UN World Food Programme Protection Officer Jobs in Nigeria

UN World Food Programme Protection Officer Jobs in Nigeria

Deadline For Applications

Applications must be submitted by Sunday, September 25, 2022 (11:59 PM CET)

The Role and Organizational Context

The Protection and Accountability to Affected Population (AAP) Advisor - Head of Protection and AAP Unit (below referenced as HoProt) will be responsible for providing strategic orientations in protection and AAP.

This includes overseeing the implementation of protection and AAP activities in WFP’s operations in Nigeria, supervising the CO protection and AAP personnel and coordinating the partner protection and AAP officers and assistants hired within the context of field level agreements with WFP.

This will include providing operational and programmatic advice on the operational integration of the WFP Nigeria CO Protection and AAP strategy and working closely with WFP technical units including support services and respective sectors (Food, Logistics, Communication) to mainstream protection & AAP throughout WFP operations in North-East Nigeria.

The Protection and AAP Advisor also plays a key role in supporting the implementation of the WFP Gender Policy in coordination with the WFP Gender Focal Point and the WFP CO Strategy on Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (draft) in collaboration with the WFP Senior SEA Focal Point.

The HoProt leads the protection team which is composed of two national protection officers and one international protection officer and works in close coordination with the Head of the Programme Unit, as well as with the Heads of Nutrition, Livelihoods, Vulnerability Assessment Mapping (VAM), M&E, Communication, Compliance, Security and Supply Chain so that protection is effectively integrated at various levels of WFP’s response, including in operational support-related activities, as well as ensure that staff is trained accordingly.

The HoProt is responsible for the overall yearly implementation, monitoring and reporting on the Nigeria CO Protection and AAP Strategy and the protection component of the Country Strategic Plan (CSP).

Key Accountabilities

  • Leadership & Advocacy on Protection and AAP-Provide leadership on protection related policy issues to the Nigeria Country Office

  • Define and Oversee the Implementation of the Nigeria CO Protection Component of the Country Strategic Plan and respective Policies on Protection and AAP- Manage a team of three protection officers across three locations Yobe, Adamawa and Borno and provide the technical framework for the scope of work of WFP's implementing partner protection officers & assistants.

  • Advice WFP and Partners on the Integration of Protection and AAP into WFP Operations in Nigeria-
  • Develop and define strategic and operational measures to integrate the findings from the protection analyses of issues that are impacting WFP beneficiaries and their communities and the linkages to food security and food assistance.
  • Work with all relevant staff to develop responses, ensuring that these are integrated in WFP’s programming and operational activities at the country office level.

  • Integrate Protection Considerations Relevant for WFP Operations in Nigeria into WFP's tools and Processes-Coordinate and provide technical leadership to assessments, analysis and to design, formulate, implement and monitor the integration of protection, AAP and gender into
    WFP food assessment programmes. Draft or review country strategies & approaches

  • Staff Training and Capacity Building

  • Inter-agency coordination and representation-

  • Assist WFP to coordinate with other UN humanitarian agencies, NGO, INGO partners and other relevant interlocutors on assessments of current and emerging protection issues and response planning and explore strategic partnerships

  • Complaints and Feedback Mechanism and Reporting System for Protection. Provide advice, guidance and follow-up in relation to protection aspects of the complaints and feedback mechanism and continue to explore how a system of reporting protection issues within the context of WFP's operation in Nigeria can be established and sustained.

  • Safe Delivery of Assistance, guidance and follow-up on measures to ensure safe distributions. Ensure that protection integration is consistent with WFP policies Executive Board and other operational and protection guidance.

  • Contribute to the Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis and contingency planning for the integration protection considerations and arising protection issues and other corporate
    and donor reporting requirements.

    Qualifications and Key Requirements


  • Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, International Development, International Relations, Human Rights, Political Science, or another related field or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


  • At least 5 years of solid, responsible and relevant work experience in a humanitarian organization or with an organization/agency dealing with protection of civilians, human rights or gender-based violence in a humanitarian emergency context.


  • Fluency (level C) in the English language.
    Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language)

    More About You

  • Ability to lead a team and strong coordination and communication skills to advocate for protection, AAP and gender across different fields and technical units.

  • Strong analytical, writing skills, and communication skills

  • Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation

  • Knowledge of UN system policies and functions of protection-mandated agencies

  • Flexibility to travel on short notice and in challenging and difficult environments.

  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations.

    WFP Leadership Framework

    These are the common standards of behaviour that guide how we work together to accomplish our mission.

  • Leads by Example with Integrity

    Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

  • Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

    Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

  • Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork

    Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

  • Applies Strategic Thinking

    Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

  • Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

    Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

    Terms and Conditions

    Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP.

    The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

    WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

    The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Maiduguri, Nigeria to take up this assignment.


    We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete, and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable).

    Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application.

    Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language

    Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
    Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time

    Please contact us at wfprecruitment@wfp.org in case you face any challenges with submitting your application

    Only shortlisted candidates will be notified

    Application Link: UN World Food Programme Protection Officer Jobs in Nigeria

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