Job Title:Protection Manager, Garrowe, Somalia
Closing Date: Monday, 20 August 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. The IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the world addressing both the immediate life saving needs of affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in recovering societies. The 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. The IRC is an international agency with offices in New York, London and Geneva.
BACKGROUND Through IRC's experience implementing WASH, Health and livelihood projects in communities in South Central Somalia for the last 5 years, critical protection and child protection issues have been observed by IRC staff and raised by community members engaged in participatory assessments. The significant gap in protection mechanisms and programming in the area is a grave issue that demands attention. Given IRC's experience implementing protection and child protection projects in many countries around the world and the positive relationship IRC has developed and maintained over the last several years with communities in South Central Somalia, the IRC has determined that it is well-positioned to expand into the protection and child protection sectors in Somalia.
RESPONSIBILITIES Under the immediate supervision of the Program coordinator and Governance Coordinator, the Protection Manager will oversee the implementation of a program which will focus on raising awareness of individuals and communities on human rights, and strengthening their capacities to reduce the protection risks they face, monitoring the overall protection environment with a view to gathering information which will form programming and advocacy priorities, and capacitating the local authorities and services providers on issues pertaining to protection and child protection. The Protection Manager will also play a central role in building relationships with key humanitarian partners and donors and securing funding to expand IRC's protection and child protection programming in Somalia. Specifically, the Protection Manager will perform the following tasks:
Overall Program management
Monitor the changes in protection context in Somalia and develop strategies to deliver the program.
Oversee implementation and coordination of program activities and ensure that objectives and results are met;
Develop and implement work plans and M&E plans as appropriate, and make monitoring visits to project sites when necessary;
Provide advice and practical assistance to ensure that the program is well targeted, contextually appropriate and as a priority does no harm to the beneficiary populations;
Develop human/child rights training and awareness raising materials to be used during project implementation;
Design methodologies for the development of community based protection strategies;
Contribute to the development of IRC's Somalia's protection sector strategy based on sound contextual analysis;
In collaboration with Grants Unit, s/he will lead the fundraising for the protection program.
Contribute to proposal design to secure follow on or expansion funding for the program as necessary;
Participate in national and regional protection coordination meetings in Nairobi and in the field.
Plan and manage the program budgets and ensure administration/logistics policies are adhered to by the team;
Provide spending and logistics plans as required.
Support and mentor the IRC Field Officers by identifying clear deliverables and providing training as needed;
Support and monitor staff planning of activities;
Complete the performance appraisals of program staff.
Representation and Coordination
Cultivate good relations with key humanitarian actors, including UNHCR, INGOs engaged in protection programming and donors, through regular attendance at protection cluster and Child Protection Working Group meetings and bilateral meetings.
Liaise with other IRC programs in Somalia to ensure the incorporation of protection principles into their work.
Document program activities and developments and integrate lessons learned into program development;
Submit timely reports both internally and to donors.
Bachelor's degree in Human Rights, International Relations , Law or other related field. Master's degree desirable.
Proficiency in English required.
Minimum three years of protection-related program experience, including project supervision, preferably in the East Africa region
At least two years experience in development of concept notes, proposal and fundraising.
Experience working in insecure environments on politically sensitive topics. Willingness to frequently travel to the field.
Excellent capacity for analysis, good project design and planning skills.
Community education/training/facilitation experience required
Good interpersonal and team building skills in a multicultural environment
Ability to work under pressure and without daily supervision
Specific Security Situation/Housing: This position is unaccompanied with housing and comprehensive benefits provided. The post-holder will be based in Garowe, Puntland (75% in Garowe and 25% in Nairobi) and will travel to other parts of Somalia where IRC operates. Garowe is largely peaceful, although occasional ethnic fighting is reported. Any travel requires armed guard cover. IRC has a comprehensive security management plan for Somalia that staff must abide by.
How to apply:
Please apply online at: http://tbe.taleo.net/NA2/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=IRC&cws=1&rid=8230
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