BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies, provides relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict reconstruction support to people affected by natural disaster, oppression, and violent conflict in more than 40 countries. The IRC is committed to bold leadership, innovation, and creative partnerships. Active in public health, education, livelihoods, women's empowerment, youth development, and protection and promotion of rights, the IRC assists people from harm to home. The IRC launched an emergency health response in Libya in September 2016 as the humanitarian situation in the country was deteriorating following the 2014 civil war. Since then, the IRC has broadened its portfolio with health, protection, and governance programs aiming to employ a holistic approach to meeting the needs of crisis affected and vulnerable communities to survive, recover, and gain control of their futures. The IRC has been working to expand its multi-sectoral reach in areas of critical need in Libya and in these efforts houses a Grants & Partnerships Unit (GPU) to support the design of, fundraising for, and management of quality, responsive programming with ambitious goals for work in partnership with local actors.
SCOPE OF WORK/ JOB OVERVIEW: Tropical Storm Daniel struck the eastern coast of Libya on September 10, 2023, with strong winds, heavy rainfall, and flash floods causing significant damage and loss of life. Several locations were heavily impacted as the storm led dams to burst resulting in high number of deaths, mass displacement of people and destruction of property overwhelming local capacities. IRC responded immediately and launched an emergency program aiming at providing life-saving medical care and integrated protection services. The scope of IRC’s integrated protection emergency response includes Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE), child protection (CP), and Protection Rule of Law (PRoL, or broader humanitarian protection) for communities and individuals affected by the floods. IRC is working directly to implement emergency activities but also collaborating with international and local agencies as well as government authorities, expanding protection interventions to include community-based protection and MHPSS across all project locations. Under the direct supervision of the Snr Protection Officer (Emergency response), the Protection Assistant provides humanitarian support and protection monitoring in flood affected areas. The position will support the emergency response in the flood affected areas when needed and requested by the supervisor. The tasks entail the monitoring the humanitarian situation and trends related to the affected population living in the crisis areas, conducting monitoring visits and assessments, reporting on the safety and material needs of the affected population, and advising, planning and conducting the CRI/NFI distributions in the affected areas while ensuring the integrated response with other IRC teams. The position will also oversee the safe referrals of the identified individuals in the crisis area setting to the relevant available services with the informed consent of the clients.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: Supporting the Snr Protection Officer to create/ adapt protection monitoring tools tailored for the targeted areas in the East of Libya. Supporting the Snr Protection Officer in preparation of protection monitoring reports, fact sheets and situational reports. Planning and conducting protection monitoring activities in the targeted areas in order to identify and report protection risks and needs of the affected population. Ensuring transparent, accurate and timely collection of data under the guidance of the Snr Protection Officer. Coordinating the field activities and the monitoring visits in the targeted areas and ensure the coordinated approach with other IRC Sectors (WPE, CP, Health and PRoL Teams) Gathering routine data about the conditions, vulnerabilities, the status of persons with special needs, the need of CRI/NFIs in the targeted areas. Distributing and/or supervising the distribution of CRI/NFIs in the identified safe distribution points in the targeted areas, minding safety measures for the affected population. Working closely with the communities and community structures to establish the community committee and provide technical training. Ensure timely and safe referrals of the identified in-need persons to the relevant service provision as per their needs and will (with the informed consent) - including, health services, WPE services, CRI/NFI provision, cash-based response, and so on. Maintaining documentation of the monitoring activities and assisting in tracking data related to beneficiaries, compiling and reporting the data. Filling existing data collection tools and working on the improvement of the existing ones in collaboration with the M&E teams. Attending and engaging in team and internal meetings, support and supervision sessions. Establishing and maintaining networks with local NGOs and INGOs’ field staff conducting similar activities and/or covering the same areas.
Keeping the Snr Protection Officer up to date and informed about the queries and requests made by other IRC departments, officials and other stakeholders involved in the humanitarian field in a timely manner. Create and contribute to the collaborative working relationship and communication between other team members.
Being 7/24 available and ready on call-for-duty for urgent responses. Undertake other tasks as requested by the line manager. (The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.)
KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: Position Reports to: Snr Protection Officer ( Emergency Response) Position directly supervises: N/A
Other Internal and/or external contacts: Internal: Protection IMO, other Protection Assistants, NFI Assistant, IRC’s Health Teams, Supply Chain, Access and Security Focal Points External: Municipalities, Governmental institutions, NGOs and INGOs in coordination/collaboration with the Snr Protection Officer
Education: University degree in humanitarian affairs or other relevant studies is preferred Work Experience: A previous humanitarian experience with a CSO, NGO, or UN is essential A former experience with an international organization is desired. Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Belief in human rights, including gender equality. Experience with working with vulnerable populations. Demonstrated protection experience, in particular in terms of data collection and detecting and referring of vulnerable cases as well as information dissemination and individual counselling. Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills. Ability to form and implement systems and procedures and ensure their adherence. Proven computer literacy skills. Ability to work under difficult working conditions. Ability and willingness to work and travel throughout a remote area. Ability to successfully and professionally work with a broad spectrum of people. Language Skills: Advanced English and Arabic language skills, oral and written. Working Environment: Challenging field work requiring availability and physical work. ____________________________________________________________________________________ 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.