Burkina Faso has been rocked by rising conflict activity, particularly militant activity in the bordering regions with Mali in the North and Niger in the East. Initially, violence was principally between militant groups and the security forces. But over the past few months it has become increasingly communal as well, with militants deliberately targeting civilians what lead to self-defense groups and the security forces targeting Fulani civilians, whom they accuse of harboring militants. In result to that the conflict, from January 2019 to date, over 220,000 IDPs have been officially registered, with 60% in Djibo town, calling for Emergency humanitarian response. IRC has launched the first phase of its emergency response in Djibo, focused on EH supporting and consisting mainly of construction and rehabilitation of water points. The IRC is now working to rapidly scale up activities in EH as well as other sectors where significant needs have been identified (Health/Nutrition, Child Protection, ERD) by focusing on securing funding to allow for a more detailed emergency needs assessment as programme implementation.
JOB OVERVIEW: The Child Protection (CP) Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of strategy development, program development and design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of all CP related activities within the IRC Burkina Faso country program. The CP Coordinator will also ensure that those interventions are technically sound, taking into account international best practices, and are appropriately meeting the needs of the beneficiaries in target communities.
New business development
Coordinate the expansion of child protection programming in close collaboration with the child protection team, Field Coordinator, DDP and the Child Protection TA
Actively contribute to identification of new funding opportunities, proposal writing and strategy development.
Program oversight and implementation
Ensure that all interventions are in compliance with the IRC’s 2016-2020 strategy, international CP standards and national policies.
Oversee implementation of CP programs, management of budgets (budget forecasting, development of spending plans and budget follow-up) and reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations.
Promptly identify and recommend solutions to technical issues.
Collaborate closely with other program departments and support departments.
Communicate routinely with other programme and support sectors to ensure timely and coordinated programming.
Supervise the implementation of the Child Protection Information Management System and ensure the respect of data security standards.
Supervise and direct the routine data collection for the project to monitor and use the data to improve the programming.
Supervise and provide technical support to the team in the implementation of child protection in emergency activities, particularly regarding the implementation of case management activities and parenting skills training in accordance with international child protection standards.
Grants Management and Reporting
Review progress in achieving program objectives and targets in collaboration with the programs manager.
Participate in and lead Grants Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meetings.
Review technical aspects of internal and external reports prepared by the managers within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
Support the preparation and implementation of detailed program spending, procurement and workplans for the projects.
In collaboration with program managers, review Budget vs. Actual expenditure on a monthly basis ensuring no over or underspending.
Bring any over/under expenditure issues to the attention of the Field Coordinator and the Program Managers in a timely manner and jointly develop corrective plans in collaboration with the DDP and the Grants team.
Oversee the management of donor grant ensuring the program is implemented with conformity with IRC 2016-2020 strategy.
Ensure internal and reports to donors are produced and delivered in a timely and quality manner.
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.
With the support of the M&E unit, select and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluations systems; analyze results to ensure and enhance program effectiveness and quality.
Undertake regular field monitoring visits to assess progress and identify technical quality issues and/or other implementation issues, provide solutions and implement modifications as required.
Representation and coordination
Develop, maintain and/or initiate partnerships with community based organizations, international and local NGOs, UN Agencies, potential and current donors and relevant Government Ministries to support IRC programming
Represent the IRC at CP related coordination meetings, ensuring proper dissemination of information among relevant partners, donors and relevant government institutions.
Develop and maintain effective coordination and long-term relationships with external parties, representing IRC positions, promoting long-term strategy and resolving problems/conflicts.
Work closely and coordinate with IRC Operations , Finance and Grants staff to ensure timely and compliant program activities and expenditures; including active participation in grant opening/closing and review meetings.
Coordinate with Health Coordinator and Economic recovery and Development Manager and Technical Advisor to strengthen the holistic nature of IRC’s protection programs and liaises with the other sectors to ensure that protection principles are included in the overall IRC response.
Upon request by the Senior Management Team, support organizing field visits for partners, donors and others interested in IRC’s programming in Burkina Faso.
Human Resource management
Assist in the selection and recruitment of qualified staff in the CP programs.
Discuss job expectations, set objectives and provide appropriate and timely feedback regarding performance, including timely implementation of the annual staff performance management system.
Work with the Field Coordinator to ensure technical aspects of the Performance Management System documentation for the program managers, deputies and senior officers is in place and followed up regularly.
Deliver and execute a plan to hire, train and build capacity of staff to transition role to a national staff by conclusion of assignment.
Support the Field Coordinator to ensure that program managers put capacity development plans in place for CP teams based on documented capacity needs assessments.
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 to the “IRC Way” – Global Standards for Professional Conduct.
Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures.
Provide technical support, training and supervision to the CP team as required.
Promote in-service training for all staff in the CP team.
Actively seek out formal and informal training opportunities for CP staff.
Degree in a child or youth related field prefered (eg. education, social work, community work).
At least 5 years experience of international management level within NGO working in child protection and/or education in emergency / humanitarian program implementation in conflict or immediate post conflict environments.
Demonstrated experience in capacity building, project design and budget management.
Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s; ability to work with a broad spectrum of people.
Good knowledge and understanding of international child protection, youth and education policy and practice issues.
Strong proficiency in budget management, grants management and reporting.
Strong coordination and project management skills.
Proven experience supervising and providing case management services and support.
Strong writing and analytical skills, including ability to communicate technical matters to a range of audiences.
Competent in Windows, MS office programs, emails and relevant database.
Interpersonal qualities: Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure well.
Understanding of how to support the transition from direct service delivery to working in partnership with local actors (government ministries, civil society organizations, etc.)
Planning, monitoring and evaluation skills.
At least 2-3 years of staff management experience, including staff capacity development and team building experience and strong experience in managing teams and projects remotely..
Good coping strategies in stressful and emergency situation, calmness is a requirement
Fluent in spoken and written French, good level of spoken and written English is required.
Working Environment*:* The position is based in Ouagadougou. No visit to field location due to the security context. Medical, life insurance and retirement package provided. Travel to/from post.