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International Rescue Committee Caring for Child Survivors (CCS) Specialist in New York, New York

Requisition ID: req14285

Job Title: Caring for Child Survivors (CCS) Specialist

Sector: Violence Prevention and Response

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: New York, NY HQ USA

Job Description

This opportunity can be based in NY, Lebanon, Kenya and Iraq.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the first humanitarian organizations to bring together specific disciplines involved in violence prevention and response (VPR) in conflict affected settings to ensure collaborative and specialized support to survivors and those at risk of violence. Over the past 16 years, IRC has pioneered and implemented programs that prevent and respond to violence against women and children, as well as other vulnerable groups in refugee settings and in other conflict-affected contexts, making the IRC a global leader in this field. IRC presently implements VPR programs to support social and political environments that foster freedom from violence, discrimination, and exclusion for vulnerable populations in contexts of conflict and displacement. Today, IRC manages VPR programs in 26 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East with funding from governments, the UN, foundations, and private donors.

Job Overview

Child sexual abuse is a violation of human rights and a major global public health problem; in emergencies, this is exacerbated. In 2012, UNICEF and the IRC launched Caring for Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Health and Psychosocial Providers in Humanitarian Settings (CCS). The CCS Training Package was subsequently developed and launched in 2015. The CCS Guidelines and Training Package responded to a gap in global guidance for providing care and support to child survivors in humanitarian settings. Based on global research and evidenced-based field practice, the Guidelines and Training Package brought a much-needed practical approach to helping child survivors and their families recover and heal from the devastating impacts of sexual abuse.

Since the launch of the CCS Guidelines and Training Package, a number of additional resources have been developed and disseminated by the inter-agency Gender-Based Violence (GBV), Child Protection (CP), and Health communities. In addition, the implementation of CCS Guidelines and Training Package across various humanitarian settings has revealed several gaps in practical guidance for responders to safely and adequately care for child survivors. The IRC together with UNICEF are working to build upon updated literature, existing inter-agency resources, and learning from implementation to update the existing CCS Guidelines and Training Package. The CCS Specialist will be the focal point for this project, designing and developing the updated CCS Guidelines and Training Package.

Major Responsibilities

Technical (estimated 75%)

The CCS Specialist is responsible for leading the development of the updated CCS Guidelines and Training Package, inclusive of:

•Designing, writing, and editing all technical content, inclusive of training materials, based on sound knowledge of and practical experience with the existing CCS Guidelines and Training Package as well as expertise in GBV and CP in humanitarian settings;

•Building upon and creating linkages to relevant inter-agency GBV, CP and other sector resources for humanitarian settings;

•Facilitating field consultations across multiple contexts with diverse stakeholders and integrating feedback into the updated Package; and

•Ensuring clarity, practicality, and user-friendliness of the updated Package through workshops with field-based actors across multiple contexts.

Managerial (estimated 25%)

The CCS Specialist is responsible for overall management of the project and inter-sectoral and inter-agency relationships, inclusive of:

•Building consensus among multi-sectoral stakeholders at the global, regional, and country levels, including but not limited to local women’s groups and community-based child protection networks, practitioners, technical review committees, and an inter-agency, inter-disciplinary Advisory Board;

•Keeping diverse stakeholders informed on project progress by creating communications materials and providing regular updates;

•Developing and implementing work and spending plans, adapting as needed to meet deliverables; and

•Contributing to donor engagement and new business development for CCS-related projects.

Job Requirements

Work Experience

•At least 5-6 years of field experience working in and managing GBV and CP programs in emergencies;

•Experience implementing the CCS Guidelines and Training Package across multiple contexts;

•Experience working with child survivors of differing gender, ages/developmental stages, and their families – experience with adolescent girl survivors and child survivors with disabilities highly desirable;

•Direct experience working in case management, inclusive of supervision and coaching;

•Previous experience in resource development, including inter-agency GBV and CP technical resources;

•Demonstrated experience in engaging and building consensus among inter-agency, multi-sectoral stakeholders, preferably at the country, regional, and global levels; and

•Familiarity with the inter-agency GBV and CP landscape in humanitarian settings, including relevant technical resources.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

•CP and GBV in emergencies using an intersectional and inclusive lens;

•Development and contextualization of user-friendly and practical technical resources;

•Navigation of complex technical issues, including the intersection of GBV and CP;

•Negotiation and consensus-building amongst multi-sectoral stakeholders;

•Writing, analytical, time management, and organizational skills;

•Interpersonal and facilitation skills to engage diverse audiences in remote and in-person forums;

•Flexibility to adapt quickly to change and work effectively independently and with teams.


•Graduate level-degree in social work or other relevant field (e.g., psychology, gender, etc.) preferred.


•Excellent command (written and verbal) of English.

•Knowledge of Arabic and French (written and verbal) is highly desirable.

Key Working Relationships

•Position reports to: Child Protection/Gender-Based Violence Child Survivor Advisor

•Position directly supervises: N/A

•Regular internal (IRC) contact with: Senior Technical Advisor and Technical Advisors within the Women’s Protection and Empowerment and Child Protection teams

•Regular external contact with: UNICEF GBV in Emergencies team, inter-agency Advisory Committee

Working Environment

•Some international travel as needed up to 20%; when deployed, will stay in IRC approved accommodation which may include shared guesthouses.

•If New York based: This is a standard office working environment; however, this role may require working remotely full or part time and part time remote employees may be required to share workspace.

•If home based: This role requires working remotely full or part time. Applicants must have a home or alternate workspace they can effectively complete their work during regularly scheduled work hours. Home work location must be in state and/or country where IRC is a registered employer.

•This position is required to have a flexible work-day hours to accommodate varying time zones to complete required tasks and coordination functions.

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.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.