The Regional Programme Officer for Protection and Humanitarian Policy is a technical expert that is fully dedicated to the implementation of WFP guidance on people-centred programming which encompasses : protection, accountability to affected populations (AAP), beneficiary data protection, conflict sensitivity, humanitarian access and disability inclusion in alignment with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines and the Sphere Standards.
They will also frequently cover programmatic aspects related prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse. Travel to country offices in the region, including field missions to emergency and hardship duty stations, is to be expected to provide guidance and protection and on the job mentoring
Efforts to integrate protection, AAP, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding, and humanitarian principles in WFP programmes are informed by WFP’s Humanitarian Protection and Accountability Policy (2020), WFP’s Policy on its Role in Peacebuilding in Transition Settings (2013), WFP Policies on Humanitarian Principles (2004) and Access in Humanitarian Contexts (2006) and WFP Guidance on Data Protection and Privacy (2017), WFP CFM Guidance (2020).
All efforts must also be closely coordinated with the implementation of WFP’s forthcoming Gender Policy.
Under the supervision of the Head of Programme Unit, you will be responsible for coordinating the regional bureau’s efforts to provide technical advice and support to country offices and coordinate and engage regularly with dedicated Programme Officers / focal points at the country office level and with relevant technical units in the Regional Bureau and Headquarters (HQ).
You will support respective country offices and cooperating partners to integrate people centred programming principles in assessments, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting tools.
Provide strategic and technical support for the mainstreaming of protection and AAP across WFP operations in the region.
Support the development of country strategic plans (CSPs) to ensure the centrality of protection and other people-centred programme design elements are effectively integrated into programme design.
Translate the WFP protection and AAP policy, statements on humanitarian principles and access, and respective guidance on Community Feedback Mechanisms (CFMs), data protection, and conflict sensitivity into regional level of practices and strategies to support diffusion and implementation of WFP corporate policies.
Lead and regularly update context, protection, and conflict risk analyses and diversity mapping at the regional level, in coordination and collaboration with respective country office protection teams.
Coordinate protection assessments, privacy impact assessments, conflict analyses, and context analysis exercises, and design action plans to address the findings as required.
Advise the regional bureau, respective country offices and cooperating partners on implementation of mitigating measures in operations and appropriate adjustments to ensure inclusion of most vulnerable and at-risk categories.
Support principled humanitarian action and act as a humanitarian access focal point as and when needed / requested by the Regional Bureau and the respective country offices.
Develop and implement functional trainings in the areas covered by this ToR to address WFP personnel and cooperating partners gaps;
a capacity building strategy on protection, inclusion and community engagement for cooperating partners and WFP staff for the Regional Bureau and directly support country offices with no dedicated protection personnel in coordination with the Programme Unit priorities and budget availability;
Act as a subject matter expert for staff in relevant functional areas both at the regional and country office level, providing relevant guidance and support based on needs and gaps identified;
Identify staffing needs at country level for the areas covered by this role and support the Country office to recruit and select the most suitable candidate in line with the functional requirements;
Disseminate WFP corporate guidance across the region.
Promote partnership with and cross-learning from cooperating partners on integrating people-centered programming principles in food security activities;
Liaise with protection partners on analysis, capacity development, referral procedures and pathways
Represent WFP and actively contribute to the different regional coordination mechanisms;
Keep abreast of protection mandated organizations’ discussions and initiatives on Gender-Based Violence, Civil documentation, Land and property in regional and national foras;
Contribute to building synergies and support UN / INGOs efforts on promoting principled humanitarian assistance and humanitarian access;
In collaboration with the regional donor relations unit, raise awareness with donors on WFP’s work on protection, accountability and humanitarian access and develop concept notes and sections of proposals to raise funds for continued regional expertise and operational requirements of country offices.
Other duties as required.
Qualifications And Key Requirements
Advanced University degree, OR First University degree with additional years of experience and training / courses in one or more of the following disciplines : International Law, Humanitarian / Development Studies, Human rights, International Relations, Anthropology, Social Sciences or other related fields.
At least eight years of progressively responsible professional experience in development projects and / or humanitarian experience, of which at least 5 years of international field experience.
This should include experience working in crisis or post-crisis contexts.
Field experience working on protection and establishing accountability mechanisms towards affected populations.
Experience working in Latin America and the Caribbean region.
Experience in training, mentoring and capacity building.
Fluency (level C) in the English language.
Fluency (level C) in the Spanish language.