Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Officer

Job description

Under the direct supervision of the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Senior Officer, the WPE Officer will provide on-site support to local NGO partner in the implementation of Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) program activities in Baghdad including Women’s and Girls’ Listening Centers (WGLC). These WGLCs provide prevention and support services for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) through case management, psychosocial support and legal assistance for women and girls.  The WPE Officer will be the point of contact between the IRC and the WGLCs providing mentoring, monitoring, and support in the capacity building of the local partner’s WGLC staff. As a mentor and technical support for WGLC staff, the WPE Officer will provide support to local partner in program implementation and all the activities carried out in the WGLCs and within the community, conduct weekly field visits to WGLCs and project sites in Baghdad, and assist in day-to-day operations.

Job responsibilities

  • Provide technical support to WGLC staff for program implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of all GBV prevention and response activities carried out through WGLC and mobile teams.
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships with local partner and project staff.
  • Guide and support local partners in implementation of project activities, provide affirming feedback, highlight strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Provide mentoring to and carry out learning needs assessments to develop tailored capacity building plan for WGLC staff providing services to women and girls.
  • Assist with monitoring of WGLC activities and implementation of program’s databases and data collection tools to systematize and streamline data collection and reporting across all partners.
  • Provide support to local partner staff in implementation of WGLCs and facilitation of activities, support assessments, data collection.
  • Support local partner in adapting the Case management tools, and implementing the GBVIMS, in collaboration with the WPE Senior Officer and capacity building team.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly reports to supervisor as per agreed templates documenting all mentoring activities, success and challenges, and support local partner in developing monthly /quarterly reports.
  • Participate in the review of documents submitted by partners (i.e. narrative reports, work plans, spending plans, etc.).
  • Ensure strict compliance with confidentiality policy and guidelines for information sharing of Gender Based Violence data.
  • Work with the WPE Capacity Building team to organize trainings as per learning needs assessment and co-facilitate trainings.
  • Assist the local partner to join the GBV Working Group and support their participation.
  • Develop monthly work plan and regular reports in line with the goals and objectives of the program.
  • Collaborate with finance/admin and logistics to ensure program supplies and resources are available in a timely manner to support program implementation.
  • Perform other duties, as needed or requested by the supervisor

Key Working Relationships: Job responsibilities

  • Position Reports to:  Senior WPE Officer

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

  • Internal: WPE team, Grants department and IRC support departments
  • External: Local Partner staff, other local NGOs, service providers and local government

Professional Standards

The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the 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.

Qualifications & Preferred Skills

  • University degree in Gender Studies, Social Studies, Public Health, Social Work or related field
  • Minimum two years of demonstrated experience in community work, preferably with refugees, internally displaced people and/or programs that serve women and girls
  • Experience with women’s listening centers or with programs focused on adolescent girls, women’s health, GBV or women’s empowerment highly desirable.
  • Awareness of the particular protection needs and risks of displaced women and girls
  • Demonstrated experience implementing participatory program approaches
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills,
  • Training and capacity building skills,  especially coaching and mentoring and developing staff
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Proficient in written and spoken English and Arabic
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision; Good team player
  • Flexibility, commitment, patience and a good sense of humor
  • Emotional maturity and stability to deal with conflict and confrontation in non-violent way and maintain appropriate boundaries
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of sensitivity and discretion, ability to communicate sensitively and without judgment
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