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Senior Program Manager – Protection

Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date:

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Job Title:

Senior Program Manager – Protection

Department/ Program:

Women`s Protection & Empowerment

Work Location:

IRC-Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar Office

Line Manager:

Senior Program Coordinator - Host Community



Program Brief

Founded in 1933, International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world’s leading agencies working in post-conflict and development contexts, supporting communities in over 40 fragile, failed and developing states. In this capacity, we work to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted, struggling to endure and wishing to advance on a path of development.


IRC has been present in Bangladesh since 2017 and obtained registration with the NGOAB in March 2018. Since IRC obtained registration in March 2018, it has moved quickly to expand its integrated emergency health and protection response through both direct and partner-based programming focused on primary healthcare, women’s protection and empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence and child protection. Through 2018, the IRC’s response strategy will primarily target Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, while meeting the significant needs in both refugee and host populations, as already existing vulnerabilities are compounded with cyclical monsoon and cyclone seasons that impose additional threats to the lives and protection of those refugees as well as vulnerable host populations. IRC is growing its programming to cover education and livelihoods/DRR, as well as its geographic foot print in the host community and to other parts of the country.


Purpose of the Role

The role will oversee IRC’s protection programming in the host community. This includes Women`s Protection & Empowerment (WPE), Protection Rule of Law (PROL) and Child Protection and Youth Development (CPYD). The role will provide technical guidance and support to partners working on protection and will ensure program reporting are complete and of good quality in accordance with IRC’s overall protection programming and donor requirements. Through supportive mentoring, she will provide capacity development to partner staff to strengthen their technical skills including case management, PSS, safe space to strengthen WPE and VAWG response and prevention practices. The role will be managed by the Senior Program Coordinator – Host Community with technical support from the protection technical team.



Highlights of Key Responsibilities

Project Management:

  • Responsible for overall project management and coordination of assigned protectiongrants. Lead role in project implementation on ground and oversee and manage implementation of protection programming including women and girl’s safe spaces.
  • Responsible for managing partners to ensure protection programming are implemented in accordance to IRC’s overall WPE, CPYD and PROL programming and donor requirements.
  • Working closely with respective WPE, CPYD and PROL team members and partner staff, ensure timely implementation and budget spending in line with the project documents
  • Ensure development of project planning and management documents for each project including but not limited to; project results framework, detailed implementation plans, financial plans, M&E plans, procurement plans, human resource plans and ensure their execution
  • Coordinate and ensure grants opening meetings take place and coach partner and protection staff of new projects
  • Support implementation and ensure adherence to grant work plans, spending plans and monitoring and evaluation plans
  • Responsible for preparing high quality donor, management and other internal and external reports and ensure their timely submission

·Put in place measures to track financial spending and ensure budget is spent as per project financial plans


Program Quality & Technical Support:

  • Ensure that all protection programming, meets IRC and international standards adhering to a women-, girl- and survivor-centered and feminist approach and that IRC and partner staff and volunteers are supported to build and strengthen their practice in this area
  • Ensure that all services are fully functioning, are well equipped and resourced, and staff members and teams are motivated and encouraged in their roles and work
  • Provide technical guidance and support to partner teams to strengthen safe space and mobile operations and improve the provision of quality case management and psychosocial support services to meet the needs of women and girls
  • Lead on needs-based capacity development (training, learning sessions, and on-the-job mentoring) for partner teams in critical areas of WPE, CYPD and PROL.
  • Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are managed appropriately and are functioning in all sites
  • Ensure that formal referrals pathways are used and adhered to by the WPE and partner teams, and any issues found with the pathways and services are reported to the WPE Coordinator for advocacy
  • Ensure regular collaboration and communication with the health team counterparts in health facilities and mobile teams to ensure standard methodology across both sectors and strong internal safe and confidential referrals
  • Work with the WPE Coordination and other WPE technical staff in the design and implementation of activities that specifically target women and adolescent girls grounded in evidence-based methodologies

·Work closely with Child Protection and Youth Development (CPYD) technical team to develop strategy related to host community programming, with special attention to community-based child protection programming

·Ensure the prevention and response activities and other child focused interventions have appropriate reporting and referral mechanisms established

·Conduct needs assessment, develop and implement a capacity building plan and provide day to day mentoring support, formal and on-job training support to partner staff

·Work closely with young people, understand their needs and challenges and support implementation of life skills and leadership development program, especially in host community context

·Support implementation of economic empowerment activities of adolescent boys and girls. Work closely with partner in implementing business skills development activities.

Staff Supervision & Development:

  • Provide direct supportive supervision to the host community protection staff, and support them to do the same for the protection staff they supervise to enable them to successfully perform in their positions
  • Responsible for performance management including setting performance objectives and conducting regular performance appraisals on progress with supervisees, providing timely and constructive feedback to develop their professional practice
  • Spend significant time in field locations to provide hand holding support to team and supportive supervision
  • Ensure staff well-being and care is prioritized and is an integral part of weekly/monthly work plans


Coordination, Representation & Advocacy:

  • Proactively build strong working relationships at the site levels with other international and national actors/organizations and UN agencies (i.e.: WASH, shelter, food/NFI) for advocacy on ensuring specific measures are put in place to reduce risks of VAWG in line with Inter-Agency Standing Committee Guidelines for response and prevention of GBV in humanitarian settings; and ensure that all advocacy points are communicated in a timely manner to the Senior Program Coordinator -Host Community and WPE Coordinator, CPYD Coordinator and PROL Coordinator for field and national level advocacy
  • Represent IRC in relevant coordination meetings at camp and sub district level including sector coordination meetings
  • Take a strategic effort to include CPYD partners in district and sub-district level child protection committees



Other Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Maintain open and professional relations with all IRC and partner team members, promoting a strong, respectful team spirit, ensuring effective communication, and opportunities for debriefing
  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams, promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs
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