Ukraine: Senior Inclusion and Protection Officer (National Position)

Organization: HelpAge International
Country: Ukraine
Closing date: 19 Sep 2016

Background

HelpAge International (HelpAge) is an international NGO with a vision of a world where older people fulfil their potential to lead active, dignified, healthy and secure lives. It is also a global network with over 100 affiliates working to support older people and promote their rights. HelpAge’s programmes are managed by a secretariat in London and Regional Offices in East Africa, Southern Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Middle East and Eurasia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

HelpAge’s goal is global change. The world we want is one where everyone, whatever their age, can say:

• I have the income I need

• I enjoy the best possible health and quality of life

• I am safe and secure, free from discrimination and abuse • My voice is heard.

We want older people enduring conflict and disasters to be able to say this too. We are working to achieve this by providing humanitarian assistance and protection in situations of conflict and disaster; by building technical expertise and evidence in key areas for older people in humanitarian crises; and by using our expertise and experience to inform and influence global and local humanitarian response.

HelpAge International in Ukraine is responding to the protracted armed conflict in the eastern part of Ukraine, known as the Donbas Region. HelpAge has been delivering emergency relief support (food distribution, NFIs, Protection services and moving to a cash transfers relief support). HelpAge is working to support the essential needs of older people and people with disabilities located near to the contact line, that separates the Government controlled Areas (GCA) and those of the Non-Government Controlled Areas (NGCA). In addition, a major element of our programmatic response focuses on advocacy to raise awareness and understanding of the needs of older people and other vulnerable groups affected by the crisis and ensure humanitarian actors address those needs, and where appropriate provide technical support to partners to ensure an ageing inclusive response. In order to address the particular needs and risks that have arisen in Ukraine for older people and persons with disabilities, a technical working group has been set up under the auspices of Protection Cluster, which will be co-led by HelpAge International and supported by Handicap International. The main aim of the working group is to advocate for, promote and support effective mainstreaming of ageing and disability into the humanitarian response and provide a forum to share information and monitor impact. The Technical Working Group will be central to HelpAge’s advocacy strategy to ensure that older people, persons with disability and other vulnerable groups receive needs-based humanitarian assistance.

JOB PURPOSE

The Senior Inclusion and Protection Officer will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the advocacy strategy building strategic relationships with national stakeholders and support the capacity building of key stakeholders responding to the crisis in Ukraine.

JOB CONTENT/ KEY TASKS

ADVOCACY AND RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

• Support the Country Director and Inclusion Advisor in implementing the country advocacy strategy at the national and an Oblast level

• Undertake a stakeholder mapping and analysis to develop a clear advocacy plan thus identifying target audiences and opposition.

• Establish linkages with relevant ministries such as; Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry of Health, Ministry in charge of IDPs to explore opportunities for advocacy for older people in the humanitarian and early recovery phases.

• Produce a national and district level secondary data review, using published humanitarian reports and inputs from partner agencies, to identify data gaps and the main issues and priority needs for older people and persons with disability affected by the crisis

• Develop evidence-based contextualised advocacy messages, tailored for various target audiences, in accordance with the advocacy and mainstreaming strategy and work plan defined.

• Promote inclusion of vulnerable groups, in particular, older people and persons.

CAPACITY BUILDING

• Promote contextualization, development and dissemination of age and disability-sensitive tools and methodologies for humanitarian action at country and oblast level to relevant sectors and mechanisms;

• Support HelpAge staff and volunteer capacity development to engage in evidence-based advocacy at Oblast level

• Conduct training on age and disability-related vulnerabilities for humanitarian actors and HelpAge partners operating in Ukraine.

• Provide in-depth and specific technical support to humanitarian organisations and other key stakeholders in order to improve the protection and inclusion of vulnerable groups in the humanitarian response.

OTHER

• other duties as required

PERSON SPECIFICATION

• Master’s degree or equivalent in humanitarian-related disciplines, gender issues, human rights, international law or other social science fields.

• Extensive experience developing and managing advocacy and outreach programmes at national and field levels

• Demonstrated networking and advocacy skills.

• Sound knowledge and understanding of protection and social protection issues, including social marginalisation of vulnerable people.

• Sound experience of liaising with Ukrainian national and Oblast level decision makers and opinion shapers

• Experience of working with humanitarian INGOs/NGOs and UN Agencies, with a thorough understanding of their respective functioning.

• Experience of training and capacity building of a wide range of actors, including at senior level.

• Experience of development and implementation of needs assessment, research and data collection activities, including data analysis. • An ability to work flexibly in a team, and to adjust work plan and priorities rapidly in response to external opportunities.

• Experience or working knowledge of ageing, disability and the issues facing older people and other vulnerable groups, in particular persons with disability and older people in humanitarian crises.

• Excellent representation and networking skills with a variety of stakeholders at different levels.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, Russian, Ukrainian and an ability to distill large amounts of information for a variety of audiences.

• Willingness to travel to and work in remote field sites

How to apply:

Please apply by sending your CV and a Cover letter outlining how your experience and education relates to the skills and experience outlined in this Job Description to Liubomyr.Gultai@helpage.org. Make sure to follow this subject line in your email, otherwise, your application will not be accepted: “Senior Protection and Inclusion Advisor – Your Name”. The deadline for applications is 19 September 2016.However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and HAI may contact eligible candidates prior to the deadline for submission as such early application is encouraged. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

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