Women’s Protection & Empowerment Coordinator
Organization: The International Rescue Committee (IRC)
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.
Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world and has been plagued with internal conflicts in recent years. The humanitarian conditions in Yemen deteriorated rapidly since 26 March 2015 with the beginning of Saudi-led air campaign to stop the expansion of Houthi militias and their supporters towards the south of the country.
Before the latest escalation of conflict 15.9 million people in Yemen (61% of the population) required some form of humanitarian assistance in 2015. Encouragingly, the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan recognizes the need to prioritize protection activities across the humanitarian response and sets the provision of life-saving protection assistance and services to vulnerable, conflict-affected individuals, including children and GBV survivors. In Yemen, gender-based violence (GBV) was widespread even before the conflict. Ninety-two percent of women stated that violence against women was common in the home according to the 2013 Demographic Health Survey. Further research showed an increase of GBV during conflict, with reports of GBV in December 2015 more than twice as high as in March 2015
To address the recent and currently ongoing conflict the IRC has started a comprehensive package of response services will enable women and girls affected by GBV to access survivor-centered, quality care to meet their emotional, health and socio-economic needs. This comprehensive approach will fill a considerable gap in the current humanitarian response and hopefully develop a model of service delivery and risk mitigation which can be extended and adapted for other regions in Yemen.
Scope of work:
Under the supervision of IRC Yemen Senior Program Coordinator, and based in Aden, the WPE Coordinator will be responsible for the overall coordination, implementation, technical guidance and quality of the Yemen WPE program working in close collaboration with the national WPE Manager, the WPE team and local partners. The WPE Coordinator will also provide oversight and technical support to the Gender Equality team who is tasked with supporting all other IRC’s program areas in Yemen achieve IRC’s commitments to gender equality within the IRC2020 strategy. S/He will also collaborate with the WPE Technical Advisor and the Gender Equality Unit based at IRC Headquarters and key staff in Health and Protection programming in Yemen to ensure that IRC programming for women and girls is appropriately coordinated and quality is maintained.
- Provide technical and management leadership to the WPE program and the GE initiative in accordance with WPE program approaches, WPE and GE best practice and IRC’s Outcomes and Evidence Framework (OEF)
- Provide ongoing training, coaching and mentoring to the WPE and GE team and partners to ensure quality of WPE service delivery and all other program activities.
- Coordinate closely with the Health team in the delivery of Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivor trainings and capacity building activities, as well as in the provision of case management and psychosocial support services to GBV survivors through mobile health teams
- Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place for appropriate GBV analysis, planning, evaluation, and advocacy
- Contribute to the realization of the Yemen Strategy Action Plan and the IRC’s global OEF by designing WPE programs aligned with relevant Theories of Change and supporting other sectors in meeting gender equality outcomes through their project designs
- Lead all resource mobilization and program development efforts for WPE activities
- Ensure regular communication with the WPE Technical Advisor to integrate appropriate technical input and priorities in program design implementation
- Provide ongoing leadership to the project team and oversee implementation and coordination of activity plans to ensure targets are met.
- Implement monitoring & evaluation systems to demonstrate impact and inform ongoing program design.
- Manage and oversee all WPE grants; develop and maintain work, spending and procurement plans for multiple projects.
- Participate in all WPE and GE Grant Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meetings.
- Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats.
- Manage the project budget; oversee all budget expenditures and ensure they are allowable and allocable according to IRC and donor regulations; monitor monthly Budget vs. Actual and expenditure sheets. Bring any over/under expenditure issues to the attention of the SPC and the Grants Team.
- In coordination with SPC, Grants Unit and HQ Technical Unit, participate in the development of proposals and concept notes for expanding IRC’s WPE and GE portfolio in Yemen.
- Build staff capacity in writing activity and monthly reports to document the program.
Coordination and representation
- Represent the IRC in the GBV sub-cluster in Sanaa and Aden, with donors and other key stakeholders.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders - including community leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, community based organisations and other IRC sectors to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination.
- Ensure that relevant information from coordination meetings is shared internally and with other sectors.
- Contribute to advocacy efforts at the national, regional or international level to bring attention to the needs and voices of women and girls affected by the conflict in Yemen
- Ensure GBV risk mitigation activities are incorporated into other sectors and humanitarian activities, through trainings, advocacy and other mentoring or support.
Recruitment and team management
- Recruit national staff in conjunction with Human Resources Department
- Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the IRC and the WPE program and GE initiative.
- Supervise WPE and GE staff and volunteers directly
- Ensure Performance Management System documentation is in place and followed up regularly.
- Recommend and implement a capacity building plan for project staff.
- Ensure WPE staff understand and follows IRC and donor Policies and Procedures.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with local and international partners.
- Ensure regular technical support and guidance to partners, in accordance with partnership agreements.
- Adapt and facilitate trainings for partners to ensure effective and safe coordination of GBV service provision
- Advocate with peer agencies, government, and other stakeholders to promote delivery of inclusive and high quality GBV response services.
- Work with the country program and technical unit to put contingency plans in place as needed
- Undertake other relevant tasks as requested by the SPC.
Education & Knowledge
- Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, health, social work, humanities or other related discipline.
- In-depth understanding of the root causes of GBV, related international standards, and GBV prevention and response strategies.
- Familiarity with WHO Clinical Management of Rape (CMR) guidelines or IRC Clinical Care of Sexual Assault Survivors (CCSAS) guidelines
- Familiarity with the Gender Equality standards and gender mainstreaming strategies
- At least 5 years professional experience in Women’s Protection and Empowerment/GBV programming, preferably in an emergency context
- At least two year of direct program management experience supervising a team providing direct services to survivors of violence and/or working at the community level
- Demonstrated experience in WPE/GBV program start up, including recruiting and building the capacity of a new team, preferably in emergency contexts
- Demonstrated experience in program design and monitoring; experience developing and monitoring budgets, work plans and other program management tools.
- Demonstrated experience facilitating trainings and workshops on Gender/GBV issues
- Experience in working collaboratively and/or advocating with other sectors and teams to promote gender equality and prioritize needs of women and girls
Skills & abilities
- Demonstrated team management skills with medium or large-size teams; experience with remote team management a plus.
- Demonstrated coordination, networking and relationship building skills with key partners including government, donors, INGOs, national and local organisations, UN agencies.
- Good interpersonal and team building skills and knowledge of participatory approaches
- Fluency in English. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Working knowledge of Arabic strongly preferred.
- Willingness to travel in very remote and war affected areas under adverse conditions
- Ability to work under pressure, long working hours, and heavy workload.
- Self-motivated, honest, highly responsible, and punctual.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Flexibility, adaptability, culturally sensitivity, sense of humor
Lodging in Aden is in a private bedroom, with a shared bathroom, in a shared IRC guesthouse. All IRC sites have electricity and internet all day through. Food is the individual’s responsibility .
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