Child Protection AOR Coordinator
Child Protection AOR Coordinator
Closing date: 30 Sep 2019
The purpose of the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AOR) Coordinator position is to guarantee leadership and coordination of Child Protection actors, and to work in coordination and consultation with the Whole of Syria and other stakeholders to ensure a strategic, coherent, effective and efficient Child Protection response in NES.
In support of, and collaboration with sector partners, the Child Protection Coordinator will lead the development and implementation of a sound strategy that responds to the Child Protection needs in the short and medium terms. This function has a specific and dedicated focus on the needs of foreign women and children in NES.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
• Lead child protection coordination within the existing Protection coordination structure through promoting and facilitating active participation from key actors.
• Work with the NES INGO Protection Working Group (PWG), the NES Forum and other key actors to identify opportunities to integrate child protection into programming, avoid duplication and gaps, optimize coverage and ensure complementarity of partner actions.
• Establish results-oriented, two-way communication channels between protection coordination platforms (including Whole of Syria and NES) to promote, upgrade and strengthen a more standardized child protection response across all affected areas.
Needs assessment, analysis and strategy development
• Work with child protection actors to assess needs; coordinate and oversee inter-agency child protection needs assessments; map out priority protection gaps and identify key resources and assets, including existing child protection systems (both formal and informal).
• Facilitate the development of an agreed interagency child protection response strategy based on identified needs that can be met through collective and complementary service delivery.
• Collaborate with the NES INGO PWG and other stakeholders to ensure that key child protection concerns are reflected in all strategy documents and humanitarian initiatives.
• Together with the NES INGO PWG coordinator, contribute to HNO, HRP, and other HPC processes and tasks on CP issues as part of WOS.
Quality of child protection responses and capacity development
• Ensure that Child Protection partners are aware of, and comply with, agreed sector standards and SOPs in service delivery including for case management
• Work closely with the NES PWG Coordinator to finalise the service mapping and referral pathways.
• Promote and support capacity building of the local authorities, civil society and partners based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity.
Monitoring and reporting
• Facilitate processes to monitor the achievement of agreed interagency goals against strategies and action plans, including accurate 4Ws reporting.
• Provide analysis of progress over time to inform decision making and share important information with relevant stakeholders.
• Ensure adequate Child Protection outcome reporting and effective information sharing to demonstrate that gaps in service coverage and quality have been closed.
Intersectoral coordination and advocacy
• Ensure effective links with Whole of Syria and other coordination platforms in NES including coordination with UN actors based in Qamishli and represent the interests of the Child Protection AOR in discussions with relevant stakeholders on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy.
• Represent CP AOR at the NES Inter Sector Working Group and contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multisectoral responses, and plan the relevant synergistic interventions, including advocacy, with the other clusters concerned.
• Identify core Child Protection advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and develop/contribute key messages for broader advocacy initiatives.
• Where critical gaps in addressing Child Protection priorities are identified, lobby implementing humanitarian partners to address the gaps, and advocate for the adequate provision of resources and safe access.
Tasks specific to children with alleged ties to UN-listed terrorist groups
In addition to the above, the below tasks are also to be covered by the coordinator (50% of time):
• Work with the NES INGO PWG and other key actors to strengthen the response to the affected group, including mobilization of new actors to support child protection interventions.
• Develop a joint workplan specific to the needs of this group of children, including but not limited to, provision of quality alternative interim care and solutions in children’s best interests.
• Support advocacy efforts to promote adherence to global guidance and approaches on return and repatriation etc including with local influencers.
• Ensure availability of up-to-date data on the caseload and mechanism for sharing is in place.
• Other tasks as required.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Deputy Country Director (NES)
Indirect/Technical Reporting: WoS Protection Coordinator
Position directly Supervises: N/A
Key Internal Contacts: IRC NES TEAM, DCD/Iraq CD, Regional team, WoS Protection Coordinator
Key External Contacts: UNICEF, NES INGOS, NES UNOCHA, NES INGO Forum, WOS
• Post graduate degree in international law, human rights or related social science field.
• Minimum of 5 years proven experience working on child protection issues in humanitarian environments, including provision of technical advice to field teams;
• Sound experience in child protection programming and coordination in humanitarian settings
• Excellent understanding of protection issues in emergency situations/conflict environment and detailed knowledge of humanitarian principles, guidelines and laws and the cluster system;
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and proven success in facilitating interagency processes to achieve a common goal
• Familiarity with the Humanitarian Programme Cycle and associated proceses – HNO, Sector assessments, HRP, HRP related project submissions and vetting.
• Willing and able to work in a challenging work environment.
• Ability to travel up to 50% to points throughout NES, Iraqi Kurdistan, and the Middle East region
• Experience in the MENA region/Syria (ideally NES)
• Previous experience in Humanitarian Programme Cycle as coordinator;
• Demonstrable experience and excellence in advocacy, representation and high-level negotiation skills, including the development of strong interpersonal relationships to facilitate communication within the PWG/cluster;
• Strong experience with information management as related to the protection sector, including maintaining standards of impartiality and confidentiality with data of a sensitive nature
• Excellent leadership, coordination, capacity building, planning and analytical skills;
• Able to work successfully under pressure and ability to make timely decisions;
• Excellent written and spoken English – Arabic/Kurdish would be an asset;
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
Attention Returning National Candidates: IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Middle East Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.
Working Environment: The position will be based in Amuda, Northeast Syria, currently a low security risk and stable environment. Shared housing will be provided. Frequent travel required, access and security permitting.
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, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law
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