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Senior Protection Manager

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Location: Ramadi, Iraq

Organization: International Rescue Committee

Under the direction of the Protection Coordinator, the Senior Protection Manager (SPM) will be responsible to oversee the capacity building and mentoring of teams, and quality implementation of protection and rule of law programming in several Governorates of Iraq.

The SPM will mainly oversee the protection monitoring systems, tools and reporting, the referral systems and the legal programming. He/she will also lead on the identification, analysis and succinct reporting of protection trends and issues of concern to feed into protection sector strategy development, IRC programming as well as relevant humanitarian coordination fora, such as the Protection Working Groups. The SPM will also contribute to the continued development of the protection sector, including drafting proposals and budgets, under the guidance of the Protection Coordinator and in close collaboration with other technical sector leads.

Main Responsibilities:

Staff Supervision & Development

  • Mentor and build the capacity of national staff members including Protection Managers, Team Leaders and Officers on all aspects or programming including technical knowledge, project cycle management, budgeting and budget management, team management, coordination and reporting.
  • Technically supervises Protection Monitoring and Legal teams, and provides quality oversight to and mentoring of the protection teams in the field, with a strong focus on building the capacity of national staff to take on management responsibilities.
  • 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 communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback.

Grant Planning & Project Implementation

  • Lead the overall implementation of the Protection program in 2 or 3 governorates and provide guidance to the protection staff to ensure that stated goals and objectives are met, that the project is appropriately monitored and evaluated, and that project reports are written and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Prepare program work plans that meet the program objectives and prepare appropriate operational guidelines for project staff.
  • Regularly update the grants metric.
  • Provide significant input into donor reports in a timely manner, including up-to-date data for indicators. ensure
  • Ensure that project activities are implemented within the assigned budget parameters, manage all financial aspects of the protection programs (budget follow-up, spending plans, cash forecasts, etc), approve relevant expenses and review expenditures, in consultation with the Finance Team and the Protection Coordinator to ensure that project activities are implemented within the assigned budget parameters.

Technical Quality/Programme Management

  • Provide technical guidance to teams on protection activities, legal assistance and psychosocial support
  • Develop quality systems and tools for protection monitoring and legal assistance to ensure the effective collection and analysis of qualitative data relating to the protection environment, including on physical safety and security, freedom of movement, eviction, detention, documentation issues, access to services, etc.
  • Oversee the smooth implementation of mobile data collection system for protection monitoring, following appropriate data security protocol, and provide quality oversight of the information material developed by Protection monitoring team.
  • Strengthen the capacities of national staff in several governorates, specifically on protection monitoring reports, and, with the support of the Protection Coordination, ensure all monitoring and reporting tools are harmonized.
  • Provide technical guidance to national staff and partners, on confidential and safe data collection in line with internationally recognized best practices.
  • In coordination with the Protection Coordinator, maintain effective and safe referral pathways for protection concerns and other vulnerable cases between the protection programme, other internal IRC programmes and external partners, and ensure development and maintenance of SOPs for referrals.
  • Assist in the development of standard operating procedures on legal protection, protection monitoring and community based assistance.

Staff Supervision & Development

  • Overall responsibility for protection staff management including: development/revision of job descriptions, review of workplans and/or performance management plans, vacation schedules, timesheets, probation reviews, annual performance reviews and staff professional development activities.
  • Technically supervises Protection Monitoring and Legal teams, and provides quality oversight to and mentoring of the protection teams in the field, with a strong focus on building the capacity of national staff to take on management responsibilities.
  • 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 communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback.

Reporting and Advocacy

  • Analyse protection data to produce succinct, analytical monthly protection monitoring reports and legal reports, to be shared with both external and internal stakeholders, highlighting key protection trends and concerns.
  • In Collaboration with the Protection Coordinator, advise on protection trends to inform country-wide and regional advocacy.
  • Support Protection Coordinator in writing fact sheets, briefs and recommendations for Senior Management to circulate to UN agencies and other stakeholders.

Coordination & Representation

  • Develop and maintains effective coordination and long-term relationships with UNHCR and other external stakeholders, representing IRC positions, promoting long-term strategy and resolving problems/conflicts.
  • Actively contribute and participate in the National Protection Cluster’s Protection Working Groups, and provide inputs to the Protection Coordinator for meetings held at the national level.
  • Negotiate and maintain appropriate information sharing protocols within IRC programs and with external actors.

Qualifications

  • University Degree in law (Human Rights Law preferred), political science, or equivalent
  • 3-5 years professional experience in protection work, of which at least 2 in a managerial position, experience in emergencies preferred
  • Proven experience in implementing protection monitoring projects, including in drafting protection monitoring reports, and in legal assistance projects
  • Experience with qualitative data collection, analysis and reporting
  • Proven experience in setting-up and following up on referral systems
  • Previous experience leading diverse teams and with remote management
  • Strong program/technical and budget management skills, planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Demonstrated experience in training/capacity building or national and international staff
  • Excellent drafting and oral communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of Arabic preferred

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

  • Strong management and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, and ability to build and maintain strong relationships.
  • Ability to determine priorities and great attention to detail.
  • Patient, flexible and able to handle pressure well, team spirited and willing to learn.
  • Good computer skills including, at minimum, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

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