Wpe assistant prevention officer

International Rescue Committee

Job Summary

Design and monitor GBV prevention activities, ensuring these activities are informed by target beneficiaries and correspond to their priorities and safety.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Entry level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

Closing date: 22 Jan 2019

The WPE Assistant Prevention Officer (APO) will lead the implementation of a GBV prevention strategy to support refugees and host community women and girls living in Mbarara/Nakivale. He/She will collaborate and guide the WPE volunteers, conduct a range of outreaches and implement a set of adolescent and livelihood interventions aimed to respond to the needs of adolescent girls and women. Selected APOs will also partake in male engagement activities to further involve men and boys in WPE programming and outreach efforts.


  1. Design and monitor GBV prevention activities, ensuring these activities are informed by target beneficiaries and correspond to their priorities and safety.

  2. Conduct training and dialogues with WPE volunteers, Women committees, male & female community leaders, and key informants on the topics of GBV, women’s rights, gender equality in line with priorities identified by women and girls.

  3. Conduct outreach efforts to disseminate information on services available to women and girls and raise awareness with the Community Volunteers and the Women Committees.

  4. Support roll out of new initiatives e.g. EMAP, Girl Shine, SASA! etc while tracking progress on implementation and engagement of targeted clients.

  5. Support capacity building and coordination activities by delivering training sessions to GBV service providers on GBV core concepts and guiding principles, safety audit and service mapping tools, reporting and advocacy skills, and community mobilization.

  6. Implement prevention and community-based advocacy initiatives based on identified needs and Safety Audit reports that reflect the voices of women and girls.

  7. Implement prevention programs and conduct dialogues with male community members.

  8. Facilitate Information Sessions (IS), Door-to Door outreaches, Focus Group Discussions (FDGs), Awareness Sessions (AS), and other sessions for women and girls at the Women Center and via mobile teams.

  9. Implement Adolescent Girls Programming including facilitation of the IRC adolescent girls curriculum and other planned activities, selection of target girls, relationship building with key gatekeepers and monitoring of activities.

  10. Work with WPE Social Workers to provide targeted psychosocial support to adolescent girls to promote the development of their social and economic assets and to better protect them from violence as they transition into adulthood.

  11. Work with families, caregivers and communities to support in building and strengthening a more protective environment for adolescent girls and by providing parenting skills trainings.

  12. Collaborate with finance and logistics to ensure program supplies and resources are available in a timely manner to support program implementation.

  13. Update and maintain work and spending plans that support the achievement of activities.

  14. Constantly monitor activity implementation, compile daily & weekly reports, and attend weekly staff meetings.

  15. Attend WPE and IRC meetings and trainings as needed and as requested by senior staff.

Position reports to: WPE Prevention Officer

Other internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: Close coordination with IRC Protection, M&E, Finance, HR, and Operations

External: Close collaboration with donors, local actors (local NGOs, UN agencies, government) and service providers’ part of the urban survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) referral system

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS:Education & Qualification:**

  • University degree in social sciences (i.e. sociology, psychology, gender studies, law, human rights, etc.).
  • At least 2 years of experience in working in the social sector, particularly working with refugee and IDP populations.
  • Experience working in humanitarian responses targeting vulnerable women and girls.
  • Experience conducting participatory trainings on women’s protection and empowerment.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent communication and analytical skills and ability to present ideas effectively, in both oral and written form.
  • Ability to communicate sensitively and without judgment; good diplomatic and persuasion skills.
  • Ability to use good judgment when making decisions and to take accountability for decisions made.
  • Emotional maturity and stability to resolve conflicts in non-violent way and maintain appropriate boundaries.
  • Good interpersonal skills including ability to gain trust and build relationships.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks; proven self-initiative and problem solving abilities.
  • High standard of spoken and written English.
  • Good computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, Outlook, and Power Point. Be able to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments.

Please send filled IRC application form, cover letter, and CV in one PDF attachment clearly indicating the position that you have applied for “APO SouthWest” to: UA-IRCJobs@rescue.org

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline Tuesday 22nd January, 2019.**

Please note that if you do not follow the above instructions your application will be automatically disqualified.

All applications will be assessed strictly on individual merit.

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