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20-115: Child Protection Advisor
Department:Technical Unit
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.


The position will provide technical support to International Medical Corps’ child protection (CP) programs, support integration of child protection concerns into other sector programs, and strengthen protection mainstreaming and safeguarding efforts.

The  Protection Advisor will have up to 50% global travel, covering all seven current CP programs. In addition to technical support of child protection programs, the Protection Advisor will be responsible for carrying out protection and risk mitigation duties under International Medical Corp’s Safeguarding Unit, in particular, advancing protection mainstreaming in all International Medical Corps (IMC) programming.


  • Co-ordinate with IMC Health, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Nutrition, and other relevant technical sectors to ensure protection issues are appropriately integrated.
  • Advance the prevention work-stream under IMC’s Safeguarding Unit by supporting risk mitigation efforts and related activities.

Provide support to IMC Safeguarding Unit to institutionalize and mainstream protection within IMC; ensuring provision of high quality standards within programs.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty with satisfactory results. Specifically, the successful candidate must:


Child Safeguarding Policy

  • Contribute to ensuring the HQ-led organizational Child Safeguarding policy is kept up to date, liaising with colleagues at HQ.


  • Follow up on the initial assessments of IMC's CP activities and the CP context of different countries, as needed, in order to contribute to the ongoing priorities, available resources and major gaps. Based on this, provide recommendations for staff capacity building, programmatic changes and potential additional activities.
  • Support teams to design, conduct and analyze assessments that include attention to CP issues.

Technical support

  • Provide direct and remote technical support to teams responding to Child Protection within IMC country programs across the world. Support should be catered to different countries as needed, as in-country expertise and experience varies.
  • Ensure CP activities undertaken are in line with IMC approaches, international standards and best practices
  • Provide technical support to case management programs involving children, in coordination with the MHPSS and GBV teams and other Technical Unit Focal points.
  • Provide technical support to child focused programming in conjunction with IMC's MHPSS sector, including support to Child Friendly Spaces (CFS), and IMC's Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) and other relevant areas of interventions.
  • Support country teams in technical revision and/or development of CP IEC materials, child-friendly MHPSS and GBV IEC materials (in coordination with MHPSS and GBV teams and Technical Unit Focal Points).
  • Provide technical support in the development and monitoring of Plan International Australia-DFAT funded IMC Emergency Responses in the Middle East.

Proposal design and program development

  • Work with country teams and HQ to integrate appropriate CP prevention and response interventions into program planning.
  • Provide regular input and review of proposals and program reports.
  • Work closely with management, finance and field teams to determine operational needs of programs within the scope of grants.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support the rollout and use of CP M&E systems, including PRIMERO/CPIMS+.
  • Develop and adapt appropriate tools to monitor Protection interventions, specifically related to children.
  • Evaluate the implementation of child protection activities and draft lessons learnt, case studies and recommendations for improved program design.


Mainstreaming Protection in IMC programming

  • Guide the organization and provide technical support in efforts to mainstream protection into all programming.
  • Steer IMC’s Protection Framework, including orientation and uptake of recommendations.
  • Update and refine framework, based on new developments in the field and coordination with relevant colleagues.

Work with Protection Reference Group and across departments to develop roll-out strategy and trainings related to protection mainstreaming Safeguarding Capacity Building.

  • Review and provide input on key resources, training materials, and policies related to safeguarding.
  • Provide assistance, as requested, to support management of safeguarding investigations and to recommend appropriate actions for supporting survivors.
  • Support the development of training materials for field-based Safeguarding Case Workers.

Assessment and technical support

  • Perform regular protection mainstreaming assessments.
  • Support field teams to incorporate protection in multi-sectoral field assessments.
  • Remain updated on new developments and emerging best practices and share new resources and learning with field teams.
  • Support usage of IMC’s Safeguarding Risk Assessment Tool.

Proposal design and program development

  • Support design of new programs to strengthen protection mainstreaming and safeguarding.
  • Provide guidance for improved protection mainstreaming in proposal development.


  • Provide training, support and coaching to specialists responsible for implementing CP-related activities.
  • Provide training and support to non CP-specialists within IMC to ensure protection and Child Protection is mainstreamed in other sectors.
  • Assist in the selection of qualified program staff.
  • Develop training curricula and materials (based on training needs assessments and programmatic needs), implement trainings and workshops and develop self-guided learning plans for CP staff.
  • Work with teams to identify and train community-based volunteers for CP activities, where appropriate.
  • Support training and capacity building of national and local counterpart organizations.


  • Work closely with the Deputy Director to institutionalize protection within International Medical Corps, working closely with other sectors to ensure integration.
  • Ensure international guidelines, relevant documents and best practices including the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action are considered and shared globally.
  • Ensure that key staff members are kept abreast of current national and international protection issues, trends and protection policies.
  • Work in close collaboration with other program specialists.
  • Work with country teams, IMC and others to support publishing and dissemination of articles, success stories, presentations and interviews highlighting work in CP.


  • Maintain coordination with international CP coordination mechanisms where appropriate, regularly maintaining contact with UNHCR, UNICEF and others.
  • Ensure attendance at global CP forums, NLG meetings, and other key CP sectorial meetings. Represent IMC at the Alliance for Child Protection, No Lost Generation initiative and other relevant external Child Protection forums.
  • Work with country teams to establish information sharing protocols for safe sharing of CP information at the country level.
  • Share assessment and program information with partner organizations and donors as appropriate.
  • Contribute to the positive image and overall credibility of IMC.


  • Oversee the preparation of annual work plans.
  • Report regularly to Deputy Director - Technical, providing timely updates of all situational and project developments.
  • Create and maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) of beneficiaries, by clearly defining the standards of behavior that are expected of IMC staff, as described in the organizations Code of Conduct; Ensure that mechanisms supporting these standards and principles are promoted, disseminated, and integrated into personnel requirements, and that the organizations SEA complaints procedures are in place and functioning properly.
  • 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. 

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

  • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.

Code of Conduct
It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

  • University degree in social sciences or related field; advanced degree preferred.


  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience in humanitarian work, and substantial experience in child protection, including in emergencies and in conflict settings.
  • Demonstrable technical expertise in assessment, design, and implementation of programs to meet the protection needs of children and young people.
  • Demonstrable technical experience in protection mainstreaming in humanitarian programming and response.
  • Working knowledge of core standards and principles of Safeguarding and Protection from Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
  • Knowledge of community- and family-based approaches to child protection, child survivor centered care, and psychosocial support.
  • Experience working with refugees and IDPs
  • Good knowledge of humanitarian principles and international child protection standards
  • Experience with participatory approaches to protection, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management
  • Experience training on child protection technical areas with a variety of audiences.
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs
  • Profound cross-cultural awareness
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently


  • Ability to read, write, analyze and interpret technical information in the English language; French or Arabic skills preferred
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, government representatives and others

 Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.