Oxfam recruits 01 Régional protection advisor

Oxfam recruits 01 Régional protection advisor

Oxfam is a global movement of people working together to end the injustice of poverty.  

That means we tackle the inequality that keeps people poor. Together we save, protect and rebuild lives. When disaster strikes, we help people build better lives for themselves, and for others. We take on issues like land rights, climate change and discrimination against women. And we won’t stop until every person on the planet can enjoy life free from poverty. 

We are an international confederation of 19 organizations (affiliates) working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 

Oxfam West Africa has been working to promote good governance and active citizenship, support vulnerable populations that have been victims of disasters and conflicts, and contribute to strengthening their food security. Our vision of change is a fair West Africa Region without poverty, where all citizens (men, women and youth) have the power and means to exercise their fundamental human rights and have control over their lives. All our interventions are supported by influencing work, actions to promote gender justice, and the development of strategic partnerships with local and international organizations. 

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Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.

Note: All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and may be subject to appropriate screening checks, which can include criminal records and terrorism finance checks.

The Role

To lead the direct support to Oxfam West Africa country teams for humanitarian scale up and ongoing support of large humanitarian responses in West Africa and effectively contribute to the development of regional and country level capabilities in protection.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

This post will fulfill the following responsibilities for work on protection to address humanitarian crises and contribute to addressing extreme poverty and social/gender inequality in Oxfam’s programmes:

Analysis and influence

  • Analyze regional protection dynamics and support the development of country-specific protection analyses and strategies to include safe programming, conflict sensitivity, best practices, gender aspects, and risk management, ensuring coherence with Oxfam’s global protection
  • Monitor and analyse external protection trends, in close coordination with Regional Platform colleagues working in the Equality pillar of the Programme Team (especially the Gender Adviser) and other members of the Humanitarian Team (Rights in Crisis, WASH, Security etc.). Compile/provide regional analysis, updates and advice on evolving protection elements of the humanitarian situation.
  • Represent Oxfam externally; develop alliances and strategic partnerships with regional protection actors including participation in the work of the regional Protection Cluster/coordination mechanisms and other platforms (g. durable solutions).
  • Play an active role in influencing on protection issues relevant to WAF programmes (e.g. GBV) and contribute to Oxfam’s global campaigning work supporting evidence-based policymaking and influencing work.
  • Where appropriate, contribute to Gender Equality work in Oxfam through participation in inductions, regional meetings, external representation, responses to enquiries, and taking part in strategic planning discussions.
  • Support advocacy and campaigning on protection issues within the context of Oxfam’s Rights in Crisis Campaign and contribute to evidence-based analysis on regional, sub-regional and thematic priorities (e.g. forced displacement and migration).
  • Work closely with regional institutional partners in ways that support and contribute to informing and influencing quality analysis of protection monitoring, relevant response and policy design.
  • Work closely with Oxfam’s other sectors (WASH, EFSVL, gender, MEAL) to improve programme quality and provide timely and bespoke support to country teams.

Emergency response

  • Support rapid scale-up for large emergency responses. This may require traveling at short notice for temporary deployments (up to 6 weeks at a time in country), and include responsibilities such as: leading or advising on needs assessment and response analysis, program strategy and design, starting up programming and coordinating in the initial response phase, setting up protection MEAL systems and/or evaluating our responses as needed.
  • Advise on if, when and how Oxfam should be scaling up programme activities in the face of protection crises.
  • Promote the use of Cash and Voucher Assistance (CVA) (e.g. cash for protection) and the leadership of local humanitarian actors.
  • Function as the regional technical lead in protection programming & in responding to regional and country level emergencies, taking an active and hands-on role in assessing impact, advising on appropriate interventions, and operationalizing when necessary.

Partnership and Coordination

  • Develop effective partnership with key stakeholders, including local organisations, NGOs, Women’s Rights Organisations, Civil Society, Government and private sector as appropriate.
  • Support the development, implementation and communication of Oxfam’s strategy in the Sahel.
  • Facilitate linkages with external organisations working on protection issues.
  • Internal coordination and collaboration with Gender and Safeguarding teams, including the Global Humanitarian Team (GHT).

Programme support

  • Provide remote support to country and regional staff to ensure oversight of the design and implementation of needs assessments in emergencies, working with staff and partners to ensure response analysis and the identification of appropriate response strategies in a rapid, culturally-appropriate and effective manner. Review and provide feedback on response strategies or other key documents as needed.
  • Identify and engage in the use of new and innovative methodologies, processes, or technologies that improve protection outcomes.
  • Engage with Oxfam’s GHT protection team on researching and developing protection issues.
  • Advise programme staff and managers on issues of programme quality and to support global programme cycle management (planning, monitoring, implementation and impact assessment).
  • Ensure programmes are safe, are sensitive to gender and other power dynamics and ensure that they are informed by the community intended to benefit from the work.

Regional humanitarian capacity development

  • Provide remote and in country specialist protection advice and support to Oxfam’s country programs in the WAF region and strategic technical input to regional and sub-regional analysis and
  • Build on and use the protection programming in the various countries in the region to help design, lead and coordinate effective interventions that enable responses for future crises both in countries and within the region.
  • Ensure capacity development of the staff in protection in the region, through training, accompaniment and coaching.
  • Ensure capacity development of protection partners, in line with Oxfam’s global goals for the development of national humanitarian capacity and global commitments on preventing and responding to GBV, in coordination with Oxfam global, regional and country teams.
  • Establish and maintain an ongoing understanding of the current capacity of country teams to analyse vulnerability and protection risks and design appropriate protection responses.
  • Coordination of and delivery of agreed plans or strategies. Input to strategic plans and processes at country, region and global thematic level (e.g. safe programming, self-referral and community-based protection)
  • Communicate complex analysis and information to a wide audience on protection issues and concepts in a relevant and meaningful way to other Oxfam


  • Take a leadership/coordination role in Oxfam’s internal Protection Peer Group/Community of Practice and contribute to Oxfam’s global strategic thinking on protection, including carrying out specific country, regional or thematic learning reviews, and evaluations.
  • Lead or contribute to global, regional and sub-regional projects on thematic protection issues in line with Oxfam’s global goals (i.e. partner capacity-building; GBV prevention and response, safe programming, self-referral and community-based protection etc.) including developing proposals for restricted funding.
  • Lead staff capacity-building on protection issues within the WAF region in coordination with regional and Oxfam Global Humanitarian Team (GHT) capacity-building initiatives and develop an internal cadre of protection expertise for rapid deployment/secondment as
  • Lead, coordinate, manage and facilitate Oxfam WAF regional Protection peer working group exchanging ideas, technical expertise, organizing learning sessions and exchange
  • In coordination with the Regional Advocacy Adviser and the Influencing Team, lead on protection advocacy initiatives in WAF.


  • Eager and required to adhere to Oxfam’s principles and values as well as the promotion of gender justice and women’s rights
  • Understanding of and commitment to adhere to equity, diversity, gender, child safety and staff health safeguarding and wellbeing principles.
  • The post holder will be expected to undertake regular travels in the region, be deployed as much as needed to support WAF countries and may be seconded to protection country programs if

How to apply

As part of your online application, please upload your up to date CV and a covering letter explaining your suitability against the essential criteria in the job profile here: …/

Deadline to apply May 10th, 2022 @ 5pm GMT

Start Date: As soon as possible

To view the full job description, please click here

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