International Rescue Committee Co-Lead - Protection Sector NGO Jobs in Nigeria

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 people affected by war or disaster.

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 leads the way from harm to home.

International Rescue Committee Co-Lead - Protection Sector NGO Jobs in Nigeria


  • Co-chair regular coordination meetings of the Protection Sector in the absence of the Sector Coordinator. Actively identify, make contact with, and offer technical and operational support to new and existing protection partners, including both national and international organizations; lead follow-up with prospective Protection Sector members, as applicable.
  • With the Sector Coordinator, provide leadership and strategic direction, reflecting NGO perspectives in particular, including those related to the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Strategy as well as Situation Updates; otherwise support coordination so as to enable coherent and timely responses to protection and humanitarian needs.
  • Co-lead on the development, implementation and regular updating of the Protection Sector strategy and workplan.
  • Support Technical Working Groups, where needed, and operational working groups to facilitate emergency responses and to strengthen emergency response capacity and coordination.
  • Support in developing periodic and ad hoc protection analyses to inform strategy development, as well as operational responses and advocacy; likewise, in collaboration with UNHCR, develop periodic response analyses to further assist in identifying response gaps in relation to identified needs.
  • In collaboration with the Lead Agency, support the development and dissemination of appropriate protection tools for use by Protection Sector members to identify, report, monitor and respond to protection concerns.
  • Identify core advocacy concerns for the Protection Sector through a consultative process; develop joint Working Group/ Inter Sector Working Group messages and advocacy strategies to ensure regular and consistent advocacy, including those raised by the CP, GBV, HLP and Mine Action Sub-Sectors, as well as the General Protection TWG and the Anti-Trafficking Task Force.
  • Support the other Sectors and their membership with protection mainstreaming initiatives and promote analysis and integration of protection risks into their strategies and
    accompanying responses.
  • Otherwise work with IRC Protection colleagues to generate and share evidence and to leverage the IRC’s technical knowledge and programmatic strengths so as to improve the overall quality of the response.
  • Support representation of the Protection Sector in interagency fora; otherwise support protection mainstreaming through engagement in interagency and direct support to protection and non-protection actors.


  • Master's degree (MA) or equivalent in International Affairs, International Law, Development, Social Sciences or other relevant subject; Bachelors degree required
  • Minimum of 3-5 years proven experience working on protection issues in humanitarian environments, including provision of technical advice to field teams; excellent understanding of protection issues in emergency situations and detailed knowledge of humanitarian principles, guidelines and laws
  • Demonstrable leadership, coordination, capacity building, planning and analytical skills
  • Demonstrable experience in policy and advocacy and negotiation
  • Good communicator with strong organizational, time management and analytical skills
  • Fluency in English, spoken and written
  • Strong writing and editing skills with close attention to detail
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities, make timely decisions and work under pressure in an insecure environment
    Willingness to travel
  • Commitment to women’s rights and IRC’s vision, mission and values, including sensitivity to cultural settings

    How to Apply

    Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 5th October, 2019

    For more information and job application details, see; International Rescue Committee Co-Lead - Protection Sector NGO Jobs in Nigeria

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