Child sexual violence is a violation of human rights and a major global public health problem, having severe short- and long-term consequences on the physical, mental, social, emotional, and economic well-being of children and adolescents, their families, and the greater communities in which they live. In emergencies, the risk of all forms of gender-based violence, including child sexual violence, is exacerbated. Child and adolescent survivors of sexual violence in humanitarian contexts require care, support, and treatment appropriate to their gender, age, developmental stage, disability, and cultural, community, and caregiving context. Despite this recognition, the social support and specialized services to meet their specific needs remain scarce.
Recognizing the need and the gap in response services for child and adolescent survivors of sexual violence, in 2018 the IRC partnered with the global Child Protection (CP) and Gender-based Violence (GBV) Area of Responsibility (AoRs) and the Norwegian Refugee Council’s expert deployment capacity (NORCAP) to launch Comprehensive Coordination Support to Child and Adolescent Survivors of Sexual Violence in Emergencies (Child and Adolescent Survivors Initiative or CASI), an inter-agency initiative funded by OFDA to improve the quality of and access to services for child and adolescent survivors of sexual violence by strengthening coordination between CP and GBV actors. While the initial year of the Child and Adolescent Survivors Initiative was beneficial in bringing attention back to child and adolescent survivors of sexual violence in emergencies and understanding what it takes to help the CP and GBV AoRs coordinate with one another for a better response, there was a recognized need for: 1) a more comprehensive approach to building the technical capacity of CP and GBV case management actors – particularly local organizations – to ensure an effective, sustainable, and scalable response; and 2) improved coordination functions between the CP and GBV AoRs as related to the response to child and adolescent survivors of sexual violence. The proposed second phase of the Child and Adolescent Survivors Initiative, therefore, has two objectives: 1) to strengthen the technical capacity and leadership of CP and GBV actors in humanitarian settings in case management to meet the needs of child and adolescent survivors of sexual violence; and 2) to improve the coordination functions between the CP and GBV AoRs as related to the response to child and adolescent survivors of sexual violence.
The Child Protection and Gender-based Violence Child Survivor Adviser will support and supervise the strengthening of technical capacity and leadership of CP and GBV actors in humanitarian settings in two selected countries to respond to cases of child sexual violence, and provide global coordination and strategic leadership to the core members of the Child and Adolescent Survivors Initiative.
Technical (estimated 50% of time):
Supervise and contribute to the development of a replicable, competitive Caring for Child Survivors (CCS) learning program for CP and GBV actors – including local organizations in two selected countries (TBD).
o Work with the CP / GBV Child Survivor Specialist to train, supervise, and coach CP and GBV case management supervisors/managers in CCS as needed.
o Support the provision of sub-awards to local GBV and CP organizations in the learning program to build their institutional and technical capacity
o Strengthen linkages between the local CP and GBV organizations selected for the CCS learning program and country level CP and GBV AoRs through coordination with CASI Regional Emergency GBV Advisor (REGA) and Rapid Response Team (RRT) deployable staff
Co-facilitate a global CCS ToT for global CP and GBV AoR support functions and select Technical Advisors from member organizations to ensure the availability of deployable technical support in CCS
Support the continuation of the global CP/GBV Community of Practice launched during the pilot phase of the Child and Adolescent Survivors Initiative for global and field level GBV and CP actors
Provide real-time remote support to practitioners delivering and coordinating services to child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse through approved requests received by the CP and/or GBV AoR
Staff Supervision & Development (estimated 10% of time):
Supervise the Child Protection/ GBV Child Survivor Specialist
Support the Child Protection / GBV Child Survivor Specialist with task prioritization and time management, and build his / her technical capacity in appropriate areas as needed
Provide weekly supervision
Coordination (estimated 20% of time):
Ongoing coordination of the CASI core member meetings, including scheduling, preparing, co-chairing and documenting meetings and action points.
Facilitate the work of the CASI interagency operational team activities, including development of clear deliverables and work plans, thereby ensuring global cohesion across CASI as a global initiative.
Reporting and representation of CASI to key stakeholders, IA groups and donors as agreed upon with core members.
Monitor implementation of the global Framework to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Violence against Children and Adolescents and report against achievements to CP/GBV AoRs accordingly.
Support advocacy efforts and promote dialogue amongst key donors and decision makers around the importance of enhancing CP and GBV coordination efforts on GBV issues affecting children.
Grant Management/Reporting & Business Development (estimated 20% of time):
Responsible for the overall achievement of the CCS component of the OFDA funded “EMPOWER and Caring for Child Survivors ”
Support implementation and ensure adherence to grant work plans, spending plans and monitoring and evaluation plans.
Work closely and coordinate with IRC operations, finance and grant staff to ensure timely and complaint program activities and expenditures
Develop and maintain effective and efficient oversight, support, quality control and reporting systems and processes
Ensure high-quality IRC and donor reports on activities, indicators and achievements
Lead proposal development activities in child protection, CASI and emergency work (narrative and budget) through planning and program design with relevant staff (within VPRU and CASI) and ensures technical standards are taken into consideration
Coordinate with relevant IRC sectors (e.g. WPE, Child Protection, Protection, Health and Livelihoods) to receive and provide input and support regarding responses for children harmed and at risk of being harmed.
Possess, and applies a sound understanding of both child protection and GBV in emergencies – specifically, supporting child survivors of sexual violence gained through 6-8 years of work experience
Direct experience working with child survivors of sexual violence;
Field experience working in CP and/or GBV programs in emergencies, ideally working within field level coordination mechanisms;
Extensive experience delivering trainings, and experience with training on the CCS guidelines preferred;
Demonstrated experience with interagency coordination or management of interagency projects/programs
Demonstrated knowledge and experience in social work, including case management and supervision/coaching techniques;
Demonstrated experience in providing remote technical support;
Demonstrated experience with business development and project management.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
Strong organizational and time-management skills; proven ability to prioritize and deliver on time;
Excellent analytical and writing skills: the ability to draft briefs, reports, and syntheses;
Excellent representation and verbal and written communication skills as well as, an overall ability to be clear and concise in all communications – cross departmental and interagency
Strong analytic problem solving skills
Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional global interagency team structure
Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels: the ability to follow direction and effectively learn and work in an inter-agency environment as well as self-motivate; and
Ability to manage and work through change in a proactive and positive manner.
Language: excellent written and verbal English; French or Arabic desirable.
Some international travel as needed up to 40% - when deployed, will stay in IRC approved accommodation which may include shared guesthouses.
If New York based: This is a standard office working environment; however, this role may require working remotely full or part time and part time remote employees may be required to share workspace.
If home based: This role requires working remotely full or part time (i.e., telecommuting). Applicants must have a home or alternate workspace they can effectively complete their work from during regularly scheduled work hours. Home work location must be in state and/or country where IRC is a registered employer.
This position is required to have a flexible work-day hours to accommodate varying time zones to complete required tasks and coordination functions.