Women’s Protection and Empowerment Coordinator NGO Careers - International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Organization: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Director Programmes

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.

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 Coordinator is mainly responsible for strategy development, program design, technical support to ensure quality implementation, standardization, monitoring and evaluation of all activities in the field of WPE. Primary duties will include strengthening the WPE sector and providing technical oversight of this program across all sites of implementation. Focus is on program quality, with program progress being monitored and evaluated against quantifiable benchmarks, and business development, to ensure sufficient funding for multi-year robust programming.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program Management & Development:
·         Manage the technical aspects of the implementation and coordination of the WPE program, providing support to the program managers to develop work plans to guide implementation of approved grants.
·         Support the program managers and field teams in the implementation and monitoring of the work plans ensuring that activities reflect the commitments IRC made to the donor and the community.
·         Develop and/or improve monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for the WPE program, ensuring that WPE teams in the field actively monitor set indicators and evolving concerns of the target communities.
·         Work collaboratively to integrate WPE with other program sectors where appropriate, with a focus on the health sector.
·         Coordinate and participate in the development of new proposals and initiatives for the IRC Uganda WPE program in accordance with the country program strategic plan, IRC program framework and IRC WPE strategies.
·         Coordinate and participate in the development of budgets for program proposals in conjunction with the grants and finance departments.
·         Work closely with the Deputy Director of Programs and the WPE team to strengthen the WPE sector in IRC Uganda, defining the strategic direction of the WPE programming and establishing a Country Sector Strategy.
·         Work closely and regularly with the relevant HQ technical units.
Staff Support:
·         Offer timely ongoing training and technical support and guidance to the program managers, and ensure all WPE staff adhere to best-practice principles in all aspects of program implementation.
·         Establish regular and direct communication lines with all the program managers.
·         Carry out technical interviews of candidates for WPE program manager positions
·         Work closely with the Field Coordinators/Managers to ensure technical aspects of the Performance Management System documentation for the program managers is in place and followed up regularly.
·         Support Field Coordinators/Managers to ensure that program managers put capacity development plans in place for the WPE teams based on documented capacity needs assessments exercise.
Grants Management and Reporting:
·         Keenly review progress in achieving program objectives and targets in collaboration with the programs managers.
·         Actively participate in Grants Opening, Mid-Term and Closing meetings.
·         Review technical aspects of internal and external reports prepared by the WPE Managers within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
·         Work in close collaboration with program managers, review Budget vs. Actual expenditure for WPE programs on a monthly basis.
·         Bring any over/under expenditure issues to the attention of the Field Coordinators/Managers and the Program Managers in a timely manner and jointly develop corrective plans in collaboration with the DDP and the Grants team.
Representation and Coordination:
·         Work in close coordination with the DDP actively develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders in Uganda including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs, and other relevant actors.
·         Establish networks with UN, INGOs, and local partners to promote technical capacity and develop strategic partnerships.
·         Participate in inter-agency WPE forums at national and international levels.
·         Represent the WPE program with national authorities, non-state actors, UN agencies, NGOs, and donors.
·         Upon request by the Senior Management Team, organize and facilitate field visits for stakeholders interested in IRC's WPE programming in Uganda.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The ideal candidates for the IRC Women's Protection and Empowerment Coordinator job vacancy should hold a Master’s degree in international law, human rights law, international relations, social sciences, or other related field
·         At least five years overseas professional experience in program implementation in the field of Women's Protection and Empowerment
·         Ability to remotely work with teams in an advising role
·         Demonstrated experience in capacity building, project design and budget management
·         Strong understanding of women's protection principles and likely protection concerns arising in the Uganda context as well as conflict sensitivity
·         Experience in working with and coordinating with the UN, donors, INGOs and other stakeholders
·         Strong interpersonal, intercultural and communication skills
·         Excellent analytical and writing skills
·         Fluency in English
·         Excellent oral and written skills and computer skills
·         Additional qualities: ability to multi-task, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility, adaptability to transitions.

NB: Female are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should apply online by clicking on link below.

Deadline: 1st November, 2016

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