The International Rescue Committee 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 25 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.
IRC Global Human Resources supports a global workforce of approximately 24,000 including employees and contract staff through a direct and matrix management structure balanced globally, regionally and locally. We are committed to a culture of integrity, inclusion and respect. We practice bold leadership and innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and, most crucially, accountability to those we serve. We are dedicated advocates for the most vulnerable.
The Employee Relations Safeguarding Specialist sits within the Global Employee Relations team and is responsible to provide coordination of Workplace Safeguarding (Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) matters and to conduct reviews and assessments regarding potential violations of policy, alleged breaches of the IRC Way and other serious misconduct. The Employee Relations Safeguarding Specialist will participate in review and assignment of incoming complaints, conduct reviews and assessments and work closely with Country and Regional Leadership. S/he/they will build capacity globally in the review of workplace safeguarding allegations, and provide consultation and advice to maintain a consistent approach to global policies, practices and processes.
- Conduct multiple thorough, fair, and timely reviews and assessments of complex workplace safeguarding issues in a fast-paced environment, including intake meetings, background research, interviews, and de-brief meetings in partnership with partners.
- Prepare and finalize draft reports in English that are clearly and well written with appropriate presentation of facts, analysis and conclusions, and in accordance with IRC guidelines.
- Provide direction and partner with Country Program leadership and HR Partners on workplace safeguarding cases.
- Demonstrate a solid understanding of laws, regulations, concepts, and practices applicable to workplace reviews and assessments, and all aspects of employment, and provide consultation and advice to a variety of partners, as needed.
- Prepare case overviews and reports which convey findings and recommendations clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with appropriate presentation of facts, analysis and conclusions.
- Establish trustful and respectful professional relationships, engaging with diverse partners in a global context. Discern systemic issues revealed during the investigative process.
- Develop and deliver education programs and trainings designed proactively to address workplace safeguarding issues, promote best practice and improve compliance.
- Build capacity of HR Partners and Country HR Leads in the management of safeguarding reviews and assessments. Develop and lead interactive training in virtual and in-person settings.
· Minimum five years related experience in Human Resources, Employee Relations or as a Workplace Investigator, preferably in an in-house environment, including experience conducting employee relations reviews and advising on complex and sometimes urgent safeguarding issues.
Demonstrated Skills and Competencies
· Thorough understanding of laws, regulations, concepts and best practice, relevant to safeguarding in the humanitarian sector.
· Experience with exposure to highly sensitive information, and ability to maintain confidentiality, including legal and financial information.
· Ability to remain respectful, empathetic, and diplomatic in the face of difficult and uncomfortable situations and conversations surrounding an investigation.
· Proven track record interacting respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and communicating effectively across multiple levels in a complex global organization.
· Ability to prioritize and track reviews, assessments and initiatives across multiple teams and functions.
· Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills in English. Fluency in French, Arabic and/or Spanish highly advantageous.
· Ability to anticipate and identify legal issues.
· Excellent judgement and discretion.
· Solid organizational skills, with attention to detail, and a proven ability to prioritize.
· Flexible work attitude while being focused and reliable in an environment of multiple time zones and frequently changing demands in global context.
· Commitment to personal growth and development, and a willingness to regularly receive and act on performance feedback in pursuit of continuous professional growth.
· Willingness to travel to countries of operation as needed.
Work Location: Any country in MENA or Africa where IRC has offices.
Length of Assignment: 2 years with possibility of renewal
How to apply
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.
Please submit your application before February 28, 2022 on https://rescue.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/22928?c=rescue
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Applications by email will NOT be considered.