Senior Technical Advisor, Safeguard, RAI – United States of America



The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC provides vital care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee war or disaster. At work today in more than 40 countries and 28 US cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions of uprooted people struggling to survive. The IRC paves the way for evil at home.

Job overview:

Protection is at the heart of the IRC’s mission – to do no harm and to ensure that IRC clients and staff are protected from sexual violence, exploitation and abuse. It describes the deliberate measures taken to ensure the safety, dignity and protection of clients who receive assistance and the workers who provide it. The protection covers sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence that may be suffered by staff, regardless of the perpetrator, as well as exploitation and abuse, including physical, verbal, emotional, mental, economic and sex, adult and child clients by persons working for or associated with the IRC.

The Senior Technical Advisor, Safeguarding will be responsible for supporting RAI’s Resettlement, Asylum and Integration program areas in their efforts to incorporate safeguarding best practices into program design and implementation. They will work closely with colleagues from SGU, Safety & Wellness, HR, Duty of Care, GEDI and CRRD-VPRU:

Main responsibilities:

Risk mitigation: technical advice and support for safeguarding best practices in program design/implementation across sectors

  • Lead the development of best practices to mitigate protection risks related to the different types of programs used in RAI offices
  • Work closely with RAI technical unit staff to integrate safeguarding standards into all program models in the technical areas of resettlement, asylum and integration
  • Advise RAI technical and program staff on the incorporation of standards and safeguards into program area policies and procedures
  • Create tools and build capacity of technical unit teams to conduct safeguard risk assessments in program area portfolios
  • Collaborate with technical units to disseminate best practices in safeguarding to program area staff across the RAI department
  • Develop and make available audit tools for use by program offices to assess alignment between policy/programme design and site-level practices
  • As needed, review funding proposals and project designs to ensure best safeguarding practices are incorporated into design and monitoring and evaluation strategies

Commitment of customers around safeguarding prevention and responsiveness around reporting needs

  • Lead the development of best practices for engaging clients on safeguarding awareness across all areas of RAI programming
  • Lead the development of best practices for customer responsiveness in reporting breaches
  • Ensure that best practices related to customer engagement around protection awareness and reporting templates are integrated into technical and business processes
  • Design monitoring and evaluation strategies for client engagement around safeguarding awareness and responsiveness and ensure integration into regular reporting channels through RAI programming
  • Partner with the CRRD governance unit to ensure alignment with global best practices

Respectful engagement with partners to ensure adoption of best safeguarding practices

  • Lead the development of best practices related to assessing partner capacity in safeguarding, ensuring respectful dialogue towards optimal alignment between IRC policies/practices and partner policies/practices
  • Partner with CRRD Partnerships technical unit to ensure alignment with global best practices
  • Engage with Heads of Technical Unit, AMU and Heads of Program Office

Internal collaboration as part of the IRC’s global safeguarding strategy:

  • As a critical leader of IRC’s global protection strategy, participate in regular coordination and alignment meetings with colleagues from SGU, DOC, HR, RAI leadership and CRRD.

  • Collaborate with RAI technical and commercial leaders to define a clear distribution of responsibilities, information distribution models and accountability between actors

  • Engage with the RAI Safety and Wellbeing Team, SGU and Senior RAI Officers for Protection and Social Work in a regular community of practice

Key Working Relationships:

The position reports to: Vice President, Technical Excellence (RAI)

The position directly supervises: N / A

Other internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Regular communication and collaboration with Regional Backup Advisors and Director of Backup at SGU, HR, Duty of Care and Regional Directors at GEDI. Close collaboration with the Senior Backup Technical Advisor – CRRD.

External: Participate in external inter-agency safeguarding coordination and learning networks, as appropriate, in coordination with SGU advisors.

Job requirements:

Education: A master’s or graduate degree in public health, social work, humanities or other relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Professional experience: A minimum of 5 years of experience in safeguarding (or another relevant sector), ideally within a humanitarian or international development organization. Experience in the development, monitoring and evaluation of technical tools and materials is strongly desired. Experience developing strategy and working across multiple sectors or disciplines is strongly desired.

Demonstrated skills and competencies: Demonstrated ability to translate concepts and strategy into measurable actions, and experience in program design, monitoring and evaluation. Must have proven experience working directly with survivors of violence. Must have strong and effective communication skills and the ability to present a wide range of information to inform and influence diverse audiences in multicultural environments. Demonstrate commitment and ability to renew and maintain standards with best practices in the field.

Language skills: Fluency in English required; fluency in another language (Dari, Pashto, Ukrainian, Spanish) is strongly desired.

*Working environment:***Up to 20% travel may be required. This position is open to all applicants based in the United States.

All staff members are expected to adhere to THE IRC Way Standards of Professional Conduct and IRC country employment policies.

Compensation: The salary ranges displayed apply to applicants based in the United States. The ranges are based on a variety of factors, including labor market, job type, internal equity, and budget. Exact offers are calibrated based on job location, experience and individual candidate skills against the requirements of the defined position

COVID-19 vaccination requirements: Consistent with IRC’s obligation to provide and maintain a workplace free from known hazards and our commitment to protect the health of our employees, customers and communities, IRC requires new employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-service or hybrid position. All IRC offices in the United States require full vaccination to attend all office functions (eg meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness: The IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusiveness. 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 in our business. 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. We will ensure that people with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations to participate in the application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other employment-related benefits and privileges. Please contact us to request accommodation.

American Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US statutory holidays, 20-25 paid vacation days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, health care dental starting at $7 per month and vision starting at $5 per month. , FSA for health care and transportation costs, a 403b retirement savings plan with immediately vested consideration, disability and life insurance, and an employee assistance program that is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of mental health crisis and struggles.

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