The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 42 countries worldwide. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post conflict societies. IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve.
On December 16, 2013, heavy military exchanges occurred between rival SPLA factions in Juba (Central Equatoria State). The fighting and violence quickly spread to other states in South Sudan, trapping thousands of civilians in Unity, Lakes, Upper Nile, and Jonglei States in UN bases or makeshift IDP settlements. The proceeding 18 months of conflict caused several further waves of displacement, and according to UNOCHA there are now over two million displaced people in need of assistance within South Sudan and in neighboring countries.
The population of Ganyliel has doubled since the outbreak of violence, with some IDPs integrated into the host community through ties with family and friends, and others living in informal IDP camps. The area is surrounded by swampland and therefore viewed as a safe destination for relocation from other areas in Unity State that have seen more violence. The signing of the Compromise Peace Agreement in August 2015 is a positive step towards ending the conflict, but the security and humanitarian situation In Unity State and elsewhere in South Sudan remains fragile. IRC has been working in Ganyliel for more than 20 years, and we currently operate programming in Protection, Child Protection, Food Security & Livelihoods, Health, and Nutrition.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Protection Manager will oversee an IDP and host community Protection program in Ganyliel, Unity State . In this capacity, the Protection Manager will be responsible for day-to-day supervision and oversight of the Deupty Protection Manager, Protection Officers, and various protection activities, budget management, administration, and implementation of the requirements of the programs. The Protection Manager will work closely with other IRC programs and partner agencies operating in Ganyliel.
This position will report to the Ganyliel Field Coordinator, and receive technical support from the Protection and Rule of Law Coordinator.
Program Management & Development
- Create and execute a work plan, spending plan and related systems to ensure that project deadlines are met and targets achieved.
- Supervise and coach the Deputy Manager and Protection Officers to conduct monitoring home visits, surveys , participatory assessments and/or community consultations focused on protection concerns and the identification of Persons with Special Needs (PSN) within the community. Ensure that monitoring visits respect principles of confidentiality of interviewees and that all incidents reported to IRC are handled with due regard to protection principles.
- Supervise and coach the Protection Officers to deliver awareness-raising activities on topics such as service availability and access.
- Support the Protection Officers in maintaining a good working knowledge of available services from IRC and partners, and an ability to make appropriate referrals to those services in the course of protection monitoring and community work.
- Develop and maintain a good knowledge of the protection situation locally and the priority needs of the IDP population and host community. Compile protection assessment reports to inform IRC and partner programming in Ganyliel.
- Convene and facilitate the semi-monthly community forum for NGOs, community leaders, local authorities, women’s committee representatives, and others to discuss community priorities and NGO plans.
- Support Deputy Manager and Protection Officers in capacity building of community-based protection mechanisms through training, support, and maintenance of Community Protection Committees throughout southern Panyijiar County.
· Conduct protection mainstreaming activities, especially in regards to partner programming including WFP General Food Distributions to ensure that protection principles are prioritized in service delivery and that vulnerable IDPs and host community members have equal access to services.
· Participate in the development of proposals, budgets and concept notes in coordination with the PRL Coordinator, DDP, Grants team, and HQ Technical Unit.
· Contribute to the development of the Country Sector Strategy for the South Sudan Protection Program.
· Support other protection programs as needed, incuding Child Protection and Women’s Protection and Empowerment.
· Recruit national staff in conjunction with the Human Resources Department.
· Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the IRC and the Protection Program.
- Provide leadership, guidance, and support to the Protection Team through regular supervision and feedback on performance
- Build the capacity of the Protection Officers to improve their range of capabilities related to the Protection Program and its activities.
· Ensure Performance Management System documentation for all staff is in place and followed up regularly.
Grants Management and Reporting
· Manage and oversee grants; develop and maintain work, spending and procurement plans for all projects.
· Participate in Grants Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meetings.
· Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
· Ensuring effective implementation of M&E systems throughout the lifetime of the project.
· Manage the project budget; oversee all budget expenditures and ensure they are allowable and allocable according to IRC and donor regulations; review monthly Budget vs. Actual and expenditure sheets and collaborate with the Finance department to ensure accurate expenditures and reporting.
Representation & Coordination
- Actively participate in coordination mechanism with partners, IDPs, and host community leaders to ensure information sharing and coordination of interventions, and to enable meaningful participation of both IDPs and host communities.
- Liaise with partners, particularly through the protection cluster/working group/coorindation mechanism, to share findings and any issues of relevance and/or concern related to the local context or broader trends.
- Establish relationships with other NGOs, international organizations, government offices, particularly those working in protection and participate in relevant coordination forums.
- Masters degree in Law, International Law, Human Rights or International Affairs
- Minimum of three years of professional experience in protection programming in a displacement setting
- Minimum of three years of overseas professional experience in program implementation
- Previous working experience with US and European donors is an asset
- Strong understanding of protection principles and likely protection concerns arising in the South Sudan context as well as conflict sensitivity
- Solid experience in staff management in a cross-cultural environment required
· Experience in complex emergencies and the ability to live and work in a very remote environment
· Ability to work under pressure and without daily supervision
· Demonstrated skill in staff management in a cross- cultural environment
- Demonstrated analytical skills and report writing experience required
· Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
· Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
· Fluency in English, both oral and written
The security level is orange. The situation in Ganyliel is calm at the moment but remains tense and unpredictable, and fighting has occurred in nearby areas several times within the previous six months. There has been onging active conflict in central and northern Unity State, though despite reliatively close proximity to Ganyliel, these areas are fairly removed from Ganyliel due to swampy terrain and limited mobility. Ganyliel is only accessible by air from Juba, and some local movements require travel by foot and canoe.
Lodging in field sites range from a tent to a traditional hut to permanent structures. Field compounds have common latrines and showers. All IRC sites have electricity and internet at least several hours per day. Food is the individual’s responsibility.
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.