Governance and Rights Manager

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 26 June 2018

Job Description

Requisition ID: req2197
Job Title: Governance and Rights Manager
Sector: Governance
Employment Category: Fixed Term
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: South Sudan

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC has been one of the largest providers of humanitarian aid in South Sudan for over 25 years, delivering emergency relief and post-conflict assistance since 1989. The Country Program implement programs in Health, Nutrition, protection, Education, food security and Livelihoods in a total of seven field sites covering four States. From the IRC South Sudan (IRC SS) country Strategic Action Plan (SAP), for up to year 2020, IRC SS will continue to work with host communities, IDPs and refugees in close partnership with local authorities, NGOs, the UN and donors. We will focus on emergency response in conflict affected States and more development type programming in States where the security situation is more stable. From the IRC2020 objectives, the South Sudan program prioritized Health, Safety and Economic wellbeing as the main outcome areas of focus in the SAP.

IRC will implement a responsive and integrated program to address the assistance and protection needs of Sudanese refugees in Pamir and Ajoung Thok. The project includes a Health, Women Protection and Empowerment, Governance, and Protection & Rule of Law component; the latter aims at fostering cohesion and peaceful coexistence between refugees and the host community in Jamjang to prevent/mitigate risks of conflict & violence.

The Governance and Rights (G&R) Manager will oversee the implementation of the IRC Governance and Protection Rule of Law activities in Pamir and Ajoung Thok refugee’s camps in South Sudan ensuring that the goals and objectives of the program are met. The Manager will be responsible for organizing the work of the G&R team in the field and to ensure quality implementation of the project and timely submission of reports. S/he will report to the Field coordinator. The G&R Manager will coordinate internally and externally with relevant stakeholders including IRC ERD, WPE, health and CP teams, INGOs, local authorities and other actors in the field.

Key Responsibilities:

Project Management
* Provide leadership in the development or adaptation of programming models which allow for greater participation of communities and community based organizations in decision-making, greater responsiveness to their needs, priorities and demands, and stronger accountability;
* Plan, organize and lead all activities envisage the project documents to foster social cohesion among refugee and host communities; this includes trauma informed dialogue between youth, women and men from the refugee and host; joint activities that foster social cohesiveness including sporting tournaments, art and music activities as well as activities geared towards maintenance of the environment would also be promoted.
* Ensure proper integration of age, gender and diversity considerations in all dimensions of the program;
* Direct supervision of the Protection and rule of law officers and support their professional development;
* Ensure overall planning, coordination and quality control of conflict and political economy analyses and that these approaches are used on a regular basis to adjust program interventions to the context, while also ensuring program staff have sufficient capacity to support the use of these tools;
* Takes the lead on producing succinct and analytical monthly protection reports (per area), highlighting key protection issues and analyzing trends identified from protection monitoring activities
* Provides a human rights “lens” on all protection monitoring reporting, assisting to ensure reporting is grounded in human rights law, refugee law, Sphere standards, and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.
* Produces thematic, issue specific reports as requested by the DDP & Coordinator both for internal IRC use and for distribution to UNHCR and other stakeholders.
* Regularly reviews data collected by the teams, reviews data collection methodologies, develops strategies for improving data collection.
* Ensure that governance and protection rule of law activities are implemented according to the work plan, ensuring a balance between the need for timely achievement of objectives and the importance of quality processes and methodological rigor;
* Oversee the quality of programming and ensures that implementation strategies reflect the latest available evidence and best practices;
* Support monitoring and evaluation activities;
* Responsible for the overall management of IRC implemented governance and protection rule of law activities, including budget monitoring to ensure an accurate financial picture is available at all times; develop accurate yearly and quarterly spending plans; estimate monthly cash forecasts based on detailed analysis of activity projections and previous expenditure patterns;
* Identify priorities for support from the IRC’s Governance Technical and the Protection & Rule of Law teams and other program partners.

Coordination (internal/external)
* Coordinates with all stakeholders (Local authority, NGOs, etc.) and seeks out new partnerships and collaborations to improve service delivery.
* Participate in coordination meetings in the field
* Participates to relevant coordination meetings as well as donor’s meetings, as per and provides feedback on the meetings right afterwards.

Advocacy and Representation
* Leads development of evidence-based advocacy positions to share with Protection Sub-Working Group and advise senior management on protection trends to inform country-wide and international advocacy.
* Develops and maintains effective working relationships with UNHCR, INGO, government authorities, and other key stakeholders to ensure active coordination, collaboration, and information dissemination.
* Undertakes other tasks as requested by the DDP and the Coordinator.

* Degree in social sciences, Law or another relevant field
* At least 3 years of experience preferably in management of similar projects
* Excellent drafting and oral communication skills in English
* Understanding of the context and previous work experience with refugee. Previous experience in South Sudan is a strong asset
* Prior experience working on BPRM funded programs is a strong advantage.
* Excellent networking and interpersonal skills, in particular with government and donors
* Good interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills;
* Strong knowledge of gender and inclusion strategies.
* Understanding of monitoring and evaluation

Specific Security Situation/Housing:
The position is based in the IRC Ajoung Thok field office in shared housing with common latrines and showers. All IRC sites have electricity and internet at least several hours per day. Food is the individual’s responsibility.

Standards of Professional Conduct:
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way - Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

Gender Equality:
IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

About the Organization

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) 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, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 27 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.

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