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15-765: Regional Child Protection Advisor

Amman (Jordan)

15-765: Regional Child Protection Advisor

****BACKGROUND****

International Medical Corps, a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs, seeks candidates for the position of ****Regional Child Protection Advisor**** in Jordan.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

This position is part of a recent partnership between Plan International and International Medical Corps (IMC) to work collaboratively. Plan International is not formally present in the Syria response region, and as such, this position will be seconded full time to the International Medical Corps (IMC) teams present in all the countries involved in the Syrian Emergency Response. In the Middle East, International Medical Corps implements long-term capacity building initiatives in sectors of health, MHPSS, GBV, and child protection (among others). International Medical Corps has also been a key first responder in several major crises and conflicts in the Middle East, including the ongoing crisis in Syria and the affected region. We have operations in every country affected by the Syria crisis.

****JOB SUMMARY: The Specialist will need to:****

  • Co-ordinate with IMC Health, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), GBV, Nutrition, and other relevant technical sectors to ensure attention to child protection issues is appropriately integrated
  • Provide guidance on appropriate response to immediate child protection needs, with simultaneous consideration of longer-term needs and possible scenarios.
  • Ensure technical coordination with country-specific child protection sub-clusters – or equivalent coordination and networking mechanisms - and other stakeholders and technical agencies relevant to the sector, specifically those that involve coordinated response to the needs of children.
  • Use the work-plan for FY16 to guide workload within the Region, working closely with countries to ensure the needs are met.

****ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES****

  1. CHILD PROTECTION PROGRAM SUPPORT

Child Protection Policy

  • Contribute to the development of an organizational CP policy, liaising with colleagues in the region and at HQ

Assessment

  • Follow up on the initial assessments of IMC's CP activities and the CP context of different countries, as needed, in order to contribute to the ongoing priorities, available resources and major gaps. Based on this, provide recommendations for staff capacity building, programmatic changes and potential additional activities.
  • Support Middle East teams to design, conduct and analyze assessments that include attention to CP issues

Technical support

  • Provide direct and remote technical support to the project 'Life-Saving Response and Protection of Conflict-Affected Youth, GBV Survivors and IDPs in Syria' as well as other projects in the region involving child protection activities.
  • Provide direct and remote technical support to Middle East teams responding to the Syria crisis. Support should be catered to different countries as needed, as in-country expertise and experience varies
  • Identify potential for replication of successful interventions from countries affected the regional crisis (ex. Jordan)
  • Ensure CP activities undertaken are in line with IMC approaches, international standards and best practices
  • Provide technical support to case management programs involving children, in coordination with the MHPSS and GBV teams and Technical Unit Focal points.
  • Provide technical support to CP activities as part of IMC's MHPSS child focused programming, including support to Child Friendly Spaces (CFS), and IMC's Youth Empowerment Program (YEP).
  • Support country teams in technical revision and/or development of CP IEC materials, child-friendly MHPSS and GBV IEC materials (in coordination with MHPSS and GBV teams and Technical Unit Focal Points)

Proposal design and program development

  • Work with country teams and HQ to integrate appropriate CP prevention and response interventions into program planning
  • Provide regular input and review of proposals and program reports
  • Work closely with management, finance and field teams to determine operational needs of programs within the scope of grants
  • Resource mobilization for future joint funding opportunities and initiatives

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support the rollout and use of CP M&E systems, including the CPIMS
  • Develop and adapt appropriate tools to monitor Protection interventions, specifically related to children
  • Provide assistance to the End of Project Evaluation for the project ''Life-Saving Response and Protection of Conflict-Affected Youth, GBV Survivors and IDPs in Syria'
  • Evaluate the implementation of child protection activities and draft lessons learnt, case studies and recommendations for improved program design
  • Maintain flexibility to adopt new responsibilities as needed
  • CAPACITY BUILDING
  • Technical assistance in adaptation of training materials and as necessary, facilitation CP trainings for the project 'Life-Saving Response and Protection of Conflict-Affected Youth, GBV Survivors and IDPs in Syria'.
  • Provide training, support and mentorship to non-specialists responsible for implementing CP activities
  • Assist in the selection of qualified program staff
  • Develop training curricula and materials (based on training needs assessments and programmatic needs), implement trainings and workshops and develop self-guided learning plans for CP staff
  • Work with teams to identify and train community-based volunteers for CP activities, where appropriate
  • Support training and capacity building of national and local counterpart organizations
  • INTERNAL COORDINATION
  • Ensure international guidelines, relevant documents and best practices including the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action are considered and shared regionally (in English and in Arabic when available).
  • Ensure that key staff members are kept abreast of current national and international child protection issues, trends and protection policies.
  • Work in close collaboration with other program specialists
  • Work with country teams, IMC and Plan HQ to support publishing and dissemination of articles, success stories, presentations and interviews highlighting work in CP.
  • EXTERNAL COORDINATION AND REPRESENTATION
  • Actively participate in the global CP AoR and maintain coordination with national CP coordination mechanisms where appropriate, regularly maintaining contact with UNHCR, UNICEF and others.
  • Work with country teams to establish information sharing protocols for safe sharing of CP information at the country level.
  • Share assessment and program information with partner organizations and donors as appropriate
  • Contribute to the positive image and overall credibility of IMC and Plan International
  • SECURITY
  • Ensure compliance with security protocols and policies
  • Consider security implications of all program activities, reviewing all new initiatives with country teams and stakeholders

“Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.”

****QUALIFICATIONS****

“To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.”

  • University degree in social work, psychology, or another related field; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years (of which at least 3 in the field) of progressively responsible professional experience in humanitarian work, and substantial experience in child protection, including in emergencies and in conflict settings.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in the assessment of and design and delivery of responses to protection needs of children and young people.
  • Knowledge of community- and family-based approaches to child protection, child survivor centered care, and psychosocial support.
  • Experience working with refugees and IDPs
  • Good knowledge of humanitarian principles and international child protection standards
  • Experience with participatory approaches to protection, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management
  • Experience training on child protection technical areas with a variety of audiences.
  • Experience conducting assessments
  • Relevant regional experience strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs
  • Profound cross-cultural awareness
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently**Other Relevant Information (if applicable):** LANGUAGE SKILLS:
  • Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret technical information in the English language.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, government representatives and others
  • Ability to speak and understand Arabic preferred

CONDITIONS:

  • Frequent travel throughout the region
  • Accommodation, food and transportation provided by the organization
  • Medical Evacuation service and competitive benefits provided by the organization
  • Further information regarding security available during the interview process
  • While performing duties of the job, the employee frequently works in precarious and remote places.

The employee is usually employed in areas of civil strife, which often result in an unstable security environment. Regularly work in outdoor, extreme weather conditions

How to apply: Please go to: Regional Child Protection Advisor and follow the instructions for applying online.

“International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.”

How to apply:

To officially begin the application process, qualified candidates please go to our career page http://careers.internationalmedicalcorps.org/careers.aspx , noting where you noticed the position you are applying for and complete the online employment application form.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: IMC - International Medical Corps
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Animal Health and Veterinary
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Legal - International Law
    • Legal - Broad
    • Social Affairs
    • Human Rights
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2015-09-30

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