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Women’s Protection and Empowerment Coordinator


Location: Burundi-Bujumbura

Organization: The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

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, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC began its programming in Burundi in 1996 and initially focused on life saving interventions and provision of immediate assistance to refugees and IDPs.  Since April 2015, the security situation in Burundi has deteriorated marked by political tensions following the president’s decision to run for a controversial third mandate. In a country having suffered years of civil war, this insecurity led to a massive population movement with more than 400,000 Burundians seeking refuge in neighboring countries (mostly Tanzania, Rwanda & DRC). As a result of this situation, the IRC is developing programs to respond to the increasing needs of the population in Burundi and those most likely to return.

The IRC has been implementing women’s protection and empowerment (WPE) programming in Burundi since 2005, currently running GBV prevention and response activities in refugee camps in Muyinga, Ruyigi and Bujumbura provinces as well as in rural Burundian communities in Makamba province. The WPE team supports survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) through direct service provision, builds the capacity of key actors and services, promotes the economic and social empowerment of women and girls, and mobilizes communities to encourage changes in harmful attitudes and behaviors.

Job Overview/Summary:

The WPE Coordinator provides overall strategic direction and vision for the Women’s Protection and Empowerment program in Burundi. The Coordinator serves as first focal point for coordination with UN agencies and other INGOs, NGOs and civil society partners in country regarding women’s protection and empowerment activities. In addition to overseeing the implementation of all program activities, the position plays an active role in the general strategic leadership of the country program in line with the IRC Burundi’s Strategic Action Plan and the global Outcomes and Evidence Framework. The position also serves as a representative of the WPE program at various levels, including the national and local government, international and local NGO partners, UN organizations and other strategic partnerships, and also acts as the GBV sectoral working group (SWG) co-lead. This position will supervise one national WPE Managers and will report to the Deputy Director for Programs; the position will also receive technical guidance and support from WPE Technical Advisor at HQ level. 

Major Responsibilities:

Representation, Coordination & Partnership

  • Act as the UNHCR first focal point for all activities/coordination/communication regarding women’s protection and empowerment activities within the camps and in Bujumbura
  • Form strong relationships with relevant Ministry officials, maintaining IRC as a key actor in women’s protection issues and advocacy at the national level;
  • Develop, maintain and/or initiate partnerships with community based organizations, NGOs, UN Agencies and Government Ministries to support WPE programming;
  • Represent IRC at relevant coordination meetings, ensuring proper dissemination of information among relevant stakeholders;
  • Support key staff to establish and/or maintain coordination mechanisms at provincial level;
  • Represent IRC as the GBV SWG’s co-lead;
  • Lead advocacy efforts, in collaboration with GBV SWG partners, and other IRC programs, on issues related to women and girls’ rights and violence against women and girls in country

Program Management and Development

  • Ensure overall technical quality of all WPE programming in Burundi by providing ongoing technical and program management oversight, monitor quality of activities, and build capacity of program team.
  • Ensure programs are designed, planned, implemented and evaluated based on evidence/learning, in line with the IRC Outcome and Evidence Framework;
  • Provide regular training, coaching and mentoring to WPE staff to ensure they are implementing quality services and activities and they are familiar with WPE approach and principles, as well as the relevant components of the IRC’s Outcomes Evidence Framework.
  • Ensure the continued implementation of the IRC Burundi Strategic Action Plan (Power and Safety outcomes, in collaboration with CPE and PRoL coordinator), and take an active role in the monitoring and revision of this document;
  • Develop a strategic plan for WPE in Burundi, in line with the Strategic Action Plan, in collaboration with the Deputy Director of Programs and the WPE Technical Unit;
  • Identify new funding opportunities and develop proposals in line with the Strategic Action Plan, in collaboration with the Grants Coordinator and the WPE Technical Unit;
  • Develop and maintain a monitoring and evaluation plan, including the systematic collection and analysis of data in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager;
  • Ensure the safe, ethical and adequate collection and sharing of case management data, in collaboration with the GBVIMS and M&E Officer of the WPE team;
  • Develop synergies with other relevant programming areas;
  • Oversee program activities to ensure their compliance with the ‘do no harm’ principle;
  • Maintain regular communication with WPE Technical Unit to ensure quality programming.

HR Management

  • Lead recruitment of all WPE staff;
  • Supervise and provide ongoing support and mentoring to WPE team;
  • Ensure regular and quality field staff supervision; specifically case management supervision
  • Ensure that all WPE staff have regular performance evaluations and receive ongoing feedback;
  • Identify capacity gaps and develop a capacity-building plan for WPE staff; actively seek out formal and informal training opportunities for them;
  • Ensure that staff and partners understand and respect the IRC Way.

Budget, Administrative and Grants Management

  • Ensure all grants are implemented according to donor regulations and guidelines;
  • Develop, manage and monitor spending on all WPE budgets to ensure quality and timely implementation of program activities;
  • Review budget vs. actual reports, providing feedback as necessary;
  • Ensure the timely submission of donor reports.


Job Requirements:

  • Advanced degree in humanitarian affairs, gender studies, public health, social work, or a related field;
  • Excellent understanding of gender dynamics and more particularly gender-based violence;
  • Excellent understanding of human rights and protection programming;
  • At least five years’ experience managing GBV response and prevention programming in humanitarian or development contexts; experience in a  post-conflict context preferred;
  • Demonstrable understanding and experience of managing teams, budgets, monitoring and evaluation systems and project reporting;
  • Familiarity with programmatic work in low resource, complex settings;
  • Experience in project management and donor relations;
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Experience working in close relationship with UNHCR preferred;
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising, mentoring and building capacity staff;
  • Demonstrated experience in project design and resource mobilization;
  • Excellent relationship-building, interpersonal skills;
  • Good working knowledge of standard computing software;
  • Ability to speak, read and write French and English to a high level;
  • Ability to live/work in a dynamic security environment and comply with security protocols;
  • Ability to live and work under pressure and remain flexible and patient in high-stress situations.

How to apply:

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