The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At-work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC reaches over a million children annually with education and child protection programs in 25 countries around the world.
In response to the influx of Syrian refugees to Lebanon in mid-2012, IRC opened a country office and launched humanitarian assistance programming. IRC operates throughout Lebanon, with the main office in Beirut and field offices in Qobayat, Zahle, Tripoli, Tyre and Mount Lebanon. IRC’s programs assist Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese in host communities across multiple sectors: education, livelihoods, protection, women's protection and empowerment and child protection in close coordination with the Lebanese Government and broader Humanitarian Community.
The IRC is a member of the Lebanon Protection Working Group and Core Group and the Protection Mainstreaming Taskforce Team and works closely in partnership with UNHCR and other Protection actors and implementing agencies. The Protection Mainstreaming Coordinator will be responsible for liaising with members of the Protection Working Group as well as Non Protection Actors to develop and execute a Protection Mainstreaming work plan to contribute to improving the safety and dignity of all beneficiaries, including vulnerable and marginalized groups.
The Protection Mainstreaming Coordinator will have a strong technical understanding of Protection and Protection Mainstreaming and be able to take on and implement activities prioritized by relevant coordination bodies. (S)he will be an advocate for Protection & Protection Mainstreaming across prioritized sectors (e.g. Health, WASH, Shelter).
The Protection Mainstreaming Coordinator is responsible for four key objectives:
Awareness raising of and capacity building on protection mainstreaming and protection core concepts with a focus on Non-Protection Actors
In coordination with the Protection working group and other coordination bodies:
Support to conduct protection mainstreaming assessments to identify protection mainstreaming needs; based on the assessment findings, make recommendations to enhance protection mainstreaming in the relevant sectors
Support the implementation of remedial/corrective actions identified through these assessments and monitor progress;
Adapt the global level protection mainstreaming checklist to the context of Lebanon to be disseminated across sector
Support Advocacy efforts based on results of assessments
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Senior Integrated Protection Coordinator
Position directly supervises: N/A
Indirect Reporting: Protection Working group Coordinator
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: (S)he will sit within the Coordination structure and work in close coordination with the IRC Protection teams, including WPE, Child Protection and general Protection teams.
External: As Coordinator of Protection Mainstreaming for the Protection Working Group, this position will coordinate all related tasks with the UNHCR PWG co-chair.
(1) Masters degree in Law, International Law, Human Rights, International Affairs, or related field
(2) Minimum of three years of professional experience in protection work at the field level; professional experience in Coordination a plus
(3) Desirable: Three years of overseas professional experience in program implementation including monitoring and evaluation
(4) Must be fluent in English (written & spoken). Arabic is an asset
(5) Previous working experience with UNHCR or OCHA is an asset
(6) Knowledge/experience of the coordination structures in large scale humanitarian operations is an important asset
(7) Strong understanding of protection principles and likely protection concerns
(8) Ability to work under pressure and manage competing priorities without daily supervision
(9) Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
(10) Demonstrated analytical skills and report writing experience required
(11) Willingness to travel internally in Lebanon 30-40%
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