The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. We address both the immediate, lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post conflict societies. IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve. The IRC-South Sudan operates a country office in Juba, and Lakes, Unity and Northern Bahr el Ghazal. IRC has been working in Ganyliel for more than 21 years, and we currently operate programming in Protection, Child Protection, Food Security & Livelihoods, Health, and Nutrition.
The population of Ganyliel has doubled since the outbreak of violence in 2013 and again in 2015, with some IDPs integrated into the host community through ties with family and friends, and others living in informal IDP camps. The area is surrounded by swampland and therefore viewed as a safe destination for relocation from other areas in Unity State that have seen more violence. The signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in August 2015 is a positive step towards ending the conflict, but the broke out of July 2016 highly affected the peace agreement process and the security and humanitarian situation In Unity State and elsewhere in South Sudan remains fragile.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Integrated Protection Manager will oversee implementation and offer guidance to the Protection and Child Protection programs in Ganyliel, in the former Unity State. In this capacity, the Integrated Protection Manager will be responsible for day-to-day supervision and oversight of the Protection Teams and the Child Protection teams, hold BVA review meetings, manage the offices and support in capacity building of both protection and child protection staff. The Integrated Protection Manager will work closely with other IRC sectors such as Health and Nutrition as well as other units within IRC such as Supply Chain and Finance.
This position will report to the Ganyliel Field Coordinator, and receive technical support from the Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator.
Program Management & Development
- Create and execute a work plan, spending plan and related systems to ensure that project deadlines are met and targets achieved.
- Supervise and coach the Deputy Managers and Protection/Child Protection Officers to conduct monitoring home visits, surveys, participatory assessments and/or community consultations focused on protection concerns and the identification of Persons with Special Needs (PSN) within the community. Ensure that monitoring visits respect principles of confidentiality of interviewees and that all incidents reported to IRC are handled with due regard to protection principles.
- Supervise and coach the Protection and child protection Officers to deliver awareness-raising activities on topics such as service availability and access.
- Support the Protection and Child protection Officers in maintaining a good working knowledge of available services from IRC and partners, and an ability to make appropriate referrals to those services in the course of protection monitoring and community work.
- Develop and maintain a good knowledge of the protection situation locally and the priority needs of the IDP population and host community. Compile protection assessment reports to inform IRC and partner programming in Ganyliel.
- Convene and facilitate the semi-monthly community forum for NGOs, community leaders, local authorities, women’s committee representatives, and others to discuss community priorities and NGO plans.
- Support Deputy Manager and Protection Officers in capacity building of community-based protection mechanisms through training, support, and maintenance of Community Protection Committees throughout southern Panyijiar County.
- Conduct protection mainstreaming activities, especially in regards to partner programming including WFP General Food Distributions to ensure that protection principles are prioritized in service delivery and that vulnerable IDPs and host community members have equal access to services.
- Participate in the development of proposals, budgets and concept notes in coordination with the PRL Coordinator, DDP, Grants team, and HQ Technical Unit.
- Contribute to the development of the Country Sector Strategy for the South Sudan Protection Program.
- Support other protection programs as needed, incuding Child Protection and Women’s Protection and Empowerment.
- Recruit national staff in conjunction with the Human Resources Department.
- Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the IRC and the Integrated Protection Program.
- Provide leadership, guidance, and support to the Protection Team through regular supervision and feedback on performance
- Build the capacity of the Protection Officers to improve their range of capabilities related to the Protection Program and its activities.
- Ensure Performance Management System documentation for all staff is in place and followed up regularly.
Grants Management and Reporting
- Manage and oversee grants; develop and maintain work, spending and procurement plans for all projects.
- Participate in Grants Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meetings.
- Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
- Ensuring effective implementation of M&E systems throughout the lifetime of the project.
- Manage the project budget; oversee all budget expenditures and ensure they are allowable and allocable according to IRC and donor regulations; review monthly Budget vs. Actual and expenditure sheets and collaborate with the Finance department to ensure accurate expenditures and reporting.
Representation & Coordination
- Actively participate in coordination mechanism with partners, IDPs, and host community leaders to ensure information sharing and coordination of interventions, and to enable meaningful participation of both IDPs and host communities.
- Liaise with partners, particularly through the protection cluster/working group/coorindation mechanism, to share findings and any issues of relevance and/or concern related to the local context or broader trends.
- Establish relationships with other NGOs, international organizations, government offices, particularly those working in protection and participate in relevant coordination forums.
- Masters degree in Law, International Law, Human Rights or International Affairs
- Minimum of three years of professional experience in protection programming in a displacement setting
- Minimum of three years of overseas professional experience in program implementation
- Previous working experience with US and European donors is an asset
- Strong understanding of protection principles and likely protection concerns arising in the South Sudan context as well as conflict sensitivity
- Solid experience in staff management in a cross-cultural environment required
- Experience in complex emergencies and the ability to live and work in a very remote environment
- Ability to work under pressure and without daily supervision
- Demonstrated skill in staff management in a cross- cultural environment
- Demonstrated analytical skills and report writing experience required
- Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
- Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
- Fluency in English, both oral and written
The security level is orange. The situation in Ganyliel is calm at the moment but remains tense and unpredictable, and fighting has occurred in nearby administrative centres several times within the previous six months. There has been ongoing active conflict in central and northern Unity State, though despite relatively close proximity to Ganyliel, these areas are fairly removed from Ganyliel due to swampy terrain and limited mobility. Ganyliel is only accessible by air from Juba, and some local movements require travel by foot and canoe.
Lodging in field sites range from a tent to a traditional hut to permanent structures. Field compounds have common latrines and showers. All IRC sites have electricity and internet at least several hours per day. Food is the individual's responsibility.
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.
Minimum Education Required