The International Rescue Committee 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, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The humanitarian situation in Libya has deteriorated since the 2014 civil war. 1.1 million people require assistance, including healthcare and protection services. In response, the IRC launched an emergency program in September 2016 in Libya which aimed to provide life-saving medical care, medicines, and medical supplies and in doing so strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health. At present, the IRC is conducting health and protection activities in Misrata and Sirte, and planning to expand to Tripoli. Also, the IRC is in process of setting up and expand its protection department, with a focus on GBV, rule of law, psychosocial activities, and MHPSS, across all its project locations.
Job Overview/Summary: The Protection Manager will be responsible to provide technical guidance and oversight of the protection teams based in Tripoli. This will include leadership of internal capacity building activities, activity design and implementation as well monitoring and evaluation. The Protection Manager will coordinate with other relevant actors (among which UNHCR, government counterparts, and other national and international NGOs), as well as participate in local-level coordination forums (such as the protection cluster), as needed.
Program Management & Reporting
- Oversee implementation IRC’s Tripoli protection programming, including: timely recruitment; development of program work plans; budget management; procurement plans; and reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations.
- Develop effective training materials in line with IRC technical best practice and standards.
- Review of data collected by the teams on a regular basis as well as of data collection methodologies, and develops strategies to improve the data collection.
- Undertake regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as required.
- Devise a broader protection services programming strategy.
- Plan and manage the program budgets and ensure administration/logistics policies are adhered to by the team.
- Produce contributions to internal and external reporting and proposal development of a high quality and submitted on time.
Staff Management & Technical Guidance
- Directly supervise and support the Protection team.
- Provide technical guidance to the Protection team to ensure adherence to best practice in the approach and response to legal protection issues.
- Maintain up-to-date familiarity with all relevant provisions of national laws and regulations, in particular related refugees, asylum seekers and IDPs.
- Provide continuous support to build capacity of the team, ensuring the submission of weekly work plans, weekly meetings and professional development opportunities in-line with performance monitoring and evaluation plans.
- Discuss job expectations, set objectives and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance, including timely implementation of the annual staff performance management system.
- Clearly define the training needs of direct reports and ensure they are able to access training and professional development resources appropriate to their skill gaps/needs.
- 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 including staff development plans.
Representation and coordination
- Attend relevant coordination forums inside Libya.
- Forge connections with counterparts including INGO, Local NGO, governmental and other non-governmental stakeholders.
- Collaborate closely with other program departments in order to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from training best practice.
- Comply with all other duties as assigned.
Key Working Relationships
Position Reports to: directly reports to Tripoli Field Coordinator and technically to Integrated Protection Coordinator
Position directly supervises: Protection teams in Tripoli
Indirect Reporting: n/a
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Grants Manager, Finance Manager, Senior HR Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Security Coordinator, M&E Manager, Deputy Director – Programs.
External: Coordination forums in Tripoli, INGOs/NGOs, Libyan authorities
- Proved experience with working in a similar complex and highly insecure and volatile environment (ex: Yemen, Syrian, South Sudan, etc.).
- Willing to work in a highly insecure environment with strict movement restrictions. Strong personal resilience.
- Bachelor’s Degree in humanitarian assistance, social work, human rights, international law, social science or related field.
- Three years’ experience implementing similar programming in an emergency or complex emergency context and demonstrable understanding of the relevance of international humanitarian law and human rights law to humanitarian action
- Professional experience in program implementation in the field of protection or human rights in conflict-affected areas
- Previous work in GBV programming is essential. Some experience with Protection and Rule of Law programming is important; Demonstrable knowledge of and commitment to women’s protection and empowerment, and child protection.
- Applied experience in case management
- Ability to manage up and across and to influence others to mainstream protection across units
- Strong team and people leadership, management, organizational and development skills
- Strong program and budget management skills including planning and reporting across multiple grants
- Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties
- Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure effectively and productively
- Fluent in spoken and written Arabic and English.
Position is based in Tripoli, with strict security protocols, restricted movement and curfew at sunset.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the 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.