Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a prominent international organization working in relief, rehabilitation, protection, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression.
Working in coordination with the humanitarian community, the IRC currently addresses the needs of war-affected Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs), Iraqi refugee returnees and Syrian refugees from several operational bases in the country with activities focused on education, protection and rule of law, women's protection and empowerment, child protection and livelihoods activities.
Approximately 220,000 Syrian refugees live in camps and non-camp settings in the Dohuk and Sulaymania governorates of northern Iraq. Since 2012 and following an influx of new refugees in August 2013, the situation of refugee women and girls living in refugee camps in northern Iraq has worsened, with an additional arrival of IDPs from the ongoing conflict in Mosul since July 2014. The high number of young single men and the increasing number of new arrivals has increased threats of violence against women and girls, these include reports of repeated instances of domestic violence, harassment and feeling unsafe; highlighted the need for targeted, immediate interventions to prevent and respond to GBV. Furthermore, many women arriving in northern Iraq have reported being subjected to violence and harassment while fleeing Syria and Niwawah, carrying with them psychosocial effects of those experiences.
In early 2013, the IRC and its local NGO partner, Harikar, opened a Women's Listening Centre for women in Domiz, and Gawilan in 2014, to provide confidential case management and psychosocial support services; as well as referrals to other service providers operating inside and outside the camp to ensure a multi-sectoral response to the diverse needs of women and GBV survivors in particular. Harikar and the IRC have worked with the refugee community to establish a 'Women's Safety Team' who conduct safety audits of Domiz camp on a regular basis. The team also spreads awareness about the centre amongst women and girls in Domiz. IRC has expanded programming in 2014 to focus on the capacity building of Harikar to provide independent, sustainable services to women in Domiz and Gawilan refugee camps, as well as managing a Women's and Girls Community Centre in Sumel
With technical support from the WPE Technical Advisor, the WPE Coordinator in Iraq and management support from the Field Coordinator Duhok, the WPE Senior Manager will ensure that the goals and objectives of the WPE components of the refugee/IDP in camp and out of camp based response in Duhok are met in a timely and effective manner. This position requires strong coordination with the leadership structures in the areas of project implementation and with the local Iraqi NGOs providing services for survivors of gender-based violence, as well as strong technical knowledge of gender based violence principles.
Programme Implementation and Quality
To ensure the WPE programme in Duhok is of high technical quality in line with international standards, best practice and IRC experience.
Conduct assessments to determine the specific needs and risks faced by women and girls in the target areas.
To provide programmatic direction, leadership and technical support to the Syrian/IDP response WPE programming in Domiz, and Gawilan camps as well as out of camp work in Sumel, Zakho and other areas as relevant.
Contribute to the development of proposals with the WPE coordinator and DDP to ensure continued and responsive programming.
Ensure implementation of quality activities that aim to protect and empower women and girls in line with best practice.
Ensure that ethical and sound data collection and information management systems are in place.
Work with WPE coordinator, DDP and WPE TA to design a WPE emergency response strategy for Dohuk and surrounding areas.Work closely with other IRC sectors present in the same location and integrate program components to the extent possible.
Work with team to ensure projects are implemented in conformity with the IRC strategy contributing to the key organizational outcomes of safety, power, healthy, economically well and educated.
Grant Management and Reporting
Design quality programmes in coordination with grants and operations and with support from the WPE Coordinator and DDP that contribute to WPE's vision, and to the protection and empowerment of women and girls.
Manage and oversee all the WPE grants for the targeted area in coordination with the WPE coordinator; develop and maintain work, spending and procurement plans for all projects.
Work closely and coordinate with IRC Operations, Finance and Grant departments to ensure compliance with grant requirements as well as oversight over the budget versus actual, indicator tracking tools, and other grant management tools used by the IRC.
Participate in grants opening, monthly grant review and grants closing meetings; and regular monitoring of internal program purchase request tools.
Prepare internal and external reports within agreed deadlines using IRC and donor formats, as required.
Assure appropriate and timely spending of grants to achieve program goals, grant reporting contributions, use and distribution of supplies and resources.
Work with technical support staff and relevant donor organizations and other key stakeholders in all locations of implementation to ensure a safe and confidential mechanism for collecting information on project activities is implemented.
Design monitoring and evaluation tools that are contextually appropriate and will allow the IRC to measure the impact of programming; take leadership role in the development of enhanced ICT M&E tools to be used in the Syrian response, including SMS technology.
Ensure that all internal and external reporting requirements are met and that reports are of a high quality and submitted on time.
Provide ongoing mentoring and technical support to staff and partner agency(ies) to ensure programming meets best practice standards around GBV in humanitarian settings. This includes developing and leading training and technical support related to GBV guiding principles; provision of case management services (intake, referrals, case supervision systems, and procedures for handling case information); community mobilization and awareness raising; and other technical components as required.
Lead in ensuring Protection and Camp Coordination programming in Duhok mainstreams WPE into existing programming by providing training and input into these program areas.
Representation and Coordination
Work closely/assist the WPE Coordinator to develop and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders including donors, government actors, UN agencies, international and local NGOs and other actors, and act as main focal point at project sites for day to day representation of the WPE program.
Where possible play an active role in interagency strategic planning in relation to program areas.
Coordinate with WPE Coordinator to ensure field concerns and challenges are brought to relevant stakeholders.
Ensure that information from coordination meetings is shared internally and with other sectors, as appropriate.
Represent the IRC on key advocacy events or official visits pertaining to women and girls' protection and empowerment.
Staff Supervision and Development
Directly supervise WPE teams in Duhok and provide on-the-job training and coaching to promote harmonized program approaches and strategies.
Recruit national staff in conjunction with the IRC Human Resources Policies
Maintain updated job descriptions, conduct interviews, orient new staff to the IRC and the WPE programEnsure IRC staff have timely 90 Day Action Plans, and that there is a capacity-building plan for all programme staff, and oversee the IRC Connect application for all new staff.
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 set, regularly reviewed and met.
Ensure timely completion and submission of monthly timesheets, work plans, vacation schedules and probation and annual performance reviews.
Identify staff performance issues and work with staff and Human Resources to document and address issues in a timely manner.
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.
Minimum 3 years program management experience in the field of gender-based violence working with conflict-affected populations, refugees, and host communities or in urban settings.
Master's degree in Gender/ Women Studies, social work, public health, international affairs or other appropriate fields (or a BA in related field with a long experience in a similar field).
Minimum 1 year working overseas in the area of gender based violence program management.
Understanding of international standards and guidance around GBV in humanitarian settings.
Belief that GBV is a human rights violation and drive to constantly seek creative methods to develop an environment where women and girls can thrive.
Demonstrated ability to work with and train local NGOs preferred.
Proven leadership, program management, staff development, planning, analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Superior diplomatic skills, both for internal coordination and for working with Iraqi counterparts essential.
Competency in writing progress/donor reports and proposals.
Familiarity with principles and practice of monitoring and evaluation.
Proven self-initiative and problem solving abilities.
Commitment to team work and ability to perform under pressure while maintaining a sense of. Humor.
Fluency in spoken and written English; working knowledge of Kurdish or Arabic preferred.
Competent in Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel.
SPECIFIC SECURITY SITUATION
The WPE Manager will be based in northern Iraq. The security situation in Iraq continues to be volatile. The candidate should be prepared to implement programming in remote and insecure environments. This position is unaccompanied.