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 30 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 has been present in Tanzania for 25 years, supporting refugees and Tanzanians with health, education and protection. With a National Office in Dar es Salaam and field offices in Kasulu, Kibondo and Kigoma, the IRC serves over 200,000 people each year.
The IRC currently has over 200 staff and employs a further 2,000 refugee workers to enable the frontline delivery of its programmes. Together, we aim to provide the best possible impact for some of the most vulnerable children, women and men. In all that we do, IRC strives to deliver through IRC’s core values of Integrity, Accountability and Service.
IRC’s Child Protection program focus on case management services for UASC and other vulnerable children, running of six safe healing and learning spaces, strengthening community based child protection mechanisms and parenting education. The youth program continues to build leadership capacities of youth, create access to services at three youth centers, promoting sports and arts among the youth, facilitating peer educations, and supporting youth-led businesses.
Core Program responsibilities
- Build capacity of all community structures and host community child protection committees
- Identifying vulnerable children and children at-risk of harm or being harmed in the community.
- Working with community structures in ending violence against children.
- Identifying and supporting foster families and other community groups.
- Work closely with case workers and community volunteers in providing emergency items and services like clothes, food or school fees for the most vulnerable
- Enforcing codes of conduct in the community such as schools, health centers among others.
- Community awareness raising on Child Protection issues
- Integration of minorities and children with disabilities in all community activities.
- Including and engaging children and families in community events (e.g. religious or commemorations
- traditional ceremonies to empower children and enhance their sense of belonging)
- Support community structure in developing yearly plans and adhering to their action plans.
- Ensuring community structures have working gears.
- Advocate for community participation to ensure children access quality education.
- Build relationships with religious leaders, community leaders and influential people in community
- Create link between host community child protection committees and camp child protection structures.
- Supporting social reintegration of individual cases
- Work with Monitoring and evaluation team in organizing sessions to receive feedback from the community and provide feedback to the community on the issues raised.
Other Program responsibilities
- Manage overall child protection activities at the camp level in collaboration with the Child Protection Supervisor
- Data collection and data entry to share with the M&E department
- Identify the needs of the most vulnerable children and means for support
- Carry out verification of Most vulnerable children (MVC)
- In collaboration with tracing unit facilitate family reunification and fostering of unaccompanied minors
- Mobilize the children living alone to encourage and accept fostering
- Plan and conduct meetings, trainings and awareness campaigns in relation to child care and child protection,
- Ensure child participation at all stages of programming
- Monitor activities conducted by other Child Protection refugee staffs(Animators) in the camp
- Provide guidance and support to refugee incentive staff (animators) on the community mobilization, counseling, recreational activities and other child protection activities.
- Coordinate with other IRC sectors and NGOs present in the camp in community mobilization, referral systems and create awareness in an integrated manner.
- Track the cases reported at the office and within the community,
- Prepare work plans, monthly/weekly/quarterly and semiannual as requested by CP-S.
- Participate in coordination meetings as assigned by supervisor.
- Supervise refugee incentive staff as needed
- Prepare staff duty roster and monitored staff adherence to program objectives as needed
- Oversee welfare and discipline of refugee incentive staff in coordination with CP-S
- File and ensure all incentive staff weekly reports are well documented and community structures meeting minutes.
- Attend and participate in trainings identified and organized by your Manager
- Follow any new procedures and guidelines designed in circulars from Country Director
- Report any violations of the IRC Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Code of Conduct (Tanzania and Worldwide) as per the IRC Tanzania reporting mechanism.
- Assist where necessary in undertaking activities that aim to prevent the occurrence of sexual abuse and exploitation of refugees by IRC and other humanitarian workers
- Represent IRC at different meetings as will be assigned
- Assist in control and proper usage of stationery and other items relating to ajira work
- Perform other duties as assigned by your supervisor
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- Degree in social work or relevant social science with at least 1 year relevant work experience in social work and protection.
- Experience working with children and youth, and especially vulnerable children desirable.
- Basic IT skills: knowledge of MS Word; Excel and Outlook required.
- Swahili and basic English skills required. French and Kiha a plus
- Familiar with core principles of Children Rights, Participation, Do No Harm, Community and Family Support as well as Children in Emergencies minimum standards.
- Ability to cope and work under pressure
- Excellent facilitation skills
- Excellent organization and communication skills