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Women's Protection and Empowerment Coordinator

BACKGROUND:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of the largest humanitarian agencies in the world, providing relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict reconstruction support to victims of oppression and violent conflict. IRC has worked for over seven decades and today is involved in over 25 conflict zones in the world. We address both the immediate, life saving needs of conflict affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post conflict societies. IRC is committed to a culture of bold leadership, innovation in all aspects of our work, creative partnerships and thorough accountability to those we serve. The IRC is an international agency with offices in London, New York, and Geneva. The IRC Tanzania is present in the Kigoma Region, Northwestern Tanzania, providing services in three refugee camps located in Kasulu,Kibondo and Kakonko districts.
SCOPE OF WORK:
Working under the supervision and guidance of the Deputy Director of Programs and receives technical support from the WPE Technical Advisor based off the IRC headquarters in NewYork, the Women's Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Coordinator is a key member of the Tanzania country Senior Management Team (SMT) and the senior most technical and program expert on WPE programming within the Tanzania program. She/he provides leadership, guidance, coordination and technical support to IRC's GBV programs in Tanzania. As a member of a larger research team, the WPE Program Coordinator is also responsible to ensure safe and effective implementation of current and subsequent research projects in the WPE program. S/He will be required to work in collaboration with other technical coordinators, the Grants unit, field-based teams to ensure that program activities are implemented according to approved work plans, congruent with Tanzania country program strategic plan, and in accordance with donor requirements. S/he will lead GBV program design including proposal development; ensure that the objectives of the program are met in a timely manner and are being monitored and evaluated effectively; ensure that GBV staff receive appropriate mentorship and professional development and that a positive team spirit is fostered encouraging innovative and quality programming. Additionally, the GBV coordinator will ensure that protection and empowerment of women and girls is consistently mainstreamed across IRC sectors including schools.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
Strategic Planning and business development
  • Lead the implementation of the IRC Tanzania Strategic Action Plan for the outcomes areas under his/her responsibility;
  • Contribute to the improvement of program quality and delivery through the establishment of strategic partnerships with other agencies;
  • In Collaboration with the M&E Coordinator, research, collect, and analyze data to inform program design and proposal development, including needs assessments and program evaluation;
  • Collaborate with Field coordinators and other sector coordinators to ensure GBV program coordination with other IRC program sectors and ensure mainstreaming of women and girls' protection and empowerment across sectors;
  • Identify gaps in existing WPE programs and work with the team to develop innovative approaches and mechanisms to address them;
  • Work on new and potential opportunities for programming in WPE in line with country program strategic plan;
  • Participate in the design and development of new programs or initiatives within the country program as required;
  • Support IRC Tanzania programs to ensure women and girls have meaningful access to IRC services
Program Implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Coordinate and monitor the timely implementation, financial management and reporting of the GBV program, in compliance with donor requirements;
  • Strengthen prevention activities through adoption and application of best practices.
  • In Collaboration with M&E Coordinator, collate and analyze data for monitoring, problem analysis, planning and advocacy and evaluate program outcomes and impact;
  • In Collaboration with the M&E Coordinator, identify gaps in data collection and develop tools and systems to ensure quality and consistent program monitoring;
  • Provide technical oversight on GBV data management; data collection, storage, analysis and sharing with key stakeholders as outlined in the ISP
  • Support the Senior GBV managers to provide on-going direct supervision, including assisting in the development of individual work plans, for GBV staff, ensuring best practice standards are met;
  • Ensure timely submission of all program reports, quality of program data and proper archival of program information;
  • Conduct regular meetings with project staff and community members to assess progress toward objectives, discuss issues and assist in finding solutions to challenges identified.
Program Funding and Proposal Development
  • Work with the Grant Coordinator, DDP and Field Coordinators to develop competitive project ideas and proposals (including budgets), which are in accordance with the GBV sector strategy and analysis needs, in response to arising funding opportunities.
Human Resource Management and Development
  • Recruit and lead GBV program staff, encouraging a positive and committed team spirit, which fosters participation and innovation from all staff;
  • Ensure the timely application of organizational procedures (including inductions, relevance of job descriptions, objective-setting and performance evaluations);
  • Assess the training and capacity building needs, and design and monitor professional development plans, in line with organizational strategies, for all GBV staff;
  • Develop, implement and promote effective team communication techniques and systems, including regular senior staff meetings.
Communication, Coordination, Representation and Advocacy
  • Collaborate with Supply Chain Coordinator and other operations Coordinators to ensure that the GBV program is properly supported and that all activities are conducted according to IRC HR, Logistics, Finance and other policies and procedures;
  • Liaise with IRC's WPE Technical Unit and other departments as required to ensure effective and collaborative working relationships;
  • In coordination with the FCs, promote and represent the interests of the GBV program with regards to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all relevant stakeholders including community members, NGOs, government authorities and UN agencies;
  • Support the GBV team in advocating for the needs of women and girls with other camp based service providers.
  • Ensure GBV information material development is in line with best practices and takes into account, beneficiary feedback
  • Ensure GBV case management services are coordinated with other actors providing direct services and IRC sectors
  • Provide technical oversight, guidance and leadership in implementation of protection mechanisms in 16 schools in Nyarugusu to prevent and respond to acts of exploitation and abuse
REQUIREMENTS
  • Masters degree preferred (Social Work, International Relations/Development, Humanities, International Law, or related field);
  • 2-3 years program management experience, including at least 2 years implementing GBV programs in an emergency and/or post-conflict environment;
  • Strong report writing skills with experience in developing proposals to various donors
  • Strong people management skills: the ability to effectively lead and supervise staff;
  • Very strong interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Fluency in English; ability to communicate in Swahili, French or Kirundi a plus;
  • Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible and work well under pressure in a fast-paced and detail-oriented team environment;
  • Experience working in difficult locations; ability to be resourceful and flexible in a limited resource environment.
  • Good computer skills: excellent knowledge of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email/internet software.

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