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WPE Coordinator


Location: Beni, Democratic Republic of Congo

Organization: International Rescue Committee


The Ministry of Health (MoH) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola in North Kivu Province, Eastern DRC, on 1 August 2018. This is the first time Ebola has been reported in this part of the country and represents the tenth outbreak of the disease in the DRC, with the most recent outbreak in Equateur province ending only days before on 26 July 2018.

The IRC is supporting the containment of the EVD outbreak in the North Kivu region of DRC. The IRC’s primary focus will be to provide support to existing MoH health facilities to ensure the safe continuity of services. The IRC’s support will include the strengthening of infection prevention and control (IPC) practices and the establishment of EVD screening and isolation points at the facilities , upgrading of water supply and waste management at these facilities, ensuring safe access to lifesaving services for women and children, and promoting community resilience and participation in solutions. The IRC is currently supporting 59 facilities in Beni, Mutwanga, Butembo, Katwa, Vuhovi, Musienne and Goma.

Scope of work

The WPE Coordinator will be based in Beni and will act as the focal point for gender based violence and women’s protection issues on the IRC’s Ebola response team in Beni, Butembo and Goma. The WPE Coordinator will provide technical expertise for the overall protection response to the Ebola outbreak and will support the IRC DRC country program WPE team to integrate Ebola-related protection concerns into their regular program activities in locations where IRC supports primary health care services.

The WPE Coordinator will work collaboratively with other sectors of the IRC response team – especially child protection, health and EH teams working to strengthen infection prevention and control in health facilities, and engagement and protection in communities. The WPE Coordinator will report to the Field Director.

Main Responsiibilities

  • Oversee the delivery of high quality technical proposals and reports, in line with donor requirements. This includes:
  • Work in close collaboration with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information.
  • Manage grant/program implementation including staff recruitment and training, work plan development, procurement and inventory planning, and budget management.
  • Ensure consistent reporting and analysis of results to enhance program effectiveness and quality.
  • Design and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems ensuring consistent reporting and analysis of results to enhance program effectiveness and quality;
  • Ensure regular trends analysis of broader protection context and highlight needs in other technical fields within VPRU – Child Protection and Protection/Rule of Law – where necessary;
  • Ensure – through program design and practice, team capacity and behavior – that women and girls are part of the design and implementation of IRC programs, and that their access to services and programs is meaningful and safe;
  • Ensure compliance with IRC policy and procedures across all activities. This includes acting in line with the IRC Code of Conduct, the Do No Harm Imperative, and international accords including the UN Secretary General's Bulletin on the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse;
  • Coordinate with other agencies, local government, donors and other stakeholders to promote delivery of best practice humanitarian assistance;
  • Support media and communications activities as requested by the ERT Field Director/CD/in-county emergency lead, and in line with VPRU guidance;
  • In close collaboration with country management and global advocacy units, contribute to strategies to address IRC emergency advocacy priorities as they relate to women and girls;
  • Assess and provide input on post emergency strategies and transition plans for IRC programming;
  • Represent the IRC on protection issues at relevant Ebola response coordination fora as necessary
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with other actors, donors, and key stakeholders in order to assure appropriate attention to the Ebola-related protection needs of women and girls;


  • University degree and technical accreditation or equivalent;
  • At least five years of experience developing and managing GBV programming in humanitarian contexts;
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with agencies, local governments and community leaders and develop multi-stakeholder support for humanitarian priorities and advocacy initiatives;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify creative and appropriate solutions for the populations affected by crisis, considering factors including the context and an individual client's developmental stage, gender and status;
  • Experience managing large, complex donor funded programs and grants, including staff management, budget oversight, monitoring and evaluation systems, and technical input to proposal-budget development and donor reports;
  • Fluency in both French and English, written and spoken
  • Ability to live and work in stressful and insecure environment;
  • Excellent professional approach and strong team building skills.

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