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Protection Advisor

El Paso (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: El Paso (United States of America)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date:

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Job Overview:

The Protection Advisor supports Site Leadership and stakeholders – including health and social service providers, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS) and Department of Defense (DOD) – to put in place basic protective and social services and to take action that mitigates safety risks for the population. The Protection Advisor will identify gaps in services and help DHS counterparts to identify solutions, through contracts with service providers that can deliver culturally appropriate services for women, children and other at-risk populations. Once services are in place, the Protection Advisor will play a key coordination and leadership role, ensuring safe, functional response protocols and referral pathways; bringing stakeholders together to discuss challenges and reinforce complementarity of services and safety measures; and overseeing guest information and communication services, ensuring that information and access to services are available to the most at-risk populations within the guest population. The Protection Advisor will supervise one Guest Information and Communication Services Specialist, and will work closely with the IRC Safeguarding Unit, EHAU, RAI SEW and Legal Services to put in place responsive guest feedback and reporting mechanisms.

Major Responsibilities:

·Map surrounding social service providers and community organizations with experience in responding to intimate partner violence, violence against children, and mental health needs, to identify options for service provision on base. Where needed, support outreach to international service providers with experience working with similar populations and providing community-based social services.

·Support service providers to tailor and adapt their approaches for delivery on a US military base to the Afghan population. This includes thinking through how to make services safely accessible and culturally appropriate for women, adolescent girls, children and LGBTQI+ individuals.

·Establish and facilitate regular coordination meeting for all health and social service providers, and for other stakeholders on base, for example teams running Morale, Wellbeing and Resilience activities, DHS, DOS and DOD actors, etc.

·Facilitate the establishment of functional response and referral protocols, and ensure that all key base personnel and volunteers understand their role within the system, and how to make safe, appropriate referrals when Afghan guests disclose violence and need support.

·Support the Guest Information and Communication Services Specialist in coordination with RAI SEW and Legal Services TU to standardize information systems, promote best practices and minimum standards for information provision to guests while also ensuring timely, consistent and coordinated two way communication strategies.

·Regularly share progress, best practice and challenges with the Senior Protection Advisor, and with counterparts in the same role on other bases, to ensure ongoing learning, adaptation and agility in the face of new challenges.

·Encourage work practices that are considerate of and promote equity in regards to: race, color, national origin, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, and legal status.

·Encourage all staff and volunteers to draw upon existing strengths and resiliency, practice self-care, and connect to Duty of Care.

·Other duties as assigned.

Positions reports to:Senior Protection Advisor, with a Management in Partnership (MiP) line to Site Leads.

Job Requirements:

·Seven years of related professional experience working in the fields of protection and social services, with at least 4 years working within humanitarian contexts in the international sector

·Experience working with refugees, asylum seekers, and others who have been forcibly displaced

·Experience collaborating across sectors and teams to achieve collective impact

·Highly developed interpersonal skills including active listening, emotional de-escalation, patience, and compassion

·Experience working flexibility in a stressful environment with multiple stakeholders

·Ability to be a pro-active self-starter while also maintaining a healthy flow of communication and working within a cross-sectoral team

·Broad knowledge and experience in workplace health and wellbeing, change management, and process improvement

·Fluency in English, written and spoken. Fluency in Pashto and/or Dari a plus, but not required.

·Service-oriented leadership skills

·Strong analytic problem-solving skills

·Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional global team structure

·Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite

·Ability to manage and work through change in a proactive and positive manner.

Working Environment:

·IRC will provide lodging accommodation at the Assignment Locations during the assignment period as well as travel accommodations to and from Assignment Locations

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional 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, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles. 

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