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.
The Ukraine crisis could become the worst humanitarian crisis Europe has seen in decades. More than 5.3 million people have fled across borders to seek safety in the 1st month since the escalation of conflict in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, and over 6.5 million people are reported to be displaced. Reports indicate almost all arrivals in Poland are women and children, including those that are unaccompanied and separated, as well as older persons.
Between February 7-23, 2022, an IRC team undertook a scoping mission covering Poland and Ukraine to better understand the context, humanitarian and civil society landscape, and anticipated service gaps in the event of an escalation of conflict in Ukraine and consequent displacement into neighboring Poland. As of February 24th, the IRC has pivoted to emergency response, and has identified partner agencies in Ukraine and Poland to facilitate immediate assistance that can be used where it is most needed. Simultaneously, the IRC has established operations across Ukraine and Poland offering a robust humanitarian response to complement partner response services either in breadth or scale.
Job Overview/Summary: The Child Protection Monitor will be responsible for providing direct support for the implementation of child protection monitoring and identification and referral of vulnerable children in need of specialized assistance. She/he will travel regularly to program locations within and outside Warsaw to collect data from child refugees from Ukraine (and other refugees in Poland) using pre-designed tools, including individual surveys, focus group discussion, key informant interviews, and observation. These tools will contain questions related to child safety and power, including on their legal stay and access to documentation and information, perceived safety related concerns, coping strategies, barriers preventing access to basic services, among other. These data will be analyzed at central level and inform program strategies and advocacy. In addition to this, the Child Protection Monitor will refer highly vulnerable children in need of immediate assistance to specialized services using inter-agency referral pathways. Periodically, the Child Protection Monitor will organize child-friendly, gender sensitive and age-appropriate information sessions with the refugee and host community children to raise awareness on child protection risks and provide guidance on access to information and services.
Major Responsibilities: Major responsibilities of the Protection Monitor (not exhaustive) are listed below:
• To regularly carry out child protection monitoring activities using pre-designed child protection monitoring tools including surveys, focus group discussions, key informant interview and observation with the child refugees and Persons of Concern (PoC).
• To conduct child-friendly, gender sensitive and age-appropriate protection information and awareness sessions on predetermined topics related to safety, power, administrative processes, and access to services
• To collaborate with the Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV), Protection and Rule of Law (PRoL), Economic Recovery and Development (ERD) and Livelihoods teams of the IRC, and other agencies to identify child refugees and PoC for monitoring purposes and providing protection-related information and referral to refugees and PoC.
• To conduct needs assessments using predetermined data collection tools in a child-friendly and appropriate manner.
• To prepare weekly/monthly reports and timely submit to the supervisor for review and further actions.
• Any other tasks as may be requested by the supervisor or the Protection Management team.
Key Working Relationships:
Position administratively reports to: Senior Protection Analysis Officer
Position technically reports to: Child Protection Manager
Position indirectly reports to: PROL Manager, Senior Responsive Information Officer
Position directly supervises: N/A
Other Internal and/or external contacts:
Internal: PROL, GBV teams in Protection, and ERD (cash and livelihoods) team
External: UNHCR, UNICEF, Protection Working Group and other Protection Actors
• Degree of Bachelor of Development Studies, Bachelor of Laws Degree, Degree of Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration, and other related academic qualifications.
• At least two years of prior professional experience in a similar post, preferably with an international organization or local NGO.
• Experience in working directly with children, especially children from vulnerable and marginalized groups.
• Good protection (safety) and/or human rights background and knowledge of refugee context in Europe a distinct advantage.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:
• Strong management and organizational skills.
• Knowledge of child protection and safeguarding concerns as well as child rights.
• Excellent time management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently.
• Flexible and able to work in a dynamic and diverse environment.
• Must be computer literate (Microsoft Word and Excel).
• Dynamic, initiative taker and solution-focused able to adapt to a mobile work environment.
• Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian required.
• Good drafting and oral communication skills in English.
• Knowledge of other language from East Europe a distinct advantage.
Standards for Professional Conduct:
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.