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Colombia: Protection Coordinator

Deadline for application: 
30 Jun 2019
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
International Rescue Committee
Job type: 


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities which support them, as well as those who remain within their homes and communities. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

In Colombia, our teams are dedicated to providing medical care, protection services and support for the recovery and empowerment of refugees and migrants. IRC is present in Cucuta, Medellin and Bogotá.


The Protection Coordinator will be responsible for providing strategic direction and vision to the IRC's Child Protection and Women’s Protection programming in Colombia. The Protection Coordinator will be responsible for the overall quality implementation of all aspects of an integrated response combining information sharing, risk reduction, vulnerable case identification and referrals and specialized programming for women and children. The Protection Coordinator will oversee two Managers and will have overall responsibility for the day-to-day management of the program, focused on safe spaces for children, women and girls, GBV prevention and response programming, adolescent focused programming and provision of information and case management for women and children, as well as technical oversight of future implementing partners. The Protection Coordinator will work extensively with other sectors to ensure that protection principles are being incorporated into the emergency programs.

Who this position reports to: The Protection Coordinator will report to the Deputy Director of Programs and will have access to technical guidance from the Child Protection Technical Advisor and Women's Protection and Empowerment Technical Advisor.


Technical Quality

  • Provides technical and management leadership to the Child Protection program and the Women's Protection and Empowerment program in accordance with best practice and IRC policy.
  • Leads, or contributes to, development of country sector strategic direction and plans, in consultation with the Violence Prevention and Response Technical Unit (VPRU).
  • Provides technical guidance on confidential and safe data collection and sharing, case identification and referral mechanisms aligned with internationally recognized best practices.
  • Provides technical guidance on the establishment and implementation of child and adolescent safe spaces aligned with internationally recognized best practices.
  • Leads technical partnership selection, staff and partner training, supervision and monitoring for protection program implementation.
  • Ensures technical measurement tools are created and utilized to measure the impact of programming

Staff Supervision & Development

  • Directly supervises the Child Protection and Women's Protection and Empowerment Managers and provides quality oversight to and mentoring of the protection teams in the field.
  • Maintains open and professional relationships with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
  • Ensures timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, probation reviews and annual performance reviews.
  • Overall responsible for staff work plans, work and vacation schedules, and staff training/development activities. If/as required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies.

Grant Planning & Implementation

  • Leads the overall implementation of the child protection and women's protection and empowerment program and provides guidance to 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.
  • Prepares program work plans that meet the program objectives and prepare appropriate operational guidelines for project staff.
  • Ensures that project activities are implemented within the assigned budget parameters, manage all financial aspects of the programs, approve relevant expenses and review expenditures, in consultation with the Finance Team.
  • Conducts assessments and analyzes protection concerns in geographical areas of implementation, propose new areas of work to IRC, and participate/lead in proposal development.

Grant Monitoring & Reporting

  • Development/maintenance of effective and efficient oversight, support, quality control and reporting systems and processes.
  • Ensures regular field monitoring and modifications as required.
  • Ensures IRC and donor reports as per set schedules (monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements and quality and timely reports.

Coordination & Representation

  • Develops and maintains effective coordination and long-term relationships with external stakeholders, representing IRC's position, promoting long-term strategy and resolving problems/conflicts.
  • Works 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 Group/Protection Cluster.
  • Negotiates and maintains appropriate information sharing protocols within IRC programs and with external actors.
  • Maintains 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.
  • Closely coordinates with Field Managers regarding relevant day to day programmatic and operational issues in the field. Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs.


All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies, as well as IRC's Child Safeguarding Policy.


  • Professional degree in health, Social Work, social science, law, humanities or other related degree.
  • Desirable MA/MSc equivalent in health (MPH), MSW Social Work, social science, law, humanities or other related degree
  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience in managing women’s protection, GBV or child protection projects in complex environments. Preference given to candidates with experience in more than one area and experience in technical supervision of implementing partners. Experience in remote management and coordination is a plus.
  • Prior experience working in emergency settings or insecure environments.
  • Strong program/technical and budget management skills, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties.
  • NGO experience required
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff
  • Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English essential


The position will be based in Bogota, Colombia. This position will require some travel to Cucuta, Medellin and any other implementation sites combined with remote management mechanisms.

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.

How to apply:

Las personas interesadas en aplicar a la vacante, deben enviar su hoja de vida al correo Convocatorias.irc@rescue.org especificando al cargo al cual están aplicando.


Debido al alto número esperado de solicitudes, solo se contactará a los candidatos preseleccionados. Tenga en cuenta que la fecha límite para las solicitudes puede cerrarse antes.

IRC es un empleador con igualdad de oportunidades El IRC considera a todos los solicitantes por mérito sin distinción de raza, sexo, color, origen nacional, religión, orientación sexual, edad, estado civil, estado de veterano o discapacidad.

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