Child Protection Caseworker

February 6, 2024
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Job Description

About IRC:

Join the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global leader in responding to humanitarian crises. Established in 1933, at the request of Albert Einstein, IRC provides life-saving care and transformative assistance to refugees worldwide. Operating in over 40 countries, including 22 U.S. cities, IRC is dedicated to restoring safety, dignity, and hope for millions facing displacement and adversity.

IRC Afghanistan Program:

Since 1988, IRC has been a cornerstone of humanitarian relief and development in Afghanistan. Our diverse programs focus on child protection, education, economic well-being, health, and power. Operating in 10 provinces, including high-security areas, IRC employs over 1000 staff members.

Compliance with Policies:

Adherence to the IRC WAY, professional conduct standards, and safeguarding policies is paramount. We maintain a zero-tolerance approach to IRC Code of Conduct violations, ensuring the safety and well-being of our staff and associates.

Job Description:

As a Child Protection Case Worker, you will play a pivotal role in identifying and addressing protection concerns for children at risk. Your responsibilities include:

General Duties:

  • Stay updated on developments in service provisions, maintaining and updating spreadsheets with mapped services.
  • Actively participate in weekly case management team meetings, remaining open to feedback and self-reflection.
  • Cultivate self-care and demonstrate qualities of honesty, kindness, professionalism, and commitment to teamwork.
  • Maintain proactive communication with internal units, highlighting challenges and proposing solutions.
  • Take full responsibility for maintaining, drafting, and updating reports, including case management reports.
  • Identify opportunities to better support children through facilitation of processes and systems.

Specific Duties:

  • Identify cases of children at risk, including child labor, abuse, unaccompanied and separated children.
  • Provide case management services following IRC’s Standard Operating Procedures and Global Child Protection Case Management Guidelines.
  • Conduct outreach through Safe Healing and Learning Spaces in Afghanistan.
  • Independently manage case actions plans, ensuring relevant administrative forms are updated regularly.
  • Maintain excellent documentation of case management files in line with IRC’s SOPs and other processes.
  • Assess the level of risk for each child and report high-risk cases to the appropriate authorities.
  • Conduct mapping of services and facilitate access to services for children and their families.
  • Maintain regular communication with external referral agencies for service provision.

Job Requirements:

  • Education: Technical diploma in psychology, social work, human rights, or related degree preferred.
  • Experience: Minimum of 2 years in implementing child protection programs, preferably in humanitarian or development settings.
  • Skills: Commitment to serving children, understanding of best interests principles.
  • Technical Competency: Understanding of working with vulnerable children.
  • Personal Qualities: Team player, flexible, network-builder, able to handle pressure well in a cross-cultural setting.
  • Communication Skills: Fluency in Pashto, Dari, and English, strong reporting skills.
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Access, and internet usage.
Submission Guideline:

For IRC- Afghanistan Internal Candidates:

Employees are encouraged to remain in a position for at least one year before applying for another position within the organization.

Flexibility for employees who work in the current IRC position for at least 6 months or above.

All qualified candidates, including internal candidates, are invited to apply via the following link: IRC Child Protection Case Worker

Note: Applicants who recently applied/interviewed will not be considered again. Applications without the given link and/or online system will be disqualified.

Important Notice:

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a written test and subsequent interviews. If you do not receive communication within TWO or FOUR WEEKS after the closing date, kindly consider your application unsuccessful. IRC Afghanistan Country Office, Qala-e-Fathullah, Street # 3, District 10, Old UNOCHA Office, Beside Fatemia Mosque.

Submission Email:

Refer to submission guideline.