Senior Safeguard Advisor – Jordan


Background/IRC Summary:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC provides vital care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and 22 US cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions of uprooted people struggling to survive. The IRC paves the way for evil at home.

Protection is at the heart of the IRC’s mission – to do no harm and to ensure that IRC clients and staff are protected from sexual violence, exploitation and abuse. Protection covers both staff and client protection against exploitation and abuse. It describes the deliberate measures taken to ensure the safety, dignity and protection of clients who receive assistance and the workers who provide it. The protection covers sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence that may be suffered by staff, regardless of the perpetrator, as well as exploitation and abuse, including physical, verbal, emotional, mental, economic and sex, adult and child clients by persons working for or associated with the IRC.

The IRC’s Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) has specific protection expertise and experience that is relevant to organizational work around client and workplace protection – prevention and response to sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child abuse, exploitation and neglect. Although protection is a separate function from protection and is an organizational and HR function, we recognize that addressing customer and staff protection concerns will benefit from the support of VPRU and our protection teams, who are often the ones who provide field intervention services. . Therefore, for an initial period of one year, the Safeguard Technical Advisor will be located in the VPRU to align organizational work on safeguard with protection programming expertise.

The VPRU works to reduce people’s vulnerability to violence, support their recovery and promote transformative work for a future free of violence. The unit houses expertise in the areas of Child Protection (CP), Protection and Rule of Law (PROL) and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) to support the women, children and other vulnerable groups through violence prevention programs that help stop violence before it does. and violence response programs that ensure life-saving services to those affected by violence. VPRU has programs in 39 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

Specific responsibilities:

The Senior Safeguarding Advisor will be responsible for supporting safeguarding efforts at global, regional and national levels in prevention and response in line with protection programs and building on protection networks. The Senior Safeguard Advisor will work closely with colleagues from SGU, HR, Duty of Care, GEDI and VPRU. The specific responsibilities of Senior Backup Advisors are as follows:

Risk mitigation: technical advice and support for safeguarding best practices in program design/implementation across sectors

  • Lead the development of best practices to mitigate safeguard risks associated with different types of programs. (In close collaboration with the STA VPRUs for child protection and the protection and empowerment of women, focal points from other sectors and SGUs)
  • Ensure a basic understanding of the general principles and actions of risk mitigation, notification and response in technical units so that these principles can be used in the design and implementation of programs in all sectors.
  • Ensure a basic understanding of general risk mitigation, reporting and response principles and actions of all business process owners so that these principles can be integrated into business processes linked to programs e.g. PCM, DDP 1:1 with TCs or SAP design/revision
  • With SGU, develop and make available audit tools for use by CPs to assess alignment between policy/program design and site-level practices, to include both risk assessment and mitigation and response, including service mapping and referral pathways.

Safeguarding Intervention: Technical guidance and support to ensure response to client and staff survivors

  • In partnership with SGU, DOC, S&S, maintain and update global minimum standards and IRC SOPs for a survivor-centered safeguard response to clients and staff survivors.
  • Provide training and coaching support to relevant stakeholders to understand and use the standards when conducting a response to a protection breach and when implementing SOPs.
  • Support RVPs, Country Directors and other relevant Country Office staff in establishing and maintaining response capacity at site level
  • Provide leadership in creating and supporting regional communities of practice for all locally identified staff who protect responders to build community and provide support. This includes supporting national programs and regions to identify national leads and assisting them in facilitating regional CoPs, maintaining a database of named responders at site level, and onboarding newly appointed responders.
  • In conjunction with SGU and DOC, conduct quarterly check-in meetings for all individuals identified to lead a Regional Staff Backup Response COP to facilitate training, coordination, discussion, support requests and collection/analysis of data.
  • Collaborate with SGU, ECU and HR to define a clear division of responsibilities and responsibilities between actors and coordination
  • Provide technical advisory support on client and staff protecting case response as an escalation end point for highly complex cases

Key Working Relationships:

The position reports to: Director of Country Support, VPRU

The position directly supervises: N / A

Other internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Regular communication and collaboration with Regional Backup Advisors and Director of Backup at SGU, HR, Duty of Care and Regional Directors at GEDI. Close collaboration with STA VPRU for WPE and CP. Close relations with safeguarding focal points of regional and national programmes.

External: Participate in external inter-agency safeguarding coordination and learning networks, as appropriate, in coordination with SGU advisors.

Job requirements:

Education: A master’s or graduate degree in public health, social work, humanities or other relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Professional experience: A minimum of 8-10 years of experience in safeguarding (or other relevant sector) and survivor response services, ideally within a humanitarian or international development organization. Experience in the development, monitoring and evaluation of technical tools and materials is strongly desired. Experience developing strategy and working across multiple sectors or disciplines is strongly desired.

Demonstrated skills and competencies: Demonstrated ability to translate concepts and strategy into measurable actions, and experience in program design, monitoring and evaluation. Must have proven experience working directly with survivors of violence. Must have strong and effective communication skills and the ability to present a wide range of information to inform and influence diverse audiences in multicultural environments. Demonstrate commitment and ability to renew and maintain standards with best practices in the field.

Language skills: Fluency in English required; fluency in another language (Spanish, French, Arabic or Swahili) is strongly desired.

*Working environment:***Up to 40% travel may be required. This position will be based on candidate preference and IRC eligible location.

All staff members are expected to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards of Professional Conduct and IRC country employment policies.

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