Within Uganda , Kyegegwa , East Africa
Requisition ID: req23657
Job Title: WPE Assistant Prevention Officer
Sector: Women Protection & Empowerment
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Location: Kyegegwa, Uganda
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee www.rescue.org is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation, and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.
The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development - bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in 9 districts in Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kyegegwa, Moroto, Amudat, Yumbe, Arua, Kasese and Kampala. The IRC will be moving into additional/new locations in refugee settlements in Kiryandongo and Zombo.
The IRC is currently implementing its health and nutrition program in West Nile and Acholi focusing on providing primary health care services to refugees in their settlements. Similar services will be extended to the new locations starting January 2020.
The IRC, with Funding from ECHO is currently in the process of expanding its Protection (Protection, Rule of Law and Women Protection and Empowerment) program to Southwestern Uganda - Kyaka refugee settlement in Kyegegwa district. The program is expected to provide life-saving services to conflict-affected and displaced refugee populations including protection and gender based violence (GBV) response and prevention programming through provision of appropriate and quality case management and GBV prevention services to Refugee and host community women and girls .Through Women and Girl’s centers, the persons of concern will be provided with a safe space to access case management and psychosocial support and to attend skills-building and socio-economic empowerment activities.
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 Kyaka refugee settlement. 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.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Design and monitor GBV prevention activities, ensuring these activities are informed by target beneficiaries and correspond to their priorities and safety.
• 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.
• Conduct outreach efforts to disseminate information on services available to women and girls and raise awareness with the Community Volunteers and the Women Committees.
• 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.
• Implement prevention and community-based advocacy initiatives based on identified needs and Safety Audit reports that reflect the voices of women and girls.
• Implement prevention programs and conduct dialogues with male community members.
• 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.
• Implement Adolescent Girls Programming including facilitation of the IRC adolescent girl’s curriculum and other planned activities, selection of target girls, relationship building with key gatekeepers and monitoring of activities.
• 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.
• Collaborate with finance and logistics to ensure program supplies and resources are available in a timely manner to support program implementation.
• Update and maintain work and spending plans that support the achievement of activities.
• Constantly monitor activity implementation, compile daily & weekly reports, and attend weekly staff meetings.
• Attend WPE and IRC meetings and trainings as needed and as requested by senior staff.
• 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.
• 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.
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, and Anti-Retaliation.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
Please note, the deadline for submission is January 25th, 2022.
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