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  • Community Engagement and Information assistant at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

  • Posted on: 23 May, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • 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 26 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.

     IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state in NE Nigeria followed by offices in Yola (Adamawa state) in November 2014 and Maiduguri (Borno state) in October 2015 and we are also beginning implementation in Yobe.       

    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.

    Community Engagement and Information assistant


    Sector: Protection and rule of law

    Employment Category: Fixed Term

    Employment Type: Full-Time

    Open to Expatriates: No

    Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria


    The IRC is implementing a protection program featuring strengthening of community based protection structures, capacity building, protection monitoring, information dissemination and referral services. The IRC is also building capacity of government authorities, local organizations and local communities around protection mainstreaming and protection monitoring. The protection program is currently implemented in the NE states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe 

    Under the supervision of the senior protection Officer, the Community Engagement and Information officer will work closely with the community engagement and information assistants and M&E officer to ensure the smooth implementation of protection programming in the areas of operation. The Community Engagement and Information officer will have the lead role of mobilizing local communities and conducting awareness raising sessions and other community engagement activities. The Community Engagement and Information will be the focal points in the establishment and oversight of community based feedback and complaint mechanisms in target communities. 

    The Community Engagement and Information officer will be based in DamaturuS/he reports to the senior protection Officer.  


    • Take lead in mobilizing target communities for protection and other IRC related activities.
    • Engage community members in design, planning, executing, and monitoring of community based protection activities.
    • Work closely with other IRC staff to create awareness and conduct information dissemination activities.
    • Participate in the design, planning, and execution of protection activities in the area of jurisdiction.
    • In coordination with other Protection staff, take part in identification of new target locations.
    • Participate in data collection, vulnerability screening and assessment such as community needs assessment including identification of beneficiaries in need of assistance.
    • Be the link between IRC Protection staff and the target local communities.
    • Establish, oversee and manage community feedback mechanisms in target locations.
    • Hold community meetings with key stakeholders to identify community needs and concerns
    • Take lead in budgeting of all community engagement related activities in consultation with the Protection Manager.
    • Provide supervisory roles to the community engagement and information assistants.
    • Support Protection Officers in identifying and selecting most vulnerable individuals.
    • Support referral process by notifying Protection Officers of key Protection issues and concerns identified in target areas.
    • Establish good working relationship with relevant stakeholders such as camp officials, local community leaders, traditional leaders etc.
    • Ensure that information collected on target beneficiaries is disaggregated by age and sex.
    • Keep record of all community engagement activities implemented and relevant stakeholders in target communities.
    • Ensure timely preparation of monthly work plans as well as preparation and submission of weekly and monthly reports. 
    • Attend regular internal Protection sector meetings.
    • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.


    • University degree in Social Work, Psychology or a related field.
    • 2 years’ experience implementing protection programming including experience in emergency or post-conflict project management
    • Demonstrated experience using international human rights standards in protection programming
    • Excellent communication skills, cultural sensitivity, flexibility, ability to improvise, team player.
    • Experience in using community based and participatory approaches.
    • Experience in community mobilization and awareness creation.
    • Experience in working in remote and hard to reach areas with limited amenities
    • Ability to live and productively work under stress and in insecure and harsh environments while maintaining a sense of humor.
    • Knowledge of the local language will be an added value


    The security situation in the NE continues to be volatile at level 3 (orange) security level as it’s one of the three states of emergency (SoE) in the NE of the country. The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in insecure environments.


    Monthly salary, Health Insurance Coverage for Family, Pension, Creche Facilities available for Women with babies under 24 Months.

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