• Ensure that protection monitoring data and analysis is of a high standard and shared in a timely manner with internal and external stakeholders.
• Ensure that all interventions are in compliance with the IRC’s protection mainstreaming framework, international law and global protection standards and national policies.
• Ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are effectively designed and integrated into all stages of the project; that output and impact data are captured and that data is used to optimize program quality.
• Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination in order to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from protection best practice; in particular with regular contact and coordination with Coordinators and Managers in other sectors.
• Oversee implementation of Protection and Legal programs, including budget oversight in coordination with Protection Managers, Field Coordinators and Field teams (budget forecasting, supporting field-staff to develop spending plans and budget follow-up) and reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations.
• Promptly identify and recommend solutions to technical issues.
• Contribute to Emergency Preparedness activities as identified.
Representation, coordination and advocacy
• Coordinate with DDP/CD to forge connections with key government counterparts at the ministerial level, UN, I/NGOs, human rights actors, municipal and other sub-national government actors.
• Represent the IRC in high level and strategic meetings involving protection actors such as protection working group meetings, inter-agency coordination meetings, and bi-lateral meetings.
• Regularly coordinate with internal program and operational stakeholders, the Protection/Rule of Law Technical Advisors, Women’s Protection and Empowerment, Children’s Protection, Economic recovery and Development, Education and other IRC colleagues.
• In collaboration with the DDP/CD and regional advocacy team, ensure that the protection program delivers on advocacy goals as articulated in the country wide advocacy strategy.
Grant Monitoring & Reporting
• Undertake regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as required.
• Produce/contribute to IRC and donor reports as per set schedules (monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements.
Human Resources Management and Development
• Hire, supervise, and build the capacity of Protection team members in relevant technical and management competencies; place special emphasis on recruiting, identifying and grooming national staff to take leadership roles in Protection programming;
• Coach, train, supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting annual performance objectives, providing regular and timely positive and constructive performance feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews;
• Ensure management strategy contributes to the goal of nationalization, with related milestones for succession planning across the team; Provide a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of strengthening technical capacity
• Support collaborative partner relationships focused on mutual learning and capacity building as well as technical guidance in areas of IRC expertise, including training/mentoring support and performance management that fully reflects the skills and attitudes required to work effectively in partnership;
• 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;
• As required identify staff performance issues and work with Human Resources to document and address these in accordance with the National Staff Employment Policies;
• Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures, and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.
Key working relationships
Position Reports to: Deputy Director – Programs
Position supervises: the Erbil and Baghdad-based Senior Protection Managers
Key Internal Contacts:
Child Protection, ECD, Economic Recovery and Development and Women’s Protection and Empowerment program Coordinators; Field Coordinators, Monitoring & Evaluation team, Partnership Unit, Grants and advocacy team, Supply Chain, HR, Finance; North East Syria protection team
Region/Global: PRoL technical advisor as well as other members of the Program Quality Unit as relevant
Key External Contacts: Protection clusters/working groups and member organizations
• BA/BS Degree in international development, law, human rights, or a related field; MA/MS a plus.
• A minimum of 5 years’ professional humanitarian/development experience, including specific experience in protection programming or human rights in emergency or post conflict settings.
• Demonstrated experience using international human rights standards in protection programming
Demonstrated Technical Skills:
• Thorough understanding of best practices and evidence-based strategies in protection mainstreaming, protection monitoring, legal programming and system strengthening
• Demonstrated coordination and capacity building skills with key partners
• Strong experience, knowledge and skills in participatory methods, community development and partnership
• Experience in designing and leading protection programs in both humanitarian and development settings is an asset
Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:
• Demonstrated experience in successfully leading, building and strengthening a team in an evolving, fast paced environment;
• Excellent project management skills, including strong financial literacy (understanding of budget development and managemnet as applied to program development and implementation)
• Excellent interpersonal skills, positive and professional attitude, ability to lead and work well in a team setting and with multiple partners;
• Previous experience and understanding of basic human resources, finance, supply chain and grants management notions;
• A flexible approach;
• Desire to learn, develop, and grow professionally while making impact on lives of thousands of beneficiaries and clients;
• Previous experience working in a diverse, multicultural environment;
Professional fluency in spoken and written English is required. Arabic a plus.
Computer/Other Tech Requirements:
Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
Ability to Travel: 30 - 50% within Iraq for program oversight, when security allows, and in the region and globally for workshops and conferences.
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.