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Job Title: Strategic Initiatives Project Coordinator

Sector: Violence Protection

Employment Category: Regular

Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:  Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global leader in providing emergency relief, rehabilitation, post conflict development, human rights protection, resettlement services and advocacy for refugees and others uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is committed to restoring hope, freedom, dignity, and self-reliance. 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.

IRC is one of the first humanitarian organizations to bring together specific disciplines involved in violence prevention and response (VPR) in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and still specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. Over the past 16 years, IRC has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and children, as well as other vulnerable groups in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts, making the IRC a global leader in this field.

Job Overview/Summary: The Strategic Initiatives Project Coordinator will be responsible for leading the timely implementation of two newly funded projects within the Violence Prevention and Response Unit:  the Supporting Adolescent and their Families in Emergencies project and the Safe at Home Family Violence project.   Through the Supporting Adolescent and their Families in Emergencies project, IRC will develop a resource package to strengthen the capacity of humanitarian organizations to target adolescent in emergencies and deliver evidence-based life skills and mental health and psychosocial support services that increase adolescents’ safety, health and empowerment.  Through the Safe at Home Family Violence project, IRC will develop and pilot a family violence program model to address the intersections of violence against women and violence against children as well as conduct research to better understand the shared risk factors for intimate partner violence and child maltreatment.

Both of these projects (two years in length) entail the development, field-testing and dissemination of new program models and resources that build on IRC’s expertise and programming in women’s protection and child protection as well as other disciplines.  The Project Coordinator will work closely with dedicated technical specialists responsible for the resource development and piloting of the project as well as technical project teams that will be involved in the review of resources.  Toward that end, the Project Coordinator plays a significant role in facilitating collaborative work across disciplines within the Violence Prevention and Response Unit as well other IRC technical units that will contribute to the design and implementation of these projects.  In addition, this person will be responsible for supporting the technical specialists with all aspects of piloting, monitoring and evaluation and the finalization and dissemination of resources and reports produced from the projects.  

Major Responsibilities:


  • Facilitate internal review processes of program guidance and tools.
  • Coordinate and support facilitation of an external reference group for the review of resources for the Supporting Adolescent and their Families in Emergencies project.
  • Provide regular updates on project implementation to internal project teams. 

 Logistical support

  • Lead all logistical aspects of two program design workshops (one for each project) as part of project start up activities.
  • Lead organization of pilot activities and support technical specialists on the ground with field-testing (includes coordinating with country teams where piloting will take place).
  • Lead the logistical and management support for the research within the Safe at Home grant in consultation with technical researchers, including but not limited to ethical approval, developing data collection trainings for field teams, tracking research progress
  • Lead the process for editing, design and translation of final project products. 
  • Other support as needed for end of project learning and dissemination events.

Grants management

  • Monitor project spending.
  • Prepare narrative donor reports – includes gathering input from key staff working on the projects at headquarters and in the field.
  • Work closely with the VPRU grants manager to ensure timely financial reporting. 


  • Other administrative support for the projects as needed.
  • Contribute to broader VPRU technical initiatives related to the unit’s action plan.


Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Senior Technical Advisor, Strategic Initiatives

Position directly supervises:  N/A

Indirect Reporting:
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Internal:  Technical Unit staff


Minimum Qualifications

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or MA in social work, public health, international relations or other related field.
  • Minimum 3-years’ experience working in the protection field with specific experience on child protection and GBV humanitarian response.
  • Project management experience, including coordinating across teams to ensure timely delivery of outputs and managing grants and budgets.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated inclination to work across sectors and bring people together from different perspectives to work collaboratively.
  • Experience supporting research and evaluation, including ethical issues surrounding sensitive research.
  • Excellent oral and written communication, including proven success communicating in challenging and cross-cultural contexts.
  • French language proficiency a plus.

 Working Environment:  Standard office work environment.