Protection Officer Vacancy at International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and Nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Protection Officer

Locations: Maiduguri and Damboa, Borno
Position: Nigerian nationals only

Job Summary

  • The selected candidate will work as part of the core team to ensure that gender and protection issues of beneficiaries are identified and addressed at all stages while implementing the Blanket Supplementary Feeding Program (BSFP) for vulnerable children and Pregnant and Lactating women and Cash Based Transfers to vulnerable beneficiaries within the areas covered by IMC in Borno State.

Implementation of Programs Activities:

  • Ensure the delivery of protection activities in all BSFP and CBT sites covered by IMC within greater Maiduguri.
  • Undertake regular field visits with the BSFP/ CBT teams to identify and address, along with the sectorial teams, potential protection concerns arising from IMC humanitarian response.
  • Prepare for and organize community consultations and community based orientation sessions, in coordination with IMC team(s) and other partners.
  • Participates in developing and updating the mapping of services for threats and abuses (including GBV) that IDPs face in IMC operation areas.
  • Lead and supervise assessment teams during thematic surveys, needs assessment and data collection for protection-related research.
  • With support of the Program Manager, follow-up with humanitarian actors about requests and invitations for community sessions.
  • Monitor protection issues affecting IDPs and host population in IMC areas of operation.
  • Support the Program Manager and Team Leaders to strategize, plan for and ensure appropriate integration and mainstreaming of protection through all program activities and the various stages in a distribution site.
  • With support of the Program Manager, develop and update relevant Information, Education and Communication tools (leaflets, brochures, posters etc.) that can be used during beneficiaries’ sensitization sessions.
  • Support the Program Manager in developing safe programming and conflict-sensitive approaches to the humanitarian response.
  • In collaboration with the Program Manager, ensure program staff are fully trained on existing referral systems and relevant SOPs for protection cases.
  • Sensitize beneficiaries on available feedback mechanisms and maintain an open line of communication with them to obtain feedback and complaints with regards to protection issues and ensure corrective actions are taken and monitored.
  • Ensure most vulnerable people are identified and prioritized during program activities.
  • Disseminate protection related findings from PDMs and ensure the recommendations are implemented effectively.
  • Work with the Security Manager to ensure effective crowd control and safety of beneficiaries and staff.


  • Develop lines of communication and close collaboration with the other protection implementing stakeholders and contribute to a coordinated humanitarian response.
  • Liaise with logistic and procurement to ensure protection activities have the required resources in good time. Complete and keep records of the necessary reports.
  • Attend external meetings in coordination with Program Manager.
  • Coordinate field activities with other IMC teams.
  • Attend internal and external protection related meetings.


  • Produce gender and protection updates that will be included in field visit reports.
  • Organize and prepare regular protection analysis reports.
  • Contribute in biweekly/monthly reports, donor reports and proposals.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly plans and facilitation of community awareness sessions on basic and specialist protection services using approaches that promote gender equality.
  • Support and coordinate with M&E Officers and data clerks for surveys, post-distribution and other monitoring activities.
  • Support country teams to ensure M&E processes engendered protection and ensure learning of protection issues are captured.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse:

  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
  • Any other duties that may be assigned from time by supervisors

Compliance & Ethics:

  • Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps.
  • As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.
  • Conducts work with the highest level of integrity.

Qualifications and Experience

  • University Degree in a relevant discipline (Law, Political Science, Social Science, Psychology or any other relevant education profile), or comparable addition to experience.
  • Previous experience in protection within a humanitarian response and providing counseling services that are gender-sensitive and child friendly.
  • Previous experience with GFD, BSFP and Cash Programming for Protection
  • Experience in working in Borno State
  • Demonstrate experience (minimum 2 years) in working with communities in humanitarian or development contexts.
  • Capacity and willingness to regularly travel to the field locations where IMC operates
  • Very good interpersonal skills, particularly in networking, working with communities, local civil society and local authorities.
  • Previous experience in using and adapting community-led approaches.
  • Good understanding and knowledge in application of do no harm, conflict sensitivity principles and IMC standards and ethics for protection work.
  • Good understanding of protection concerns, including GBV issues in displacement, human rights, and international humanitarian law.
  • Proven analytical skills.
  • Understanding of monitoring processes, learning, adaptation and evaluation
  • Good levels of spoken and written English.
  • Understanding of local dialects – Hausa and Kanuri.
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles and action and to IMC’s equal opportunity and gender policies.
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skills of using Microsoft word, power point and excel.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Closing Date
22nd September, 2019.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send and address their CV and Applications to the “Human Resource Coordinator, International Medical Corps” via:


  • Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • We are an equal opportunity organization So DAMBOA Based candidates are encouraged to apply for this position.
  • Candidates MUST state the position and location they are applying for as the subject of their email, application letter and curriculum vitae should be in a single Microsoft Word Document, otherwise applications will not be considered.
  • Nigerian nationals only.
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