The humanitarian situation in Libya has deteriorated since the 2014 civil war. 1.1 million people require assistance, including healthcare and protection services. In response, the IRC launched an emergency program in September 2016 in Libya which aimed to provide life-saving medical care, medicines, and medical supplies and in doing so strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Health. At present, the IRC is conducting health and protection activities in Tripoli and Misrata, expanding its protection department, with a focus on GBV, rule of law, psychosocial activities, and MHPSS, across all its project locations.
Job Overview/Summary: The Integrated Protection Coordinator leads the IRC’s efforts to create and manage a robust protection team able to meet conflict-affected people’s safety and protection needs, reducing risk and responding to cases of violence, coercion and deprivation, as well as mainstreaming protection throughout the IRC and partners’ response in Libya. This includes Protection, GBV, Community Based Protection and CP psychosocial and recreational activities, mainstreaming and training to IRC and partners’ staff. Protection is a signature Outcome of the IRC’s strategy over the next years and the Integrated Protection Coordinator will set and manage a clear direction, build the capacity of the team, drive forward implementation and ensure qualitative data is produced and analysed effectively.
• Provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical and management support to protection programming in Libya, ensuring it is needs-based, context-appropriate and conflict-sensitive, responsive, coherent, collaborative, and operationally feasible.
• Lead assessments and context-appropriate research aimed at generating a strong evidence base for IRC protection programming, as well as informing IRC advocacy.
• Support the greater sharing and use of research and learning within IRC’s program sectors, including by contributing to program development and design, to ensure interventions are responsive to needs and informed by a sound understanding of the environment(s).
• Proactively continue to grow the Libya protection portfolio through development of concept notes and proposals to existing and new donors, maintaining a coherent strategy across IRC’s areas of intervention in Libya.
• Ensuring and strengthening the integrated approach of Protection with Health and MHPSS.
Program Management & Reporting
• Ensure projects and activities are of high technical quality, meet humanitarian standards, mainstream protection, align with IRC’s Outcomes and Evidence Framework, and respond to community and monitoring feedback
• Liaise with Technical Unit advisors to ensure relevant support, tools and resources are being provided and integrated into programming.
• Lead on the development of a Protection Integrated Work Plan to ensure programming reflects standards for best practice and quality and modalities of integration and joint work remain context and need-appropriate.
• Ensure close alignment and coherence with IRC country, regional and global strategy as well as with local Health and MHPSS programs.
• Proactively identify, assess, monitor and implement measures to reduce or control risks that may impact program delivery, quality or compliance
• Promote joint work across all protection teams (CP, WPE and PRoL) to enhance the quality of programming and a holistic approach to addressing safety risks.
• Develop of the internal Standard Operating Procedures for integrated protection.
• In collaboration with program, finance, HR and Supply Chain departments, ensure smooth management, implementation, integration and compliance of project work plans and budgets (budget forecasting, spending plans, procurement plans and expenditure), with best use of resources across activities and delivering on time, to scope and within budget.
• Through direct liaison with the Supply Chain Coordinator, ensure timely procurement of supplies and materials in compliance with donor and IRC rules and regulations through timely planning, specifications development and collaborative relations with Supply Chain colleagues
• Ensure that all internal and external reporting requirements are met, that reports are of a high quality and are submitted on time
Staff Management & Development
• Plan, organize, recruit, supervise and develop the team and individuals needed to achieve program goals and maximize national ownership and leadership.
• Ensure that capacity development plans are in place for all teams
• Coach, train, and mentor staff with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team and providing professional development guidance
• Supervise and mentor direct-report staff, including communicating clear expectations, setting performance objectives, providing regular and timely performance feedback, and providing documented annual and mid-year performance reviews.
• Provide constructive feedback and effective management to direct reports, and empower them to manage the national teams by ensuring HR policies are rolled out and enforced.
• Promote and monitor staff care and well-being; approve and manage all leave requests to ensure adequate coverage.
• Offer leadership support for successful adherence by staff to IRC’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures.
Coordination and Representation
• Attend relevant coordination forums inside Libya.
• Forge connections with counterparts including INGO, Local NGO, governmental and other non-governmental stakeholders.
• Collaborate closely with other program departments in order to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from training best practice.
• Identify, monitor and report unmet needs. Explore the potential of the IRC to address those needs within the parameters of the Strategic Action Plan and sector priorities.
Key Working Relationships
Position Reports to: directly reports to Deputy Director of Programs
Position directly supervises: Protection Manager
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Grants Coordinator, M&E Manager, HR Coordinator, Supply Chain Coordinator, Finance Controller, Health Coordinator, Advocacy Lead.
External: Coordination forums in Tripoli, INGOs/NGOs, Libyan authorities
• Bachelor’s Degree in humanitarian assistance, social work, human rights, international law, social science or related field. Postgraduate degree preferred;
• Five years’ experience implementing similar programming in an emergency or complex emergency context and demonstrable understanding of the relevance of international humanitarian law and human rights law to humanitarian action;
• Professional experience in program implementation in the field of protection or human rights in conflict-affected areas
• Demonstrable knowledge of and commitment to women’s protection, empowerment and gender-based violence, Child Protection and Protection Rule of Law.
• Applied experience in case management;
• Ability to manage up and across and to influence others to mainstream protection across units;
• Strong team and people leadership, management, organizational and development skills;
• Strong program and budget management skills including planning and reporting across multiple grants;
• Strong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and liaison with external parties;
• Works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure effectively and productively;
• Fluent in spoken and written English; Arabic a strong advantage.
• Willing to work in a highly insecure environment with strict movement restrictions. Strong personal resilience.
Position is based in Tripoli with regular travels to Misrata and Tunis, with strict security protocols and monitored movement.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.