Safeguarding Advisor, MENA and Asia Regions
Jordan (Jordan) | Lebanon | Myanmar | Thailand
The Safeguarding Advisor, MENA and Asia Regions is responsible for leading and coordinating the effective implementation of IRC’s safeguarding strategy and action plan across IRC’s country programs in MENA and Asia Regions with key stakeholders. This will include: safeguarding leadership, technical advice, capacity building (training, communications), material development, and other forms of direct country support.
Reporting to the Director of Safeguarding, this role will work closely with Regional and Country Management Teams, Human Resources, Gender Equality Unit, Violence Prevention and Abuse Unit (VPRU), Ethics and Compliance Unit (ECU), and other IRC functional units in the context of our programs in the MENA and Asia Regions.
As the role covers 11 country programs in the MENA and Asia Regions, much of this support will be remote. It is anticipated that up to 50% of the Safeguarding Advisor’s time will require travel to country programs, once travel is possible again.
• Support and monitor the implementation of IRC client safeguarding strategy for country programs and implementing partners in the MENA and Asia Regions
• Support the roll-out of client safeguarding capacity building materials for the MENA and Asia Regions, including delivery of trainings and other technical support related to safeguarding remotely or during field visits
• Support development of country-level Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for responding to safeguarding violations against clients, working closely with IRC operations and programs teams on the ground
• Review and support enhancement of country program and partner complaints response mechanisms for clients relating to any type of alleged misconduct in collaboration with IRC’s internal investigations and other key stakeholders
• Support and build capacity of Safeguarding Leads and other safeguarding personnel and focal points across the MENA and Asia regions
• Coordinate and work with Human Resources, Gender Equality, VPRU, ECU, and other key stakeholders, to develop and implement a contextualized safeguarding approach across our country programs in MENA and Asia Regions
• Represent Safeguarding Unit at public events, regional or country meetings, with donors, and other opportunities as requested
• Share good practices, ideas, and materials between country programs, and with HQ for globalization and further sharing
• Degree in relevant field relating to humanitarian action, protection, sexual violence, or training. Equivalent professional or lived experience will be equally regarded to educational background
• Contextual experience of MENA or Asia is required. Lived experience in one of the two regions is preferred.
• At least 5 years of relevant program and/or safeguarding experience with an international humanitarian organization
• Experience with client protection from abuse and exploitation, sexual violence in development and humanitarian contexts in conflict/refugee settings, and knowledge of international protection frameworks and mechanisms on safeguarding
• Experience working with Gender Based Violence, Protection, or Child Protection related programs is an asset
• Capable of applying skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including implementation, advisory /technical function, training and the transfer of technical knowledge and management skills to others
• Experience in conducting training, orientation and refresher sessions with diverse teams. Experience conducting such sessions remotely will be a plus
• Excellent spoken and technical writing ability in English is a requirement. Spoken and technical writing ability in native languages of MENA and Asia countries considered a strong asset
• Proven track record in working with teams, excellent interpersonal skills, positive and professional attitude, and ability to lead and work well with diverse teams in a complex international environment and with multiple partners
• Ability to travel up to 50% of time
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.