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Technical Advisor, Child Protection

Department: International Programs
Location: Silver Spring/New York/Remote, MD

POSITION SUMMARY: 

HIAS seeks a Technical Advisor, Child Protection to lead and drive strategy, positioning and guidance of HIAS’ Child Protection work globally. The immediate priorities will include establishing child protection systems and structures in emergencies and development, ensuring that monitoring processes are in place, ensuring that high quality timely reporting occurs, confirming that program quality and relevance is continually assessed and making sure solutions are quickly put in place. In collaboration with other sector team directors, the Technical Advisor, Child Protection conducts global child rights analysis, developing strategic and operational work plans that meet priority needs while ensuring field integration and alignment to HIAS’ international protection principles. 

Note, this position is based at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland or our office in New York, New York, and we will consider a remote option for applicants who live outside of commuting distance to either of our offices and are based in other states in which we are registered (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin). 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  • Leads and oversees global child protection strategy, including child-rights analysis. 

  • Contributes to the development and review of child protection systems and frameworks for country offices. 

  • Facilitates the development of standardized child protection indicators across HIAS’ signature approaches (GBV, Legal Protection, MHPSS and Economic Inclusion). 

  • Supports needs assessments, program analysis and planning processes. 

  • Develops and facilitates processes that ensure children participate in design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of programs. 

  • Supports on developing adaptive programs/projects for development and emergency contexts. 

  • Ensures that appropriate technical input and staffing is available for any emergency response. 

  • Supports country offices in meeting their needs for quality programming that meets the needs of children from different backgrounds. 

  • Works with the Institutional Development team and other colleagues to write concept notes and proposals. 

  • Supports donor engagement activities and funding lead generation efforts. 

  • Works with the Senior Director, Technical Excellence to identify tangible opportunities to increase impact for children through fundraising. 

  • Develops and rolls-out child protection resources to relevant HQ staff and country office teams. 

  • Ensures that country offices have the right resources to implement projects. 

  • Represents HIAS in relevant internal and external child protection platforms. 

  • Maintains regular working relationships with donors, partners and international NGOs. 

  • Engages in relevant UN and InterAction working groups and clusters on a regular basis to promote HIAS’ commitments to displaced and refugee children. 

  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Undergraduate degree in Social Work, Human Rights or relevant Social Science field required; graduate degree preferred. 

  • 4-6 years of relevant experience, with extensive experience in child protection programming in developing countries. 

  • Strong understanding of child protection systems in development and emergency contexts. 

  • Experience from global child protection agency strongly preferred. 

  • An understanding of basic MEAL processes. 

  • Demonstrated track record of program development and fundraising with major (institutional, foundations, private) donors strongly preferred. 

  • Knowledge and familiarity of child rights governance and policy at global and/or country level desired. 

  • Experience and familiarity conducting child rights analysis. 

  • Demonstrated familiarity and understanding of the six grave violations against children. 

  • Knowledge and familiarity of other protection sectors, such as Gender/GBV, psychosocial support and child resilience strongly preferred. 

  • Strong capacity-building skills. 

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. 

  • Ability to work under pressure and willingness to work flexible hours in the event of major emergencies. 

HIRING PROCESS: 

We are committed to a fair and respectful hiring process, and we do our absolute best to respond to every applicant. We prioritize communication and transparency with all candidates, even those who are not moving forward. Here’s a snapshot of our hiring process: 

Step 1: Submit your application! 

Step 2: Phone screen with a HIAS recruiter. 

Step 3: Video interview with the hiring manager. 

Step 4: Video interview with a panel of HIAS employees. 

Step 5: Online reference check with SkillSurvey. 

Step 6: Offer and background check with Shield Screening. 

Step 7: Start your professional journey with HIAS! 

Note: Some of our hiring processes may vary, and not all candidates will advance to each step. 

ABOUT US: 

Over one hundred years ago, the Jewish community founded HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) in New York City, the immigrant gateway to America. Supporting Jews fleeing persecution and poverty in Eastern Europe, our founders were guided by the traditions, texts and history of the Jewish people—a history of oppression, displacement and diaspora. HIAS has since helped generations of Jews facing violence because of who they were, and HIAS remains committed to helping Jewish refugees anywhere in the world. Today, our clients at HIAS come from diverse faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds, as do our staff. We bring our experience, history and values to our work across five continents, ensuring that refugees today receive the vital services and opportunities they need to thrive. 

HIAS is a learning community, committed to diversity and inclusion. We do our work with integrity, accountability, transparency and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. We seek employees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to join our teams located in the United States and across the globe. People who identify as BIPOC, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQ+ community and people with lived experiences of forced displacement or immigration are all encouraged to apply. We are committed to building a diverse workforce that reflects our vision, mission and values. 

VISION: 

HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety and opportunity. 

MISSION: 

Drawing on our Jewish values and history, HIAS provides vital services to refugees and asylum seekers around the world and advocates for their fundamental rights so they can rebuild their lives. 

VALUES: 

Welcome • Acogimiento • Hospitalité • Hachnasat Orchim

We Welcome the Stranger 

Justice • Justicia • Justice • Tzedek

We Pursue Justice 

Empathy • Empatía • Empathie • Chesed

We Approach our Clients with Empathy 

Partnership • Compañerismo • Coopération • Chevruta

We Believe in Changing the World through Partnership 

Courage • Coraje • Courage • Ometz

We Act with Courage to Build a Better World 

Resilience • Resiliencia • Résilience • Ruach

We Adapt and Thrive, Continuously Demonstrating our Resilience 

DIVERSITY: 

HIAS is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ethnic background, ancestry, citizenship status, religious creed, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, familial status, pregnancy, childbirth, military status, protected veteran status, political orientation or other legally protected status. 

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