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18-220: Protection Coordinator
Country:Central African Republic
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND 

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.
Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

International Medical Corps has been operating in CAR since 2007, primarily in the north-eastern regions of Vakaga and Haute-Kotto, as well as in the Ouaka prefecture, where it is targeting provision of support to IDPs and host population.

In CAR, IMC is supporting more than 50 health structures and 3 hospital through direct services and support to existing health systems through collaboration with the Ministry of Health. In addition, IMC provides direct services to affected population through Mobile Medical Units. Given the recent degradation of health and nutritional status of the population affected by the conflicts ongoing in CAR, IMC’s approach integrates health, nutrition, protection, and WASH activities for a comprehensive package of services. 

In CAR, IMC’s protection activities are largely focused on Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response. These activities are integrated into all other sectors of response, with an emphasis of cross sectional response, in particular between GBV, mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and WASH. This year, the program is seeing an expansion in the Haute Kotto prefecture, with an extension of psychosocial support and youth-oriented protection response.

JOB SUMMARY

Job purpose 

The primary function of the Protection Coordinator is to provide technical guidance and supervision for the successful implementation of all protection activities, in particular GBV prevention and response activities, of International Medical Corps in multiple sites in CAR. He/she is to ensure quality of implementation of protection-related program components, guide development of future protection activities, and provide support to protection staff in the field sites. He/she will also be responsible for managing donor relations and country-level representation.  

Essential Job duties/Scope of Work:  

 

1.  Program Planning 

·       Work closely with the GBV technical advisor in HQ, protection officer, the country senior management team, field-based Program Managers and protection staff to ensure achievement of IMC’s program goals  

  • Provide strategic direction and undertake analysis of GBV trends, gaps in services, and IMC’s capacities to better address needs  

·       Contribute to program design and oversee the preparation of concept notes and proposals 

·       Contribute to ongoing programmatic assessments  

·       Prepare financial plans including procurement and spending plans in line with protection programs 

·       Work with Logistics to procure protection program supplies  

 

2.  Program Implementation and Capacity Development: 

 

  • Provide ongoing technical support and capacity building to protection staff during programme implementation. Organize and lead technical trainings as needed both for protection staff and other staff (capital and field-based) working in other response sectors to ensure protection mainstreaming  
  • Provide technical support to strengthen and standardize programming across sites, including psychosocial support activities and case management systems, outreach and prevention strategies, youth-oriented response and awareness-raising efforts 
  • Contribute to healthcare trainings to improve clinical response of rape  
  • Provide guidance on information-sharing and data management systems, in particular the GBVIMS system 

·       Compile monthly, quarterly, and other reports, on time and with accurate data 

·       Spearhead establishment of women and youth friendly spaces as hubs for recreational activities, trainings, information, and support for women and youth  

 

3.  Coordination: 

  • Participate and contribute to the Bangui-based GBV working group 
  • Advocate for adherence to SOPs and on behalf of program teams as needed 
  • Ensure maximum visibility of IMC amongst the UN and NGO community 
  • Coordinate internally to support mainstreaming of GBV and protection in IMC CAR 
  • Work with other partners to ensure smooth functioning of referral network for protection response, including timely and confidential access to all available components of GBV response

4.  Human Resources Management and Training  

·       Assist in recruitment and support of qualified program staff as needed  

·       Promote and support strategies for staff to do self-care 

·       Regular field visits to support field teams 

·       Conduct staff appraisals 

·       Assist in and organize training and capacity building of IMC and MoH staff as well as Community Health Workers and other community members on appropriate topics including, but not limited to: 

o psychosocial support and case management services 

o first psychosocial aid 

o clinical care for sexual assault survivors 

o protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) 

o IMC code of conduct 

 

5.  Security 

  • Comply with security protocols and policies  
  • Consider security implications of all program activities, carefully reviewing new initiatives with program teams 

·        Maintain flexibility to take on added responsibility as and when needed 

 

Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 

Qualifications:

·       Advanced degree in Social Work, Public Health, International Development or other relevant field of study preferred 

·       Minimum five – seven years of field experience, including experience in GBV program management and protection/GBV coordination 

·       Experience with proposal writing, reporting and M&E 

·       Experience working with youth-centered activities preferred 

·       Experience working with implementing partners preferred  

·       Relevant regional experience strongly preferred 

·       Ability to exercise sound judgment, to remain flexible to a changing environment, and to make decisions independently 

·       Ability to work well within a cross-cultural team
Strong communication skills, both oral and written