International Rescue Committee – Child Protection Intern.

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Requisition ID: req16027

Job Title: Child Protection Intern

Sector: Child Protection

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

Location: Nairobi, Kenya


Job Description


Over the past 80 years, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has developed unparalleled expertise in responding to emergencies and helping uprooted communities to rebuild. 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.

The IRC is on the ground in more than 40 countries, providing emergency relief, relocating refugees and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. Through over 20 regional offices in cities across the United States, the IRC also helps refugees resettle in the US and become self-sufficient.

The IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. The IRC is a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable.

The Purpose of the Role

The purpose of this internship is to provide an opportunity for a qualified and motivated graduate to learn more about child protection in the humanitarian sector, whilst contributing to the work of the IRC’s child protection team.

The intern will work closely with the Senior Child Protection Case Management Specialist on a capacity building project to develop an updated and expanded inter-agency training package for child protection caseworkers in humanitarian settings. They will work with the wider Child Protection team at HQ-level on knowledge management, specific Child Protection technical themes and depending on profile, the intern’s role may include producing communication and advocacy materials, such as factsheets and case studies.

The intern will be provided with a personalised learning and development plan, coaching, and access to training opportunities. As part of that, the intern will have support to work on small projects depending on their interests and the needs of the team. Examples of small projects include conducting research and scoping exercises, advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation.

The internship can be conducted full-time or part-time, depending on the successful candidate’s existing commitments. Flexible working hours are allowed. It is expected that the workload will have quieter and busier periods to account for the project schedule and the successful candidate’s study schedule (e.g., any exams, university holidays etc).


 Child Protection Case Management Training Package (40%)

  • Analyse existing case management capacity building resources for relevance and quality.
  • Consistently consider how best to build the capacity of caseworkers in diverse humanitarian settings.
  • Review draft resources to try to ensure that they reflect quality standards for case management and capacity building best practices.
  • Depending on skills and experience, create case management learning resources on different topics.
  • Feed-in to graphic design and translation work for the package.  
  • Attend internal and external meetings alongside the Senior Child Protection Case Management Specialist.
  • If applicable, support with the translation and proof-reading of the training package.
  • Other similar tasks, as required.

Knowledge Management (30%)

  • Update, maintain, and disseminate content from the team’s website.
  • In coordination with Child Protection Technical Advisors and colleagues in-country, develop factsheets and case studies to promote programming approaches and achievements.
  • Support the team with other knowledge management and information management, as necessary.

Interest Areas (30%)

  • Consistently update personal learning and development plan.
  • Take on small projects that align with the successful candidate’s experience and interests as well as the needs of the team.
  • Conduct research and scoping exercises, as required.
  • Support with monitoring and evaluation and advocacy efforts, as required.


Skills, Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant Social Science (e.g. Social Work, Child Studies, Child Protection, Education etc.) or Huma Rights Law (focus on Child Rights).
  • Demonstrable knowledge of child rights and child protection.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of adult learning methodologies.
  • Able to work independently and know when and how to coordinate with colleagues.
  • Strong inter-personal skills including feedback, cross-cultural communication, and teamwork.
  • Additional language skills, especially Arabic, French, and Spanish.


  • Volunteer or Work experience with children, youth, and/or vulnerable persons desirable.
  • Volunteer or work experience with a charity or NGO is essential, and in the international development or humanitarian sector is desirable.
  • Designing and developing capacity building initiatives, including training desirable.
  • Desirable: Information management and knowledge management (e.g. updating and maintaining websites, producing communications materials etc).


Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of 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, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

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 parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowance.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.


Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. 




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