experience).

Professional Experience

  • At least 2 years relevant coordination experience in the protection sector in emergency settings
  • Familiarity with the Cluster system and OCHA functions is mandatory
  • Prior experience in providing coordination, training and guidance to partners (UN agencies, INGOs, NNGOs) in carrying out protection & multi-sector rapid assessments and intention surveys in challenging environment
  • Prior experience in roles of coordination & representation of national and international NGOs
  • Deep knowledge of protection mainstreaming, referral pathway mechanisms and service mapping
  • Prior experience in working in protracted complex emergency setting, involving internal displacement
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project proposal writing, while prior experience in Cluster defense would be an asset

Professional Requirements

  • Demonstrable experience in establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders including, donors and government counterparts, INGOs, NGOs, other Clusters, UN agencies representatives
  • Excellent computer skills (proven computer literacy, in particular excellent Excel knowledge is a must)
  • Experience in data collection and analysis (data analysis and management, drafting of reports combining quantitative and qualitative information), including ability to work smoothly with SMART tools such as ODK and KOBO
  • Demonstrate ability to provide capacity building to national staff – both coaching on the job and through structure training
  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strong experience with monitoring tools and systems
  • Basic IM and design skills would be an asset
  • Readiness to move around in Yemen
  • Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission and vision of INTERSOS


  • EXCELLENT English language skills – reading, speaking, writing
  • Knowledge of Arabic language will be considered as an asset but is not compulsory

Personal Requirements

  • Strong team spirit, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent analytical skills, observation and analysis capacity
  • Attention to detail and structured way of approaching tasks (very organized)
  • Ability to plan ahead and output oriented (pro-active)
  • Able to ensure quick quality delivery in stressful environment (stress-resilient)
  • Ability to adhere to deadlines and respect line management
  • Very strong interpersonal skills: strong communication and diplomatic skills
  • Practical and problem-solver
  • Ability to deal with heavy work pressure and flexible working hours


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In case you encounter difficulties applying through INTERSOS’ platform, you can also apply by sending your CV, motivation letter and 2 references via email to [email protected] , with subject line: “SR-35-705 – Sub National Protection Cluster Co-Coordinator- Yemen”.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the first interview.

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