NEW Women protection and Empowerment Coordinator Mid level – Mid level IRC – International Rescue Committee N'Djamena

IRC - International Rescue Committee

Requisition ID: req52457

Job Title: Women protection and Empowerment Coordinator

Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: N’Djamena, Chad

Work Arrangement: In-person

Job Description

The IRC started operations in Chad in 2004 to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by the influx of refugees from Darfur to eastern Chad, with intervention in the Ouré Cassoni refugee camp. Assistance to Sudanese refugees has now expanded to the management of the ten camps in the East and one camp in the West with assistance to refugees and local communities in health, nutrition and water, hygiene and sanitation. In 2012, to respond to drought and food insecurity, IRC expanded its geographic coverage in the Guéra region. IRC is currently working in four health districts Mongo, Mangalmé, Bitkine and Melfi and is providing prevention and treatment of health and malnutrition to the local population. In May 2016, IRC opened an office in the Lac region to respond to the Boko Haram crisis. IRC implements assistance projects in health, nutrition as well as protection and response to gender-based violence. In May 2016, IRC opened an office in the Lake region to respond to the crisis linked to abuses by the Boko Haram group.
In the 2022-2024 strategic action plan, IRC Chad committed to provide essential humanitarian services in health (maternal and child, nutrition, reproductive health, mental health and WASH) and protection/violence gender-based while improving economic well-being and strengthening the resilience of beneficiaries, particularly women and girls. 
Scope of work
Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Director for Programs (DDP) of IRC Chad, 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 provide technical guidance and advice all WPE related projects, 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).  
Main responsibilities:
•Design, Development and Management of the WPE Program
•Develop country strategies in line with SAP  
•Direct Supervision and management of WPE team in close collaboration with DDP and field coordinators. 
•Maintain strong relations and collaboration with other sectors namely health, nutrition and economic recovery and development (ERD)
Responsibilities: 
Program quality/implementation and quality insurance
•The WPE Coordinator is responsible for the overarching coordination of WPE projects in Chad in line with the IRC Country Strategic Action Plan within IRC international priorities, frameworks and policies; 
•Lead the development of program strategies, identify and strengthen synergies between the different technical sectors and the development of proposals;
•Actively contribute to improving the entire IRC Chad strategic planning process and work in collaboration with the PAF Program leadership team at national level, with other programs in Chad and the global PAF technical team to develop the PAF Country strategy.
•Analyze and respond to the specific, technical, strategic and qualitative needs of projects by supporting project teams in the qualitative review of the project;
•Ensure that all interventions are technically sound in meeting the needs of GBV survivors and affected communities.
•Improve the technical capacity of local partners to provide assistance in case management and psychosocial support, referrals to medical services, and legal assistance.
•Collaborate closely with the Health Program to ensure the implementation of clinical care for survivors of sexual assault, access to medical services, and detection of GBV cases among women accessing routine health services;
•Ensure the quality of the implementation of GBV activities;
•Lead and oversee planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of WPE programs and activities;
•Provide clear technical support, supervisory guidance, training and mentoring to all WPE programs, activities and teams and in close coordination with Health, Nutrition, 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.
•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 planning
•Work closely with finance and grants teams to develop budget 
•Collaborate 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 portfolio 
•Collaborate effectively with the Grants Unit, Finance Unit and Technical Unit on proposal development and grant modifications, as well as developing quality and timely Grant reporting.
•In line with the Country Strategic Action Plan (SAP), actively seek and develop solicited/unsolicited proposals that are either sector standalone or multi sectorial; 
•Provide technical guidance to other Gender Equality Initiatives (Gender audits, gender analysis training, etc.) 
•Actively participate in monthly meetings on the progress of the Project Cycle meetings program (Project cycle meetings such as POM, PIM, PCM) in order to follow up activities progress and support improvement. 
Representation
•Maintain strong relationships with relevant government partners involved in WPE activities.
•Develop and maintain strong relationships with donors and potential donors in Chad
•Ensure WPE visibility and represent IRC WPE in GBV meetings, protection cluster meetings and other relevant meetings and task forces at provincial and national levels
•Act as Cluster Protection Co-lead facilitator. 
•Maintain 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 staff
•Ensure that the HR structure matches program needs and covers staffing gaps on time in close collaboration with the national HR team as well as the PAF technical team. 
•Provide 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.
Monitoring, Evaluation, Quality assurance and Reporting:
•Maintain an effective monitoring, evaluation and planning system 
•In collaboration with team leaders of the other sectors, including the MEAL department, ensure the capitalization of lessons learned from projects, in order to identify new approaches, use them during the writing of proposals or financial opportunities for high quality meeting the needs of beneficiaries
•Analyze WPE date and share information with the DDP 
•Ensure IRC and international quality standards for humanitarian action are fulfilled throughout the project management cycle 
Professional Standards
•Consistently and proactively monitor/assess the safety and security of the team; promptly reporting concerns or incidents to the SMT, and when liaising with community leaders and other external parties as required to maintain/enhance the security environment for IRC programs
•Other duties as assigned by the supervisor to enable and develop IRC programs
•All IRC staff are required to adhere to the IRC Way Standards for Professional Conduct and the IRC country employment policies. 
Key working relationships: 
Line Supervisor: Deputy Director of Programs  
Position under direct supervision: Senior WPE Manager
Indirect supervision: 
Other internal and/or external contacts (describe the nature of the departments or groups that the position influences or requires support from to achieve its objectives)
Job requirements
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 GBV
•Prevention and response programs in post conflict and development contexts   
Demonstrated skills and competencies
•Masters in Social Science or similar ; 
•At least five years of experience implementing GBV response and prevention programs in emergency and development context (at least one year in emergency context)
•Experience in Africa is a plus
•Strong and demonstrated commitment to women’s empowerment and Gender equality
•Thorough understanding of best practices and evidence-based strategies in GBV response (case management, psychosocial support,) socio-economic empowerment, adolescent girls, gender transformative approach, and GBV primary prevention and risk reduction;
•Knowledge of a range of relevant tools including GBV/IMS, EASE, VSLA. 
•Strong project planning and organizational skills 
•Previous experience managing programs financed through one or more of the following, OFDA, ECHO, Sida or  private foundations, with strong program/technical and budget management skills 
•Strong planning, reporting, monitoring and evaluation skills;
•Excellentes compétences : MS Word, Excel; GBV/IMS
•Successful experience in developing new programs in line with strategic goals
•Strong 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.
•Excellent French and English 
Work environment
Security: The PAF Coordinator will be based in N’Djamena (yellow level) with frequent field travel.
Accommodation: The PAF coordinator will be housed in shared accommodation in N’Djamena. This post is not accompanied. 

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