Protection Officer – Kirkuk

IRC (International Rescue Committee)


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 40 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.


IRC working in coordination with the humanitarian community, the IRC currently addresses the needs of conflict-affected populations from several operational bases across Iraq. IRC’s activities focus primarily on the protection and legal assistance, cash assistance and livelihood, distribution of non-food items, education and women and children’s protection, and form part of an over-arching humanitarian response in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the region that seeks to assist refugees, IDPs and war-affected people survive conflict and displacement.


Job Overview/Summary:


Under the direct supervision of the Protection Team Leader and Protection and Rule of Law Manager, the Protection Officer is responsible providing protection services to vulnerable people, including conducting household and community assessments, make referrals, advocating to humanitarian partners, government and local authorities on the rights of vulnerable people,  working with and training Community Representation Groups, meeting with local authorities, conducting training on core protection principles and protection mainstreaming.

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Monitor, assist, observe and report on key protection concerns and rights violations in the field to the Protection Team Leader and Protection Manager
  2. Carry out rapid needs assessments, key informant interviews, household assessments, focus group discussions with community members, government actors, and other relevant stakeholder, through field visits in camps, informal settlements and vulnerable communities, to identify and address individuals at risk and humanitarian needs
  3. Respond and mitigate protection concerns, including through referring cases of vulnerable people through safe referral pathways to other IRC departments (Legal, Cash, Child Protection, GBV) and other humanitarian partners, government services or UN agencies
  4. Meet with local authorities, government officials, community leaders, humanitarian partners  and other relevant actors to advocate for the rights of vulnerable people
  5. Conduct training with key stakeholders on protection principles, vulnerability criteria and protection mainstreaming
  6. Conduct training with Community Representation Groups, and work with them regularly to build capacity and support their activities
  7. Work with the Protection Team Leader or protection focal point and Protection and Rule of Law Manager to network with UN agencies, INGOs, local NGOs, local authorities and any other service providers in order to map service networks for referral
  8. Prepare and send daily/weekly field reports to the Protection Team Leader or protection focal point / Protection Manager, also raise any protection concern or rights violation noticed in the area, according to best practices in term of confidentiality and safety of beneficiaries.
  9. Daily upload all the protection activities on CommCare system, in an accurate and timely manner.
  1. Assisting the protection and legal program and other staff in raising PRs and provide them with estimated prices as required and prepare cash advance and liquidation if needed. Ensure that the items requested are delivered to the requester(s).
  1. Perform other duties, as required by the supervisor in order to support the protection program.

Key Working Relationships:


Position Reports to:  Protection Team Leader or protection focal point
Position directly supervises:  N/A

Indirect Reporting: Protection Manager /Sr. protection manager
Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: WPE, ERD and CP team

External:  local community and partners

Qualifications & Preferred Skills



  • Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Good understanding of humanitarian principles, Good communication skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships with new communities., Basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Power point, Experience in regular report writing.


Language Skills: High standard of spoken and written Arabic. And English is preferred.

Certificates or Licenses: N/A


  1. Excellent understanding of protection principles, human rights and case management
  2. B.A Degree in social work, psychology, law, or other relevant area.
  3. Approximately 2- 4 years of relevant working experience.
  4. Previous humanitarian experience preferred
  5. Experience with working with IDPs, returnees and host communities.
  6. Belief in human rights including gender equality.
  7. Experience working with people from different backgrounds.



Standards of Professional Conduct: 

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.


Gender Equality

IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including maternity leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Attention Returning National Candidates:

IRC strives to attract, motivate and retain qualified national staff in our programs. We strongly encourage national or returning national candidates to apply for this position. If you are a national of the country in which this position is based and are currently located outside of your home country and possess over two years of international work experience, IRC has introduced an attractive remuneration package. The package includes competitive compensation, return flight to post, shipping allowance, temporary housing and a relocation allowance. Certain restrictions may apply.

Notice to all Job Seekers

IRC implements an equal employment opportunity policy
and our recruitment process is based on merit.

Applicants and/or successful interview
candidates (both internal and external) are not required to pay any fees at any
stage of the recruitment process.

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The close date: 22 November 2021

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