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24 August 2016

Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Manager Job Placement - International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Gender Specialist

About US:
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.

Job Summary: The Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) Manager will be the focal point for the IRC’s SGBV program in Yumbe in North western Uganda. With technical support from Gender Specialist, the SGBV Manager will be responsible for all aspects of implementing and managing the SGBV program in Yumbe in line with IRC’s global strategy and ensuring that the goals and objectives of the program are met. Her/his responsibilities include technical oversight to all field-based staff, management of daily activities and operations including operational planning and procedures, grant management, monitoring and reporting according to donor guidelines. The GBV Manager will ensure that the program initiatives are moving appropriately towards set objectives, operating within budget and logistical constraints, and implemented in line with IASC and IRC guidelines.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program Quality: Effective program design that contributes to enhanced quality and strategic interventions at the community level
Overall Project facilitation:
·         With support from the GBV Technical Coordinator (TC), provide technical support to the yumbe GBV team to ensure that GBV activities are of good quality and implemented in accordance with national and international standards;
·         Facilitate the development of and ensure the use of monitoring and evaluation tools which can demonstrate progress and gaps towards the projects objectives and show the extent of impact;
·         Clearly communicate (in writing and orally) project goals and objectives, methods and strategies, challenges and progress using accurate data and up to date information.
·         Promoting local Activism, community ownership and fostering positive behavior change
·         With support from the gender specialist, support the development of multi-staged behavior change strategies that will contribute to the prevention of GBV and ensure staff understand and implement strategies
·         Strengthen staff’s understanding and capacity to facilitate community based participation using Participatory Learning, and Action (PLA) methodologies.
·         Ensure that all IEC materials and messages are clear, concise and of good quality; promote positive images of women and girls; demonstrate positive alternatives to the use of violence; and avoid negative caricature of men but promote their contribution to reducing GBV
Facilitating Partnership:
·         Oversee capacity building of local partner GBV program staff to design, implement and monitor high quality programming through ongoing informal mentoring and training, formal training sessions and evaluations.
·         Encourage mutual partnership with staff and local partners based on clearly defined, shared responsibilities and respect
Enhancing GBV response systems:
·         With support from the GBV TC, support the development of GBV response strategies that trigger greater ownership by service providers and government authorities to enhance quality and timely care for GBV survivors.
·         Network with key stakeholders to invigorate the GBV response referral system and ensure regular and meaningful coordination that helps improve GBV survivors access to quality and timely care. 
·         With support from the GBV TC, Develop tools that help strengthen staffs networking skills to encourage responsive referral networks in their operational sites.
·         Advocate and emphasize systems that focus on the survivors’ needs and enhance confidentially, safety and respect. 
Promoting Holistic programming:
·         Identify links with other program sectors and promote gender inclusiveness with the other sectors that help contribute to reducing the vulnerability of women and girls to GBV;
·         With support from the gender specialist, provide support for the mainstreaming of GBV principles and issues within all of IRC’s programming.
Sharpening Strategic foresight and project longevity:
·         Actively participate in the development of a GBV sector strategy that articulates the vision in line with the country strategy and lays out the ‘master’ program design (from which proposals are developed);
·         Ensure that new proposals promote continued high quality programming by responding to identified needs, taking account of recognized best practices and minimum standards and improving on lessons learned from earlier programs, both IRC Uganda’s and other’s;
·         Participate in designing and conducting needs assessment tools and lead or assist in new/potential site evaluations as needed;
·         Ensure that GBV programming continually and increasingly engages the community and leaders in the implementation and design processes.
Program Implementation:
·         Effectively Communicating process, progress, and vision
·         Ensure staff clearly understand and can effectively translate IRC’s GBV strategies, methods and core messages to a variety of stakeholders (individuals – of all ages, sex, literate and non-literate, communities, local authorities, service professionals, and government officials)
·         Routinely exhibit progress towards project objectives and highlight challenges and gaps in internal monthly reports. 
·         Ensure all reports are timely and concise as well as use relevant and specific data to demonstrate progress and explain challenges.
·         Ensure reports and information about the program is shared with supervisors and staff as well as other IRC departments and partners when appropriate.
·         Ensure that all external (donor and other stakeholder) reporting requirements are met and that reports are timely, data specific, and of a high quality.
Proactive Planning:
·         Plan overall implementation of projects to meet objectives while balancing the efficient use of staffs time and finances.  This includes developing and updating grant work plans, procurement plans, quarterly department plans, spending plans and staff work plans.
·         Support staff to plan activities that are realistic in terms of their time management, logistical needs and fit within budget parameters.
Systematic Monitoring:
·         Ensure that systems to monitor progress towards indicators are developed and incorporated in all activities
·         Ensure staff understand their roles, responsibilities, and contribution to the monitoring systems and that their use of monitoring tools are accurate, routine, and done on time.
·         Ensure that systems are in place to monitor spending and manage grant budgets
Strengthening Local Partnerships:
·         Support local partners to develop realistic projects based on actual capacities and resources
·         Formulate strategies with partners and staff to enhance local partner’s capacity to implement and monitor activities that meet specified objectives
·         Monitor partner activities and ensure implementation follows signed agreement within donor requirements
·         Be available to support partners and trouble shoot challenges when they evolve.
Facilitating Project Implementation:
·         Judiciously manage the use of GBV program finances, supplies, and assets
·         Ensure staff are familiar with and follow IRC’s logistics, transport and finance procedures in a timely manner to facilitate smooth implementation of activities
·         Promote a philosophy of ownership rather than dependency in all aspects of project implementation
·         Ensure expenditures follow donor budget guidelines and coded appropriately
·         Ensure that local protocols are adhered to facilitate a foothold in the community
Human Resource Management: Excellent human resources management that promotes enhanced levels of professionalism and leadership within the program
·         Mentor and supervise staff including monitoring of staff welfare and administrative status (performance evaluations, training plans, update job descriptions, ensure Mandatory Reporting Policies (MRPs) are understood and followed, staff meetings and well-being, etc)   
·         Ensure that all human resource/administrative functions in the department run smoothly and efficiently (time sheets, transport requests, leave plans, salary allocations, hand-over notes, etc)
·         Ensure staff grievances are heard and addressed balancing the needs of the staff and IRC policies
·         Empower staff and promote accountability by appropriately delegating responsibilities according to staff’s capacity
·         Promote team work by sharing responsibilities among and diffusing superfluous power dynamics
Coordination & Representation: High quality representation of organization and sector through internal and external coordination opportunities
·         Ensure that IRC’s contribution to the GBV sector in Uganda is recognized and valued by all stakeholders through proactive participation in regular and ad hoc representation and coordination activities;
·         Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders – including community leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, community based organizations and other IRC sectors to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination;
·         Participate in the GBV Working Group Meetings and/or other coordination meetings (including DHRPP, GBV working group/sub-cluster, IMS, etc.). Ensure feedback and follow-up of information from the coordination meetings, as appropriate
·         Ensure that relevant District officials are briefed and consulted in the development of GBV programs and as much as possible are involved in implementation, monitoring and supervision of activities.
·         Active and regular participation in internal (IRC) country coordination mechanisms, ensuring: Communication and collaboration among country program sectors for integrated programming and effective coordination between program and operations departments to facilitate quality, timely support to programs

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
·         The applicant must hold an MA/S or equivalent in social science, development studies, humanities or other related degree preferred;
·         A minimum of three (3) years program management experience, including at least 1-2 years in a field-based social / community development programming; 
·         A minimum of two (2) years’ experience working with refugees on SGBV issues in conflict and post conflict settings
·         At least two (2) years’ experience facilitating participatory learning and action (PLA) methodologies or equivalent participatory methodologies 
·         Broad knowledge and understanding of gender power dynamics and rights based programming
·         Clear understanding of GBV programming, desirable.
·         Excellent and demonstrated oral and written communication skills;
·         Able to network and build coalitions
·         Excellent interpersonal and team building skills;
·         Experience supervising diverse staff in a complex, insecure emergency setting;
·         Experience in grant management (including financial management and monitoring & evaluation) and proposal writing is preferred;
·         Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Power point, Outlook and Outlook Express;
·         Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable security environment;
·         Fluency in English a required; and fluency in Lugbara/Madi preferred.
·         Additional qualities: ability to multitask, handle pressure well, improvise and flexibility.

How to Apply: 
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications online at the link below.

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