Women Protection & Empowerment

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Background/IRC Summary:

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 provides lifesaving direct services to women and girls in emergencies and is a global leader in developing best practice and evidence-based approaches to programming for the protection and empowerment of women and girls. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.

The IRC’s Violence Prevention and Response Unit (VPRU) works to prevent and respond to violence and promote transformative work for a future free from violence. The unit houses expertise in the fields of Child Protection, Protection and Rule of Law, and Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE). This position will be based within the IRC’s Prevention and Response Unit, based in Mali and reporting into a VPRU Senior Technical Advisor.

Job Overview/Summary:

The IRC is implementing a five-year WPE system and capacity strengthening program in Mali which aims to improve adolescent girls’ health, wellbeing and safety from violence. As part of a consortia of international and national actors, the IRC is building the capacity of community led GBV prevention and response programming in Mali through a women and girls movement building approach. This WPE Specialist role will support women-led community-based organizations (CBOs) to use contextualized, evidence-based feminist approaches, including Women and Girls Safe Spaces, GBV Case Management, Girl Shine, and Engaging Men Through Accountable Practice to provide a supportive environment for adolescent girls at the community level, and to increase the agency of adolescent girls and strengthen their trust and use of GBV and SRHR services.

This role will be responsible for designing and implementing a capacity strengthening strategy to equip women-led CBOs with the skills to deliver GBV prevention and response programming, with a focus on adolescent girls’ inclusion. The WPE Specialist will work closely with IRC’s health sector to strengthen clinical care for GBV survivors and menstrual hygiene management. The WPE Specialist will be responsible for providing ongoing training, coaching and mentoring of women-led CBOs. This role will support CBOs and consortia members to monitor and evaluate programming and be responsive to the context and community throughout the project implementation period.

Major Responsibilities:

Capacity strengthening strategy development and implementation:

  • Consult with adolescent girls and women-led CBOs to inform the development of a capacity strengthening strategy to support women-led CBOs to deliver quality, sustainable GBV prevention and response activities at the community level.
  • Adapt monitoring tools to collect and analyze data through the five years of programming to assess the success of capacity strengthening activities and adapt as needed.

Training and coaching:

  • Directly deliver initial rounds of training to women-led CBOs on WGSS activities, including GBV case management and Girl Shine.
  • Directly deliver initial rounds of training to community facilitators delivering EMAP approach with women’s and men’s groups.
  • Co-facilitate, coach and support focal points from women-led CBOs to replicate trainings and oversee a cascade of training and coaching across a network of CBOs.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning:

  • Capture learning and best practices about CBO led WPE programming and inclusion of adolescent girls.
  • Work closely with a WPE Consultant and Technical Support team to document, monitor and evaluate the CBO led WPE programming approach.

Grant Management:

  • Participate in monthly project team meetings
  • Develop work plan and budget spending plans for IRC Mali’s component of the consortia
  • Draft programmatic donor reports
  • Regular review of BvAs and project spending

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: Violence Prevention and Response Technical Unit STA
Position directly supervises: N/A

Key working relationships: IRC Mali and consortia members

Job Requirements:

  • Women are encouraged and welcome to apply, due to the need to provide training and ongoing monitoring and coaching support to women and girls only spaces and women-led CBOs
  • Graduate studies in a relevant field (e.g. social work, public health, gender, GBV, women’s rights)
  • Minimum of 6 years’ experience in implementing GBV and/or Women’s and Girls’ Protection and Empowerment programming in West Africa or similar contexts
  • Experience working in partnership with women-led CBOs and women’s and girls’ movements to address GBV
  • Demonstrated ability to develop capacity strengthening resources and tools
  • Expertise building capacity / delivering training, mentoring and coaching in Women and Girls Protection and Empowerment approaches, including (required) GBV case management, WGSS formation and management, adolescent girls’ protection and response programming (such as Girl Shine), and (desirable) GBV prevention approaches (such as EMAP)
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Strong monitoring and evaluation skills, with experience working with both qualitative and quantitative data
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Flexible, highly motivated work attitude and willingness to work in remote areas of Mali
  • Fluent in French, desirable – English language skills

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, 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.

IRC et les employés de IRC doivent adhérer aux valeurs et principes contenus dans le IRC WAY (normes de conduite professionnelle). Ce sont l’Intégrité, le Service, et la Responsabilité. En conformité avec ces valeurs, IRC opère et fait respecter les politiques sur la protection des bénéficiaires contre l’exploitation et les abus, la protection de l’enfant, le harcèlement sur les lieux de travail, l’intégrité financière, et les représailles.

Check with HR what we can post about preferring women for this role as this is focused on building women led CBO programming and will require access to female only spaces to deliver coaching and monitoring support.

I've mentioned regional experience and we should plan to hire a WPE Specialist from the Africa region.

I've highlight the must haves in programming experiences are GBV CM, WGSS and Girl Shine, and nice to have is EMAP.

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