The International Rescue Committee is an NGO that serves refugee and
communities victimized by oppression and violent conflict worldwide.
Since October 2012, the IRC has been responding to humanitarian needs of
The IRC initially intervened in response to floods that
affected over 7 million people across the country, destroying harvest
and damaging homes. The IRC is currently implementing programs in
Health, Child Protection, WASH, Nutrition and Women’s Protection and
Empowerment (WPE) in Adamawa and Borno States in North-Eastern Nigeria.
The IRC’s WPE program implements prevention and response activities
to address gender-based violence and give voice to women and girls.
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious human rights and public health
issue affecting women and girls around the world. It impacts all aspects
of women and girl’s physical, emotional, psychological and social
well-being. It has harmful consequences for the individuals who
experience it, their families, and communities as a whole.
The IRCs Women Protection and Empowerment Program is starting up
emergency WPE mobile programming in coordination with the Reproductive
Health team. The focus of this program is to provide quality rapid case
management, psychosocial response services, and basic reproductive
health services to conflict-affected women and girls in Borno,
North-Eastern Nigeria in a timely manner. In addition to the mobile
program, the WPE mobile team will be in charge of rapid assessments and
rapid response. The WPE mobile teams will be focused in newly opened
LGAs and emergency areas previously inaccessible due to conflict and
insecurity. The WPE team is providing life-saving services to
populations outside of Maiduguri, who have not had access to services in
approximately 3 years.
JOB POSITION: WPE Senior Manager
SCOPE OF WORK
The WPE Senior Manager will be the lead for IRC’s innovative WPE
mobile response, with an integrated reproductive health component, in
Borno State in LGAs outside Maiduguri. With technical support from the
WPE program coordinator, the WPE Senior Manager will be responsible for
leading implementation of a mobile WPE Program in Konduga, Monguno, and
newly accessible LGAs in Borno State and ensuring that quality services
are provided. In addition the WPE Senior Manager will develop and lead
assessments that will be coupled with a rapid response mechanism to
ensure women and girls have access to life-saving services from the
beginning of an LGA becoming accessible. S/he will provide technical
oversight to prevention and response staff in the area of protection and
empowerment of women and girls (and the effects of the conflict on
women and girls in general), with an emphasis on coaching staff to build
their capacity, preparing a team for rapid responses, training on WPE
and RH rapid assessments, training on WPE rapid responses, advocating
for improved services for women and girls, and setting-up quality mobile
response to reach women and girls in conflict affected areas.
Depending on security, the WPE Senior Manager will be managing the at
least three WPE mobile teams remotely. Due to the unpredictability in
Borno State, the Senior Manager will expected to make quick, sound
judgement on where the mobile team needs to implement. The Senior
Manager will be expected to stay abreast of security issues and how it
will impact the mobile team and the beneficiaries they aim to reach.
This position will be expected to travel between Maiduguri and Monguno where WPE teams are being established.
- · Provide ongoing leadership, training, and guidance to staff and
local partners to ensure programming meets best practice standards and
prioritizes the security of beneficiaries and staff.
- · Support team to conduct safety audits and take the lead
communicating with other stakeholders to ensure all services mitigate
the risk of GBV and are in line with IASC GBV Guidelines
- · Design and lead assessments to ensure the voices of women and girls inform WPE program design
- Lead the development of coordination and referral mechanisms to ensure GBV survivors can access health care in a timely manner
- · Promote and teach good practice in regards to rapid WPE case management and psychosocial support
- · Assist GBV IMS manager on IMS data analysis, IMS data sharing, and IMS data compilation
- · Develop protocols on information management in insecure environments
- · Support the WPE team to develop awareness raising messages to
promote uptake of mobile GBV response services in a timely manner
- · Support the WPE team to ensure sustained programming
- · Promote coordination with the reproductive health team and ensure RH is incorporated into mobile response
- · Design and lead on rapid responses in newly opened LGAs
- · Prepare the WPE mobile team to respond quickly to emerging crises and newly accessible areas.
- · Assess security developments and advocate for integrated WPE + RH responses in Borno
- · Provide remote management of team in Monguno with frequent travel to Monguno
- · Liaise with the Health Manager to help provide technical support to the midwife team.
- · Lead the development of proposals as needed
- · Review monthly BvAs and submit monthly BvA corrections
- · Prepare and keep updated budget spent out plans in order to maintain program expenditure within budget
Staff and Community Capacity Building
- · Collaborate with the WPE Coordinator and RH Manager to implement the staff training plan for Program Team members.
- · Oversee and when necessary conduct trainings for community and service providers.
- · Collaborate with the Health Sector to organize Clinical Care of Sexual Assault Survivors training for health staff, as needed.
- · Collaborate with the other IRC Program Managers to maintain an
on-going training program to ensure WPE is integrated into health, child
protection, EH and NFI Distribution and vice versa.
- · Liaise with the WPE Coordinator and Field Coordinator as needed for difficult or complex cases.
- · Train WPE mobile team on mobile team approaches and best practice in rapid case management.
- · Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all
stakeholders – including community leaders, Camp chairpersons, National
Emergency Management Agency, State Emergency Management Agency) NGOs, UN
agencies, Local Partners and other IRC sectors to enhance multi-agency
and multi sectoral cooperation and coordination.
- · Ensure that information from coordination meetings is shared, as appropriate.
- · Advocate for women and girls, with feedback from women and girls, in external meetings.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- · Lead the development and oversee implementation of strong
monitoring and evaluation systems Lead the preparation of reports to the
Women Protection and Empowerment Coordinator and donors.
- · Provide trend analysis on areas where the mobile team is
programming in order to improve services and advocacy for women and
- · Liaise with other mobile teams on best practices and assist each other with information sharing.
- Oversee administrative aspects of the program including, but not
limited to, writing job descriptions, interviewing and hiring staff,
developing staff performance objectives and conducting timely
- Ensure the staff follows IRC global financial procedures and meeting donor requirements.
- Ensure that all internal (IRC) reporting requirements are met and that reports are of a high quality and submitted on time.
- Other duties as required.
- Must have a university degree in public health, social work, or
social science, with significant relevant work experience in conflict
- 3 years GBV program management experience, preferably in insecure locations,
- Excellent GBV case management skills and have provided direct case management to survivors of GBV,
- Ability to live and work under pressure in an unstable security environment.
- Knowledge and experience of participatory planning methods
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Experience in grant management and proposal writing is preferred.
- Excellent computer skills: MS Word, Excel, Power point, use e-mail and internet.
- Fluency in English and other language desirable.
- Experience in remote case management or managing mobile teams,
- Experience in managing a GBV emergency response team using rapid case management,
- Experience using and good knowledge of the GBV IMS.
- Good interpersonal and team building skills.
- Thorough understanding of feminist theory and survivor centered programming
- Additional qualities: ability to multitask, ability to handle pressure well, ability to improvise, flexibility.
- Be a team player
Standards for Professional Conduct:
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
How to Apply
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