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Protection Manager (Protection Rule of Law)


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Warsaw
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Legal - International Law
    • Democratic Governance
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Managerial positions
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Months of escalating Russian hostility towards Ukraine have culminated in a concerted invasion of the country and the launch of military attacks across multiple cities in Ukraine, with a view to destabilize the country and provoke a change in government. Fleeing insecurity, Ukrainians are travelling west, with Poland establishing 8 reception centers along its border with Ukraine, for an estimated 1 million arrivals.

Between February 7-23, 2022, an IRC team undertook a scoping mission covering Poland and Ukraine to better understand the context, humanitarian and civil society landscape, and anticipated service gaps in the event of an escalation of conflict in Ukraine and consequent displacement into neighboring Poland. As of February 24th, the IRC has pivoted to an emergency response, and have identified partner agencies in Poland and Ukraine to facilitate immediate assistance that can be used where it is the most needed. Simultaneously, IRC/partners will launch a rapid needs assessment to better understand the humanitarian needs in both Poland and Ukraine and how IRC can complement partner response services either in breadth or scale.

 Key working relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Integrated Protection Coordinator, Poland
  • Position directly supervises: TBD 
  • Internal collaborations within IRC: Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Manager; Child Protection (CP) Manager; Protection Partnerships & Capacity Building Manager; Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) Manager; SignPost team
  • External collaborations to IRC: Protection and information services actors, organizations and agencies


The Protection Rule of Law (PRoL) Manager will roll-out IRC’s PRoL program in Poland, that is responsive to emerging protection risks and needs related to the Ukraine crisis.


Specifically, the PRoL Manager will be responsible for:

1)      Context evaluation: Working with other sector teams, monitor unfolding events in Poland, specifically:

  • Continually identify areas of displacement, high need and emerging protection risks, through protection monitoring approach, feeding into protection analysis and contextual background tools/briefs
  • Conduct stakeholder analysis: continually review existing actor mapping with a view to establish/strengthen partnerships focused on the delivery of general protection services

2)      Program design: Based on emerging needs in Poland, work with potential partners/partners to design quality and responsive protection interventions, specifically:

  • Collaborating with partners in the design and implementation of protection services, based on needs and context; which may include response information services, legal assistance, protection case management
  • Facilitating, co-designing training sessions with partners, other sectors, and other relevant stakeholders
  • Implementing and updating the response strategy to identified protection risks and needs, outlining a problem statement, response modalities, activities and required funding
  • In collaboration with other protection streams and other sectors, ensuring complementary and aligned interventions, through partnerships and direct implementation

3)      Program management and delivery: Lead PRoL program start-up (through direct implementation and support partners), including:

  • Recruitment and training of PRoL staff where relevant 
  • Technical support, including preparation and facilitation of trainings, to partners and staff (as needed and requested). Training content may include but is not limited to response information services, protection case management, protection mainstreaming, protection monitoring, etc.
  • Support the roll-out of regional responsive information platform by providing guidance on relevant content for Poland context 
  • Procurement planning and management
  • Budget planning and management
  • Development and monitoring of work plan
  • Development of a monitoring and evaluation plan, in collaboration with the monitoring and evaluation team
  • Conduct program monitoring
  • Program report writing

4)      Coordination & representation:  Working with relevant stakeholders, including technical team, support the development of coordination system, specifically:

  • Continually identifying strategic actors to strengthen protection response
  • Participate in coordination mechanisms such as reoccurring meetings, actor and service mappings
  • Represent IRC in external fora, including in coordination such as the Protection Cluster, Information Management Working Groups, with donors and others 

5)      Program quality:  Support program quality through technical oversight and training, ensuring adherence to global standards, specifically:

  • Develop/contextualize program tools and processes
  • Conduct program monitoring with a view to support oversight of quality
  • Deliver training sessions on PRoL topics and programs
  • Integrate technical capacity sharing approaches into partnerships



  • Language: English required; if possible, Polish and/or Ukrainian
  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in Social Work, Human Rights, Social Science, Public Health, Humanities or other related field, desirable
  • Experience facilitating group activities, trainings and workshops and mentoring others
  • Counseling or case management experience desirable
  • Experience in working in refugee camps or other emergency programming settings
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to maintain confidentiality and respect for clients/beneficiaries
  • Positive and professional attitude, including ability to lead and work well in a team setting
  • High degree of flexibility and strong ability to organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail
  • Computer literate, including Microsoft Word and Excel


This position will be based in Warsaw, with occasional travel to Rzeszow, Lublin and other locations as necessary. As this is a fluid and rapidly changing context, the location of this position and length of assignment may change based on the needs of the program.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
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