Position: Protection Analysis Consultant
Reports to: Head of Program
Supervision of: No line management responsibility
Duty station: Somalia (remote support)
Travel: No travel required for this consultancy
Duration of contract: Three (3) months (September – November 2020)
Contract type: International Consultancy Contract
NRC has been implementing the Protection and Return Monitoring Network (PRMN) project since 2006. The project has evolved and expanded significantly since its inception – both in terms of service components (products) and delivery modalities. PRMN is a UNHCR-led trend analysis project that aims to monitor, document, and report the movements of displaced populations and the myriad of challenges with which they are confronted within Somalia, including protection incidents. The overall goal of the PRMN project is to avail to the humanitarian community a dynamic platform of credible context-specific information on which effective humanitarian response, including appropriate strategic targeting, can be based. It is framed around two specific objectives: i) ensure availability of displacement and protection information to inform and strengthen humanitarian response in Somalia, and; ii) guarantee access to enhanced protection and humanitarian assistance by populations of concern.
On behalf of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) in Somalia for the operationalization of this project, NRC has deployed more than 38 local partners across Somalia to monitor, document, and report on protection, displacement and other forms of population movements in Somalia. A new stand-alone component is being introduced to monitor and report protection sensitivity of the implementation of Somalia Anticipatory Humanitarian Action. The initiative, which is expected to span over a period three months, will leverage existing PRMN network and operational capacity in thirteen regions, including Bakool (Hudur), Banadir (Mogadishu), Bari (Bosaso), Bay (Baidoa), Galgaduud (Dhusamareb), Gedo (Garbahaarreey), Hiiraan (Beledweyn), Lower Juba (Kismayo), Lower Shabelle (Merca), Middle Juba (Bu’ale), Middle Shebelle (Jowhar), Mudug (Galkayo), Nugal (Garowe).
Role and responsibilities
All NRC employees are expected to work under the organization’s core values: dedication, innovation, inclusivity, and accountability. These attitudes and beliefs shall consistently guide our actions and relationships. The Protection Information Management consultant is responsible for routine protection analysis and reporting based on the PRMN dataset, other external sources, the evolving humanitarian context across Somalia, as well as data that will be generated through the Anticipatory protection monitoring component. In addition to high-quality analysis and reporting, the responsibilities encompass ensuring data integrity, consistency, and procedural efficiency. The Protection IM consultant will bring highly developed analytical skills and academic writing capacity to the role, and be able to transform protection data into useful and meaningful analytical information products to inform broader humanitarian planning and response in Somalia in general, and implementation of the Anticipatory Humanitarian Action in particular. Having experience in Microsoft Excel functionalities and other statistical analysis and reporting systems both at the project and organizational levels, ideally in an international humanitarian rights-based organization, will be an asset. The Protection IM consultant’s role shall not involve personnel or budget management and shall be carried out remotely.
- Procedural consistency: Ensure consistent and technically appropriate application of data collection procedures and tools, including timely and accurate data collection.
- Development of information products for donors and publications: carry out continuous in-depth protection analyses of protection datasets and produce relevant reports – flash updates, ad-hoc trend analysis reports, monthly dashboards as well as weekly snapshots for Anticipatory Action reporting.
- Technical quality: Liaise with relevant field teams and oversee the planning and roll-out of the Anticipatory Protection Monitoring component.
- Program development: Contribute to appropriate program development processes related to the Anticipatory Action as my be assigned.
Within the aforementioned generic responsibilities, the Protection Information Management consultant’s role will include, but not limited to, the following set of specific duties and tasks.
- Responsible for quality control procedure including communication with the field to verify data and check quality in coordination with regional focal points. This includes understanding, documenting and ensuring data quality for accuracy, consistency and comparability.
- Analyse data generated from the field and produce weekly, monthly, and other ad-hoc protection reports.
- Produce and update information products such as reports, charts and infographics by turning data into graphical products to convey messages and a story-line; develop advocacy materials including posters, presentations and other visual materials. This will entail proactively revising and proposing new formats to enhance the presentation of information products.
- Liaise with UNHCR, ICLA data analyst and relevant ICLA team members to assist in developing questionnaires and focus group discussion guides as may be appropriate or advised, and provide training on data collection and focus group discussion techniques and skills to selected PRMN monitors.
- Organize, design and carry out routine analysis of the humanitarian situation in the intervention regions, with a focus on protection issues associated with implementation of the Anticipatory Action.
- Work with all regional teams to ensure the effective adoption and use of data collection and reporting tools, as well as strict application of standard operating procedures intended to ensure quality.
- Maintain high alert on the evolving humanitarian, political and security context in Somalia; ensure swift information sharing with the ICLA specialist and UNCHR, and follow-up with field teams to produce high quality customized flash reports where applicable.
- Review and finalize all draft flash reports received from field teams, ensuring optimum accuracy and quality of content.
- Ensure ongoing in-depth protection analysis of the Production dataset to highlight trends and/or information gaps, raise protection issues requiring urgent attention, and to facilitate the use of data for evidence-based response planning among humanitarian partners, particularly those involved in the implementation of the Anticipatory Action.
- Prepare weekly snapshot reports based on data collected through the Anticipatory Action questionnaire and focus group discussions conducted by participating PRMN network members.
- Liaise with field teams and the data analyst to produce monthly displacement and protection dashboards, and/or other narrative analytical reports/updates.
- Organize and conduct virtual training sessions to strengthen internal capacity among staff as may be necessary.
- Lead all PRMN assessment-related activities, both PRMN stand-alone assessments as well as those to be implemented in collaboration with other protection partners.
- Attend and participate on behalf of the PRMN project relevant coordination meetings
- Perform other such duties as may be assigned.
DESIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERTISE
The following qualification and general expertise will be desired.
- A university degree in Mass Communication, Journalism, Information Management, Communications, Public Relations, International relations, Law, or similar qualifications with at least three years of relevant professional experience within an international organization in humanitarian emergency or recovery contexts.
- A combination of relevant academic qualification and four years of professional experience in Protection related work with demonstrable expertise in protection monitoring in complex and volatile contexts.
- Documented knowledge and experience in any of the following will be an added advantage: i) knowledge of humanitarian programming and information requirements, ii) Design, visualization and mapping, and iii) Quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
- Fluency in written English and excellent writing skills are both strictly required
- Knowledge of the context in Somalia is an added advantage.