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Protection Team Leader Ukraine Mykolaiv (for nationals only)


  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Ukraine
  • Grade: Junior level - Junior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

All NRC employees are expected to work in accordance with the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall guide our actions and relationships. 

  1. Role and responsibilities

The Protection Team Leader (TL) will be responsible for supporting team and project management with protection mainstreaming within the NRC Ukraine South Area Office in line with NRC’s Protection Policy and global protection standards.  The Protection TL will work with the protection coordinator to develop protection mainstreaming tools and guidance to ensure protection is integrated within programme cycle management and will support staff and contractor capacity building through pieces of training and awareness-raising sessions on minimum protection standards. The Protection TL will identify gaps in terms of field-based protection support and line manage any additional field-based protection staff.  The TL will develop strong working relationships at Mykolaiv and field levels with protection actors and provide regular context analysis updates on key protection trends. 

Generic responsibilities (max 10)

These responsibilities shall be the same for all positions with the same title. The responsibilities shall be short and essential. Details belong in the Work- and Professional Development Plan.

  1. Ensure compliance with NRC (global and national) policies and procedures, handbooks and guidelines and/or propose new initiatives to bridge gaps and implement these.
  2. Contribute to developing systems and SOPs and makes sure they are implemented accordingly.
  3. Identify, analyse and evaluate key processes and gaps in the team activities and make recommendations for improvement.
  4. Liaison and collaborate with relevant local authorities and/or stakeholders.


Specific responsibilities 

  • Support the implementation of NRC’s Protection Policy and global protection standards within Country Office by working with the protection coordinator and manager. 
  • Develop protection tools and guidance and continually update protection action plans to ensure integrated and safe programming.
  • Support the training, capacity building and mentoring of field staff and awareness raising of non-staff (contractors and incentive labour) on minimum protection standards 
  • Identify gaps in terms of field-based protection support and line manage any additional field-based protection staff to ensure support to programme management on specific programme initiatives and staff mentoring. 
  • Convene regular meetings of Programme (Protection) Referral focal points to ensure quality in protection referrals in line with NRC internal SOPs. 
  • Develop strong working relationships at the Country Office level, Area South level and field level with external protection actors and referral partners.  Represent NRC at the field level in protection coordination meetings
  • Produce regular context analysis updates on key protection trends and contribute to programme development discussions. 


Critical interfaces

By interfaces, NRC means processes and projects that are interlinked with other departments/units or persons. Relevant interfaces for this position are: 

  • Area Manager/Project Managers, Project Coordinators
  • UDOC / Protection Manager
  • Head of Programme/CC Specialists
  • Programme (Protection) Referral Focal Points 
  • Country Security Advisor
  • Logistics Manager 


  1. Competencies 

Competencies are important in order for the employee and the organisation to deliver desired results. They are relevant for all staff and are divided into the following two categories:


 1. Professional competencies 

These are skills, knowledge and experience that are important for effective performance. 

Generic professional competencies for this position: 

  • Experience working as Protection Officer in a humanitarian/recovery context 
  • Previous experience from working in complex and volatile contexts
  • Documented results related to the position's responsibilities
  • Experience working in coordination and liaising with external actors 
  • Experience developing and delivering protection training and good presentation skills in Ukrainian/Russian/English
  • Ability to multi-task and work with short deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and proactively with limited daily support and supervision 

Context-related skills, knowledge and experience (shall be adapted to the specific position): 

  • Knowledge of the Ukraine context and broader crisis 
  • Knowledge of global protection standards and relevant bodies of international law 

2. Behavioral competencies (max 6)

These are personal qualities that influence how successful people are in their job. NRC’s Competency Framework states 12 behavioural competencies, and the following are essential for this position:

  • Handling insecure environments
  • Planning and delivering results
  • Working with people
  • Analyzing
  • Communicating with impact and respect
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