HIAS Kenya Vacancy Announcement

Job Title: Protection Officer

Reporting to: Protection Program Manager

Liaises with: Head of Programs


HIAS is an International organization, established in 2002 as HIAS Refugee Trust of Kenya. It was established as a partnership between local NGO’s and HIAS Inc. The main goal is to address the assistance, protection and durable solutions needs for refugees with heightened risks in Africa, through the provision of direct psychosocial, social and resettlement services (Kenya & Uganda), as well as through community outreach and capacity building for partners.

The Protection Officer will be expected to contribute towards meeting the program overall goal which is to enhance protection of refugees by promoting and protecting their rights.

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Promote and protect the rights of the most vulnerable refugees.
  • Assist in protection mainstreaming by providing insight in protection interventions for the LGBTIQ population
  • Facilitate access to local support networks within the Kenyan LGBTIQ community
  • Maintain and develop relationships with Key stake holders and partners to advocate for rights of refugees
  • Develop strategic partnerships through participation in co-ordination meetings
  • Contribute to the design, implementation and evaluation program with partners for protection, medical and psychosocial needs of the LGBTIQ refugees
  • Facilitate establishment of community based protection mechanism and support for the vulnerable persons of concern including survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence
  • Ensure ongoing case management and documentation of protection violations
  • Increase knowledge and exposure of the Kenyan LGBTIQ movement to the LGBTIQ refugee problem thus awakening their concern for a broader approach in their advocacy and future programming.
  • Follow up on cases and provide partners and refugees counseling and feedback on the status and processing of individual cases
  • Build Capacity for HIAS staff, partner staff and other stakeholders on diversity, SGBV and protection of persons of concern
  • Produce accurate, detailed and timely reports highlighting objectives, achievements and impact on project activities.
  • Assist in identifying funding opportunities and fundraising for protection program
  • Performing other duties as required by management

Competences Required

  • Education: University degree in either; Law, International Relations, Gender Development Studies or other relevant social sciences degree
  • Job Experience: Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience and knowledge in Human Rights as well as International refugee laws.
  • Experience working with refugees and specifically the LGBTIQ refugees will be an added advantage
  • Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and Kiswahili
  • Knowledge of Computer Applications such as Ms-ACCESS, Ms-EXCEL, and Ms-WORD
  • Ability to work in a Team
  • Good knowledge of prevention and response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV)
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge in Project Management
  • Ability to take up multiple roles with minimum supervision and short deadlines

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter stating your salary expectation, resume and recommendation letter to recruitment@hiasafrica.org by 31st July 2017, 5.00 p.m.

Indicate Vacancy Notice No HRTK/KEN/PO/07/17 in the subject line.

Important: Gender/Sexual Minority Persons are encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Canvassing will lead to immediate disqualification. Late applications will not be considered