International Rescue Committee

Child Protection Coordinator – Erbil

Job Overview

Requisition ID: req22413

Job Title: Child Protection Coordinator – Erbil

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Erbil, Iraq

Job Description


Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee ( is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC has long-term programs based in Baghdad and Erbil, as well as emergency response programs supporting Syrian refugees.  At work today in over 40 countries and 26 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.


The IRC Iraq program was established in 2003 and is currently providing humanitarian assistance in the sectors of child protection, GBV, protection and rule of law, cash, livelihood and governance. The IRC Iraq’s main office is based in Erbil, with field offices in Baghdad, Ninewa, Salah a-Din, Kirkuk and Anbar.


SCOPE OF WORK: The Child Protection (CP) coordinator is responsible for the overall management and monitoring of Children and Youth Programming in Iraq. This includes sector strategy development, proposal development, technical oversight, staff management and development, administrative supervision, budget management, grants compliance and local partner relations. The CP Coordinator will be based in Erbil and is expected to travel a minimum of 40% of her/his time to project locations, taking into consideration IRC’s Iraq security protocols.



Program Management, Technical Quality, and Strategy

  • Coordinate and manage IRC’s CP program Iraq and provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical and management support to CP programs in Iraq in line with the Strategic Action Plan;
  • Lead on the development, adaptation, and the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan (SAP)
  • Provide clear technical support, supervisory guidance, training and mentoring to the CP team in Iraq to ensure consistent, harmonized and quality program design and implementation;
  • Oversee implementation of CP projects, management of budgets (budget forecasting, development of spending plans and budget follow-up) and reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations.
  • Ensure that all interventions are in compliance with the IRC’s program framework, international CP and educational standards and national policies.
  • Ensure that programs are in line with INEE Minimum Standards, CP Minimum Standards, and SPHERE.


Program Development

  • Proactively support continued growth of the Iraq CP portfolio through development of concept notes and proposals to existing and new donors, maintaining a coherent strategy across IRC’s areas of intervention in Iraq;
  • Proactively increase the pool of CP local partners and work with the partnership team to reach IRC partnership goals;
  • Support the identification of opportunities for CP programming initiatives in support of service delivery and/or thought leadership in collaboration with country program senior management, business development staff and technical advisors. Collaborate with partners on the identification of business development opportunities, and the design of new interventions;
  • Actively identify, build and promote partnerships with INGOs, UN agencies, local and national civil society organizations, local government and networks working on child protection and youth priorities;
  • Proactively work with other IRC program sectors and technical units to identify synergies and develop referral pathways.


Grant Monitoring & Reporting

  • Ensure all monitoring activities are fully documented, including systematic and timely data collection as required under the grant and for IRC M&E purposes
  • Support the preparation and implementation of detailed program spending, procurement and work plans for all CP projects.
  • Ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are developed (including indicator tracking sheets) and implemented in all CP programs, that activity, output and effect data are captured in an accurate and efficient manner, and that programs are continually tailored to optimize quality.
  • Work with CP staff to design robust monitoring tools for remote monitoring and ensure program quality including education achievement measurements.
  • Produce/contribute to IRC and donor reports as per set schedules (monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements.
  • Undertake regular field monitoring visits of IRC as well as partner activities to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as required.
  • Monitor Sub Awards to local partners; conduct field visits, monitoring and supervision; work with grants and partnerships to conduct partner assessments and capacity building plans; and review partner proposals and reports.


Representation and coordination

  • Build strong relationships with local and national government officials, donors and other stakeholders, establishing IRC as a key actor in the CP sector, as outlined in the Strategy
  • Serve on coordinating bodies and represent IRC in relevant stakeholder meetings
  • Build relationships with local organizations; conduct partner mapping and snap shots; collaborate with partners on project design


Staff Supervision & Development

  • Manage the CP team, providing continuous support and ensuring capacity building of staff, promoting a strong team spirit and providing guidance to enable staff to successfully perform duties.
  • Discuss job expectations, set objectives and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance, including timely implementation of the annual staff performance management system.
  • Clearly define the training needs of direct reports and ensure they are able to access training and professional development resources appropriate to their skill gaps/needs.
  • Work closely with staff from various programmatic and operational teams to deliver high quality activities at the community level, ensuring solid cooperation.
  • Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, reviews and performance reviews.
  • 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 staff development plans.
  • Lead with commitment, integrity and accountability (“IRC Way” –  Global Standards for Professional Conduct)


Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Deputy Director of Programs

Position directly supervises: 1 Child Protection Senior Manager, 2 Child Protection Managers, 1 CYPD Data and Information Management Officer, 1 Child Protection Capacity Building Senior Officer

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: HQ Techncial Advisors, other IRC programs and support departments.

External: all relevant donors, NGOS, DPOs, partners, ministries, stakeholders, and government agencies.




  • University degree in International social work, Social studies, International Development, Psychology or a related field.
  • Excellent professional track record with at least 5 years of management level experience in child protection, education and youth programming with an International NGO
  • Strong strategic thinking and proposal writing skills
  • Strong proficiency in budget management, grants management and reporting.
  •  Strong leadership, staff management and capacity building skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player.
  • Ability to live and productively work under stress and in insecure and harsh environments while
  • Experience working in positive partnerships with local actors across Iraq
  • Solid organizational skills, with a proven ability to prioritize projects with attention to detail.
  • Excellent Computer skills: MS Word, Excel, PTT, Outlook
  • Excellent English; fluent Arabic.
  • Willingness to spend about 40% to 50% of time in the field.


Note: List of responsibilities, professional and personal skills are considered indicative and not exhaustive; actual duties may differ or change depending on office and agency priorities at the time.


Working Environment, Security and Travel: This position is based in Erbil Iraq with frequent (50%) travel to IRC field offices


Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.


Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.


Returning National Candidates:  We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are an Iraqi national, are currently located outside of your home country and possess at least three 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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Applicants and/or successful interview candidates (both internal and external) are not required to pay any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.

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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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