SCOPE OF WORK
Under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Programs, the Child Protection Coordinator will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, monitoring, and quality delivery of the Child Protection program in South Sudan. The Child Protection Coordinator will be based in Juba with frequent visits to the field sites. The Coordinator will be the country program focal point for all education and child protection related meetings, workshops, and working groups. The Child Protection Coordinator will be supported by the Technical Advisor based at IRC HQ.
Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
• Provide technical supervision of, and technical support and guidance to IRC South Sudan’s child protection program
• Ensure that all child protection activities are consistent with established international and national best practices, in close collaboration with the NY Child Protection TA
• Monitor evolving needs in the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary
• Ensure regular follow-up on monitoring data relevant to IRC education and child protection program
• Lead all research and learning activities in relation to child protection
• Ensure regular performance monitoring of staff and/or partners to achieve the project’s objectives
• Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to improve IRC programs for children and families
• Coordinate and initiate project proposals and develop proposals for the IRC South Sudan Child Protection Program under the supervision of the Deputy Director for Programs and in consultation and collaboration with field based staff and HQ TAs
• Design and lead technical assessments to determine needs for child protection program development
• Participate in donor meetings to share lessons learned in programming, needs assessments, and determine potential for new funding sources to improve child wellbeing and safety
Coordination, Representation and Advocacy
• In coordination with the supervisor, represent the IRC to UN, international and national NGOs, Ministries, and key child protection actors
• Participate actively in external coordination and cluster forums; participate in internal coordination and management meetings to promote effective and efficient information sharing, problem-solving and decision making
• Together with CD, DDP and relevant coordination mechanisms, identify opportunities for advocacy on issues related to child protection
• Develop and implement staff capacity building plan to ensure quality child protection programming
• Ensure the child protection teams are following IRC HR policies, including the Child Safeguarding policy and code of conduct
• Conduct timely and quality performance evaluations
Qualifications and Experience:
• Masters level qualification in Social Sciences, Law, Psychology or related subject;
• A minimum of 5 years professional experience in leading/managing Child Protection projects in humanitarian contexts.
• Willingness to travel to the field where projects are implemented for at least 30% of time
• Prior experience and excellent understanding of working in emergency settings or insecure environments. Prior experience in South Sudan is a strong asset.
• Strong capacity building skills and proven ability to train on topics such as social and emotional learning, case management, parenting, etc.
• Strong leadership, management, project planning, monitoring and evaluation, analytical interpersonal and communication skills
• Strong budget management and reporting, skills; and an ability to oversee multiple awards from a variety of donors
• Strong written and oral communication skills, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment and effective in representation
• Able to respond rapidly to changing environments and work under pressure
• Fluency in English required
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC has been one of the largest providers of humanitarian aid in South Sudan for over 25 years, delivering emergency relief and post-conflict assistance since 1989. The Country Program includes seven different sectors (Health, Reproductive Health, Nutrition, Women Protection and Empowerment, Child protection, Education and Livelihood) implemented in a total of seven field sites covering four States.
South Sudan is currently classified at security level Orange. The situation in Juba is calm at the moment but remains tense and unpredictable; concerns include criminality, presence of armed troops, and looting. There is active conflict in many parts of the country and a possibility for further expansion of the conflict and violence into other areas and other states.
Lodging in Juba is in a private bedroom, with en suite bathroom, in a shared IRC guesthouse. In field sites sleeping accommodations range from tent to traditional hut to permanent structures. Field compounds have latrines and showers. All IRC sites have electricity and internet at least several hours per day. Food is the individual’s responsibility.
Standards of Professional Conduct:
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
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.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required