Child Protection Officer

Posted 7 months ago by International Rescue Committee
Location Mosul Job Type Permanent
Salary Sector NGO

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 established programs in Iraq in 2003 to address the overwhelming needs of displaced people in Iraq and the neighboring countries. Since re-establishing its presence in Iraq in November 2007, the IRC has been assisting thousands of internally displaced families in the northern, central, and southern governorates in the sectors of protection, gender-based violence (GBV), education, economic recovery, Child Protection, and emergency humanitarian assistance. Working in coordination with the humanitarian community in Iraq, the IRC's assistance and emergency programs address the needs of war-affected Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees from several operational bases in the country and include both camp-based and urban-based assistance. IRC operates throughout Iraq, with the main office in Erbil and field offices in, Baghdad, SAD, Anbar, and Mosul. 


Job Overview/Summary:  

Under the guidance of the CP Manager and the Senior Child Protection Officer, CP Officer will support vulnerable children and their families with psychosocial and recreational activities in Mosul. Children requiring additional support will be referred to case management by the Officer. The Officer will also be responsible for implementing the IRC’s community-based child protection activities.

In support of this activity, the CP Officer, with the support of the Child Protection Senior Officer, will coordinate with relevant child protection actors and service providers and members of displaced communities to support children. The candidate must be able to work each day in Mosul, with regular travel to CP centers inside Mosul and some travel to Erbil as required.


Major Responsibilities: 

Psychosocial Activities

  • With support from the Senior Outreach Officer and according to detailed work plans deliver psychosocial and recreational activities for children and positive parenting skills to parents. Activities will be conducted with in accordance with the IRC developed curricula in which the Officer will be trained and supervised.
  • The officer will collaborate and coordinate with community members, stakeholders, local authorities, CP mobilizers, facilitators, and CP senior officer to identify the vulnerable community members that need further support and then register them and  implement projects accordingly. 
  • With the support of the Senior Officer and according to the detailed work plans and the Officer will deliver parenting skills training to parents of vulnerable children. Activities will be conducted with in accordance with the IRC developed training materials in which the officer will be trained and supervised.
  • With the support of the Senior Officer and according to the detailed work plans, the Officer maybe sometimes be required to deliver youth resilience sessions to vulnerable registered youth children and psychosocial support so the vulnerable children. Activities will be conducted with in accordance with the IRC developed training materials in which the officer will be trained and supervised.
  • The Officer will collaborate with the Child Protection Mobilisers and facilitators who will support psychosocial activities.

Case Management:

  • The Officer will collaborate with the Child Protection Mobilisers who will support psychosocial activities to identify and refer vulnerable children to case management and their families to the IRC.

Community Based Child Protection

  • The Officer will support training and capacity building activities to Children’s Committees and/or Child Protection Outreach Workers.
  • The Officer will work with Children’s Committees and/or Child Protection Outreach Workers to implement their assessments, safety maps and action plans.

Documentation, Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Ensure all youth and parenting programs related documentation is up to date as guided.
  • Ensure all activities are documented as required.
  • Provide Senior Officer with input into monitoring and evaluation system on a regular basis.


  • Collaborate with the Child Protection Senior Officer to ensure that supplies are available for child protection activities in a timely manner and resources are available to support events, training, workshops conducted by outside consultants/experts.
  • Provide continuous feedback to the CP Manager and Senior Officer on any challenges in the work implementation to be addressed directly with corrective steps/measures if needed.
  • Ensure compliance with IRC policies and protocols of confidentiality, respect and safety.
  • Perform other duties, as needed or requested by the supervisor

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.
  • 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. 

Offer leadership support for successful adherence by staff to IRC’s Global HR Operating Policies and Procedures

Key Working Relationships: 

  • Position Reports to:  Senior Child Protection Officer
  • Position directly supervises:  Child Protection Facilitators, Guards and Cleaners
  • Indirect Reporting: Child Protection Manager
  • Other Internal and/or external contacts: describe the nature of departments or groups the position influences or requires support from to accomplish objectives.
  • Internal: CP senior officers, CP officers, supply chain team, finance team, HR team
  • External:  Child Protection Committees, Community Stakeholders, local authorities and relevant agencies and organizations.

Job Requirements: 

Education: Bachelor degree in relevant field. Social work background preferred.

Work Experience: 

  • At least 2 years of Prior professional experience in a similar post.
  • Previous work with children. 
  • Ability to work independently in a rapidly changing professional environment with a view towards establishing administrative procedures and protocol that will ensure optimal functioning of the operation.
  • Good interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of discretion

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

Language Skills:  Arabic language is a MUST and English is a plus.

Certificates or Licenses:

  • Has got a certificate approves attendance of a training on positive parenting skills,
  • Has got a certificate approves attendance of a training on youth resilience,
  • Has got a certificate approves attendance of a psychosocial support,
  • Has got a certificate approves attendance of a training on communication with community,


Standards of 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.

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 maternity leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: Per the Iraqi Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidelines, IRC requires candidates who are selected for positions to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter IRC premises. However, the exemption is only accepted per the Iraqi Health regulation and upon the provision of a negative PCR test.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.  

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 

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