Requisition ID: req12668
Job Title: Protection Officer
Sector: Economic Recovery & Livelihood
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Chipinge, Zimbabwe
In anticipation of funding where the IRC will implement an 18 months project in Manicaland in partnership with another INGO, the IRC is looking to recruit a Protection Officers. Reporting to the Program Manager (PM), the Protection Officer will provide implementation support and ensures that the child protection and protection mainstreaming component in the IRC’s Education in Emergencies (EiE) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM) project in Chimanimani and Chipinge are implemented within the quality guidelines provided by the PM. In close collaboration with the PM and the implementing partner, the Protection Officer will also be involved in the day to day program implementation activities, initiating project procurements, community and stakeholder engagement and coordination. In addition, s/he will represent the IRC at relevant cluster coordination meetings at district and community levels. The incumbent will be based in Chipinge with frequent travel to the field to offer on-the-spot technical to communities.
Duties And Responsibilities
Key Job functions/responsibilities:
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Actively contribute to the planning and implementation of child protection and protection mainstreaming activities, day to day management and monitoring and evaluation of emergency child protection, EiE and DRM programming in each of the districts.
• Represent the IRC’s protection sector in relevant Cluster Coordination Meetings at district and community levels.
• Collect relevant and up to date information/data pertaining to emergency situations in the country.
• Work hand in hand with staff from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education (MPSEC) and the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in ensuring that the needs of children are addressed.
• Document lessons learned in child protection and ensure that lessons are translated into program improvements.
• Provide implementation support to the project beneficiaries in close collaboration with PM and relevant stakeholders.
• Endure project objectives are implemented on time and on budget.
• Support the regular collection of updated information regarding the humanitarian needs of crisis affected communities.
• Contribute requisite information towards the development of concept notes and proposals in response to any possible opportunities in DRM, child protection and education sectors based on the needs on the ground.
• Liaise, coordinate, and work closely with IRC operational staff (i.e. HR, Supply Chain and Finance) to ensure timely and effective program planning and implementation, and to jointly address issues affecting program delivery as they arise
• At the request of the PM, take ownership for miscellaneous tasks or projects not falling under responsibilities underlined in this job description.
Project Planning and Implementation:
• Develop work plans, procurement plans and spending plans on timely manner and liaise with the PM and Harare based SC for procuring of goods and services with accurate specifications and realistic cost.
• Ensure that field implementation is advised by technical guidelines from the PM to ensure that there is quality implementation of projects in collaboration with Harare and HQ based technical teams.
• Participate in periodic (bi-weekly) check-in calls/meetings with the field team (emergency) to update progress, spot bottle necks and suggest and implement solutions.
• Actively participate in the project cycle meetings to reflect on the needs, success and challenges of the project and document and apply lessons learned.
• Adhere to EiE Minimum Standards, Child Protection Minimum Standards, and SPHERE Protection Standards during the implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the projects as guided by the PM.
• Supervise budgets versus actual expenditure (BvA) on relevant budget lines on monthly basis and take appropriate action based on the status of spending of specific budget lines.
• Detail the number of clients in each project with age and gender disaggregated and file for future use and reporting.
Grant Monitoring and Reporting:
• Conduct regular community monitoring visits and provide support for the team in the field for taking corrective measures.
• Document key findings of the internal and external assessments for planning purpose.
• Review reports from the communities and provide feedback.
• Draft/review reports and share with PM within the given timeframe.
• Work with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Team to ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are in place inputs are provided in timely manner.
Staff Management and Development:
• Engage in technical supervision and training of community volunteers to fulfil the minimum skills set across both the child protection and education sectors.
• Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions and support them to in following personal staff development plans.
Representation, Coordination and Advocacy:
• Engage and maintain effective/professional working relationships with key partners, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors in emergency and recovery programs.
• Represent IRC in coordination and working group meetings at appropriate levels to share experiences and challenges with other actors.
Qualifications And Experience
• Undergraduate Degree/Diploma in Law, Social Work, Psychology.
• Relevant experience of at least one year of supervisory experience.
• Other relevant qualification in disaster management.
• Excellent professional track record with a minimum of 3 years of field level experience within NGO or government working in rule of law, child protection/social work in emergency/humanitarian program implementation.
• Experience in implementing and/or technically supporting emergency programs related to rule of law, child protection, education and disaster management.
• Strong monitoring and evaluation experience.
• Computer literate.
• Experience in working with multicultural and diversified workforce.
• Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Strong ability to coordinate work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
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