Protection Technical Officer /Manager (Surge Roster/Interim)

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Position:  Protection Technical Officer /Manager (Surge Roster/Interim)

Location: Asia, Africa or Middle East

Duration: Interim period

Reports to:  Country Director

Position Summary:    

The Protection Technical Officer (PTO) (Interim) is responsible for the continuing development and daily monitoring of RI’s protection activities and services at a particular site.   The PTO will assist in the implementation of program activities, collaborate with local community groups and INGOs to ensure the effective provision of protection services, and maintain the safety and integrity of project operations particularly as they relate to beneficiaries. The PTO reports to the Program Manager or Country Director. 

About RI: Relief International (RI) is a home to teams of humanitarian activist-professionals committed to transforming adversity into renewal for the world’s most vulnerable populations. By partnering with beneficiaries and communities on the front-lines, RI innovatively bridges the gap between immediate relief and long-term community development.


About RI Interim Positions:

We are currently accepting applications for Surge Roster/Interim positions for short-term assignments (varying from weeks to months) to manage periods of transitions within Relief International.

Occasionally, Relief International has a need to fill positions on an interim basis, including the following throughout the three Regions that Relief International services, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

  • Country Director
  • Operations Manager
  • WASH Program Manager
  • Program Managers
  • Protection Technical Officer/Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Health Program Manager
  • Education Program Manager
  • HR Manager

If you are interested in short-term assignments and would like to be considered for future Surge Roster/Interim positions, please apply below.  In your cover letter, please let us know your rate, length of assignment you are interested in, what country or countries you will not work in.



  • Address key protection concerns for the area of concern and other program areas, which include forced recruitment, gender-based violence, domestic violence and sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA).
  • Coordinate with peer organizations, protection partners and UN agencies to mitigate current gaps in protection services, with a focus on youth interventions
  • Development of an informal, interactive education program.
  • Develop counseling services and training on counseling programs for gender based violence survivors.
  • Conduct community assessments to identify critical protection needs of returnees, women, and vulnerable populations in order to develop effective program interventions.
  • Work to build local capacity, with sensitivity to the political and cultural context.
  • Strengthen non-medical follow-up services, such as social work visits and counseling sessions to refugees.
  • Work with community watch groups, women’s groups, other RI program team and other INGOs to develop a culturally-appropriate referral and monitoring system of protection issues.
  • Plan and implement emergency interventions in beneficiary communities as needed.
  • Consult with peer organizations, protection partners and UN agencies on international standards with regards to program design and implementation.
  • Participate actively in interagency protection and related forums on behalf of RI in the geographic area assigned.
  • Develop the Area Strategy working closely with the Country team, Regional Team and GSO (Global Support Office).
  • Work with the Country Team, operations, finance, and security staff to ensure that all program activities adhere to RI and international standards.
  • Conduct and design protection services and program activities with the utmost sensitivity for the safety and well-being of beneficiaries and national staff and with regards to the political context.
  • Generation of timely internal and external reports


This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment:

  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to live and work professionally in austere environments 
  • Understanding of the political and cultural context in the area serving and a strong interest in working in the region.
  • Three to five years of relevant professional experience with an international organization in humanitarian programs specifically in adult and/or youth protection.  
  • Previous experience supervising and managing a multi-disciplinary team in a cross-cultural setting.
  • (Preferred, can be substituted with relevant experience) An advanced graduate degree in social sciences, humanities, international relations or other related field. 
  • Experience in counseling services and associated cross-cultural implications
  • Experience in capacity building, participatory methods, and community development. 
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills (must be able to provide an independently created and relevant writing sample).

If you are interested in short-term interim assignments and would like to be considered for our Surge Roster/Interim positions, please apply below.  Please submit:

1.  Resume

2.  Cover letter and let us know your rate, desired length of assignment, what country or countries you will not work in.

3.  Three professional supervisory references (with contact information)

4.  Your date of availability. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Thank you.

RI Values:

We uphold the Humanitarian Principles: humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and operational independence. We affirmatively engage the most vulnerable communities. We value:

  • Inclusiveness
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Agility and Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability

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