Child Protection Intern
Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster.
The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through over 20 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.
The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.
The Purpose of the Role
The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a qualified and motivated graduate to learn more about child protection in the humanitarian sector, whilst contributing to the work of the IRC’s child protection team.
The intern will work closely with the Senior Child Protection Case Management Specialist on a capacity building project to develop an updated and expanded inter-agency training package for child protection caseworkers in humanitarian settings. They will work with the wider Child Protection team at HQ-level on knowledge management, specific Child Protection technical themes and depending on profile, the intern’s role may include producing communication and advocacy materials, such as factsheets and case studies.
The intern will be provided with a personalised learning and development plan, coaching, and access to training opportunities. As part of that, the intern will have support to work on small projects depending on their interests and the needs of the team. Examples of small projects include conducting research and scoping exercises, advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation.
The internship can be conducted full-time or part-time, depending on the successful candidate’s existing commitments. Flexible working hours are allowed. It is expected that the workload will have quieter and busier periods to account for the project schedule and the successful candidate’s study schedule (e.g., any exams, university holidays etc).
Child Protection Case Management Training Package (40%)
- Analyse existing case management capacity building resources for relevance and quality.
- Consistently consider how best to build the capacity of caseworkers in diverse humanitarian settings.
- Review draft resources to try to ensure that they reflect quality standards for case management and capacity building best practices.
- Depending on skills and experience, create case management learning resources on different topics.
- Feed-in to graphic design and translation work for the package.
- Attend internal and external meetings alongside the Senior Child Protection Case Management Specialist.
- If applicable, support with the translation and proof-reading of the training package.
- Other similar tasks, as required.
Knowledge Management (30%)
- Update, maintain, and disseminate content from the team’s website.
- In coordination with Child Protection Technical Advisors and colleagues in-country, develop factsheets and case studies to promote programming approaches and achievements.
- Support the team with other knowledge management and information management, as necessary.
Interest Areas (30%)
- Consistently update personal learning and development plan.
- Take on small projects that align with the successful candidate’s experience and interests as well as the needs of the team.
- Conduct research and scoping exercises, as required.
- Support with monitoring and evaluation and advocacy efforts, as required.