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Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program Coordinator

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Women’s Protection and Empowerment Program Coordinator

Location : Bukavu

Closing date: June 08th, 2013


I.              Introduction

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian voluntary agency providing assistance to those fleeing war or repression. The IRC’s programs promote self-sustenance of displaced persons and host populations through public health, sanitation, shelter, rehabilitation, and educational programs. The IRC serves people in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. The IRC is committed to freedom, human dignity and self-reliance. This commitment is reflected in well-planned resettlement assistance, global emergency relief, rehabilitation, and advocacy.

II.             Background

With the headquarters in Kinshasa and provincial offices in Bukavu, Goma, Lumbumbashi, Kinsangani and Kananga, the IRC is one of the largest humanitarian actors in the DRC. The IRC has implemented a multi-sector program in East DR Congo since 1996, providing emergency support (water, sanitation, shelter, health, structural rehabilitation) to refugees, IDPs, and war impacted populations, as well as post-conflict programming through civil society development programs implemented in North and South Kivu, and northern Katanga provinces. These programs reflect the IRC’s guiding principles of capacity-building, participation, partnership, protecting & promoting human rights and holistic programming.

III.            WPE Program The IRC

WPE program has worked in South Kivu since 2002, providing services to survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) through partner non-government organizations and community-based organizations, as well as supporting the economic and social empowerment of women and girls and engaging communities to address norms and behaviors that are harmful to women and girls. This project is implemented within 2 territories across South Kivu.

IV.           Job Responsibilities

The WPE Program Coordinator is responsible for the on-going implementation, monitoring and management of the WPE program in South Kivu.

-       S/he must ensure that all interventions are technically sound and appropriate in meeting the needs of GBV survivors and affected communities, and ensuring the safety of women and girls in all interventions ;

-       S/he is responsible for managing a team of 40 national and expatriate staff ;

-       S/he is also responsible for overseeing the improvement of the technical capacity of local partners in providing case management, medical, legal, and community economic and social re-integration services ;

-       S/he actively contributes to the development of additional WPE projects and ultimately supervises their implementation. The WPE Coordinator is supervised by the Deputy Director for Programs and works in close collaboration with the WPE Coordinator in North Kivu and the WPE Program Advisor in Kinshasa.


V.            Responsibilities


1.     Program Implementation :

-       Oversee implementation of program, strategically managing budgets for multiple concurrent grants, budget forecasting, reporting requirements, spending and work plans across grants ;

-       Ensure program management systems, including reporting, monitoring, budget management are in place and functioning ;

-       Closely monitor budgets, generate and update operating budgets, gap analyses, spending plans, and close-outs in coordination with provincial management team and the WPE Program Director in Kinshasa ;

-       Ensure quality reporting both internally and for donor purposes ;

-       Implement monitoring and evaluation system to document overall program progress achievements, based on the program logframe and ensuring that data is consistently and accurately collected, in collaboration with the WPE M&E Team.


2.     Technical oversight and strategic planning :

-       Ensure that the local partners provide appropriate services resulting in high quality medical, psychological, legal, economic and other assistance ;

-       Support staff in identifying gaps in local partners’ capacity, developing relevant training modules and conducting trainings to ensure quality service provision ;

-       Ensure systems are in place to ensure appropriate monitoring of all local partners’ project proposals ;

-       Including clear objectives and project indicators that will allow reasonable measurement of partner’s achievements and verifying that project budgets are realistic and coherent with proposed activities ;

-       Work closely with the Health Coordinator to ensure constructive and efficient collaboration between the two programs, and advocate with the health team on the implementation of adequate clinical care for survivors of sexual assault including trainings and availability of appropriate medication ;

-       Seek cross-sectoral input and collaboration to create synergies between different programs in accordance with the WPE country sector strategy and in liaison with the Kinshasa WPE team ;

-       Actively contribute to the broader IRC DRC Strategic Planning Process and actively participate in the design of other WPE projects and proposals.


3.     Partnerships :

-       Ensure, with the support of the IRC DRC Partnerships Department, that all sub-grant projects are adequately monitored and are completed in a timely manner in accordance with all IRC and donor programmatic and financial protocols and regulations ;

-       Ensure that input from community-based organizations are collected and taken into account when designing project collaboration between the IRC WPE program and CBOs ;

-       Maintain positive working relationships with Johns Hopkins University and the IRC’s Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit within the scope of the impact evaluation currently being implemented within the WPE program in South Kivu.


4.     Learning, Advocacy and Representation :

-       Develop lessons learnt documents and tools to actively share best practices across the IRC DRC program and with other IRC country programs in coordination with the WPE technical team in Kinshasa ;

-       Develop and support effective WPE advocacy strategies and tools for IRC staff and partners, in collaboration with the WPE Program Advisor ;

-       Actively participate in joint national and international advocacy initiatives on behalf of the IRC, and seek out opportunities to raise the IRC’s profile ;

-       Promote inter-agency, multi-sectoral collaboration in GBV prevention and response in all IRC program sites and actively engage in GBV-related inter-agency coordination.


5.     Human Resources :

-       Directly supervise the South Kivu WPE team, and oversee all human resources for the program including performance evaluations, disciplinary actions in line with IRC policies and the DRC legal framework, and any other HR related work ;

-       Develop staff capacity building plans to actively promote staff development, and design, facilitate and/or organize training on WPE-related technical skills as well as project management skills, in collaboration with the WPE Program Advisor.

Ensure regular communication with the WPE Program Advisor and the WPE Program Director at all times.

VI.           Requirements must have excellent French and English speaking and writing skills


-       Fluency in French and English o MA/S or equivalent in health (MPH), social sciences, humanities or other related degree preferred ;

-       Overseas supervisory experience ;

-       Minimum of 3 yrs experience managing a GBV-related program in developing country ;

-       Excellent management, project planning, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills ;

-       Strong budget management ability, ideally with sub-grant award funding ;

-       Strong experience managing multi-cultural teams ;

-       Experience working with capacity building of local partners ;

-       Academic and/or practical experience in designing and implementing training program for adults desirable ;

-       Community education/training experience desirable ;

-       Experience supervising staff in an international setting ;

-       Must be able to work independently while being a strong team player ;

-       Ability and interest to work with a multi-cultural team in a culturally appropriate manner ;

-       Strong computer skills: must be competent in the use of Windows, MS office programs (Word, Excel) and email programs.

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