20-203: Senior Advisor, Protection and Risk Mitigation

International Medical Corps
November 8, 2020
WASHINGTON, United States
Post Type
Experience (minimum)
10+ Years
Education (minimum)
Travel Required?
Base Salary
Not specified


Country: Washington, DC Department: Domestic and International Affairs Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work: International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Job Purpose

The Senior Advisor will be responsible for carrying out Safeguarding risk mitigation and prevention duties under IMC’s Safeguarding Unit, in particular, advancing Safeguarding risk assessments and protection mainstreaming in all IMC programming. The Senior Advisor will coordinate across IMC program and technical teams to ensure protection risks are identified and protection considerations are appropriately integrated into all program interventions. He/she will: advance the prevention workstream under IMC’s Safeguarding Unit by supporting risk mitigation efforts and related activities, provide support to IMC Safeguarding Unit to institutionalize and mainstream protection within IMC, and ensure provision of high quality standards within programs and accompanying training.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

Mainstreaming Protection in IMC programming

  • Guide the organization and provide technical support in efforts to mainstream protection into all programming
  • Steer IMC’s Protection Framework, including orientation and uptake of recommendations
  • Update and refine framework, based on new developments in the field and coordination with relevant colleagues
  • Lead the Protection Reference Group and work across departments to develop roll-out strategy and trainings related to protection mainstreaming

Safeguarding capacity building

  • Lead on the development of prevention and risk mitigation measures within the context of safeguarding
  • Design and conduct organizational trainings related to risk mitigation
  • Review and provide input on key resources, training materials, and policies related to safeguarding
  • Support management, as requested, on recommendations for prevention and risk mitigation measures related to safeguarding investigation outcomes
  • Collaborate on the development of training materials for field-based Safeguarding Case Workers

Assessment and technical support

  • Lead the initiative to put in place a framework to provide technical support on protection to field offices
  • Oversee the rollout of the Protection Risk Assessment Tool with country offices and ensure its institutionalization into IMC program design and implementation
  • Advise country teams on the development of contextualized protection risk mitigation measures
  • Perform regular protection mainstreaming assessments
  • Support field teams to incorporate protection in multi-sectoral field assessments
  • Remain updated on new developments and emerging best practices and share new resources and learning with field teams

Proposal design and program development

  • Lead the design of new programs to strengthen protection mainstreaming and safeguarding
  • Provide guidance for improved protection mainstreaming in proposal development

Capacity Building 

  • Provide training and support within IMC to ensure protection is mainstreamed in other sectors
  • Develop training curricula and materials (based on training needs assessments and programmatic needs), implement trainings and workshops, and develop self-guided learning plans for protection staff

Internal coordination

  • Ensure international guidelines, relevant documents, and best practices are considered and shared across the organization
  • Ensure that key staff members are kept abreast of current national and international protection issues, trends, and protection policies
  • Work in close collaboration with other program specialists
  • Work with country teams and others to support publishing and dissemination of articles, success stories, presentations, and interviews highlighting work in protection

Code of Conduct
It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report. Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in social sciences or related field or relevant work experience


  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in humanitarian work
  • Substantial experience in protection programming, including in emergencies and in conflict settings
  •  Experience with participatory approaches to protection, emergency preparedness, crisis/emergency relief management

Skills & Competencies

  • Demonstrated technical experience in protection mainstreaming in humanitarian programming and response
  • Working knowledge of core standards and principles of Safeguarding and Protection from Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs
  • Profound cross-cultural awareness
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond appropriately to questions from senior managers in the field and HQ, counterparts, government representatives and others
  •  Proficient in computer applications, especially with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • English language required; Arabic and French desirable

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

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