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Senior Child Protection Manager

Beirut (Lebanon)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Beirut (Lebanon)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Managerial positions
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
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Requisition ID: req8318

Job Title: Senior Child Protection Manager

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Job Description

The Senior Child Protection Manager will primarily be responsible for pursuing program quality. This includes ensuring the program is efficient and makes best use of resources including budgets available and staff time. Consistently reviewing time to analyze monitoring and evaluation outcomes reported under each program to inform program adaptation to client’s needs. The Senior Manager will also be responsible for pursuing strategic opportunities to realise the mandate and vision of IRCs Child Protection program in close coordination with the Child Protection Coordinator (CP). This involves working on specific tasks related to the technical components of the program to pursue better outcomes for children including working closely with IRC partners to pursue shared vision. The Senior Child Protection Manager is responsible for four key objectives:

Implementation oversight and support:

  •  Solicit children and clients feedback on program implementation on a bi-monthly basis in order to ensure our programs are client focused and child centered
  • Conduct regular case review meetings, case audits, and more in depth analysis of outcomes for specific cases such as sexual abuse, and/or cases of trafficking and exploitation. Identify specific targeted action required following analysis to improve outcomes for children. Provide close supervision and support to case workers children’s cases which require judicial protection in close coordination with the CP Coordinator
  • Leading and conduct assessments to identify gaps and needs of clients, as well as practices that negatively impact the most vulnerable children,
  • Support business development of the program by drafting proposals, meeting with key stakeholders by promoting findings, learning outcomes
  • Develop budgets for new project proposals, and oversee budget realignments when needed.
  • In coordination with the CP Coordinator strategize on business development opportunities in line with outcomes of assessments of needs
  • Drive the development of specific technical components of the program to improve both quality of services, produce learning products, and increase the visibility of specific components of the program
  • Identify new opportunities for partnerships who share our vision for children
  • Support building the technical skills of staff who are new to report writing, this includes developing structured capacity building plans for individual staff, and guiding staff to oversee core technical components of the program using competency frameworks
  • Build the skill set of more junior staff to manage budgets for the first time, through structured capacity building plans
  • Build the capacity staff in structured supervision of case management (audits, case review, coordination with external entities, referral to other units etc.), in addition to project management
  • Oversee BVAs support managers to identify opportunities for increased budget efficiency
  • Oversee adjustments related to code allocation, salary allocation and best use of shared lines for the whole program including training, staff supervision, ICT4P, with the CP Cord, managers, and the administrative assistant

Coordination and Representation:

  •  Represent IRC in meetings with key stakeholders consistently promoting children’s best interests as the primary consideration in meetings and workshops  
  • Work closely with the CP Coordinator to represent IRC in specific forums, including assuming full responsibilities for specific work streams to further child protection outcomes both for the program and sector 
  • Develop positive and collaborative relationships with numerous government stakeholders, in order to promote children’s best interests

Capacity Strengthening & Tool development:

  • Work closely with IRCs partnership department and IRC partners towards shared objectives, leading on trainings for partner agencies, adapting tools to the partner’s needs, conducting learning workshops and overseeing program implementation
  • Contribute to each portfolio of the program by leading on specific technical work streams to increase the overall impact of a specific project- this includes Access to Justice, Case Management Systems Strengthening and Child Labour work
  • Identify key areas to assess the technical develop, this position will conduct needs assessments with relevant institutions to assess the technical capacity strengthening and potential partnership opportunities with the aim of designing interventions and implementation as needed in close coordination with the CP coordinator.

This may include interventions with specialized judicial entities, municipal and national internal security forces in relation to work streams set for each project

Staff Management and Development

  •  Coach, train, and mentor CP staff from specific programs on project management skills including budget management, reporting and technical oversight of specific program components, as well as monitoring and evaluation
  • Supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and leading documented semi-annual performance reviews.
  • Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development.
  • Promote and monitor staff care and well-being; approve and manage all leave requests to ensure adequate coverage.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Child Protection Program Coordinator
Position directly supervises:
 Child Protection Deputy and Managers for child protection programming specifically the street and working children program

Indirect Reporting:   N/A

Other Internal and/or external contacts: Other IRC departments

Internal: CP Managers, Grants, Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Grants and Finance departments

External:  Key Ministries such as Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Interior, Child Protection Working Group, Donors, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Access to Justice and Child protection case management agencies, and IRC partners 



  •  University degree in  social work, human rights, social sciences and/or other related issue-mandatory
  • Master degree in social issues preferable

Work Experience:

  •  Five years professional experience Minimum in NGO/UN related and child protection settings.
  • Work experience working on setting up systems, programs developing tools, reporting and proposal writing, budget management & oversight
  • Ability to represent IRC at Ministry level in coordination meetings, at a regional and national level
  • Demonstrate ability to be self-motivated, work independently
  • Demonstrated experience in maintaining persistence when identifying issues, drafting action plans-and following through with advocacy and lobbying – even when facing multiple challenges and delays   
  • This includes supporting government bodies to reach minimum standards and advocate on steps required to adopt a comprehensive Child Labour strategy
  • Experience in working in Child Protection programs in emergencies and development contexts.

 Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  •  Committed to team work, and contributing to improving child protection outcomes
  • Ability to develop training materials, Specialized Child Labour experience, case management experience;
  • Supplementary modules for CL for external partners including government counterparts or IRC /relevant partners use
  • Strong organizational skills, , ability to oversee multi-task, organize work load and oversee varied components of programming and coordination
  • Strong facilitation skills for case management colleague
  • Demonstrated experience in managing budgets and writing donor reports
  • Experienced in setting up  Child Labour and general CP programs
  • Experience identifying strategic priorities and following through with identified strategic objectives.
  • Strong commitment to Child Protection and IRCs Child Safeguarding policy.

Language Skills:

  •  Fluency in English mandatory , Arabic and French a plus

Work environment: Office work and field trips (with basic accommodation in some areas).

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