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Requisition ID: req813

Job Title: Child Protection and Education Coordinator

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Location: Afghanistan-Kabul (Kabol)

Job Description


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 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC opened the country program in Afghanistan in 1988. Our programs span the range from humanitarian relief to early recovery and development activities, focusing on child protection, education, economic wellbeing, health, and power. The IRC works in 9 provinces throughout Afghanistan, among which some of the most security volatile, and employs over 350 staff.



Under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Programs in Afghanistan, the Child Protection & Education Coordinator will be responsible for the vision, strategy, design, monitoring, and quality delivery of the Child Protection and Education program in Afghanistan. The Child Protection & Education Coordinator will be based in Kabul with frequent visits to the field sites. 

The Child Protection and Education Coordinator will be responsible for supporting and building of the capacity of national staff and partners engaged in the implementation of the IRC Education and Child Protection activities. The Coordinator will lead the design, development, context analysis and needs assessments of new projects focused on education and child protection. In accordance with IRC Afghanistan’s focus on integrated programming, the Child Protection and Education Coordinator will work closely with other in-country sector-specific Coordinators. In addition, the Coordinator will be the country program focal point for all education and child protection related meetings, workshops, and task forces. The Child Protection and Education Coordinator will be supported by Technical Advisors based at IRC HQ to ensure effective, high quality delivery of all education and child protection.


Technical Monitoring and Program Quality

  • Provide technical supervision of, and technical support and guidance to IRC Afghanistan’s education and child protection program
  • Ensure that teams utilize standard protocols, policies, guidelines, and legal framework developed by the Government of Afghanistan
  • Ensure that all education and child protection activities are consistent with established international and national best practices, in close collaboration with the NY Education and Child Protection TAs
  • Lead all research and learning activities in relation to education and child protection
  • Ensure appropriate follow-up and decision-making on data relevant to IRC’s education and child protection programs
  • Ensure all stakeholders are provided with regular updates on education and child protection in Afghanistan, HQ and the regional ACME team, including Head of Office, Technical Unit, donors, etc.
  • Ensure regular performance monitoring of national staff and/or partners to achieve the project’s objectives
  • Supervise the development of relevant M&E systems and ensure regular follow-up on monitoring data relevant to IRC education and child protection program
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to improve IRC programs for children and families

Strategic Planning

  • Monitor evolving needs in the target communities and adjust the programmatic priorities as necessary
  • In collaboration with HQ-based Technical Advisors and Senior Management Team - Afghanistan, lead the design of an IRC Education and Protection Strategy, in line with the Country Program Strategic Action Plan 

Program Development

  • Identify opportunities for education and child protection program development
  • Design and lead technical assessments to determine needs for education and child protection program development
  • Coordinate and initiate project proposals and develop proposals for the IRC Afghanistan Education and Child Protection Program under the supervision of the Deputy Director of Programs and in consultation and collaboration with field based staff and HQ based Education and Child Protection TAs
  • Together with regional and HQ teams, identify communication opportunities for internal and external audiences highlighting humanitarian needs related to economic wellbeing and publicizing on-going projects and research
  • 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 and education actors
  • As Education and Child Protection focal point at country level, 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 and education
  • Travel to external child protection and/or education conferences to represent the work in Afghanistan and stay up to date with new technical content and training materials 

Staff development

  • Develop and implement staff capacity building plan to ensure quality education and child protection programming
  • Ensure the child protection and education 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, Education, or related subject;
  • A minimum of 4 years professional experience in leading/managing Education and/or Child Protection projects in humanitarian contexts
  • Proven experience in managing and/or technically supporting education and/or child protection programs
  • Strong capacity building skills and proven ability to train on topics such as social and emotional learning, case management, parenting, etc.
  • Prior experience and excellent understanding of working in emergency settings or insecure environments
  • 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; knowledge of Dari and Pashtu preferred
  • Experience of working in South Asia desirable
  • Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel


This is an unaccompanied position.

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 or disability.

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