5 Fresher Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Officer Job Vacancies – International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Organization: International
Rescue Committee (IRC)
Duty Station: Abim, Kaabong,
Napak, Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Uganda
Reports to: Women’s
Protection and Empowerment Team Leader
About US:
The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and
livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and
gain control of their future. It was created by Albert Einstein more than 80
years and has been working in Uganda since 1998. It has particularly working in
the conflict zones where tens of thousands of people have been kills and over
1.6 million displaced. Following a peace agreement in 2006, Ugandans are
returning home and looking to rebuild their lives. The IRC is there to protect
women and children from violence and exploitation by fostering a safe
environment and encouraging education, and is supporting farmers and small
businesses, and helping communities promote peace and long-term development.
About WPE Program:
Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Program strives to work with
local structures to facilitate community-based and community-driven approaches
to contribute to GBV prevention and response, including youth  to facilitate a violence free community for women
and girls. With funding from UNFPA, IRC will work to address socio-cultural and
economic barriers that hinder HIV preventive behaviours and constrain timely
access to sexual reproductive health, HIV and GBV prevention, treatment and
care services among adolescents and youth 10-24 years.
Job Summary: The Women’s
Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Officer will work closely with a core group of
Community structures who will engage other members of the community to
facilitate the process of positive behavioral change in the community through
the SASA! process, Peer educators education sessions, Male Action Groups
sessions.  The position also requires the
WPE Officer will support community-based teams to plan, implement, and
facilitate participatory activities and monitoring of the activities. The
position will also support in case management and economic empowerment linkages
and mentorships.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
 
Technical:
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In charge of the implementation of the UNFPA
project in Karamoja region ensuring that stated goals and objectives are met
and that programmes are appropriately monitored and evaluated.
·        
Actively facilitate trainings and learning
experiences for SASA! Teams, Male Action Groups, Peer educators, CSOs, Cultural
and religious leaders  in community-based
activities, participatory practices, facilitation skills and the SASA!
Approach.
·        
Hold regular debriefing feedback sessions with
community structures to identify challenges early and find appropriate local
solutions to the problems and work to strengthen the working relation among the
teams and with staff.
·        
Work closely with community structures to
develop monthly work plans, campaigns including outreaches, dialogues, open air
campaigns and actions to guide actions that reflect the evolving process in
line with the respective implementation phases.
·        
Actively facilitate weekly/monthly mentoring and
support supervision sessions to constantly build and strengthen the capacity of
the community structures in their efforts to implement activities in
communities.
·        
Create and consolidate strong synergies with the
local community stakeholders like LCs, women groups, the religious leaders and
government counter parts like CDOs, the police and the health to support local
activism at sub county level.
·        
Work closely with partners and Activists to
carry out Case management activities within the districts.
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Support the establishment and equipping of
Adolescent and youth spaces in the various locations.
·        
Establish and support Youth clubs weekly
meetings and trainings.
·        
Identify and mentor youth to carry out peer
education and sensitization sessions in Youth clubs on early marriages and
pregnancies, HIV and GBV.
·        
Support the selection, training and mentorship
of vulnerable girls in entrepreneurship and life skills
·        
Develop, reprint and distribute adolescent
friendly IEC materials on behavioural change and awareness aspects.
·        
Plan and mobilize communities to participate in
community mass awareness events like Women’s day, 16 days of activism, etc.
·        
Work with district CDOs to establish temporary
Women’s safe shelters,
·        
Support the linking and mentorship of MAGs and
vulnerable female youth to business opportunities
·        
Actively plan weekly project implementation
activities and submit to the manager for approval.
·        
Ensure timely and accurate procurements and
finances for activities by ensuring all Purchase Requests and payment requests
are raised at least two weeks before delivery date in accordance with program
budget provisions to avoid disruption of activities.
·        
Develop and submit accurate weekly travel plans
to Logistics (transport officer) for the following week to allow Logistics plan
for transport and smooth activity implementation.
Monitoring and Documentation;
·        
Document all activities: Meetings, Trainings,
Events, Field monitoring e. t. c. using appropriate SASA! and other
documentation and reporting tools in the sector as required and ensure that all
documents/data collected is properly and safely filed and stored.
·        
Submit monthly progress reports against set work
plans using agreed reporting tools to the Team Leader.
Working with CBO partners;
·        
Actively participate in weekly joint activity
planning meeting with CBO partners to support their efforts in preparation and
implementation of Case management in their respective locations.
·        
Continually assess CBO partner capacity gaps and
provide coaching/mentoring on gender related issues at least quarterly and
appropriately refer to the Program Manager for redress.
·        
Hold monthly debrief sessions with the CBO
partner to identify challenges and gaps, and develop appropriate approaches to
address identified challenges.
Human Resource and Administration;
·        
Plan, manage and utilize the leave days accrued
alongside planned activities so that activities are not disrupted and to ensure
that time is balanced between work and personal.
·        
Ensure that the timesheets (and other HR related
requirements) are filled at the end of every month.
Coordination and Representation;
·        
Build and maintain effective working
relationships with all stakeholders at the sub county including community
leaders, NGOs, UN agencies, Community Based Organizations and other IRC sectors
to enhance multi-agency and sectoral cooperation and coordination.
·        
Ensure that the sub county leadership are
briefed and consulted in the development of Women’s Protection and Empowerment
programs and as much as possible are involved in the implementation, monitoring
and supervision of activities.
·        
Participate actively in all sub county monthly
protection meetings in all areas of operations to keep the sub county
leadership informed and updated of activity implementation and progress.
·        
Participate actively in the district monthly
protection meetings when requested.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience:
·        
The ideal candidates for the Women’s Protection
and Empowerment (WPE) Officer job vacancies should hold a University degree in
Social Science, Gender or related field;
·        
At least two years’ practical experience
facilitating participatory learning and action (PLA) methodologies or
equivalent.
·        
The applicant should have a background in
community development.
·        
Previous experience in community mobilization
using participatory learning and action approaches.
·        
S/he should be an excellent trainer with a keen
ability to explain messages clearly to a diverse audience.
·        
The selected individual should also have a clear
understanding of the issues concerning power disparities between men and women
and its connection to violence against women and Male engage and youth
programming.
·        
S/he needs to communicate well and should be
able to demonstrate their ability to build and strengthen community-driven
initiatives.
·        
Broad knowledge and understanding of gender
power dynamics, violence against women and rights based programming and youth
programming;
·        
Previous exposure and experience with projects
that strengthen the abilities of CBOs or other local grass roots entities
·        
Excellent and demonstrated oral and written
communication skills;
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Able to network and build coalitions;
·        
Excellent computer skills -MS office
·        
Ability to live and work under pressure in an
unstable security environment;
·        
Good interpersonal and team building skills;
·        
Ability to multitask, handle pressure well,
improvise, and flexibility.
·        
Fluency in English is required; and fluency in
Ng’Karimojong is preferred;
NB: Female and Ugandan
nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should apply online by
clicking on link below.
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