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Emergency Child Protection Coordinator

New York City

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. 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. At work today in over 30 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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).

Job Overview:

The Emergency Child Protection Coordinator, Global Surge is responsible leading child protection (CP) programming in acute emergency responses. This may include rapid assessment, program start-up, strategy development, proposal development, technical oversight, staff recruitment and management, budget management, grants compliance and local partner relations. A successful candidate will demonstrate track record working independently in fast-paced environments and applying creative, flexible design to child protection programming in humanitarian contexts.

Major Responsibilities:

Context evaluation

·       Following the onset of an emergency, identify areas with greatest impact, highest needs, and emerging CP risks

·       Conduct stakeholder analysis: continually review existing actor mapping with a view to identifying key actors and establishing partnerships with focused on the delivery of child protection services

·       Design and conduct multisector needs assessments

Program design and management

  • Provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical management of IRC’s child protection response aligned to the response strategy and emergency outcomes, while ensuring high program quality and alignment with IRC’s standards and approaches
  • Lead and directly contribute to the start-up, implementation and coordination of emergency CP programming, including CP case management, Safe Healing and Learning Spaces, psychosocial support, responsive parenting, and protection of Unaccompanied and Separated Children (UASC) and children at risk or experiencing abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation
  • Work with potential partners to develop a CP strategy to respond to identified child protection risks and needs, outlining a problem statement, response modalities, activity sequencing, and required resources
  • In collaboration with response leadership and technical coordinators, input into the design of an overall emergency response strategy, including partnerships so that the IRC is working in ways that are complementary to and in support of partners
  • Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination with PROL, WPE, and other sector colleagues to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from protection best practice
  • Ensure – through program design and practice, team capacity and behavior – that clients, including girls, boys, and their caregivers 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 and approaches, and deliver creative solutions to mitigate challenges in the operating context, to facilitate response start-up and day to day implementation

·       Support emergency CP staff to implement and monitor work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community

  • Oversee IRC’s relationship with partners, ensuring co-design, regular exchange, and project performance monitoring to achieve program objectives
  • Design and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems ensuring consistent reporting and analysis of results to improve program effectiveness and quality
  • Provide a comprehensive handover to successor, including ensuring transfer of all related documentation, program data and staff performance information

Grant and financial management

  • Manage emergency grant/program implementation including recruitment and training, work plan development, procurement and inventory planning, budget management, and M&E plans

·       Develop high quality technical proposals and reports with relevant program staff in line with IRC and donor requirements

·       Collaborate with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information

Staff management

·       Recruit, onboard, and supervise emergency CP staff, and provide ongoing training and targeted capacity building, including technical guidance, on the job coaching and supervision, and capacity development plans on technical and managerial skills

·       Comply with and ensure that new CP 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

·       Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions

Coordination and representation

  • Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key actors, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors
  • Regularly attend emergency child protection coordination and task force meetings, at appropriate levels to feed in IRC priorities from the field
  • Ensure child protection concerns and challenges are brought to relevant fora to advocate for standards and procedures that systematize how CP programming is implemented and coordinated at the field level

Job Requirements:

  • Post-graduate degree in social work, psychology, social sciences, other related field, or equivalent work experience
  • At least five years’ experience working in the field of Child Protection programming at the Coordinator level or above required, with proven track record managing multi-donor portfolios in acute emergency response, program and project start-up
  • 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 humanitarian actors
  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, capacity building, project design and budget management
  • Demonstrated skills in effectively leading and building programs and/or operations in high-pressure, fluid environments. Leadership and team management skills are critical.
  • Proven communication, 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 limited resources and changing demands. Ability to work well, promote teamwork, 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.

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