Protection Advisor in Partnership
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The Protection in Partnership Advisor is responsible for protection, gender, and inclusion-related components of a USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)-funded program that includes health and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and shelter activities to support conflict-affected populations. Entitled Amal (“hope” in Arabic), the consortium will include international and Syrian partners with humanitarian response capacity. Pending donor approval of an award modification, the Protection in Partnership Advisor will collaborate with the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) to lead the start-up and implementation of programming. More specifically, this role will ensure the centrality of protection in humanitarian action under this partner-driven program, standardizing the program’s approaches on gender and inclusion, supporting the mainstreaming of protection in all interventions, promoting client safeguarding, and building the capacity of partners on pertinent protection issues.
Technical Quality that promote Inclusive Approaches
• Establish programmatic technical standards to achieve high-level program delivery with partners in collaboration with WASH, Shelter, and Health technical staff to integrate protection, gender, and inclusion into partners’ technical program design and implementation through remote management mechanisms and programmatic adaptation**
• Liaise with IRC’s Technical Units to ensure protection mainstreaming approaches are aligned with IRC’s global models and best practice, as much as possible with the contextual constraints **
• Lead development of informal protection risk analysis at the start of the project using information from the sources that are available from partners to inform program design and adaptations to enhance equal and inclusive access to services**
• Ensure implementation is guided by continuous analysis of gender and inclusion through safety, inclusion, and safeguarding audits **
• Advise on development and implementation of program baseline and other programmatic monitoring, including output and outcomes to drive quality implementation via partners as well as leading review of desegregated data on a quarterly basis to inform program adaptations to understand needs of men, women, boys, and girls
• Work with Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEAL) team to establish and track protection-sensitive output and outcome indicators
• Promote inclusion by identifying barriers that prevent individual and community participation due to disabilities or age in humanitarian programming, and also identify capacities for self-reliance**
• Work with MEAL team to support partners to reinforce beneficiary feedback mechanism to ensure services are safe and accessible to women, people with disabilities, and elderly and ensure feedback in incorporated, including promoting existing and new measure to ensure confidentially and privacy of personally identifiable information **
• Support on training and awareness raising to mitigate risks for exploitation, abuse, and/or sexual harassment of targeted populations when conducting assessments, distributions, and seeking beneficiary feedback. **
• Coordinate and network with IRC’s Whole of Syria Protection Co-Lead and other protection counterparts to understand key protection issues within Syrian context to inform program planning**
Partnership Coordination and Capacity building
• Support partnership engagement and communication to implement sub-grant agreements and complete program deliverables
• Drive adherence to IRC’s Partnership Excellence for Equality and Results System (PEERS) by understanding and guiding the IRC team and partners to apply key processes
• Collaborate with IRC’s Partnership Team to ensure sub-awards, Project Support Plans, and other required documents are established based on PEERS and US Government regulations**
• Promote the use of E-learning platform to foster greater understanding and application of protection mainstreaming and inclusion approaches**
• Facilitate systematic partner feedback on IRC's management of and performance in partnerships, as well as taking appropriate action in response to the feedback to ensure the smooth operation of the consortium
• Design, lead, and participate in relevant workshops and meetings to support coordination and collaboration, including quarterly partner monitoring visits and training events**
• Other tasks as needed**
Key Working Relationships
Position Reports to: Deputy Chief of Party
Indirect/Technical Reporting: N/A
Position directly Supervises: N/A
Key Internal Contacts:
§ Country Program: WASH/Shelter in Partnership Advisor, Health in Partnership Advisor, MEAL Specialist, Compliance Advisor, COP
§ Region/Global: Whole of Syria Protection Coordinators, Inclusion Advisor**
Key External Contacts: Amal partner organizations
§ University degree in relevant field is required
§ Over three years of relevant experience in technical level focused on protection, gender, and/or inclusion necessary within humanitarian context
§ Demonstrated experience working with partner organizations or using partnership approaches,
§ Ability to conduct capacity strengthening activities focused on training, mentoring, etc.
§ Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure with professional grace
§ Excellent organizational and time management skills with ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines
§ Excellent oral and written communication skills in English, Arabic language skills preferred
§ Familiarity with the political, social, cultural, humanitarian and donor context of Syria is ideal
§ Willingness to travel to Beirut or other countries as needed
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
Working Environment: The overall security situation in Jordan is relatively calm, especially in Amman. The Jordanian government is stable, and civil unrest is largely peaceful. However, Jordan’s generosity in hosting refugees from Palestine, Iraq and now Syria have created huge strains on the country’s economy and infrastructure. The IRC office is in a modern professional building.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.