Protection Technical Advisor
This position is located in Amman or Beirut, Lebanon. The Protection Technical Advisor is responsible for providing a strategic direction to IOCC’s protection programming in accordance with IOCC’s strategy, international standards, and best practices in Protection. S/he is responsible for overall program technical design, development and implementation of the IOCC Protection portfolio in Syria, as well as providing guidance and training to IOCC and partner staff. The Protection Advisor will specifically focus on addressing protection needs at the community level in Syria and provide quality assurance at both project and country levels. The Protection Advisor plays a key role in representing IOCC at key cluster and donor meetings and liaising with USAID-OFDA, UN OCHA, UN agencies, as well as various NGO partners. The Protection Technical Advisor reports to the Syria Program Manager.
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Management and Leadership
- Lead the development of IOCC Protection Strategy in Syria and ensure compliance with IOCC and inter-agency sector working groups and adherence to international standards and best practices in Protection.
- Provide technical advice to IOCC and partner staff on protection issues in Syria
- Design protection projects in Syria and develop proposals and concept notes and liaise with donors on technical aspects in consultation with IOCC and partner staff.
- Provide overall guidance and direction to the program team to achieve agreed targets and strategic objectives, as well as build the capacity of IOCC’s partner staff in protection program implementation.
- Oversee IOCC protection project implementation in Syria and ensure quality implementation and compliance with international Protection standards and sector working group guidelines.
- Provide technical guidance on protection mainstreaming and risk reduction, liaising directly with other program units and external actors to ensure that IOCC programs follow internationally recognized best practices as WHO and SPHERE standards, Child Protection Minimum Standards and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidelines.
- Ensure all IOCC programs in Syria are applying best practices and are in line with global priorities and industry standards.
- Ensure regular staff trainings and refresher sessions to maintain a high standard among staff.
- Contribute to monitoring; evaluating and documenting program implementation against indicators.
- Advise Program Manager Representative regarding activity progress and make recommendations for course correction, as needed.
- Represent IOCC in technical meetings and coordination platforms, including UN clusters and sector working groups, and align IOCC sector strategy accordingly.
- Ensure that protection information is used effectively to advocate on important issues as well as longer term planning for target populations.
- Update existing materials and develop new training materials on protection principles, protection monitoring, reporting and referrals for field based staff, including strengthening information and reporting systems.
- When possible, visit project sites to develop plans, new proposals, monitor progress and ensure project implementation according to the contractual requirements of the donor(s)
- Manage project activities remotely and provide effective guidance to the team on-the-ground.
- Maintain effective and safe referral pathways for protection concerns and other vulnerable cases.
- Submit regular reports to the Program Manager regarding progress in attaining project goals, objectives and indicators and find solutions to potential challenges in project implementation.
- Write and participate in the preparation of protection-related project reports to HQ and donors.
- Identify protection funding opportunities with local and international donors, such as USG, European, ecumenical partners, UN agencies, and International NGOs.
- Maintain a positive working relationship with donors, national and regional governments, NGO, public and private sector partners involved with protection.
- Build IOCC protection program through donor engagement, project design and proposal development, in collaboration with field staff and HQ and in accordance to IOCC strategy and donor requirements.
- Undertake and assist with assessment of local conditions resulting from emergency situations affecting communities and vulnerable groups, including determination of priorities for interventions.
Qualifications and Requirements
This position demands a dynamic individual with a demonstrated ability to achieve results in a demanding and fast paced environment.
- Minimum of 5 years of professional experience implementing protection programs in conflict settings, preferably at managerial level in country of assignment.
- Prior work experience in the Middle East with International NGO or another international agency.
- Ability to perform well as member of a team.
- Experience managing, training and coaching staff on protection issues.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and program planning skills.
- English is required, with strong writing skills; Arabic language would be a plus.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities, deadlines, and tasks efficiently.
- Excellent time management skills and resourcefulness with strong attention to detail.
Education: Master’s degree in health (MPH), social work, social science, law, or relevant field or Bachelor’s degree with commensurate work experience.
To apply: Qualified applicants should send a resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org In the Subject Line: Protection Technical Advisor
IOCC is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a professional and diverse workforce.