Ended Child Protection Manager

The Job

Job Title: Child Protection Manager

Department: Child Protection

Location: Aden, Yemen (including field travel)

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 IRC Yemen began its programs in October 2012. Currently IRC Yemen is operating in eight governorates in the south and north of Yemen through direct programming and through a local partnership in Health, WASH, Nutrition, Economic Recovery Development, Education, Child Protection, Gender and Women Protection and Empowerment. These sectors are responding to food insecurity, cholera and other humanitarian needs within the displaced and conflict affected populations

Job Overview/Summary: The Child Protection Manager will manage implementation of programming, assure quality of programming, and will work closely with the Child Protection Coordinator in providing support to child protection staff.

Major Responsibilities:

Project Startup

  • Work with HR to conduct and finalize recruitment of all open Child Protection positions in Abyan, Aden and Al Dhale’e governorate.  
  • In collaboration with CP Coordinator, ensure all new staff locations are security approved and have adequate procurement plans in place
  • Ensure all new staff have 90-day action plans and orientations.
  • In collaboration with Officers and Child Protection Coordinator, and Field Manager, develop project work plans, spending plans, and procurement plans for the 3 governorates.
  • Ensure all team members are oriented to the project outcomes and activities, and clearly know their roles and responsibilities. 
  • Liaise with Child Protection Coordinator to ensure all staff are trained on their core responsibilities.
  • Work with Field Manager and Child Protection Coordinator to ensure that all governorate-level approvals are obtained prior to start of project implementation.

Program Management and Implementation

  • Oversee implementation of Child Protection programs, management of budgets (budget forecasting, BVA review, and budget follow-up) and reporting in accordance with IRC and donor regulations.
  • Provide project implementation guidance for Child Protection, in collaboration with the Child Protection Coordinator.                           
  • Ensure team members have individual monthly work plans prepared in advance of that month, and update as necessary.
  • Promptly identify and recommend solutions to technical issues.
  • Ensure that all interventions are in compliance with the IRC’s program strategy, national policies, CP Minimum Standards, and SPHERE Protection standards.
  • Work closely with operations and grants to coordinate to ensure quality, timely, implementation and development of programs, including providing oversight over the budget versus actual, indicator tracking tools, and other grant management tools used by the IRC; participation in monthly grant review meetings; and regular monitoring of internal program purchase request tools.
  • Work with team to ensure projects are implemented in conformity with the IRC program framework promoting and protecting rights, participation, capacity building, partnership, and holistic planning.
  • Ensure donor compliance in program implementation and procurement.
  • 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.

Grant Monitoring and Reporting

  • Ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems are developed (including indicator tracking sheets) and implemented in all three governorates in collaboration with the M&E team, that activity, output and outcomes data are captured in an accurate and efficient manner, and that programs are continually tailored to optimize quality.
  • Work with M&E team and Child Protection Coordinator to design robust monitoring tools for remote monitoring and ensure program quality.
  • Ensure all monitoring activities are fully documented, including systematic and timely data collection and reporting as required under the grant and for IRC M&E purposes.
  • Contribute to IRC and donor reports as per set schedules (monthly, quarterly and annually) on grant activities, indicators and achievements, as requested by the Child Protection Coordinator.

Staff Management and Development

  • 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 semi-annual performance reviews.
  • As part of succession plan and nationalization goals, identify, train and develop capability and capacity of a national staff by end of assignment
  • Provide constructive feedback and promote staff care and well-being; approve and manage all leave requests to ensure adequate coverage.

Representation and Coordination

  • Build strong relationships with relevant ministries, other government actors as appropriate, and other stakeholders, establishing IRC as a key actor in Child Protection.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to:  Child Protection Coordinator, Aden

Technical Focal Point: Child Protection Coordinator
Position directly supervises:
  Child Protection Officers (x9)

Internal contacts: Finance department, supply chain department, education team, M&E team

External contacts:  Child Protection Sub Working Group

Job Requirements:

  • Advanced university degree in social work, or a related field.
  • At least three – six years of international experience in child protection, including experience in emergency or post-conflict project management.
  • Strong project management, staff management and capacity building skills.
  • Strong strategic thinking and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player.
  • Ability to live and productively work under stress and in insecure and harsh environments while maintaining a sense of humor.

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 Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Attention Returning National Candidates:  We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. The package includes competitive compensation. IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs.

Working Environment:  The position is based in Aden, Yemen and covers Aden, Abyan and Al Dhale’e governorate. Regular travel to field sites across the three governorates is required. Accommodation is in a shared guest housing.

How to Apply

Qualified and Interested individuals are required to apply for this position via the IRC Career at the following link:


Deadline for Applying 26 May 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. 

  • Employer: IRC
  • Category: Programs
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 13 May 2019
  • Deadline: 26 May 2019