Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Abim, Kaabong, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Uganda
Reports to: Women’s Protection and Empowerment Team Leader
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80 years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over 1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.
About WPE Program:
Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Program strives to work with local structures to facilitate community-based and community-driven approaches to contribute to GBV prevention and response, including youth to facilitate a violence free community for women and girls. With funding from UNFPA, IRC will work to address socio-cultural and economic barriers that hinder HIV preventive behaviours and constrain timely access to sexual reproductive health, HIV and GBV prevention, treatment and care services among adolescents and youth 10-24 years.
Job Summary: The Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Officer will work closely with a core group of Community structures who will engage other members of the community to facilitate the process of positive behavioral change in the community through the SASA! process, Peer educators education sessions, Male Action Groups sessions. The position also requires the WPE Officer will support community-based teams to plan, implement, and facilitate participatory activities and monitoring of the activities. The position will also support in case management and economic empowerment linkages and mentorships.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
· In charge of the implementation of the UNFPA project in Karamoja region ensuring that stated goals and objectives are met and that programmes are appropriately monitored and evaluated.
· Actively facilitate trainings and learning experiences for SASA! Teams, Male Action Groups, Peer educators, CSOs, Cultural and religious leaders in community-based activities, participatory practices, facilitation skills and the SASA! Approach.
· Hold regular debriefing feedback sessions with community structures to identify challenges early and find appropriate local solutions to the problems and work to strengthen the working relation among the teams and with staff.
· Work closely with community structures to develop monthly work plans, campaigns including outreaches, dialogues, open air campaigns and actions to guide actions that reflect the evolving process in line with the respective implementation phases.
· Actively facilitate weekly/monthly mentoring and support supervision sessions to constantly build and strengthen the capacity of the community structures in their efforts to implement activities in communities.
· Create and consolidate strong synergies with the local community stakeholders like LCs, women groups, the religious leaders and government counter parts like CDOs, the police and the health to support local activism at sub county level.
· Work closely with partners and Activists to carry out Case management activities within the districts.
· Support the establishment and equipping of Adolescent and youth spaces in the various locations.
· Establish and support Youth clubs weekly meetings and trainings.
· Identify and mentor youth to carry out peer education and sensitization sessions in Youth clubs on early marriages and pregnancies, HIV and GBV.
· Support the selection, training and mentorship of vulnerable girls in entrepreneurship and life skills
· Develop, reprint and distribute adolescent friendly IEC materials on behavioural change and awareness aspects.
· Plan and mobilize communities to participate in community mass awareness events like Women’s day, 16 days of activism, etc.
· Work with district CDOs to establish temporary Women’s safe shelters,
· Support the linking and mentorship of MAGs and vulnerable female youth to business opportunities
· Actively plan weekly project implementation activities and submit to the manager for approval.
· Ensure timely and accurate procurements and finances for activities by ensuring all Purchase Requests and payment requests are raised at least two weeks before delivery date in accordance with program budget provisions to avoid disruption of activities.
· Develop and submit accurate weekly travel plans to Logistics (transport officer) for the following week to allow Logistics plan for transport and smooth activity implementation.
Monitoring and Documentation;
· Document all activities: Meetings, Trainings, Events, Field monitoring e. t. c. using appropriate SASA! and other documentation and reporting tools in the sector as required and ensure that all documents/data collected is properly and safely filed and stored.
· Submit monthly progress reports against set work plans using agreed reporting tools to the Team Leader.
Working with CBO partners;
· Actively participate in weekly joint activity planning meeting with CBO partners to support their efforts in preparation and implementation of Case management in their respective locations.
· Continually assess CBO partner capacity gaps and provide coaching/mentoring on gender related issues at least quarterly and appropriately refer to the Program Manager for redress.
· Hold monthly debrief sessions with the CBO partner to identify challenges and gaps, and develop appropriate approaches to address identified challenges.
Human Resource and Administration;
· Plan, manage and utilize the leave days accrued alongside planned activities so that activities are not disrupted and to ensure that time is balanced between work and personal.
· Ensure that the timesheets (and other HR related requirements) are filled at the end of every month.
Coordination and Representation;
· Build and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders at the sub county including community leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, Community Based Organizations and other IRC sectors to enhance multi-agency and sectoral cooperation and coordination.
· Ensure that the sub county leadership are briefed and consulted in the development of Women’s Protection and Empowerment programs and as much as possible are involved in the implementation, monitoring and supervision of activities.
· Participate actively in all sub county monthly protection meetings in all areas of operations to keep the sub county leadership informed and updated of activity implementation and progress.
· Participate actively in the district monthly protection meetings when requested.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The ideal candidates for the Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Officer job vacancies should hold a University degree in Social Science, Gender or related field;
· At least two years’ practical experience facilitating participatory learning and action (PLA) methodologies or equivalent.
· The applicant should have a background in community development.
· Previous experience in community mobilization using participatory learning and action approaches.
· S/he should be an excellent trainer with a keen ability to explain messages clearly to a diverse audience.
· The selected individual should also have a clear understanding of the issues concerning power disparities between men and women and its connection to violence against women and Male engage and youth programming.
· S/he needs to communicate well and should be able to demonstrate their ability to build and strengthen community-driven initiatives.
· Broad knowledge and understanding of gender power dynamics, violence against women and rights based programming and youth programming;
· Previous exposure and experience with projects that strengthen the abilities of CBOs or other local grass roots entities
· Excellent and demonstrated oral and written communication skills;
· Able to network and build coalitions;
· Excellent computer skills -MS office
· Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable security environment;
· Good interpersonal and team building skills;
· Ability to multitask, handle pressure well, improvise, and flexibility.
· Fluency in English is required; and fluency in Ng’Karimojong is preferred;
NB: Female and Ugandan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should apply online by clicking on link below.
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