Global Surge Team Roster: Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator
The IRC’s Global Surge Team (GST) is a roster of esteemed and highly qualified humanitarian professionals who deploy on short notice to non-emergency and emergency contexts to support the IRC’s mission. Members of the GST provide specialist support where talent is most needed for short-term deployments of up to three months. The GST is a flexible employment opportunity for staff, requiring members to be available for deployments only 50% of the year (with opportunities for additional deployments).
The Surge Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator, Global Surge is responsible for Protection and Rule of Law program assessment, design, start-up, management and monitoring in emergency and non-emergency responses. This may include sector strategy development, proposal development, technical oversight, staff management and development, administrative supervision, budget management, grants compliance and local partner relations. A successful candidate will demonstrate ability to work in fast-paced environments and to apply creative, flexible design to Protection and Rule of Law work in challenging contexts.
Program design and management
• Provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical management of IRC’s PRoL programming in country in line with the Strategic Action Plan outcomes.
• Lead the design of creative, context-responsive programming while ensuring high program quality and alignment with IRC’s best practices.
• Oversee the technical aspects of the implementation and coordination of protection and rule of law programs, including legal, protection monitoring, information dissemination, community based protection, support to persons with specific needs and protection mainstreaming-providing support to the senior program managers to develop work plans, spending plans to guide implementation of approved grants.
• Ensure – through program design and practice, team capacity and behavior – that clients, including girls and boys and women and men participate in the design and implementation of IRC programs, and that their access to services and programs is meaningful and safe.
• Develop and/or adapt technical tools to support day to day program implementation
• Support the senior program managers and field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community.
• Ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are effectively designed and integrated into all stages of the project; that output and impact data are captured, and that data is used to optimize program quality.
• Ensure that all interventions are in compliance with local laws as well as relevant international laws including International Refugee Law and Human Rights Law; and Humanitarian law.
• Liaise regularly with the relevant protection and other HQ technical units
New business development
• Develop/propose recommendations for a PRoL strategy in close collaboration with the PRoL team, Senior Emergency Coordinator, DDP and PRoL Technical Advisor.
• Identify opportunities for, design and develop concept notes and proposals to grow the Protection and Rule of Law portfolio.
• Ensure all designed protection projects use the IRC theories of change and that outcomes are evidence-driven and evidence-generated.
• Develop and/or input into protection assessments and protection reporting analysis for the purpose of program development
• Support the incorporation of protection mainstreaming in all funding proposals developed by IRC regardless of the sector.
• Identify opportunities for partnership and strategic collaboration.
Coordination and representation
• Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination with Education, Livelihood, Health , governance, child protection and WPE colleagues to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from protection best practice.
• Coordinate with CD, DDP and other Coordinators to forge connections with key government counterparts, UNHCR and other UN, I/NGOs, human rights actors and other sub-national government actors.
• Represent the IRC in high level and strategic meetings involving protection actors such as protection working group meetings, inter-agency coordination meetings, and bi-lateral meetings.
• Provide a comprehensive handover to successor, including ensuring transfer of all related documentation, program monitoring data and staff performance information.
Grant and financial management
• Oversee the delivery of high quality technical proposals and reports, in line with donor requirements.
• Work in close collaboration with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information;
• Manage grant/program implementation including staff recruitment and training, work plan development, procurement and inventory planning, and budget management
• Recruit and supervise Protection staff
• Provide technical guidance, on the job mentoring and coaching for the senior program managers
• Ensure ongoing training and targeted capacity building of PRoL staff
• Support Field Coordinators/Managers to ensure that program managers put capacity development plans in place for the national protection teams based on documented capacity needs assessments exercise
• Comply with and ensure that new PROL staff understand the IRC Code of Conduct and policies related to Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding. This includes ensuring that staff and communities have knowledge of and safe, confidential access to reporting mechanisms and support services.
Research, Learning and Analysis
• Identify, monitor and report unmet needs. Explore the potential of the IRC to address those needs within the parameters of the Strategic Action Plan and sector priorities.
• Lead protection assessments and research aimed at generating a strong evidence base for IRC protection programming, as well as to inform IRC advocacy.
• Work closely with IRC’s advocacy and media teams, and the Violence Prevention and Response Unit, on the design, launch and dissemination of research reports and findings.
• Contribute to the advocacy efforts through analysis of the policy environment and protection trends, staff briefings, and external representation in relevant discussions.
• Support the greater sharing and use of research and learning within IRC’s program sectors, including by contributing to program development and design, to ensure interventions are responsive to needs and informed by a sound understanding of the protection environment.
• Post-graduate degree in international law, human rights law, international relations, social sciences, or other related field.
• At least five years’ experience working in the field of Protection or Human Rights in conflict-affected areas programming at the Coordinator level or above required.
• Experience working with IRC and an understanding of IRC’s systems and processes is strongly preferred.
• Familiarity with key donor regulations such as UNHCR, FCDO, BPRM and ECHO
• Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, donors, INGOs and other stakeholders
• Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, capacity building, project design and budget management
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills with excellent analysis and writing skills
• Demonstrated skills in effectively managing and building programs and/or operations in high-pressure, fluid environments. Leadership and team management skills are essential.
• Strong team and people leadership, management, organizational and development skills
• Proven writing and editing skills, including the ability to effectively write and edit grant proposals and reports.
• Flexible work attitude: Be flexible and yet focused & reliable in an environment of changing demands. Ability to work well and promote teamwork and be comfortable in a multi-cultural environment.
• Good digital literacy: Facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.
• Fluency in English. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Working knowledge of Arabic, French and/or Spanish strongly preferred
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers 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.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.