The primary responsibilities will include departmental management and developing and managing partnerships with other NGOs who provide social services including shelter services to survivors of trafficking. A main focus will be to work with partners who will provide direct social services on a broad spectrum to survivors. Partnership management will be a key area of focus. The Survivor Partnership Manager will develop and implement IJM’s strategy for social service provision for survivors of Trafficking in Human Beings (THB). This individual will lead a team of social workers and/or psychologists to facilitate holistic, ethical care of survivors within a trauma-informed and multi-disciplinary response. The Survivor Partnership Manager will closely collaborate with internal and external stakeholders across a range of professional disciplines, particularly law enforcement, prosecution, governmental and non-governmental social service providers, and will strengthen trauma-informed responses within each of these sectors. This role will build strategic partnerships with national, regional, and community-level social welfare officers, safe shelters, and other civil society organizations that provide social services to ensure the protection, recovery, and empowerment of survivors of THB toward safe reintegration, and will develop strategies to strengthen coordinated social service provision where gaps are present. This position will contribute to the implementation of a multi-year project achieving various objectives in support of the larger goal to combat THB across Romania. This position requires travel within Romania and some limited international travel.
Roles and Responsibilities
Leadership & Managemen
- Develop departmental policies and processes for facilitation of Survivor Partnership in a manner that is compliant with global policies, promotes survivor empowerment, and ensures team safety and wellness.
- Monitor quality of departmental case management documentation, financial stewardship, and grant compliance.
- Ensure team cohesion and alignment, both within the department and within the broader IJM Romania team.
Networking & Partnership
- Build effective partnerships with NGO’s that can provide effective social services provisions for survivors, justice system officials, social welfare officers, and other stakeholders at the regional and national level.
- Work closely with stakeholders to strengthen the trauma-informed response to survivors of THB by enhancing linkages between DGASPC officers, police, and prosecutors to ensure a trauma-informed approach is adopted by all duty bearers especially during the interviews and court preparation.
- Develop and maintain close working relationships with DGASPC staff, shelter staff, and other stakeholders to ensure safe placements and/or community reintegration, effective case management and seamless provision of services to survivors of THB.
- Convene and provide leadership in multi-disciplinary meetings with a variety of government and non-government stakeholders and support inter-institutional dialogue and coordination on cases of THB.
- Develop and maintain an effective network of contacts within the health, social service, and community development sectors for the benefit of survivors of THB; and
- Participate and support advocacy initiatives with other team members to engage politicians, church, government, and civil society leaders.
Training and Development
- Develop and deliver high-quality, professional training curriculum to multi-disciplinary stakeholders.
- Support joint training programs with police, judiciary, and social welfare on survivor-friendly and trauma-informed interventions, including ethical and safety considerations for survivors of THB.
- Convene and provide leadership in multi-disciplinary meetings with a variety of government and non-government stakeholders, and support inter-institutional dialogue and coordination on cases of THB.
- Provide training on case management and service provision to DGASPC officials and shelter staff that incorporates elements of trauma-informed approaches; and
- Develop expertise and competency to innovatively and interactively train and mentor all stakeholders on the incorporation of trauma-informed approaches into their service delivery through classroom and field-based training.
- Provide mentoring and support to social welfare officers and justice officials to ensure that survivors of THB are provided trauma-informed protection and support throughout the investigation and court proceedings.
- Provide court preparation and support to survivors of THB.
- Provide mentoring and support to social welfare officers and other stakeholders to empower survivors of THB towards restoration by conducting holistic assessments to evaluate survivor strengths and vulnerabilities including the safety of the home and community environment, developing individualized care and safety plans and ensuring their implementation to address vulnerabilities and critical needs, coordinating psychosocial services for survivors, monitoring and reporting survivor progress towards defined psychosocial goals and assessing sustainable safety at the time of case closure; and
- Collaborate with police, other government and shelter partners and team members to continually assess and implement safety and security plans.
Documentation, Reporting & Data Management
- Analyze and document cases of THB that can contribute to updated case management protocols.
- Research the issue of THB in Romania and throughout Europe as relevant for program development and goal setting for the IJM Romania office.
- Work with Romania Country team members to monitor and evaluate the project, including monitoring and reporting of project targets, results, collection of data, and output delivery.
- Contribute to the timely submission of reports and monitoring of progress for grant objectives.
- Create and maintain records and documentation of IJM Survivor Partnership cases in a manner that is accurate under GDPR policies.
All of the team members within the Survivor Partnership department will report to this position.
Education and Experience
- Master’s degree in social work, psychology, or related field.
- Minimum five years of relevant experience working with survivors of trauma; clinical experience preferred, including provision of therapy.
- Minimum five years of experience in team management.
- Experience in networking and partnering with social service providers.
- Capacity to develop and deliver trainings in English and Romanian to government and non-governmental agency partners, on the topic of trauma, crisis intervention, methods of intervention adapted for survivors of trauma and trauma-informed casework, among other topics.
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite with ability to quickly learn and consistently use other software systems for purposes of case management, M&E and documentation.
- Registered and in good standing with the National College of Social Workers will be a plus.
- Strong understanding of trauma and proven application of trauma-informed approaches within case management and/or clinical interventions.
- Proven ability to mentor, guide and coach multi-disciplinary stakeholders. Prior experience working with law enforcement or justice system officials preferred.
- Fluent in written and oral communication in Romanian and English.
- Excellent writing, documentation and reporting skills, including the ability to maintain digital records and generate high-quality reports on all casework interventions, stakeholder interactions, etc.
- Ability to contribute or develop program proposals an advantage.
- Passionate commitment to IJM’s mission and values including bridge building and professional.
- Servant leader, humble.
- Courageous, ability to think creatively and innovatively.
- Attention to detail, organized and disciplined with priorities.
- Professional in demeanor, appearance, writing and oral communication.
- Works well under stress with a sustained positive attitude.
- Exceptionally high level of honesty and integrity.
- Intelligent, creative and proactive problem solver.
- Diplomatic and flexible with strong service ethics.
- Ability to contribute outside of the designated areas of responsibility, team player.
- Full time
- Ability to travel within Romania and within Europe, up to 40% of the time
- Romanian driver’s license preferred.
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities for the position.
Please submit a cover letter indicating why you are interested in the position along with a current CV to firstname.lastname@example.org Renumeration will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Applications will be received on a rolling basis and until the position is filled. It is anticipated that initial short lists will be developed within two weeks of publishing this notice. The advertisement will remain open until the position is filled.