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Requisition ID: req751

Job Title: Child Protection Coordinator

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Location: Bangladesh

Job Description

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, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. More than 600,000 people have crossed the border from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since 25 August, and that number is still growing. The new arrivals to Bangladesh are in urgent need of emergency shelter, food, access to clean water and sanitation, healthcare, protection and mental health support. Over 50% of new arrivals are children, including children separated from their parents or caregivers, and are at escalating risk of abuse, neglect, violence, and exploitation, including child labor and trafficking. Lifesaving, quality, and age-appropriate support and services for children is critical for their protection and recovery. 

Job Overview/Summary: The Child Protection (CP) Coordinator will responsible for overseeing the development and start-up of any CP programming components as part of the IRC’s emergency response. They will be tasked with rapidly understanding the context, landscape and actors on the ground, and what the critical needs and priorities are in terms of strengthening the response around child protection. While this is on-going, they will also work to strength current child protection responses through providing needs-based capacity building to CP partners to standardize and strengthen the CP response; and work closely with the IRC’s emergency Health, Nutrition, and WPE Coordinators and partner organizations on developing coordinated, integrated services that will rapidly start up and respond to complex needs. 

Major Responsibilities:

Technical Quality

  • Support the development of a multi-sector assessment and interagency rapid assessment as relevant, including methodology, training, accompaniment and analysis focusing on areas related to the needs of and services for children and adolescents
  • Provide technical support (such as training, practice mentoring, development of guidelines) to the IRC’s partners and other actors, based on their requested needs and context priorities, to support the strengthening, scale-up, and harmonization of programming in urgent areas of child protection (may include: case management, FTR, CCS, child friendly spaces, community-based child protection, etc.)
  • Work alongside the IRC’s emergency WPE Coordinator, Health Coordinator, Nutrition Coordinator, and key partner organisation(s), to develop, with a view to operationalising and implementing (pending partner agreements), an integrated multi-sector response team service package, implemented directly or in partnership, as relevant 

Program Development and Implementation

  • Support the development and operationalization of the IRC’s CP response strategy in Bangladesh, ensuring that needs and priorities for programming and advocacy are in line with the context, needs, and gaps on the ground
  • Proactively identify opportunities to develop direct programs and partnerships with relevant organizations to strengthen child protection outcomes and interventions, addressing critical needs and gaps in the response
  • Support the development of project proposals and budgets, including opportunities for multi-sector programming, in close collaboration with the child protection team, relevant field coordinators/managers, deputy director of programs (DDP) and the child protection technical advisor
  • Assist in the selection and recruitment of qualified staff in the CP programs, including in collaboration with partners
  • Supervise and provide technical support to the team and partners in the implementation of child protection in emergency activities, particularly regarding the implementation of case management activities, SEL and parenting skills training in accordance with international child protection standards
  • Oversee implementation of CP programs, management of budgets, and reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations

Coordination & Representation

  • Proactively participate in child protection and other relevant coordination meetings, task forces, and build productive relationships with those actors to better understand the context, needs and priorities around child protection, and use this to inform or guide the next steps the IRC takes around Child Protection in this crisis in the short and longer term, with a preference around building CP mechanisms, and strong collaboration and cross-sector working
  • As relevant, develop, maintain and/or initiate partnerships with community based organizations, international and local NGOs, UN Agencies, potential and current donors  and relevant Government Ministries to support IRC programming
  • Develop and maintain effective coordination and long-term relationships with external parties, representing IRC positions, promoting long-term strategy and resolving problems/conflicts. 

Other Duties

  • Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and  liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC program
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Emergency Field Director / Deputy Director of Programs
Position directly supervises: Child Protection Manager, Case Management Manager

Indirect Reporting:

Job Requirements:

  • Masters Degree in a child or youth related field, (eg. education, social work, community work) prefered.
  • Excellent professional track record with at least five years of international management level experience within NGO leadership working in child protection in emergency / humanitarian program implementation in conflict or immediate post conflict environments.
  • Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s; ability to work with a broad spectrum of people.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of international child protection and youth policy and practice issues.
  • Strong proficiency in budget management, grants management and reporting.
  • Strong coordination and project management skills.
  • Proven experience supervising and providing case management services and support.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills, including ability to communicate technical matters to a range of audiences.
  • Competent in Windows, MS office programs, emails and relevant database.
  • Interpersonal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
  • At least 2-3 years of staff management experience, including staff capacity development and team building experience.   
  • Good coping strategies in stressful and emergency situation, calmness is a requirement
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Prior experience working with Rohingya communities an advantage. 

Working Environment:  Describe the work environment of the office (“ Standard office work environment” will be applicable for most jobs in the U.S.) and if applicable, the housing.   For example, internet connections, electricity, amenities, group housing, etc.  Include travel requirements.