The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC offers life-saving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted by conflict or disaster. IRC leads the way from harm to home.
Working in coordination with the humanitarian community and the Government of Jordan, the IRC’s assistance programs for Syrian refugees in Jordan include both camp-based and urban-based refugee assistance. IRC is currently addressing the needs of war-affected Syrians from several operational bases in the region. The IRC’s activities in the region focus primarily on the supply of vital medications and medical supplies, non-food items, water and sanitation and child protection and form part of an over-arching humanitarian response in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq to assist refugees, IDPs and conflict-affected Syrians survive conflict and displacement.
In Azraq Refugee Camp, the IRC is implementing a program to support caregivers of young children through a play-based home visiting intervention. High-quality ECD programs provide the foundation for children’s future academic success, health, prosperity and wellbeing. A large body of scientific evidence emphasizes the need for increased investment in early childhood, particularly for children experiencing conflict, crisis and displacement; these children are extremely vulnerable to the long-lasting effects that prolonged stress has on the developing brain. This position would be responsible for implementation of an evidence-based program to support parents/caregivers with the skills to talk, play and interact with their child in a way that improves their development.
Job Overview/Summary: The IRC is recruiting the Child Protection- Early Childhood Development Officer He/she works directly under the supervision of the Child Protection Manager. He/she is responsible for providing mentorship to Community Outreach Volunteers on conducting quality home visits and building relationships with the camp community to promote awareness of early childhood development among caregivers of young children.
Recruit, supervise and build the capacity of a team of 20 Community Outreach Volunteers (COV), inside Azraq camp.
Monitor activities and performance of COVs, and provide appropriate guidance to ensure quality implementation of the Reach Up and Learn home visiting program; as well as Family Makes a Difference group sessions.
Conduct and supervise parenting sessions delivered by Community Outreach Volunteers as per Family Makes A Difference Manual in Azraq Camp
Maintain and expand a good network and relations with different actors/NGOs/INGOs/Community Leaders inside the camp, to ensure proper referral and coordination on relevant activities.
Ensure proper documentation of lessons learned through implementation of Reach Up and Learn and suggest strategies to improve upon and adapt the program to the Azraq context.
Under supervision of the CP Manager, and in coordination with M&E department, adapt and refine tools for example, home visit logs and supervision checklists, for quality monitoring and implement them as part of data collection and reporting of activities
Conduct outreach, specifically community mobilization activities to enhance community awareness on child protection issues in collaboration with other partners in the camp.
Work in close collaboration with the data officer, ECD Research Manager, Snr. ECD Scaling Officer to achieve scaling objectives.
Timely submission of weekly and monthly reports to supervisor.
Staff Management and Development
Manage and supervise the operation of Parenting Center located in village 2 including, but not limited to: activity schedules, monitoring implementation and staffing.
Coach, train, and mentor staff with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team, promoting staff morale, 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 semi-annual performance reviews.
Provide constructive feedback and counsel on appropriate career paths and professional development.
Promote and monitor staff care and well-being; approve and manage all leave requests to ensure adequate coverage.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: Child Protection Manager
Position directly supervises: Community Outreach Volunteers and Program Assistant
Indirect Reporting: Child Protection Manager
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: Senior ECD Scaling Officer IRC programs and support departments
External: Partner NGOs inside the camp
Job Requirements: The requirements should establish a baseline (minimum) for educational background, previous work experience, professional knowledge or certification, specific skills and strengths and any other skill necessary to perform the essential functions of the job.
University degree in social science, social work or community development preferable.
Minimum of 2 years professional experience, experience in NGO a plus.
Experience in working directly with children in sector relating to children (child protection, gender based violence/ child care survival, informal education, psychology, etc).
Experience in working in emergency a plus and/or working in the field.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
Experience with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, Word, etc.
Strong sense of personal integrity and understanding of confidentiality.
Additional qualities: fast learner, ability to work under pressure and long working hours, flexibility, methodic cultural and environmental sensitivity, creative.
Team work skills
Fluency in Arabic and intermediate English written and speaking.
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in 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.
- Job Location:
- Zarqa, Jordan
- Company Industry:
- Community/Social Services/and Nonprofit
- Company Type:
- Non-Profit Organization
- Job Role:
- Community Services
- Employment Type:
- Full Time Employee
- Monthly Salary Range:
- Number of Vacancies:
- Job Ref.:
- Career Level:
- Mid Career