Job title: Child Protection Senior Manager
Location: Athens, Greece
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries, the IRC aims to restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
The International Rescue Committee works in Greece from July 2015 responding and providing aid to the influx of refugees and migrants. The IRC’s programming in Greece currently focuses on three key areas of programming on the Greece mainland, Northern Greece, Lesvos and Chios: Protection, WASH, and Economic Recovery and Development.
Scope of work:
The Child Protection (CP) Senior Manager will guide the Child Protection (CP) program nationally, is in charge of program development, oversees the day-to-day implementation of IRC and partners CP programsand is in charge of capacity building of internal and partner’s staff members. . S/He reports to the Program Coordinator, is based in Athens and has two direct reports in different locations. S/he liaises/coordinates with the area focal points, with the technical leads of IRC’s other programs and with the Finance, Human Resources and Supply Chain departments. S/he travels regularly for monitoring and support purposes.
The position will receive technical support from the IRC’s HQ-based Child Protection Technical Advisor.
- Provide technical and management leadership to the CP programs nationally in line with with the national policies, best practices and IRC policy.
- Ensure regular communication with the CP Technical Advisor and the Program Coordinator to integrate appropriate technical priorities in program design, in order to provide updates on achievements and challenges.
- Ensure quality programming and in line with national policies, best practices and IRC standards.
- Ensure that programmatic process are adapted to the national policies and that national policies are respected.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
- Maintain effective and efficient oversight and quality control of the program and ensure that reporting systems and processes are followed.
- Ensure data and reporting quality and timeliness through staff management and reporting/data oversight. Contribute in report writing.
- Analyze data, conduct data review meetings and adjust programs as needed; disseminate information internally and externally as required.
- Leads the development of the CP sector.
- Leads and contributes to proposal development (narrative, budget, M&E) and project design.
- Coordinate with other IRC sectors to receive and provide input and support regarding responses for children harmed and at risk of being harmed.
Grant Planning, Implementation, Monitoring & Reporting:
- Responsible for the overall achievement of grants’ targets nationally.
- Ensure adherence to grant work plans, spending plans and monitoring and evaluation plans.
- Work closely and coordinates with IRC supply chain, finance and grant, M&E and partnerships staff to ensure timely program activities and expenditures; including active participation in grant opening/closing and review meetings.
- Develop and maintain effective and efficient oversight, support, quality control and reporting systems and processes of CP program nationally.
- Ensure regular field monitoring and modifications as required.
- Ensure high-quality and timely IRC and donor reports on activities, indicators and achievements.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with CP partners; identify new partners as required.
- Ensure regular performance monitoring of partners to achieve the set project’s objectives, including but not limited to reviewing reports and other documentation.
- Ensure regular technical support and guidance to partners in accordance with partnership agreements.
- Advocate with peer agencies, government and other stakeholders to promote timely and quality CP response.
Representation – External & Internal Coordination:
- Be the focal point for the IRC Child Protection program nationally towards all stakeholders (authorities, donors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, social services etc). Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders.
- Participate in CP and other relevant working groups and contribute to coordination across agencies and sites.
- Participate in internal meetings and coordinate with other programs and departments.
Staff Supervision & Development:
- Direct supervision of two Child Protection Managers.
- Follow the HR Handbook and legal requirements for staff management practices and processes.
- 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.
- Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, annual performance reviews, high level staff performance and other HR management related tasks.
- Ensure training, support and ongoing capacity building opportunities for CP staff (IRC’s & partners’) on technical skills.
- Conduct trainings to staff members of other departments to sensitize on CP issues and build capacity across programs.
- Regular travel to other program locations for monitoring and support purposes.
Advocacy & communication:
- Be the focal point for all CP related advocacy & communication efforts and coordinate with the relevant departments for this purpose.
- Follow up national and regional context development related to Child Protection and maintain information flow internally.
- Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of field teams; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to IRC management and liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs
- All IRC staff are required to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.
- The qualified candidate must have an advanced degree (post-graduate) or higher in social science or a related field, with extensive child protection programming experience with 5+ years’ experience in setting up, implementing, and supervising CP programs.
- Knowledge of and experience in using established inter-agency standards and guidelines in CP and of national policies
- Previous experience supervising and managing a team in a cross-cultural setting
- Previous experience in managing CP programs
- Experience in working with NGOs and/or humanitarian emergencies
- Demonstrated experience in capacity building and mentoring of staff
- Experience in grant management and report/proposal writing
- Good computer skills such as: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
- Personal qualities: Team player, culturally sensitive, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well
- Fluency in English and Greek, written and verbal
Travel and other requirements: frequent travel to the field and occasionally to other regions.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with position.
Due to the expected high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
All applications, CVs and cover letters should be sent in English.
Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
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