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American Refugee Committee is now Alight. We’re the same organization with the same people doing the same critical work – providing health care and clean water, shelter, protection, and economic opportunity to more than 3.5 million people in 17 countries each year. But in solidarity with the people we serve who are too often defined by a single dark moment in their lives, we’re dropping the label ‘refugee.’
What is Alight’s Talent Community?
The talent community includes a team of protection professionals, who are eager to take action with limited notice to work on short-term assignments. Community members will be contacted when opportunities arise to provide critical coverage while staff are on leave, during times of surge need, as well as new program startup.
The Terms of Reference (ToR) for each assignment will differ and may focus on assessments, proposal development, or project or organizational management.
When you Join Alight, you’ll find…
A team with deep experience in co-designing solutions that create new value around the world. We know we need to always be better, and we believe in the power and abundance of everyday people, everywhere, to change the world with us.
A culture of radical accountability to our customers –as we help build a meaningful life for and with the displaced, we ask them what they want and then deliver on it.
An organization that refuses to settle for anything less than delivering human-worthy services.
The Protection Consultant may be responsible for things such as:
- Providing leadership and overall management of the emergency program and support all aspects of preparedness planning and action including receiving and settling of displaced persons.
- Assessing immediate protection needs, revising and updating the emergency preparedness plan, effectively and appropriately respond to the emerging needs of the population.
- Designing Alight’s humanitarian response and recovery strategies, objectives, activities and implementation plan for the protection sector.
- Revising and updating the emergency preparedness plan, effectively and appropriately respond to the emerging needs of the population. Liaising with donors (in coordination with field team guidance) to identify funding opportunities available for protection related programs.
- Writing and editing protection technical descriptions for concept papers and proposals.
- Assessing and developing sound understanding of external environment and ALIGT strengths to inform strategic planning and positioning on humanitarian issues and programming opportunities
- Helping to develop and manage information systems to ensure accurate, timely and complete data and information for assessments, monitoring and evaluation, internal and external reporting, planning, decision-making and program learning
- Providing training, guidance and support to national staff working in positions relevant to protection.
- Screening and evaluating the capacity of potential local partners for the implementation of protection activities.
- Ensuring all ALIGHT programs are gender sensitive.
- Providing regular updates to the country management and relevant protection and global staff.
Experience we’re seeking
Broadly speaking, consultants will have the experience and skills outlined below:
- International experience; Ability to adapt well in multicultural and security sensitive contexts
- Minimum of 3 years (may be more depending on assignment) managing and implementing protection programs with an NGO in emergency and post conflict environments with limited/degraded local resources and infrastructure in insecure environments
- Minimum of 3 years (may be more depending on assignment) of staff management experience, in emergency and/or humanitarian environments; ability to manage large teams.
- Undergraduate degree in public health, protection, social work, law, international development, or related field; Graduate degree preferred.
- Demonstrated experience in child protection and gender-based violence project design, monitoring and evaluation.
- Familiarity with private, US government, UN and multi-lateral donors.
- Understanding of coordination structures like the UN Cluster system.
- Demonstrated success in proposal writing and development, and securing donor funding (UN, USG, EU, etc.)
- Strong monitoring and evaluation skills.
- Strong coordination and leadership skills with proven ability to work across multiple technical areas simultaneously, supporting multiple staff members.
- Knowledge of participatory and partnership methodologies to support appropriate transition of Alight programming to local organizations and/or women’s organizations over time.
- Experience in project and program development and management and managing budgets.
- Proven experience of developing and implementing gender sensitive programs.
- Experience in representation and interaction with donors, government officials, international organizations, and NGO representatives concerning multi-sectoral issues and initiatives in complex humanitarian emergencies.
- Demonstrated experience in conducting rapid protection assessments.
- Proven management ability and inter-personal skills – team player
- Problem solving and leadership skills
- Ability to deal with difficult, often frustrating work situations
- Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office.
- Fluency in English; applicants with the ability to communicate in other languages (particularly French, Swahili, or Arabic) are at a distinct advantage.
How do I join?
Candidates with relevant experience, who are available for short-term assignments, are invited to apply to join the Protection Talent Community. An Alight team member will reach out to you if your application is to be considered. Talent community members will be contacted about their interest and availability as relevant opportunities arise.
If you are looking to be part of a living, breathing, ever-changing organization full of disrupters and doers, then we want to meet you. We hope to hear from you soon!