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 30 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure.
The Emergency Women’s Protection and Empowerment Coordinator is a full-time position, responsible for starting up and leading women’s protection and empowerment (WPE) programming in acute emergency responses. This may include rapid assessment, program start-up, strategy development, proposal development, technical oversight, staff recruitment and management, budget management, grants compliance and local partner relations. When not deployed, the ERT WPE Coordinator will contribute to IRC’s strategic objectives and technical workstreams for GBV and violence prevention and response in emergencies. A successful candidate will demonstrate track record working independently in fast-paced environments and applying creative, flexible design to women’s protection and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) response programming in humanitarian contexts.
Technical support and guidance
When not deployed, the Emergency WPE Coordinator will:
• Contribute to IRC’s strategic priorities for violence prevention and response in emergencies, and lead on women’s protection-specific ambitions, including: developing or refining emergency WPE program models, toolkits, and technical guidance; supporting emergency preparedness and readiness; contributing to integrated and multi-sectoral program design, etc.
• Provide technical support, coaching, and backstopping to WPE emergency responses in countries with existing IRC programming, as needed
• Participate in cross-departmental collaboration and coordination with PROL, CP, and other sector colleagues to ensure that linkages between programs are made and programs gain from protection best practice
• Contribute to delivery of IRC’s Emergency and Humanitarian Action strategic action plan and commitments to partnerships, safeguarding, and Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI)
ERT can expect to engage in response-centered work approximately 65% of the fiscal year, inclusive of in-country and remote emergency assignments.
• Following the onset of an emergency, identify areas with greatest impact, highest needs, and emerging protection risks for women and girls
• Conduct stakeholder and partner analysis: continually review existing actor mapping with a view to identifying key actors and establishing partnerships with focused on the delivery of GBV prevention and response services
• Design and conduct multi-sector needs assessments
• Support response strategy and implementing team in identifying, monitoring and analyzing data and information on needs and gaps for women and girls experiencing GBV and other forms of violence, and communicating with program teams and senior leadership to inform strategic direction of the response.
Program design and management
• Provide strategic direction, leadership and overall technical management of IRC’s WPE response aligned to the response strategy and emergency outcomes, while ensuring high program quality and alignment with IRC’s standards and approaches
• Lead and directly contribute to the start-up, implementation and coordination of emergency WPE programming, including GBV case management, psychosocial support for women and girls, GBV risk reduction, and protection of women and girls at risk or experiencing violence, abuse, and exploitation
• Oversee IRC’s partnerships, ensuring co-design, regular exchange, and project performance monitoring to achieve program objectives
• Ensure – through program design and practice, team capacity and behavior – that clients, especially women and adolescent girls, participate in the design and implementation of IRC programs, and that their access to services and programs is meaningful and safe
• Develop and/or adapt technical tools and approaches, and deliver creative solutions to mitigate challenges in the operating context, to facilitate response start-up and day to day implementation
• Support emergency WPE staff to implement and monitor work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community
• Design and implement appropriate monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems ensuring consistent reporting and analysis of results to improve program effectiveness and quality
• Provide a comprehensive handover to successor, including ensuring transfer of all related documentation, program data and staff performance information
Grant and financial management
• Manage emergency grant/program implementation including recruitment and training, work plan development, procurement and inventory planning, budget management, and M&E plans
• Develop high quality technical proposals and reports with relevant program staff in line with IRC and donor requirements
• Collaborate with IRC grants and finance staff to finalize proposals and respond to any requests for additional information
• Recruit, onboard, and supervise emergency WPE staff, and provide ongoing training and targeted capacity building, including technical guidance, on the job coaching and supervision, and capacity development plans on technical and managerial skills
• Comply with and ensure that new WPE staff understand the IRC Code of Conduct and policies related to Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Child Safeguarding. This includes ensuring that staff and communities have knowledge of and safe, confidential access to reporting mechanisms and support services
• Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions
Coordination and representation
• Actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key actors, including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors
• Regularly attend emergency GBV coordination and task force meetings, at appropriate levels to feed in IRC priorities from the field
• Ensure GBV concerns and challenges are brought to relevant fora to advocate for standards and procedures that systematize how WPE programming is implemented and coordinated at the field level
• Post-graduate degree in social work, psychology, social sciences, other related field, or equivalent work experience
• At least five years’ experience working in the field of WPE or GBV programming at the Coordinator level or above required, with consistent track record managing multi-donor portfolios in acute emergency response, program and project start-up
• Experience working with IRC and an understanding of IRC’s systems and processes is strongly preferred
• Familiarity with key donor regulations such as UNHCR, FCDO, BPRM and ECHO
• Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, donors, INGOs and other humanitarian actors
• Demonstrated experience in staff supervision, capacity building, project design and budget management
• Demonstrated skills in effectively leading and building programs and/or operations in high-pressure, fluid environments. Leadership and team management skills are critical.
• Proven communication, writing and editing skills, including the ability to effectively write and edit grant proposals and reports.
• Flexible work attitude: Be flexible and yet focused & reliable in an environment of limited resources and changing demands. Ability to work well, promote teamwork, be comfortable in a multi-cultural environment.
• Good digital literacy: Facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.
• Fluency in English and French required. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Working knowledge of Arabic and / or Spanish strongly preferred.
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality 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.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.