Protection Specialist

Job Title: Protection Specialist (open for International and National Applicants)

Duty Station: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Contract length: One year (potential for renewal)

Reporting to: Director of Anti-Trafficking & Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Country Director

Supervising: Sierra Leone-based Protection and Prevention Managers


World Hope International (WHI) is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice. All employees of WHI should play a pivotal role in achieving this objective and every employee should be clear about how their own contribution can help the organization achieve its objective.

WHI is committed to protecting and safeguarding everyone within our areas of programming, irrespective of ability, ethnicity, faith, gender, sexuality and culture. Sexual abuse and exploitation (SEA) and sexual harassment of anyone—program recipient or not– are never acceptable. WHI has zero tolerance for such actions, and zero tolerance for inaction in reporting incidents of such.


The role of the Protection Specialist is to provide oversight to World Hope’s prevention and protection programming in West Africa, with a concentration on Sierra Leone. The role may include occasional travel to Liberia. The person ideal for this role will be energetic about providing advice on best practices regarding survivor care and implementing projects. They will represent World Hope at coordination meetings, at the local level, national level, and at times, international level. They will support on report writing for international donors and also support a multi-disciplinary team on applying for new funding opportunities.


  • Liaising closely with the international Anti-Trafficking and GBV team of World Hope International;
  • Provide oversight of project managers to ensure results are achieved;
  • Work in close collaboration with Sierra Leone protection team;
  • Working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering and injustice.
  • Work to grow the program, by coordinating and communicating with Sierra Leone based and International donors and partners.
  • Collaborate with project managers within the protection department
    Collaborate with business development team in designing programming and writing proposals


1. Education

Degree in Counseling, Social Work, Gender or associated field

2. Job related experience and knowledge

Experience working with a protection agency is a plus.

Experience working in West Africa is a plus.

Knowledge of protection issues, including human trafficking and gender-based violence, is required.

Three-Five years job experience is required, preferrably within the protection field. Job experience in an office and community setting is preferrable

Proficiency in Word and Excel is required.


  • Essential Character:
  • Compassion
  • Kindness
  • Confidence
  • Dedication
  • Personal Integrity
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Proactivity
  • Result Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Effective Communication
  • Essential Skills:
  • Information Handling
  • People management
  • Managing own time
  • Planning and Organising
  • Problem Solving and Decision making
  • Training
  • Team building
  • Comfortable working with remote teams, in a virtual capacity
  • Passion for working with people from diverse cultures
  • Preferred competencies: Conceptual Thinking
  • Independent Thinking
  • Flexibility
  • Cultural Competency
  • Desire to Learn


WHI has zero tolerance of abuse and exploitation. WHI’s Protection Policy and Prevention from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Code of Conduct are closely adhered to and enforced. The organization continually examines itself to ensure that everything reasonably possible is done to reduce the risk to sponsored and non-sponsored children and vulnerable adults in WHI projects from any form of abuse or exploitation.

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Employees offered a job with WHI are expected to duly sign and follow the Code of Conduct and Child Protection Policy & Standards as an appendage to their contract of employment. By signing the Child Protection Policy & Standards and Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both policies and consent to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Any breach will result in disciplinary action including possible dismissal and referral to law enforcement.

Suitably, qualified, and skilled candidates are advised to send in their letter of application with updated CVs, current telephone number(s) and copies of certificates to:

The Support Services Manager

World Hope International Sierra Leone

Country Office: 49 Johnson Street Aberdeen, Freetown Sierra Leone Or Regional Office: 79 Teko Road, Makeni

Or Send an email to:

Closing Date: 10th November 2021

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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