Integrated Protection Coordinator

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is one of the world’s largest international humanitarian non-governmental organizations (INGO), at work in more than 50 countries and more than 25 U.S. cities helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future and strengthen their communities. A force for humanity, IRC employees deliver lasting impact by restoring safety, dignity and hope to millions. If you’re a solutions-driven, passionate change-maker, come join us in positively impacting the lives of millions of people world-wide for a better future.

The IRC worked in Haiti from 2010 through 2016, initially launching an emergency response to the earthquake and later delivering child protection, water and sanitation, health, women’s protection and empowerment, and economic recovery programs in Port-au-Prince and beyond. Even with the closure of its country office in 2016, the IRC has continued to provide operational, technical, and financial support to a small number of Haitian NGO partners, including in response to the 2021 earthquake. Haiti was identified as one of 20 countries at greatest risk of a major new—or significantly worsened—humanitarian crisis over the year ahead in IRC’s 2023 and 2024 Emergency Watchlist given its political instability, gang violence, rising food insecurity, disease outbreaks, and climate shocks that could drive rapid escalation of the humanitarian crisis. In early 2023, IRC re-opened its Haiti operations and scaled up its emergency response with a fully partner-led response in Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities. The focus has been on neighborhoods highly affected by gang violence as well as limited access to healthcare and services for survivors of violence and/or cholera hotspot issues. IRC is also engaging with partners in the Artibonite and Ouest Departments to service unmet needs in those areas.

The IRC Emergency Humanitarian Access Unit (EHAU) led the initial emergency responses and support establishing a country program that can be fully transitioned under the Latin American (LATAM) region.

Scope of work

The Integrated Protection Coordinator is responsible for facilitating the design and delivery of partner-led high-quality protection services to address protection risks and barriers to humanitarian services, facing women, men, girls, and boys affected by violence and conflict, and ensuring services are inclusive and in line with IASC guidelines and humanitarian principles and standards.

The Integrated Protection Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director for Programs (DDP). The position will work closely with program sector leads, MEAL Coordinator, Partnerships Coordinator, Finance and Operations departments. The Integrated Protection Coordinator will directly manage the Integrated Protection Manager.


Program Design and Management

• Provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical management of IRC’s direct and partner-led protection response, ensuring high program quality; based on areas of highest impact, highest needs, emerging risks, and IRC’s added value; and alignment with minimum standards and approaches.

• Ensure technical program quality and alignment with global and minimum standards, including the Inter-Agency Minimum Standards for GBV in Emergencies Programming and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

• Lead and directly contribute to the start-up, implementation, and coordination of IRC’s emergency protection programming, focusing on Child Protection, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment interventions. Ensure quality program design and implementation, with a specific focus on identifying and mitigating obstacles to inclusive access across all intervention areas.

• Ensure that partnership considerations are incorporated in program design and proposal development and that partners are proactively engaged in program development efforts. Ensure appropriate budget resourcing for partner projects.

• Oversee IRC’s partnerships, ensuring co-design, regular exchange, and project performance monitoring to achieve program objectives

• Directly participate in Partner Capacity Analysis (PCAs) and the subsequent development of partner support plans for emergency program activities

• Ensure – through program design and practice, team capacity and behavior – that clients, especially the most marginalized and hard to reach, participate in the design and implementation of IRC programs, and that their access to services and programs is meaningful and safe

• Develop and/or adapt technical tools and approaches, and deliver creative solutions to mitigate challenges in the operating context, to facilitate response start-up and day-to-day implementation

• Develop and deliver training packages to IRC staff and partners on programming models, including case management, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, and child protection and GBV risk reduction

• Adapt IRC direct implementation tools and systems for partner use in line with identified needs and requests.

• Support emergency protection teams to implement and monitor work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community

• Design and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems ensuring consistent reporting and analysis of results to improve program effectiveness and quality

Equitable Partnerships

• Champion a culture of effective and respectful partnerships. Promote partner-led programming in line with IRC’s “why not partner?” and “partner as equals” approach.

• Develop health staffing structures with the appropriate number of staff to effectively manage partnerships and ensure quality.

• Ensure that partnership considerations are incorporated into health components of all proposals and that local partners are actively engaged response design and program delivery.

• Participate in the identification of potential partners and stakeholder analysis process.

• Actively contribute to the relevant sections of Partner Capacity Analysis (PCA) and the subsequent development of partner support plans.

• Manage the implementation of action items in the health sections of partner support plans.

• Lead and/or support collaborative project and budget design with partners.

• Ensure each program design defines IRC’s emergency approach based on how we can best support, reinforce and complement local actors.

• Work collaboratively with partners to ensure that project budgets reflect fair market value.

• Ensure appropriate budget allocation for IRC to support partners in alignment with the overall response / program design.

• Review and provide feedback on partner technical tools, reports, and data as required. Collaborate with partners on recommended adaptations or process improvements.

• Actively participate in the Partnership Working Group (PWG)

Grants and Financial Management

• Manage emergency grant/program implementation including recruitment and training, work plan development, procurement and inventory planning, budget management, and M&E plans

• Conduct stakeholder and partner analysis: continually review existing actor mappings with a view to identifying key actors and establishing partnerships focused on the delivery of protection services

• Develop high-quality technical proposals and reports with relevant program and partner staff in line with IRC and donor requirements

• Oversee the development and delivery of all internal and external reports in collaboration with the grants, programs, finance, and MEAL departments.

• Review partner technical tools, reports, and data; recommend adaptations or process improvements as required.

• Collaborate with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information.

Staff Management

• Recruit, onboard, and supervise emergency protection staff, and provide targeted capacity building and professional development as needed, including technical guidance, on-the-job coaching and supervision, and capacity development plans on technical and managerial skills

• Comply with and ensure that new protection staff understand the IRC Code of Conduct and policies related to Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding. This includes ensuring that staff and communities have knowledge of and safe, confidential access to reporting mechanisms and support services

• Coordinate performance management within the department and ensure a culture of high performance through staff engagement and accountability.

• 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

Coordination and Representation

• Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key actors, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors

• Regularly attend emergency protection and other relevant coordination and task force meetings, at appropriate levels to feed in IRC priorities from the field

• Ensure protection concerns and challenges are brought to relevant fora to advocate for standards and procedures that systematize how integrated protection programming is implemented and coordinated at the field level


• Other relevant duties as assigned by supervisor to further IRC programs.

Job requirements:

Education: Education experience in social work, psychology, other related field, AND / OR equivalent work experience.

Work Experience: At least five years’ experience working in the field of child protection, GBV and women’s protection, and / or protection rule of law programming, with consistent track record of leading and managing multi-donor portfolios in acute emergency response, program and project start-up.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

• Experience working with IRC and an understanding of IRC’s systems and processes is strongly preferred

• Genuine interest in and commitment to collaborating with local and national NGOs and government partners in emergency programs.

• Familiarity with key donor regulations such as ECHO, BHA, and UN.

• Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, donors, INGOs and other humanitarian actors.

• Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, capacity building, project design and budget management.

• Able to draft and edit detailed documents for donor submission with minimal oversight.

• Previous experience in a conflict-affected or protracted crisis setting is preferred.

• Exceptional advance planning and organizational skills.

• Able to effectively prioritize and follow multiple activities and deadlines simultaneously.

• Highly organized with close attention to detail.

Language Skills: Fluency in English and French are required.

Working Environment: IRC’s office in Port-au-Prince with local travel to partner project sites as security and access permit.

**Standard of Professional Conduct:**The IRC and the IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – our Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability, and Equality.

Commitment to Gender, Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: The IRC is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, respectful, and safe work environment where all persons are treated fairly, with dignity and respect. The IRC expressly prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or bullying of the IRC persons in any work setting. We aim to increase the representation of women, people that are from country and communities we serve, and people who identify as races and ethnicities that are under-represented in global power structures.

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