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Senior Protection Officers - ProCap

Oslo (Norway)

ProCap is searching for senior protection advisors who:


  • Can provide senior-level expertise and leadership on protection.
  • Enjoys working independently and seek variety and flexibility within your field of work.
  • Can be part of a larger effort to assist the UN in responding to current protection challenges and address gaps in the humanitarian system’s protection response efforts.

The inter-agency Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap)

ProCap was established to enhance the UN protection response and contribute to global protection capacity. It is a critical part of the inter-agency global capacity building effort central to the Humanitarian Reform Agenda.  

ProCap’s key priority areas for expertise include:

  • Support, guidance and leadership for protection coordination where systemic gaps exist. Priority is given to setting up protection/child protection coordination structures in the early stages of an emergency;
  • Protection advise to Humanitarian/Resident Coordinators, supporting Protection Clusters/Working Groups to represent concerns of affected populations at the highest level of decision making;
  • Protection expertise to non-protection mandated agencies to make protection practical for non-protection specialists;
  • Support national policy development efforts including: laws, policies and protection response strategies such as on the protection of IDPs and durable solutions
  • Protection in natural disasters – contingency planning and preparedness advice and strategy development.

Although not regarded as official UN staff members, ProCap Senior Protection Officers (SPOs)perform their duties under the authority and in full compliance with the UN agency/agencies to which they are seconded. During deployment the Senior Protection Officers will officially be regarded as Experts on Mission, or “Type II Gratis personnel”. The roving positions will deployed by NRC to the preliminary response in L3 crises and when needed to undertake other urgent assignments requiring the deployment of a Senior Protection Officer. The length of each assignment is typically 3- 6 months. Requests are approved by an inter-agency steering committee.
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Job description

  • The SPOs role is to strengthen the strategic and operational response of the UN Country Team.
  • Other important areas of responsibility include (establishing and) chairing protection cluster work groups, lead protection mainstreaming efforts, guiding the development of comprehensive protection strategies and building in-country protection capacities including on preparedness and contingency planning.
  • Supporting national governments in the elaboration of protection strategies and frameworks for durable solutions for IDPs.
  • These tasks are expected to be performed with emphasis on coordination, leadership and management of the protection response to internally displaced people and other affected populations.
  • Development and implementation of national protection policies, strategies and operations in support of assistance, return/resettlement and recovery in situations of internal displacement
  • Advocacy with host authorities, other country team members and donors.


  • Fluency in both English is compulsory
  • Spanish and/or Spanish is highly desirable 
  • A minimum of 10 years of increasingly responsible professional expertise from the UN or INGO community within the field of protection in a humanitarian setting, where of minimum 5 years have been in an emergency/field context.
  • Advanced University Degree in Human Rights or Humanitarian Law, Social Sciences, Humanitarian Affairs, Development Studies or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience in a related area.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the institutional mandates of UN agencies, particularly UNHCR, OHCHR, UNICEF and OCHA and of their approaches to protection work.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide principled, effective and sustainable responses to problems affecting the rights and legal status of internally displaced persons.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure, in highly stressful situations.
  • A history of effective management of conflicting priorities.
  • Working knowledge of Arabic will be considered an asset.



  • French
  • English

We offer

  • Salary conditions in line with UN.
  • Free housing of moderate standard on assignment
  • 2,5 leave days per month plus R&R where applicable as per UN rules and regulations
  • Medical/health insurances.
  • No family allowances are offered
  • The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) will contractually administer the Senior Protection Officers who will remain employees of the NRC while deployed to the UN


Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to contact all candidates individually. However, all candidates will receive feedback within four weeks after the closing date of the advertisement.

Kindly submit your application in English and include your full name as written in your passport.


Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: NRC - Norwegian Refugee Council
  • Location: Oslo (Norway)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Human Rights
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
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