Community engagement and protection assistant IRC Jobs


The International Rescue Committee  (IRC)  is currently recruiting Community engagement and protection assistants in  Nigeria. 

Requisition ID: req46503

Job Title: Community engagement and protection assistant

Sector: Protection and rule of law

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria

Work Arrangement: In-person

Job Description

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, 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.


The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri and Monguno of Borno state and Damatru of Yobe State. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods.

Job Overview/Summary

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 will also strengthen the capacity of government authorities, local organizations and local communities around protection mainstreaming and protection monitoring. The IRC will also include legal assistance and counselling services. The protection program is currently implemented in the NE states of Adamawa Borno and Yobe. 

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

The Community Engagement and protection Assistant will be based in MaiduguriS/he reports to the protection Officer. 

Major Responsibilities

  • 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 dissemination information 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.
  • Identify and register extremely vulnerable individuals for targeted individual assistance in coordination with other Protection staff.
  • Manage targeted individual assistance cases, including maintaining strict protocols for confidentiality and update case files, following IRC SOPs and ensuring beneficiaries’ information is protected. 
  • Carry out needs assessment to understand EVI needs and ascertain what assistance they require
  • Develop TIA distribution, implementation and follow up plans and ensure that EVIs selected for TIA receive appropriate assistance.
  • Conduct follow-up visits to ensure that needs of EVIs have been met in an appropriate manner and beneficiary can provide feedback on the TIA received.
  • Act as focal point for the identification of extremely vulnerable individuals (EVIs) for adequate assistance according to IRC Protection sector pre-defined criteria.  
  • Conduct general (community-level) and incident (individual-level) protection monitoring to identify vulnerabilities, protection needs and concerns of the targeted population.
  • 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.

Key Working Relationships

  • Position Reports to:  protection officer
  • Indirect/Technical Reporting: protection manager
  • Position directly Supervises: nil
  • Key Internal Contacts:
  • Country Program: 
  • Region/Global:


Education: University degree in Social Work, Psychology or a related field.

  • Work Experience: 1 year 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.
  • Demonstrated Technical Skills:
  • Demonstrated Managerial/Leadership Competencies:
  • Languages:  English and Hausa
  • Computer/Other Tech Requirements:
  • Full professional competency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.  Add position-specific (e.g. accounting software, statistical software, etc.).
 Method of Application

Interested and qualified applicants should follow the link below to submit CV and application letter.

LocationMaiduguri, Borno, Nigeria

Application Deadline: Not Specified

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Candidates who applied previously should not apply again.


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