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Emergency Child Protection Specialist at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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. IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state.  In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state in NE Nigeria followed by offices in Yola (Adamawa state) in November 2014 and Maiduguri (Borno state) in October 2015. IRC is currently implementing programs in Health, Child Protection, Food Security, PRoL, WASH, Nutrition and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) in three States in North-Eastern Nigeria.

About the Role:

The Emergency Child Protection Specialist will provide short-term support for the expansion of child protection programming into newly liberated areas in Borno State,  including Monguno and Konduga. In collaboration with the CYPD coordinator, the Emergency Child Protection Specialist will be responsible for conducting assessments in the new areas of operation, determining implementation sites, recruiting and training child protection staff, providing technical support on child protection in emergencies interventions such as SLHS and case management, designing M&E tools and training on data collection, , and supporting the establishment of a nutrition/CP intervention for children with severe acute malnutrition.



  • A university degree in Social Work, Law, Gender, Development, Public Health
  • Thorough understanding of child protection  programming and practice


  • Excellent technical skills and proven ability to train the child protection team on case management, SHLS programming, parenting and other relevant areas
  • Experience starting up CP projects in complex, emergency settings
  • Good interpersonal and team building skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the start-up of the OFDA project and expansion of child protection emergency programming, including the development of M&E tools to measure child and family outcomes
  • Support the CYPD Coordinator and CP Manager with the recruitment of staff for the new locations
  • Conduct CP assessments in the newly liberated areas to determine needs and define invention sites  
  • Provide training to all newly recruited staff and the current child protection team on parenting, safe healing and learning spaces, case management and other identified areas
  • Coordinate closely with UNICEF, ICRC and other key actors on the release and reintegration of children associated with armed groups
  • Support the establishment of a joint CP/Nutrition approach, including the development of a strategy document, for children with severe acute malnutrition, designing tools and training case workers
  • Work closely with the CYPD Coordinator and CP Manager to develop the project procurement, spending and work plans, ensuring the appropriate equipment and items are procured  to implement project activities
  • Maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, including community leaders, state actors, NGOs, UN agencies, local partners and other IRC sectors to enhance multi-agency and multi sectoral cooperation and coordination.
  • Other duties as required.


Work environment / Deployment Security Protocols:

North East Nigeria is security phase 3 (ORANGE) so the Emergency CP Specialist will be expected to respect the various security protocols in place in country.  Phase 3 requires clear contingency planning in place with staff prepared should hibernation or evacuation be called. This position is unaccompanied. The position will be based in the town of Maiduguri with frequent travel to program sites of Monguno and Konduga.


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 or disability.

Deadline for applications: 30th January 2017

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