Latest Jobs in Kenya: Senior Protection and Inclusion Officer (P&I)-Islamic Relief Kenya

Established in 1984 in the UK, Islamic Relief is an international NGO seeking to promote sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities through relief and development activities.

IR started operations in Kenya in 1993 on orphan sponsorship programme through a local CBO in Mandera District, Northern Kenya. It opened its fully fledged office in March in 2006 at the height of drought in the Horn of Africa. Since then, IR has been providing humanitarian and development assistance to vulnerable communities. Over these years it has implemented various development and relief activities in Mandera. This has remarkably changed the lives of the vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. In January 2010, IRK extended its operation to Wajir County, neighbouring Mandera, in January 2012 expanded to Garrissa and Dadaab, and in October 2017 opened programme office in Kilifi County.

IR aim to help the needy regardless of race, religion or gender and implement our work within the following themes: Disaster & Humanitarian Response; Sustainable Community Empowerment; and Education, Child Protection and DevelopmentIntegrated sustainable development is one of the broad global goals adopted by Islamic Relief in its institutional strategic plan that contribute to Empowering move out of vulnerability and realize their God given potentials

Islamic Relief Kenya in pursuit to support and strengthen its operations, seeks to employ motivated, hardworking and pro-active individuals to fill in the following position.

Job Title: Senior Protection and Inclusion Officer (P&I)

Reporting To: Country Director

Base Location: Nairobi 60%- 40% Field offices Garissa, Kilifi, Mandera ,Moyale, Tana River and Wajir Counties

1. Scope of the Role:

The Protection and Inclusion (P&I) Officer leads on the “Leave No One Behind” , Safeguarding and “Do No Harm” agendas to be integrated into all Islamic Relief Kenya programmes, and ensures commitments towards Core Humanitarian Standards and Inclusion Charter are prioritized and mainstreamed. The candidate must have the ability to forge strong partnerships with key stakeholders to meet the programmes objectives. The candidate will champion and support others to ensure beneficiaries and communities that IR works with in the country are satisfied that IR’s approach and project activities are inclusive and protective of the most vulnerable and marginalized.**

Key working Relationship

· Work closely with Country Line Manager, and HQ technical advisor (Gender, Child Protection, Age and Disability), technical focal persons such as Programme Leads, MEAL, Accountability, safeguarding and others to ensure mainstreaming of inclusion and protection into IR country programmes.

· Support the development and delivery of inclusive, sensitive and accountable programmes under protection mainstreaming umbrella.

· Channel key recommendations and messaging to IR Advocacy initiatives, as necessary, to influence policy and practice on inclusion and protection.

· Work with key stakeholders within the country to build their capacity on protection and inclusion, which includes child protection, prevention of GBV, inclusion of all ages and abilities and to advocate for accountable systems.

· Work to support and strengthen safeguarding approaches and mechanisms within the country programme .

Key Responsibilities

• Lead on the protection and inclusion agenda across the country offices and programmes including child protection, gender mainstreaming, age and disability inclusion and the inclusion of other socially excluded groups.

• Conduct reviews and develop plans to ensure beneficiaries and communities that IR works with are satisfied with IR’s approach and project activities are inclusive and protective of the most vulnerable.

• Carry out periodic organizational assessment on inclusion and protection using the Marker Tool across all projects and operations at the country level and develop strategies to integrate protection and inclusion across CO operations and projects in coordination with all relevant departments within the CO.

• Ensure that IR’s 6 A’s Inclusive approach to programming is consistently applied through all CO projects/ programmes and operations

• Build/ strengthen active partnerships with relevant government agencies, UN and specialized NGOs/ CSOs partners, and strengthen referral pathways in areas of Child protection and GBV and age and disability.

• Network with key external stakeholders to find areas of collaboration, best practice, innovation, knowledge sharing and partnerships.

• Identify training needs and build the capacity of IR country staff and other stakeholders on protective and inclusive programming.

• Ensure data collection mechanisms are in place for SADDD and data is collected, reported on appropriately, analyzed and utilized.

• Provide technical support on inclusion and protection for new bids and proposals to ensure it is weaved into planning phase.

• Ensure CO protection and inclusion approaches are in line with international standards such as Core humanitarian standards, inclusion humanitarian standards and Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, IASC gender guidelines.

• Create and lead on a protection and inclusion working group to provide regular briefings to management and in country focal points that support the deliverables of organizational change within the CO and messaging for external actors.

• Document learning and evidence of impact related to protection and inclusion initiatives and ensure these are reported to donors, IRW and are used to inform new programming design.

• Proactively exchange learning and synergy with all involved stakeholders.

• Drafts relevant sections of reports required for donors, management, annual reports.

• Participate and influence external platforms on protection and inclusivity.

• Act as a first point of contact for staff and beneficiaries on all child protection/ protection & safeguarding issues

• Work with HQ-PQ team to ensure the implementation of a donor-funded project on sustainable and inclusive Safeguarding mechanisms through awareness raising of communities, capacity building of staff, developing necessary materials and resources necessary for communicating safeguarding messages, networking with local CSO’s.

Person Specification


University degree in one of the relevant areas- International Law, Human Rights, or Social Science, Development studies project management

Work experience

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience or Master’s degree and preferably 3 years of relevant professional work experience in human rights issues, protection and/ or child protection and GBV. Working in emergency or conflict situations in developing countries is an asset.


Fluency in English, and other national language .

Required Skills/Competencies

• Empathetic

• Excellent Communication skills

• Ability to work in a multicultural environment

• Good interpersonal skills

• Good advocacy, analytical skills

• Teamwork/working with people

• Drive for results Learning Elements

• Articulate methodology of programme and project management;

• Articulate rights based and results based programming in IR;

• Demonstrate a good understanding of IR policies and strategy to address child protection and GBV issues;


· Demonstrate enhanced knowledge of protective and inclusive programming

· Good understanding of CHS Commitments, SPHERE, and international standards for child protection, gender and inclusion.

How to apply


Please send us your cover letter and detailed CV, including your qualifications, experience, names and addresses of three referees, a working e-mail address and daytime telephone contacts. The forwarding e-mail and cover letter must clearly indicate the position title on the subject line. Send your application to by Monday 25th May 2021.

Please note that this is urgent recruitment, shortlisting will be done on a rolling basis

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