Child Protection Coordinator - International Rescue Committee, Mae Sot

Closing date:  14 Apr 2012

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 at the request of Albert Einstein, 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 and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND – IRC Thailand Established in 1976 to assist refugees from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, IRC Thailand is one of the IRC’s longest-running country programs. Today, we serve displaced Burmese populations including Karen, Karenni, Shan, Mon, and others. Operating in four border camps, and in border provinces throughout Thailand, the IRC is one of the largest and most programmatically diverse humanitarian organizations providing essential services to displaced populations in Thailand. Our programs encompass health, education, institutional capacity building, gender based violence prevention and response, water and sanitation, income generation, advocacy, protection, legal assistance, and refugee resettlement. In addition to refugee populations, our services also benefit other internally displaced people, migrant populations, and local host communities.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION The overall goal of the Improving Mechanisms for Partnership and Action for Children in Tak (IMPACT) project is to improve the safety, wellbeing and development of highly vulnerable children in Tak province along the Thai-Burma border. Many of these children face a number of interrelated protection concerns: high risk of exploitation, trafficking, statelessness, discrimination and various forms of violence, including sexual violence. This project will strengthens the human and institutional capacities at the child, family, community and national levels to address these child rights violations. The strategy adopted is strengthening systems of child protection and will do so by 1) working with communities and families on prevention towards reducing family and community violence and neglect; and 2) working with a range of duty bearers from local CBO, to Thai NGOs and relevant government authorities on responses towards increased access to and quality of services and improved coordination and collaboration between these duty bearers.

CHILD PROTECTION COORDINATOR OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY Based in Mae Sot, the Child Protection Coordinator will report to the Senior Protection Adviser. S/He will be responsible for overall management, supervision and implementation of the project and provide child protection guidance and technical support, thereby ensuring program quality, coordination and sustainability.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES • Provide overall leadership guidance and supervision to project team, sub-grantees and other partners to ensure high quality child protection programming in line with IRC and interantional child protection standards and best practices; • Ensure that every major component of the project: a large family intervention, child protection case referral and response mechanisms, community-level work on child and child protection concerns, and capacity building efforts are implemented according to project proposal requirements. • Supervise 8-person project team, providing day-to-day technical support and guidance on child protection. • Work closely with and guide sub-grantees under the project and ensure the performance of sub-grantees and contractors meet expectations, including their adherence to contractual schedules and requirements; • Maintain efficient working relationships with all project stakeholders, including community members, CBOs, NGOs, and government structures; • Oversee project transition from a team of national and international staff into one that is completely nationalized • Work with IRC’s Monitoring and Evaluation Coordiantor to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation systems to capture both project performance and outcomes; • Ensure support and involvement of national and global IRC technical coordinators and advisers; • Make sure the project follows grant compliance proceedures as stipulated by IRC as well as by the donor;
• Ensure that all cooperative agreement deadlines are met and targets are achieved; • Ensure timely reporting to donors and oversee the preparation and submission of progress and financial reports; • Coordinate with relevant IRC country program personnel; • Liaise with donor representatives as appropriate and to keep them abreast of the project and developments in country that impact target communities; • Liaise with the IRC headquarters and represent the project at various forums.

Education • Degree in child protection, social work, social sciences, law, international development, or related field. Experience • At least three to six years international experience in child related programming in a context of displacement and/or in a developing country. Experience in community-based child protection mechanisms preferred • Demonstrated child protection project management and direct project implementation experience; • Demonstrated experience in child protection team management and ability to supervise cross culturally. • Ability to manage budget as well as design new proposals and budgets; • Experience in working with and coordinating with the international and national NGOs, government agencies and CBOs. Skills and Abilities • Understanding of child development and wellbeing and how various programs contribute to the development and wellbeing of children; • Understanding of building child protection systems including a range of stakeholders and focusing on both prevention and response; • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including training, capacity building and presentation skills; • Ability to effectively network and coordinate with actors on multiple levels and understanding the need for multi-sectoral cooperation; • Strategic thinking and strong analytical skills; • Excellent English speaking and writing skills, including previous proposal writing experience; ability to write clear, concise reports and other documents with a commitment to quality; • Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced multi-tasking environment; • Strong computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and email/internet software.
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