International Rescue CommitteeClosing Date : 2017-11-19
Duty Station : Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
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Organization: International Rescue Committee
Country: C te d'Ivoire
Closing date: 19 Nov 2017

Job Title: Women's Protection and Empowerment Coordinator

Sector: Gender

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Location: C te d'Ivoire-Abidjan

Job Description Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee's (IRC) mission is to help the world's most vulnerable people survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The International Rescue Committee responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.


C te d'Ivoire's crisis between 2002 and 2010 was characterized by periods of intense violence followed by relative calm. Initially brought about by the collapse of prices in the vital cocoa industry, the conflict was fueled by issues of national identity, ethnic allegiance, and land ownership. This resulted in the internal displacement of hundreds of thousands of people (IDPs), profound social disintegration, and the decay of basic community infrastructure such as health centers, water points, and schools.

IRC had a brief presence in south-west C te d'Ivoire in the late 1990s to respond to the needs of Liberian refugees. It then re-opened its office in Abidjan in 2003 to respond to the humanitarian needs brought about by the civil conflict, as well as to address a new wave of Liberian refugees.

In 2016, IRC works for the Ivorian population at large, mainly targeting populations that have been the most affected by the conflict and/or for which specific attention is needed during recovery. Programs include facilitating the recovery of local health and education services, building community governance capacity, and contributing to women's safety and empowerment. In 2016, the IRC is implementing 14 projects in the field sites of Man, Du kou , Odi nn and Yamoussoukro, as well as in its Abidjan HQ office.

From now until the end of 2020, the IRC in C te d'Ivoire will prioritize improving health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and decision-making power. The IRC aims to reach 2.1 million people in C te d'Ivoire, specifically targeting women and girls, unemployed youth, returnees and other vulnerable groups.

The Women's Protection and Empowerment (WPE) program has been operating in Central and Western C te d'Ivoire since 2003. While a large program closed in November 2015, GBV prevention and response and women's socio-economic empowerment intervention have been integrated into HIV, economic recovery and development and education programs. Besides, a specific U.S. Department of State (DoS) funded WPE project in Western C te d'Ivoire is being implemented and other large projects being elaborated.

SCOPE OF WORK: Under the guidance of the Deputy Director Programs, this position is responsible to provide strategic leadership to dedicated WPE program and WPE components, to implement the OEF strategy, as well as support Gender Equality initiatives. The WPE Coordinator will directly be responsible for the implementation of the WPE led projects, including the current Dos funded project. The WPE coordinator will also provide technical guidance and advice to the HIV/ERD WPE related components, including 1) GBV response through case management and psychosocial support, 2) prevention, including engaging men and boys 3) training and capacity building of partners, 4) economic and social empowerment (EA$E).

The position will be based in Abidjan, with regular field trips, especially in Western CdI.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES: Program quality / implementation

The WPE Coordinator is responsible for the overarching coordination of WPE programs/components in Cote d'Ivoire in line with the IRC Country Strategic Action Plan within IRC international priorities, frameworks and policies;Lead and oversee planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of WPE programs and activities;Provide technical guidance from the outset of business development to implementation phases of project life cycles;Provide clear technical support, supervisory guidance, training and mentoring to all WPE programs, activities and teams in CdI and in close coordination with Health, CYPD, ERD Coordinators, the Deputy Director Programs as well as the Country Director (CD) to ensure consistent, harmonized and quality program design and implementation across project sites and improved integration between WPE and other IRC programs.Develop key technical program tools. Review and adapt existing IRC technical training materials. Develop training materials as needed to support the introduction of new programming approaches.Liaise regularly with the Field Coordinators, and the HQ WPE Technical Unit to provide updates on the program, discuss emerging challenges, and collaborate on the design of new programs or changes to existing programs;Act as a key technical facilitator and resource person for internal and external IRC trainings and workshops. Provide training to program staff and partner as needed.

Budget Management

Participate in internal BvA meetings and also with partners to ensure that grant(s) is on track, and all under/over spent are handled with proper planningWork closely with finance and grants teams to develop budget notes for all partners, and for IRC's direct implementationCollaborate with Grants department to ensure that programs are implemented according to donor guidelines and reporting requirements are met.

Sector Strategy and Program Development

Expand WPE program portfolioIn line with the Country Strategic Action Plan (SAP), actively seek and develop solicited/unsolicited proposals that are either sector standalone or multi sectorial;Ensure coherence in program strategy and implementation across sites and programs.Ensure the implementation of the WPE related SAP action planWork with program teams to develop new and update existing program components of the WPE sector strategy, to inform on-going opportunities for programming and to strengthen the linkages between WPE and other IRC program sectors (Health, Children & Youth Protection & Development, Economic Recovery and Development).Participate in proposal writing and other business development opportunities as needed and inform program costing exercises.Provide technical guidance to other Gender Equality Initiatives (Gender audits, gender analysis training, etc.)

Representation & Advocacy

Maintain strong relationships with relevant government partners involved in WPE activities.Develop and maintain strong relationships with donors and potential donors in CdIEnsure WPE visibility and represent IRC WPE in GBV meetings, protection cluster meetings and other relevant meetings and task forces at provincial and national levelsMaintain effective relationship with active WPE/GBV actors in the country for effective and improved coordination and programming

Staff Supervision & Development

Directly supervise WPE team and technically supervise other programs GBV staffProvide on-the-job training and coaching to the WPE team to promote holistic program approaches and strategies.Oversee the development of staff technical capacity building plans and ensure staffs receive training accordingly.Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.Assist the staff in identifying professional development needs and opportunities.Work with the staff to ensure performance objectives are regularly reviewed and met.Provide continuous performance feedback to staff; identify performance issues and work with staff and Human Resources to document and address issues in a timely manner.

Professional Standards

Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor to develop WPE programs.All IRC staff are required to adhere to the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies.


Education: Advanced degree in International Development, Social Work, Women's Studies, or other related field

Work Experience:

Minimum 5 years professional experience developing, managing, and evaluating GBVPrevention and response/ WPE programs in post conflict and development contexts

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

Strong and demonstrated commitment to women's empowerment and Gender equalityThorough understanding of best practices and evidence-based strategies in GBV response (case management and psychosocial support), socio-economic empowerment, adolescent girls' empowerment, gender transformative approaches, and GBV primary prevention and risk reduction;Experience implementing GBV response and prevention programs in collaboration with local partners and providing direct technical support to local organizations and public partnersStrong project planning and organizational skillsPrevious experience managing programs financed through one or more of the following, U.S. State Department, USAID, World Bank, or private foundations, with strong program/technical and budget management skillsStrong planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills;Successful experience in developing new programs in line with strategic goalsStrong written and oral communication skills, effective in representation and advocacy with external parties;Experience managing, supervising, coaching and mentoring staff;Proven ability to work well in and promote teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible and able to handle pressure with professional grace.

IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. IRC is an equal opportunity employer.

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