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 refugees forced to flee from 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.



In Iraq, IRC – in partnership with UNHCR – has been running a “protection network” through the Protection Assistance and Reintegration Centres (PARCs) since 2009. The centres provide a variety of community and protection services including protection monitoring, referrals and the provision of legal advice to persons of concern to UNHCR.

Under the direct management of the Protection Coordinator, and working closely with the Iraq Senior Project Manager and Senior WPE Manager, the Protection and Advocacy Manager will be responsible for quality reporting, case management and trend analysis to inform the development of advocacy materials and platforms for Protection Network programming. This will include the quality control of data; drafting of reports, fact sheets and advocacy materials; ongoing monitoring of designated caseloads; trend analysis and the highlighting of unmet needs and provision of suggestions for adapting programming and policies as necessary. 



  • Takes the lead on producing succinct and analytical monthly protection reports per governorate, highlighting key protection issues and analyzing trends identified from protection monitoring, protection network monthly activities, and other recorded objective sources to provide direct strategic advice to the Protection Coordinator and IRC Iraq Management.
  • Produces thematic, issue specific reports as requested by the Protection Coordinator both for internal IRC use and for distribution to UNHCR and other stakeholders.
  • Regularly reviews data collected by the teams, reviews data collection methodologies, develops strategies for improving data collection.
  • Provides a human rights “lens” on all protection monitoring reporting, assisting to ensure reporting is grounded in human rights law, refugee law, Sphere standards, and the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.
  • Acts as a focal point for protection network detention, deportation and evictions caseloads by overseeing ongoing quality protection monitoring, case referrals, and overall analysis of trends.
  • Provides on-going direct supervision, including assisting in the development of individual work plans, for reporting, deportation, and eviction staff, ensuring best practice standards are met.
  • Assesses the training and capacity building needs, and design and implement professional development plans for staff.
  • Leads development of evidence-based advocacy positions to share with Protection Sub-Working Group and advise senior management on protection trends to inform country-wide and international advocacy.
  • Supports the Protection Coordinator in the development of new concepts for future programming.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with UNHCR, INGO, government authorities, and other key stakeholders to ensure active coordination, collaboration, and information dissemination.
  • Undertakes other tasks as requested by the Protection Coordinator.




  • Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Human Rights, Law or related field
  • 3 years experience with an NGO and/or international organization managing program activities
  • 2 years experience working in emergency/conflict settings
  • Ability to interpret, analyze and synthesize information in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent organizational skills, timeliness, ability to determine priorities and great attention to detail
  • Familiarity with program design, including log frames, budgeting and grants/report writing preferred
  • Experience writing protection reports for donors, governments, and the general public
  • Excellent drafting and oral communication skills in English, oral and written Arabic skills desirable
  • Proactive, flexible, team spirited and willing to learn
  • Ability to live and productively work under stress and in insecure and harsh environments while maintaining a sense of humor.
  • Successful advocacy experience and strong presentation skills
  • Experience in Iraq or in the region is strongly preferred
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint





The Protection and Advocacy Manager will be based in Baghdad, Iraq with travel to central governorates. The security situation in Iraq continues to be volatile. Security measures are in place (guarded compounds, communication systems, movement restrictions). The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in remote and insecure environments. This is a non-accompanied position. The Protection Manager will live in shared housing.       


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