Job Title: Child Protection Senior Manager
Start date: As soon as possible
Duration: 5 months with possibility of extension
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. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. In response to the arrival of refugees in Greece in 2015, the IRC has been offering SMS, WASH and Protection services. Among others, through its child protection programs, the IRC has been offering individual support through case management to vulnerable children and their families, non-formal educational activities for children through Safe Healing and Learning Spaces and emergency accommodation and protection to unaccompanied children (through safe zones).
Currently, the IRC is implementing several child protection programs in Athens and on Lesvos, amongst them Supported Independent Living (SIL) projects for UAC and for Greek children and young adults, Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) and Mother Baby areas, Child Protection case management, as well as European projects on children’s rights and child protection and education.
The Child Protection Senior Manager will be responsible for coordinating all IRC CP Programs across all areas of operation and for providing strategic direction and vision to the IRC’s Protection programming in Greece. S/he will be responsible for the overall quality implementation of all aspects of an integrated response combining information sharing, access to rights and entitlements, protection monitoring, risk reduction, vulnerable case identification and referrals and specialized programming for women and children. The Child Protection Senior Manager will oversee the Project/Program Managers responsible for the day-to-day management of the programs. S/he will work extensively with other sectors to ensure that child protection principles are being incorporated into the all programs. S/he will work closely with partners and other stakeholders.
Who this position reports to: The Child Protection Senior Manager reports to the Head of Programs.
• Provide technical and management leadership to the Child Protection Programs in accordance with best practice and IRC policy;
• Leads, or contributes to, development of regional sector strategic direction and plans, in consultation with the Country-Level team and the technical Unit, to country level strategies and plans;
• Provides technical guidance on all child protection teams;
• Conducts desk research and analysis and drafts assessments and reports, on an as needed basis.
Staff Supervision & Development
• Directly supervises the child protection managers and provides quality oversight to and mentoring of the protection teams in the field;
• 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;
• Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, probations reviews and annual performance reviews;
• Overall responsible for staff workplans, work and vacation schedules, and staff training/development activities
Grant Planning & Implementation
• Lead the overall implementation of the Child Protection programs and provide guidance to the protection staff to ensure that stated goals and objectives are met, that the project is appropriately monitored and evaluated, and that project reports are written and submitted in a timely manner;
• Prepare program work plans that meet the program objectives and prepare appropriate operational guidelines for project staff;
• Ensure that project activities are implemented within the assigned budget parameters, manage all financial aspects of the child protection programs, approve relevant expenses and review expenditures, in consultation with the Finance Team;
• Analyze protection concerns in all areas of operation, propose new areas of work to IRC, and lead proposal development;
Grant Monitoring & Reporting
• Development/ maintenance of effective and efficient oversight, support, quality control and reporting systems and processes;
• Ensure regular field monitoring and modifications as required;
• Ensure IRC and donor reports as per set schedules (monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements are produced in quality.
Coordination & Representation
• Develops and maintains effective coordination and long-term relationships with external stakeholders, representing IRC positions, promoting long-term strategy and resolving problems/conflicts;
• Work closely and coordinates with IRC logistics, finance and grant staff to ensure timely and compliant program activities and expenditures; including active participation in grant opening/closing and review meetings;
• Effectively represents IRC at Protection coordination forums, like the Protection Working Groups at the regional level, and provide input to the Head of Programs for meetings held at the national level;
• Negotiate and maintain appropriate information sharing protocols within IRC programs and with external actors;
• Maintain effective and safe referral pathways for protection concerns and other vulnerable cases. Spearhead development and maintenance of SOPs for referrals.
• Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team; 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 programs
• Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs
• MA/MSc equivalent in Social Work, social science, law, humanities or other related degree;
• Minimum of 5 years professional experience in managing child protection programs;
• Preference given to candidates with additional experience managing GBV or other protection projects in complex environments and with experience in more than one area;
• Prior experience working in emergency settings or instable environments;
• Strong program/technical and budget management skills, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills;
• Demonstrated experience in proposal development;
• Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties;
• INGO experience required;
• Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of national and international staff;
• Must be capable of applying their skills and knowledge in a range of capacities, including direct implementation, advisory functions, training and the transfer of technical knowledge and management skills to others;
• Personal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well;
• Fluency in English and Greek required.
Working Environment: The position will be based in Athens and will require frequent travel to Lesvos island and occasional travel to any other areas of IRC operation.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position.
Interested applicants should submit their CV and Cover Letter to IRC indicating in the subject the title of the position they are applying for.
Due to the expected high number of applications only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that deadline for applications may close earlier.
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 or disability.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in 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.