Gender and Protection Officer at the Foundation for Refugee Economic Empowerment (FREE)

The Foundation for Refugee Economic Empowerment (FREE) is a purpose-driven humanitarian and development non-governmental organization that implements a range of portfolio through purposeful partnerships. FREE builds bridges for improved lives for people affected by calamity. Our mission is to support people affected by natural and man-made disasters, especially those who have suffered displacement to be able to get back their lives and livelihoods in no time.

We work also with underserved communities to ensure that they have basic facilities and services. Over the past 7 years, working closely with government, civil society and private sector partners, FREE has reached more than 1,000,000 beneficiaries across Nigeria with assistance in Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food and Livelihood Assistance, Health and Nutrition Support, Education in emergency, among others.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Gender and Protection Officer

Location: Borno
Job Type: Full-time

Position Summary

  • Ensuring the promotion of inclusiveness, gender equality and equity is one of the fundamental values of FREE. Furthermore, FREE ensure adequate protection and gender equality in all its programmes, including its WASH projects, which highlights inclusive and sustainable economic growth from a gender perspective, incorporates coaching and mentoring as well as skill trainings, career guidance and linking with the opportunities, with its beneficiaries.
  • FREE is committed to effectively mainstream gender into its’ day-to day work and the design and formulation of its programmes.
  • FREE also requires its partners to be committed to integrating a gender perspective in all policies, programmes, projects and organizational practices.
  • FREE is seeking a mission-driven, experienced and inspiring expert to support FREE to better shape its response Northeast Nigeria and provide staff members and its local implementing stakeholders with adequate gender awareness, as well as incorporation of protection in its response.

Under direct supervision and guidance of Response Coordinator in close collaboration with the Programme M&E Officer, the Expert will be conducting the following tasks in below:

  • Gender awareness for the FREE Office to improve FREE’s women-focused programs in Northeast Nigeria
  • Review FREE core policies including HR related policies, procurement, communication (max. 6 policies).
  • Assess and identify potential gender-differentiated impacts of the programmes.
  • Identify most effective trainings and resources to support staff’s gender literacy.
  • Deliver the gender awareness training (online and offline) to provide the FREE staff and beneficiaries to increase effectiveness of the gender-focused programmes in Borno.

Required Expertise, Qualifications and Skills

  • University Degree or equivalent with relevant work experience in Gender Studies or equivalent (Political Science / Public Administration / International Relations / Development Studies, etc.);
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional work experience
  • Demonstrated experience in gender, developing and delivering training
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality, gender mainstreaming, women employment and inclusive knowledge about the cultural background of perspectives approaching to women.
  • Good understanding of organizational structures operations and policies of non- governmental organisations
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to translate data and analytics into insights, stories, and visual representations.

Application Closing Date
Sunday; 6th November, 2022 (4:00 pm WAT).

Interview Date
9th November, 2022.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their recent CV along with a Cover Letter (no more than a page) to: using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

Pre-employment Checks
Any employment with FREE could be subject to the following checks:

  • Screening clearance
  • Criminal records check
  • Receipt of satisfactory references


  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  • Do not apply for more than one position.
  • Existing FREE staff are eligible to apply.

Our Values and Commitment to Safeguarding:

  • FREE is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom FREE engages.
  • FREE expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.
  • The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of the organisation.
  • All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and appropriate screening checks.
  • We may request information from job applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.
  • By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

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