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Requisition ID: req20592 Location: Maiduguri, Borno
Employment Type: Full-Time
Employment Category: Regular
Sector: Protection and rule of law
Open to Expatriates: No
Job Overview / Summary
The IRC is implementing a protection program featuring Empowering and strengthening of community based protection structures, Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Training and capacity building, protection monitoring and referral services, Community out Reach Activities and Information Sharing, and Protection Mainstreaming.
The protection program is currently implemented in the North East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
Under the supervision of the Protection & Rule of Law Coordinator, programs in Nigeria. The Protection Mainstreaming Officer is responsible for ensuring IRC's protection mandate is being considered and mainstreamed within all IRC Nigeria project and programmes.
Under the joint supervision of the Protection Coordinator, the protection mainstreaming manager will ensure the protection capacity of IRC staff, partners, community organizations, volunteers and other stakeholder will be executed in accordance with the organizational mandate, priorities, and donor agreement.
Who this position reports to: The Protection Mainstreaming Manager will report directly to the Protection & Rule of Law coordinator.
Coordinate with IRC colleagues to ensure key protection elements, standards and mandates are being considered and implemented throughout the project management cycle in the respective sector,
Identify, refer, and follow up for individuals, families, communities with protection concerns and needs
Ensure linkages between the protection team and the respective sectors
Contribute to the identification and reduction of vulnerabilities and/or exposure to threats, thereby creating a safer, more protective environment to the populations of concern,
Develop/compile training packages on selected Protection and Protection project related topics,
Provide trainings utilizing developed training packages and other materials to IRC staff, local partners, community groups, and stakeholders, in coordination with the Project Managers,
Facilitate trainings related to protection mainstreaming, as well as general protection principles to IRC's partners and internal staff,
Coordinate the provision of trainings with respective staff (sector staff, HR, Logistics, Finance, M&E) and Project Manager,
Monitor application of skills gained in trainings by staff, partner organizations, community groups, and stakeholders,
Produce monthly reports on the progression of protection mainstreaming in all IRC programmes,
Develop and maintain effective working relationship with colleagues and relevant stakeholders including partner agencies, community leaders and service providers;
Plan and conduct beneficiary needs assessments
Develop sectoral implementation plans that he/she will be responsible for monitoring and adjusting throughout the project.
Any other duties as may be assigned by the Line Manager
Conduct duties in accordance with IRC Nigeria programme Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);
Conduct duties in accordance with IRC Code of Conduct.
Ensure transparency and IRC's positive regard and reputation within communities.
This position requires frequent travel between States/ sub-offices/community centers/mobile centers, and will also require participation in community outreach.
University Degree in Law, Human Rights, Refugee Studies, Social Sciences or other related discipline;
Relevant professional experience of three (2) years, preferably in emergency and/or development context;
Prior experience or familiarity with IRC and/or persons of concern (including internally displaced persons and refugees-returnees) would be a distinct advantage;
Prior experience or familiarity with NGO sector would be an advantage;
Knowledge of international protection and human rights legal standards
Knowledge, skills and experience in community development and mobilization.
Experience in conducting training needs analysis/assessments and developing training programs for a broad range of audiences from different institutional levels;
Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility.
Excellent spoken and written English and relevant computer skills.
Full respect for client/organization confidentiality.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills and respect for people with special needs and other vulnerability.
Ability to work in a multicultural context as a flexible and respectful team player.
Excellent Report writing skills.
Experience in management of a team;
Excellent analysis and reporting skills;
Excellent communication and organization skills;
Punctuality and respect for applicable rules and procedures;
Ethical and transparent decision-making;
High regard toward preserving confidentiality of work-related information and data;
Excellent knowledge and understanding of local communities and customary rules;
Independent work, i.e. with minimal supervision and under pressure;
Self-motivation, goal/result-orientation and team work;
Flexibility, creativeness, tolerance and maturity.
Computer/IT literacy (OS Windows/Vista/Linux, MS Office, Internet etc.)