Job Title Assistant Protection Officer
Background/IRC Summary: 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 made to flee from war and disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC shows the way from harm to home.
IRC has been working in Pakistan for approximately 40 years, running and delivering large, intricate programs to meet the needs in health, education, safeguarding, environmental health, and livelihoods for displaced, poor, and disaster-affected communities. With the support of the federal and provincial governments, and generous donors like FCDO, ECHO, USAID, GAC, and Australian Aid Agencies, the firm is currently implementing projects across the country
The IRC is currently looking for 2 Assistant Protection Officers purely on 2 monthly contracts (July 01, 2022- August 31, 2022) for refugees and host communities in two districts (Pishin and Chaghi) in Baluchistan.
Purpose of the position/Summary: Under the supervision of the Project Officer and with technical backstopping from Senior Protection & Education Manager, the Assistant protection Officers will have a responsibility to supervise, coordinate and manage the child protection (CP) activities formation of Children Clubs (CCs), developing a referral mechanism/pathways, and capacity building of community-based structures (Child Protection education Committees), project staff and persons from Government Departments on child protection and monitoring, life-skills and CP Case Management. The incumbent will work closely with the communities and children of concern to identify the risks they face and to demonstrate their capacities to better protect themselves, their families, and communities. The ACPO will provide day-to-day mentorship and on-the-job training to field staff and will also be responsible for assisting in supervising the project’s progress by regular follow-ups to ensure that project’s technical and financial progress is on track. The position will be encouraged and work in close coordination with the team including the Child Safeguarding & Protection manager, Program officer, Community Mobilizers, Children, communities, Government representatives, and CSOs. Key of the tasks for the position holder may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Project planning and implementation:
- Supervises the implementation of Child Protection activities at the district level ensuring appropriate coordination with all collaborators.
- Ensure that all interventions are in-line with the IRC strategy, and CP Minimum Standards.
- Conduct Sensitization and Mobilization sessions with Communities in field locations, schools, and ALP centers regularly, ensuring that activities are implemented in an agreed manner.
- Establish and lead all areas of the referral mechanism (Identification, registration, referral, and case closure) for effective support to the survivors/children at risk
- Guide Field Assistant in working with children to develop new, creative activities as appropriate.
- Ensures that safeguarding standards are acknowledged and met and ensures a safe and child-friendly atmosphere in schools and ALP centers.
- Strengthen community-based child protection mechanism in coordination with Child Protection Education Committees/PTCs.
- Collaborate with SWD for the deployment and capacity building of caseworkers and strengthening of CP case management system by case management SOPs
- Build positive relationships with relevant departments, other government actors as appropriate, and other collaborators, establishing IRC as a key factor in Child Protection.
- Lead awareness-raising campaigns for sensitization of communities and collaborators on child protection issues and concerns.
- Ensures the participation of all groups of children, most vulnerable children.
- Undertake regular field supervising visits to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as the need arises.
- Support field team including field staff in conducting parents’ and community meetings.
- Document success stories and lessons.
- Ensures that health and safety regulations are understood and followed, and that health and safety incidents are logged
- Perform any other project-related tasks assigned by the supervisor.
Coordination and Representation:
- Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with district key partners, including government actors, UN agencies particularly UNHCR & UNICEF, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors working in education and protection sectors in the targeted districts.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Project Officer, technical reporting to Child Protection Manager.
Staff reporting to position: Field Assistant
Position Coordinates With: Communities, Children, Government Departments & Civil Society Organizations including UNHCR and UNICEF partners.
- Graduate or masters degree in international development, human rights, psychology, sociology, international law, or other social science field is required.
b) Work Experience:
- Should have a minimum of 2-3 years of field experience in child protection case management programming preferably in emergencies/refugee response.
- Ability to work under pressure in an unstable security environment. Able to handle critical information with strict confidentiality.
- Experience in training, capacity building, and team building of staff.
c) Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
- Applied experience in child protection prevention and response in emergencies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and implementation of multi-sectoral child protection prevention and response programming.
- Experience handling child protection case management programs, including implementation of the best interests’ procedures.
- Proven understanding of critical issues around child protection data and knowledge of safe and ethical data collection analysis and conducting assessments.
- Flexibility to work in a diverse multicultural team with respect for Pakistani culture and norms.
- Ability and experience coordinating with government and CSOs.
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
- Excellent report writing skills.
- Flexible demeanor towards receiving feedback
- Knowledge of MS Office packages (word, excel, PowerPoint).
- Good written and spoken English and Urdu skills.
- Proficient spoke in local / Pushto and Balochi/Brahvi language.
The IRC Core Values and Commitments;
· The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality 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 Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons.
· IRC is committed to ensuring that IRC staff is suitable to work with children and have the knowledge s/he needs to uphold and abide by the IRC’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
o Level of interaction with children: Frequent direct contact with children
· IRC ensures that its staff must actively practice the roles and responsibilities related to client responsiveness, accountability to people in affected communities and must have competencies to solicit and listens to feedback and other’s perspectives, responds to feedback with maturity and sensitivity and takes appropriate decisions and makes changes to behavior or actions in response to feedback.
· IRC recognizes that gender equality is fundamental to the achievement of our organizational mission. As such, IRC is committed to the promotion of gender equality in all aspects of our operations and programs. Our organizational policies, procedures and actions demonstrate this commitment.
Women candidates and differently abled persons are highly encouraged to apply.