The Syria crisis is often described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe since the end of the Cold War. Inside Syria, 7.6 million people are internally displaced and 12.2 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, with 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas. There are 4 million Syrian refugees in neighboring countries. This is no short-term humanitarian episode. The devastating human consequences to huge numbers of people will endure for decades. The destruction of relationships, communities, livelihoods, homes and infrastructure will take years to repair.
IRC is offering a robust humanitarian response to the Syria crisis. With an annual budget in excess of $140 million and a rapidly expanding portfolio, supported by more than 1,250 staff in the region, IRC is undertaking programs in Syria and the neighboring countries of Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan in the fields of health, child protection, education, women’s protection and empowerment, NFI and food distribution, cash assistance, water and sanitation, and livelihood programming. Our work in these challenging settings gives rise to some of the most pressing issues facing contemporary humanitarian action, including questions of access, security, funding and coordination.
The IRC Jordan program was established in 2007 and is currently operating programs in Jordan and southern Syria with an annual budget of $36 million. The IRC is providing humanitarian assistance in southern Syria in the sectors of protection, health and economic recovery and development through partnerships with Syrian NGOs and provision of life-saving relief items.
The Protection Working Group Co-Coordinator will work in partnership with a counterpart from UNHCR, as the cluster lead agency (CLA), to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response in southern Syria. The Co-Coordinator will have specific responsibility for ensuring that the position is informed by the NGO perspective. The Co-Coordinator will also be responsible for ensuring that the NGO membership is contributing to and sharing working group responsibilities, and will play a lead role in developing the active engagement and technical capacity of members of the working group. The Co-Coordinator will be expected to represent the Jordan hub at all Whole of Syria and intersector/interagency fora as required.
Coordination and Representation
- Co-chair regular coordination meetings with the working group. Actively identify and make contact with new and existing actors to add to the working group, inclusive of those that may be registered in other hubs, but responding in southern Syria;
- Work with UNHCR co-lead and Protection Working Group members to ensure that key protection (including CP and GBV) concerns are reflected in OCHA or NGO-led multi-sectoral assessments, as well as other protection specific sectoral assessments;
- Support the working group’s data collection efforts, helping partners to submit accurate and consistent data; provide analysis back to the working group and other interagency fora;
- Raise protection concerns in Jordan hub interagency fora such as the Inter Sectoral Working Group (ISWG).
- Collaborate with other bodies, including, in particular, the Health and Nutrition Working Group, the NFI and Shelter Working Group, the Food Security and Livelihoods Working Group, the Education Working Group to ensure integration of protection concerns and responsive programming;
- With the UNHCR co-lead, represent the Jordan hub at all Whole of Syria protection and intersector initiatives as required;
- With the UNHCR co-lead, advocate with donors to ensure appropriate support for inter-agency protection (including CP and WPE) activities;
- Feed into WOS Sector Strategic Advisory Group meetings when required;
- Assist in developing/updating information management tools and products of the three hubs;
- Oversee, compile and analyze key protection indicators and data from Jordan hub to ensure production of knowledge to steer the strategic and operational planning for the WOS response, including but not limited to contributions to the HNO and HRP process
- Arrange/conduct direct training in protection (including CP and GBV) for key national and local stakeholders as feasible, in line with agreed upon sectoral priorities in the work plan;
- Work with partners to promote understanding of and adherence to humanitarian and protection principles and standards according to international legal frameworks.
- With the UNHCR co-lead, and OCHA, participate in the PSEA task team, comprising concerned UN agencies and INGO partners, established at the CBTF’s request, to provide strategic and operational guidance on measures to advance PSEA in southern Syria;
- Conduct a review of vulnerability criteria across sectors and a mapping of community level protection mechanisms, and make recommendations with the rest of the task team;
- Lead efforts in general awareness raising on PSEA amongst the response community in the Amman Hub.
- Post graduate degree in international law, social sciences or related field;
- Minimum of 5 years proven experience working on protection issues in humanitarian environments, including provision of technical advice to field teams;
- Excellent understanding of protection issues in emergency situations and detailed knowledge of humanitarian principles, guidelines and laws;
- Demonstrable experience in advocacy and high-level negotiation skills.
- Strong experience with information management as related to the protection sector, including maintaining standards of impartiality and confidentiality with data of a sensitive nature
- Excellent leadership, coordination, capacity building, planning and analytical skills;
- Excellent advocacy and representation skills including the development of strong interpersonal relationships to facilitate communication within the cluster;
- Able to work successfully under pressure and ability to make timely decisions;
- Excellent written and spoken English, Arabic is an asset;
- Previous experience of working within the cluster system preferred; This position includes travel throughout the region, including to Damascus.
- Experience in Syria and/or in the region is preferred.
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.
Returning National Candidates: We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the Country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, the Syria Response Region has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs.
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