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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Technical Advisor - Child Protection, International Rescue Committee, New York, NY

Technical Advisor - Child Protection

Posted on: July 23, 2013
Posted by: International Rescue Committee


The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the world's leading humanitarian relief and development organisations. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive, recover and rebuild their lives. The IRC delivers emergency aid, protects children, provides health care, prevents and responds to violence against women and girls, safeguards human rights and helps to kick-start economic recovery. Working in more than 40 countries, the IRC has restored hope and opportunity to many millions of people.
CYPD Technical Unit The Child and Youth Protection and Development (CYPD) 
Technical Unit works towards the protection and development of children and youth and consists of three sectors; Child Protection, Education and Youth & Livelihoods. Together these sectors promote the wellbeing of children and youth through working across a child's or youth's environment with families, communities, civil society, markets and government and through safe and developmentally appropriate programs across age groups. The Child Protection sector works towards preventing and responding to abuse, exploitation and neglect of children. The IRC believes that strong child protection systems are essential to ensuring that children are safe, cared for and have access to services and support. As part of its 5 year strategic, the Child Protection sector is investing in "social workforce development and support" as a priority with a specific focus on timely, quality and coordinated case management practices.
The Child Protection Technical Adviser will be responsible for advancing the work on case management for children. This includes tool development, country support, interagency coordination and fundraising. This position will reports to the Senior Technical Adviser for Child Protection. This is a maternity cover starting on 1st October 2013 for a period of 9 months, with a possible extension to 12 months.
  • Lead and grow child protection technical priority of 'Case Management':
    • Manage TU-level grants and work towards securing further funding for this area of work
    • Identify and develop relevant partnerships for this area of work
    • Develop tools and products for this area of work, thereby integrating the IA CP IMS, BID and CCS
    • Participate in the work of the IA CP IMS Steering Committee
    • Coordinate inter-agency work on case management as part of CPWG work plan
      • Manage the consultants supporting IRC in this work
      • Finalize the training materials for case management
      • Finalize the guidelines for case management
      • Identify potential funding opportunities for the CM taskforce work into 2014-15
  • Support country programs starting or already implementing case management
    • Provide remote and/or in-country technical support and guidance to country programs, with a specific focus on case management and case management related work.
    • Provide technical review and support to country programs in proposal development, donor reporting and donor relationships as appropriate
  • Contribute to other tasks advancing the global CP team:
    • Represent CYPD/CP in external meetings
    • Liaise with other technical units as appropriate
  • Minimum of Master's Degree or equivalent in social work, social sciences, law, psychology, education or other related field
  • At least five years experience in managing or implementing international relief programs in the child protection sector
  • Strong background in case management practice and direct experience on the IA CP IMS
  • Experience in developing guidelines, procedures and writing reports and technical materials
  • Excellent communication, leadership, facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work effectively at multiple levels and with multiple stakeholders
  • Budget management skills
  • Ability to work independently and balance multiple tasks
  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of time, potentially to insecure areas
  • Competent in Windows, MS office programs, excel, email and database experience
  • Fluency in English, spoken and written; Working knowledge of French, written and spoken
  • Excellent communication skills including verbal and written English and active listening
  • Good IT skills (Word, Outlook, Excel)
  • Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of a diverse team
  • Ability to manage a varied workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Self motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organisation
  • Committed to the IRC's values and mandate

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