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Protection Team Leader - Mekelle

FHI 360

FHI 360

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Mek'ele, Ethiopia
Posted on Sunday, February 4, 2024



FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research, technology, communication, and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development and humanitarian challenge in more than 70 countries. FHI 360’s Crisis Response team is responding to the humanitarian emergency in Tigray, focusing on emergency health, nutrition and WASH activities to support the goal of reducing morbidity and mortality.

Under the supervision of the Protection Coordinator, will take lead on day-to-day activities; work across various departments, collaborate with the other Sector Specialists to oversee GBV Psychosocial Support and counseling activities.


1. The primary functions of the Protection Team Leader are to oversee the implementation of quality GBV prevention and response activities, building capacity.

• Work closely with the Protection Coordinator to understand program goals and to meet expectations.

• Contribute to ongoing assessments and analyses to better understand protection risks, to map points of service for survivors of GBV and vulnerable individuals, and to identify support structures.

• Analyze trends of GBV and suggest ways to develop/adjust program strategies to meet needs.

• Contribute to program design and the preparation of concept notes and proposals, providing necessary field information/ data.

2. Program Implementation and Capacity Development

• Strengthen case management and referral systems.

• Work with teams and communities to develop appropriate prevention and awareness raising/behavior change strategies.

• Support Protection staff to become leaders of GBV prevention and response. Depending on skill sets

and required roles, trainings may include gender, guiding principles of addressing GBV, GBV case

management, referral pathway development, compassionate care, facilitation skills, mobilization,

project cycle management, etc.

• Organize and support trainings for healthcare providers, as needed and appropriate.

• Compile monthly and quarterly reports, on time and with accurate data.

3. Coordination
• Coordinate with local and international NGOs, UN agencies and other stakeholders to ensure holistic support for survivors, including participation in strengthening GBV SOPs and referral pathways.
• Actively participate in protection/GBV working groups and contribute to inter-agency initiatives, also promoting FHI360 as a leader agency in Protection.
• Contribute to the positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the
application of the organization’s Code of Conduct.
4. Human Resources Management
• Assist in the selection, training, and support of qualified program staff.
• Develop support strategies for staff and introduce principles of self-care.
5. Financial Management
• Develop work, spending and procurement plans in line with FHI 360 financial pipelines.
• Work with Finance and Logistics to procure supplies within program budgets.
• Ensure compliance with donor financial regulations.
6. Security
• Ensure compliance with security protocols and policies.
• Consider security implications of all program activities, reviewing all new initiatives with national/ field staff and community leaders and incentive workers or volunteer.

Programmatic Administration:

  • Support projects knowledge management initiatives in documenting approaches and achievements.
  • Provides context and framing in project reporting.
  • Ensures document management site is used appropriately by project team.
  • Provides operations support, e.g., writes position descriptions, participates on staff interview panels, and serves as hiring manager as needed.
  • Conducts new hire onboarding on department procedures and administrative processes.
  • May liaise with Corporate on matters concerning data integrity associated with HR systems, team finance system, etc. and other administrative matters delegated by senior project staff.

Business Development and Proposal Management Support:

  • Help to identify funding opportunities and participate with Business Development and Diversification (BDD) efforts, including capture work and development and/or review of proposal narratives and budgets.
  • Leads aspects of business development and project design efforts such as drafting management section in a proposal.
  • May lead design activities, sub-components of a larger project or overall design of some smaller awards.
  • Leads project design tasks and approach to project tasks and may lead project-level tasks in multiple task areas.
  • Participates in capture management, selects partners, and drafts team agreements, and leads aspects of proposal design.
  • Support the subaward design and is responsible for subaward monitoring.

Finance Support:

  • Support assigned projects in areas including start-up, work planning, budget development, project reporting, and general problem-solving.
  • Provide on-going programmatic and financial oversight to assigned projects, including monitoring of spending rates, sub-awards, deliverables, reports, etc.
  • Reviews or approves purchase orders in the finance system of record (headquarters' (HQ) only)
  • Contributes to the development of the project’s budget process.
  • Reads and interprets budget to understand tracking.
  • Reviews or approves expense reports.
  • Reviews or approves invoices.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of project management concepts and practices.
  • May have or be in the process of developing content knowledge in a functional area.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent and demonstrated project management skills.
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with others.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data, identify errors, and prepare reports.


There are 31 FHI 360 development competencies. Of greatest focus for this job are:

  • Project Management (Planning and Time Management) - Accurately scopes out length and difficulty of tasks (sets objectives/goals/measures). Breaks down work into steps, schedules, task/people assignments. Marshal's people, time, and resource efficiently. Arranges information in a useful manner and orchestrates multiple activities at once.
  • People Management (Making Others Great) – Facilitate professional development of staff by providing challenging, learning assignments and opportunities. Shares and solicits feedback monthly at the very least. Helps establish compelling development plans. Assigns responsibility and accountability for tasks/decisions. Monitor's process, progress, and results. Creates a climate in which people want to do their best.
  • Creating and Managing Systems and Processes – Recognizes the need for standardization and balances client and organization need in systems design. Anticipates the effects of process change on people while optimizing task efficiency and simplicity.
  • Employees are expected to possess or have high potential for the development of these three fundamental competencies.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of complex scope that require evaluation of variable factors.
  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria for obtaining solutions.
  • Networks with key internal and external personnel.
  • Decisions may cause delays or failure to achieve results that impact departmental goals.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Serves as a team lead and mentors lower-level personnel.
  • Determines methods and procedures on new assignments and may coordinate activities of other personnel.
  • May serve as a mentor and provide guidance to junior staff.
  • Typically reports to Protection coordinator.

Education: *

  • Bachelor's Degree or its International Equivalent • Gender, Public Health, Psychology, Social Work, or related area of focus.
  • Master in related filed Plus.
  • Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.

Experience: *

  • Typically requires a minimum of 6+ years of relevant experience with projects management principles and practices.
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.
  • International or Domestic (US) Program Development or Program management preferred.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Travel Requirements:

  • 10% - 25%

Date Revised: 9/13/2021

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

Our values and commitments to safeguarding: FHI 360 is committed to preventing any type of abuse, exploitation and harassment in our work environments and programs, including sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment. FHI 360 takes steps to safeguard the welfare of everyone who engages with our organization and programs and requires that all personnel, including staff members and volunteers, share this commitment and sign our code of conduct. All offers of employment will be subject to appropriate screening checks, including reference, criminal record and terrorism finance checks. FHI 360 also participates in the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme (MDS), facilitated by the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response. In line with the MDS, we will request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any substantiated findings of sexual abuse, exploitation and/or harassment during the applicant’s tenure with previous employers. By applying, job applicants confirm their understanding of these recruitment procedures and consent to these screening checks.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

FHI 360 will never ask you for your career site username or password, and we will never request money, goods or services during the application, recruitment or employment process. If you have questions or concerns about correspondence from us, please email CareerCenterSupport@fhi360.org.

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