The IRC has been active in The Central African Republic (CAR) since 2006 and has been implementing emergency response programs since early 2013. The IRC has four field offices in the north – Bocaranga, Kaga Bandoro, and Zemio and Ndele – in addition to a central office in Bangui. Since 2007, it has built close relationships with local communities, community leaders, local authorities, and other local and international actors. Today, the IRC is one of the leading humanitarian actors working in the prefectures Ouham Pende, Nana Gribizi, and Zemio, implementing programs in health, women and child protection, and Early Recovery and Development. The IRC has demonstrated its ability to successfully implement health and protection programming, improving beneficiaries’ access to healthcare and providing survivors of violence with safe, confidential services to help them recover and reintegrate into their communities. The gained technical expertise, logistical abilities, and local knowledge and understanding has laid the foundation to expand and deepen these services to reach more people and respond to the emergency need at a greater scale as additional funding is secured.
Scope of work
The CYPD Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the development, start-up, and implementation of Child Protection (CP) programming. He/she is responsible for child protection context analysis, partner and actor mapping and identification of capacities, needs and priorities in order to strengthen protection response for children. The coordinator will also work to improve current child protection programming through developing and providing needs-based and ongoing capacity building and coaching to the child protection team, strengthen the quality of child protection programme and work closely with the IRC’s Health, Economic Wellbeing and Recovery and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) teams and partner organizations on developing coordinated, integrated services that will adequately respond to the protection needs of children. .
The CYPD Coordinator will also be responsible for increasing IRC’s presence and potential leadership role in the Child Protection sector by participating in relevant coordination meetings, networking with state and NGO actors in the child protection sector, The incumbent will coordinate with monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning unit to ensure CYPD program has measurement and learning systems in place.
S/he reports to the Deputy Director, Programs and will have access to technical guidance from the IRC Child Protection Technical Unit. The CYPD Coordinator will be based in Bangui and is expected to travel a minimum of 40% of her/his time to project locations, taking into consideration IRC’s RCA security protocols.
1. Programme Development
Together with the Deputy Director, Programs provide strategic direction and vision to the IRC’s child and youth protection and development programming in CAR
• Develop/implement the Child Protection sector strategy for CAR in close collaboration with the DDP, Child Protection team and in collaboration with the Child Protection Technical Unit
• Develop and/or lead implementation of child protection assessments and child protection situation analysis for the purpose of program development or programme strengthening
• Identify opportunities for design and develop concept notes and proposals based on context analysis and opportunities.
• Lead in technical inputs for Child Protection during proposal development
• Ensure child protection is mainstreamed across IRC programming
• Work closely with IRC’s Technical Unit to integrate innovative approaches informed by evidence and/or research
• Ensure Child Protection programming in CAR is context appropriate and informed by the knowledge and experience of the country team
• Provide lessons learned and feedback at country and global level for a as appropriate, in order to advance the child protection sector
2. Program Management and Quality
• Oversee quality implementation of Child and Youth Protection and Development programs, including quality assessments, budget oversight, implementation plans and partnerships.
• 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 child protection best practice, in particular with regular contact and coordination with Coordinators and Managers in other sectors.
• Ensure all designed child protection projects use to the IRC theories of change and that outcomes are evidence-driven and evidence-generated and the selection of indicators use the IRC Indicators Section Tools.
• Ensure quality and timely reporting in accordance with IRC and donor’s regulations and templates.
• Promptly identify and recommend solutions to technical issues.
• Ensure Child Safeguarding principles and functional feedback mechanisms are in place in the child protection programme
3. Representation, Coordination and Advocacy
• Under the leadership of the DDP/CD forge relevant relations 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 such as Child Protection sub-cluster and other relevant inter-agency and bi-lateral meetings, e.g., Case management task force.
4. Human Resources Management and Development
• Technical support and supervision to the Child Protection team to ensure implementation of quality programming.
• Discuss job expectations, set objectives and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance, including timely implementation of the annual staff performance management system
• Clearly define staff development needs of direct reports and ensure they are able to access training and professional development resources appropriate to their skill gaps/needs
• 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 including staff development plans.
• Advanced university degree in Law, Human Rights, social science or a related field.
• At least 4 years’ experience implementing child protection programming including experience in emergency or post-conflict project management
• Demonstrated experience using international human rights standards in child protection programming
• Demonstrated experience implementing Child and Youth Protection and Development programs
• Strong strategic thinking and proposal writing skills
• Strong leadership, staff and budget management and capacity building skills.
• Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player.
• Ability to live and productively work under stress and in insecure and harsh environments while maintaining a sense of humor.
• Experience in context analysis, situation monitoring and ability to link humanitarian and long term sustainable outcomes for our clients
• Fluency in French and English
Key Internal Stakeholders:
• Country: Deputy Director Operations; Deputy Director of Finance; Roving Field Coordinators, Head of Departments, and all staff within the country program.
• Regional: Technical advisors CYPD and VRP Unit
Key External Stakeholders: country INGO CYPD working groups
Returning National Candidates: IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the IRC has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.
Standard of Professional Conduct: IRC and IRC employees are required to abide by the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way Code of Conduct which are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, IRC operates and implements policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
Diversity, Inclusion and Gender Equality: IRC acknowledges and honors the fundamental value and dignity of all individuals. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and consider all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. IRC is also committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits.