The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. IRC has been working in Pakistan for over 30 years, and manages & delivers large, complex programs to meet needs in health, education, protection, environmental health and livelihoods for displaced, poor & conflict-affected communities. IRC works in partnership with local government and non-governmental organizations and currently works in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces.
With direct day to day management and support from the LNGB Senior Project Manager and technical supervision and support from the Senior Protection Coordinator and WPE Technical Advisor, the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Manager will play a key role in implementation, providing technical support and guidance to relevant IRC and partner staff, and ensuring the delivery of quality WPE programming in project locations. She will be primarily responsible to support partners for the establishment of GBV service provision (GBV case management, PSS and networking for women and girls, and risk reduction activities) through safe spaces for girls and Girl Shine activities in Baluchistan. The position holder will ensure smooth transition of girls in safety, education and livelihoods outcomes and contribute to the overall accomplishment of the program’s goals and objective.
Program Design, Support and Planning
- Technical oversight and support to partners for the field level implementation of IRC Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) including but not limited to establishment of women and girl safe spaces in line with WGSS principles and practice, safe community engagement, staff recruitment and capacity building, activity development and scheduling, development of GBV case management, PSS and networking for women and girls, and Girls Shine components of projects
- Identify gaps in WPE sector and work with the team to develop innovative approaches and mechanisms to address them based on best practice and in line with Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) guidelines, GBV guiding principles, IASC standards, and women-, girl-, survivor centered programming;
- Develop and implement training and technical support to mainstream WPE and CP standards across LNGB project interventions (i.e., education and livelihood).
- Support partners in conducting GESI analysis and updating GESI tools on regular basis.
- Conduct regular field visits to assess program quality and progress toward objectives and facilitate collective problem solving with staff and other stakeholders to address challenges identified.
- Collect, analyze and disseminate project data and information through regular assessments with women and girls for problem analysis, planning and advocacy with other stakeholders; based on this information, ensure adequate adjustments and changes to program’s design and implementation in coordination with the Project Manager and Team Leader.
- Explore opportunities with Child Protection colleagues on how to best support adolescent girls in line with and at the intersection of best interest-determination and the survivor-centered approach, including delivering joint training with the Ministry and facilitating parenting skills sessions.
- Contribute in business development required for the WPE and /or integrated protection program, including drafting concept notes, proposals as and when required.
Project Monitoring and Evaluation
- Work with MEAL team, team leader and technical coordinator / advisor and partner organizations to ensure a safe and confidential mechanism for collecting information on project activities is implemented.
- Support the design of monitoring and evaluation tools that are contextually appropriate and will allow the IRC to measure the impact of programming without compromising safety, confidentiality, and informed consent.
- Ensure that all internal and external reporting requirements are met and that reports are of a high quality and submitted on time.
- Supervise WPE staff and volunteers directly, as well as interns and consultants as needed.
- Recommend and implement a capacity building plan for WPE staff based on documented capacity needs assessment exercise.
- Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures and communicates through word and example a high standard of compliance with all applicable policies and regulations.
Grant Management and Reporting
- Build staff and partner capacity in writing activity and monthly reports to ensure accurate monitoring and documentation of activities.
- Participate in all grant opening, mid-term and closing meetings.
- Prepare high quality internal and external reports within agreed deadlines.
- In coordination with the Sr. Protection Coordinator, contribute in the development of proposals and concept notes for expanding IRC’s Women Protection Empowerment programming in Pakistan
Coordination and representation:
- Support the timely information sharing regarding challenges and needs at the field level.
- Collaborate with the Child Protection team on provision of Caring for Child Survivors and ensuring program quality in LNGB with a view on safety and ethical considerations
- Maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with all IRC support departments, to ensure smooth intra-office coordination and efficient program support.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders, including community leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, community-based organizations and other IRC sectors to enhance multi-agency and multi-sectoral cooperation and coordination.
- Represent IRC in internal and external forums as needed, including GBV sub-cluster.
- Assist in contributing to the development of referral mechanisms in collaboration with partners, other NGOs and the relevant government departments
- Undertake other relevant tasks as requested by the supervisor.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: LNGB Senior Project Manager
Technical Reporting: Senior Protection, Inclusion and Safeguarding Coordinator
- Master’s degree in public health, social work, humanities or other related discipline.
- Minimum 5 years of relevant experience a GBV/Women’s/Adolescent Girls protection program, preferably with INGOs.
- Experience in GBV program response. programming for adolescent girls
- Thorough understanding of best practices and evidence-based strategies in GBV response (GBV case management, psychosocial support, legal support); women-, girl-, survivor centered programming, GBV guiding principles, and prevention and risk reduction for violence against women and girls;
- Basic understanding of Best Interest and Determination of Child and how it intersects with the survivor centered approach.
- Demonstrated experience in implementing GBV response and prevention programs in collaboration with local partners and providing direct technical support to local organizations
- Strong and demonstrated commitment to women’s empowerment and equality
- Demonstrated experience of working with Government, local stakeholders, and partners
- Ability to provide strategic program oversight and identify areas for program improvement
- Good interpersonal and team building skills and knowledge of participatory approaches.
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, ethnicity, and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Strong computer skills: must be competent in the use of Windows, MS office programs, email programs, etc.
- Willingness to travel outside Islamabad to field sites under demanding.
- Must be fluent in Urdu & English languages
The IRC Core Values and Commitments.
- 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 Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons.
- IRC is committed to ensuring that IRC staff is suitable to work with children and have the knowledge s/he needs to uphold and abide by the IRC’s Child Safeguarding Policy.
- Level of interaction with children: Frequent direct contact with children
- IRC ensures that its staff must actively practice the roles and responsibilities related to client responsiveness, accountability to people in affected communities and must have competencies to solicits and listens to feedback and other’s perspectives, responds to feedback with maturity and sensitivity and takes appropriate decisions and makes changes to behavior or actions in response to feedback.
- IRC recognizes that gender equality is fundamental to the achievement of our organizational mission.
- As such, IRC is committed to the promotion of gender equality in all aspects of our operations and programs.
- Our organizational policies, procedures and actions demonstrate this commitment.
Women candidates and persons with disability are highly encouraged to apply.