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Protection Specialist, Romania

Department: HIAS Romania
Location: , Bucharest

Location: Bucharest 


HIAS Romania is seeking a Protection Advisor with strong experience in legal protection, Gender Based Violence and protection of people with specific needs. The advisor will work with local actors in the Country’s periphery to improve protection mechanisms, dissemination of information, building robust referral mechanisms and mainstream community approaches to mitigation of protection risks and provision of response services. The advisor join a small, yet growing and dynamic team based in Romania. The incumbent will also work closely with other technical program staff in the organization to meet the safety, psychosocial, economic, and justice needs of survivors and facilitate their access to appropriate care. This position reports to Program Manager.


  • Work in partnership with authorities, UN agencies and local CSOs to develop an effective outreach program disseminating information in an effective and accessible manner regarding refugee and migrants rights and access to services.
  •  Work in partnership with VOICE on supporting GBV Program development in partnership with local NGOs and local authorities across Romania.
    • Develop and support community-based protection strengthening mechanism.
    • Develop GBV risk mitigation strategies and support for the vulnerable persons with specific needs, LGBTQ+ and Roma including survivors of GBV
    • Contribute to the design of new ways of engaging community in ending violence against refugee women, men, girls and LGBTQ+ persons
    • Support local partners in the implementation of safe spaces for victims to build peer support networks to enhance their economic and social assets
    • Support qualitative assessments through Focus Groups Discussions to better understand trends in risks to protection.
    • Participate in capacity building initiatives for staff, partners and other stakeholders to create awareness, ensure quality and comprehensive delivery of project activities
    • Ensure that best practices on protection are respected and the international standards are met in responding to protection needs.
    • In partnership with local actors, develop protection risk mitigation programming for refugee women and children with focus on GBV prevention and response, mitigating risks for persons with special needs and minority groups including LGBTQ+ and Roma.
    • Monitor Protection related programming implemented by local partners
    • Contribute in the development of project proposal, concept notes and sector publications
    • Participate in protection and GBV inter-agency coordination working groups
    • Coordinate development and dissemination of legal protection materials for displaced population in Romania
    • Participate in Protection and GBV coordination platforms.
    • Support the development of direct protection and GBV services in the Constanta area.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Refugee Studies, human rights, Gender Studies, Community Development Studies, Social Science and/or other related fields of study
  • Minimum of 5 years previous job experience related to GBV response.
  • MUST have in-depth knowledge and experience in refugee protection and GBV
  • Demonstrated experience of working in partnership with multiple actors
  • MUST have experience with operationalizing protection and GBV principles and knowledge of international humanitarian standards.
  • Knowledge of Accountability to Affected Populations framework
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills required.
  • Responsible, Professional and with Integrity
  • Ability to work with people from different culture settings.
  • Ability to work effectively with teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations, especially refugees or asylum seekers.
  • Fluency in Romanian and English (oral and written). Added advantage to candidates who speak Ukrainian/Russian
  • Must have the rights to work and live in Romania
  • Knowledge on Computers; Ms-Office, Email and Internet.


This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills required or permanent location. Location is subject to change based on programmatic needs. Flexibility is essential as we grow and develop. The successful candidate must be comfortable in a fast-paced, changing work environment with many crucial deadlines. All team members may be required to perform duties outside of their normal work hours of responsibilities as needed.


Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive.

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values.


HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity.


Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives.


Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité •  (Hachnasat Orchim)

We Welcome the Stranger

Justice • Justicia • Justice • (Tzedek)

We Pursue Justice

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie  (Chesed)

We Approach our Clients with Empathy

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • (Chevruta)

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership

Courage • Coraje • Courage •  (Ometz)

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • (Ruach)

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience


HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status.

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